How to Wear Joggers Over 40: Looks That Go Beyond the Gym

It’s amazing how clothing that was once meant for the gym has now become a fashion trend so ubiquitous that it has its own style demarcation: Athleisure.
Robyn Balsley

It’s amazing how clothing that was once meant for the gym has now become a fashion trend so ubiquitous that it has its own style demarcation: Athleisure. At the center of it all? Joggers.

They’re loose pants with an elastic or drawstring waist and elastic ankle cuffs. You’ll find them in every material, and the style flexibility comes from the fabrication, the shape, and what you pair them with.

Just look around and you’ll see the difference between a chic, casual outfit and, well, a look that could only be described as haute disheveled. Want to embrace the former and avoid the latter? Heed these few simple style tips.

How to Style Casual Joggers

To keep it casual, choose roomy joggers in cotton, fleece, or cashmere, and pair them with a graphic tee, a draped sweater, or a utility jacket and sneakers.

  • Tip 1: This is a great travel look–fleece or cotton joggers with a whisper-weight cashmere sweater, a blazer, and a scarf. Comfy and chic.
  • Tip 2: Swap sneakers for a loafer or ballet flat for a little more sophistication.
  • Tip 3:  Picking a monochromatic look will create a slimming effect like any other outfit. Gray joggers, gray tee, and a gray, long cardigan.
Athleta Venice Jogger
Vouri Performance Jogger
Fear of God Women’s Velour Pant
Tahari Cashmere Jogger Pants
Lululemon Ready to Rulu High-Rise Jogger
ASOS Hourglass Ultimate Sweatpants

How to Style Dressed Up Joggers

Joggers done in dressier fabrics (leather, faux leather, wool gabardine, velvet, silk), can look plenty polished when paired with a pretty blouse or sweater, a blazer and booties (even heels).

  • Tip 1: Don’t forget to accessorize. Add a statement necklace or drop earrings to complete the outfit.
  • Tip 2: Try sizing DOWN–many makers have embraced an oversized look, and sometimes it’s just too much fabric, especially if you’re petite.
  • Tip 3: Vary the textures when you’re doing a dressy look. If the joggers are silk satin (shiny), avoid additional shine up top and instead opt for a cashmere sweater or velvet blazer.
Paige Mayslie Mid-Rises Coated Joggers
Commando Faux Leather Smocked Jogger
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Silk Joggers
Paige Mayslie Joggers
SPRWMN Drawstring Leather Joggers
Robyn Balsley

As a Style Expert, I empower individuals and companies to step into their confidence and take the stress out of getting dressed in our hybrid world. The heart of my business is to help clients show up each day feeling their absolute best!

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