12/3/12

WEIGH IN: Let's dance, sweatpants.

UPDATE: To be honest, we're glad for the dissenting views. The point of this post was to spur a little discussion, and that discussion doesn't have to be pro-outfit. Fire away!

There are two options:

A) Let's try sweatpants. In public.

OR:

B) I'm just being a douche bag for wearing designer sweatpants and thinking it's okay to do so in public. Look: Sometimes I have to leave the house. But sometimes while I'm doing that, I just wanna feel like it's the (Weeknd) and I'm on my couch eating Trader Joe's cookie butter off a spoon and watching Revenge. Hands in the air, don't care. You know?

Weigh in, please.


On Jeff: "Crosby" oxford shirt by Saturdays Surf NYC; long-sleeved striped tee by Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen; slub cotton slim sweatpants by Alexander Wang; "Roshe" sneakers by Nike; field tote by Filson; leopard print five-panel cap by Publish + Reed Space; gimlet tortoise "Preston" eyeglasses by Warby Parker.

Photography by a street style photographer from TWELV Magazine.

19 comments:

  1. No, not ever. I don't care how much they cost, I can't accept that there is clothing with an elastic waistband that counts as street wear.

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  2. Disagree, worn like that you get a pass.

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  3. Not only could I never get behind sweatpants being a thrifty and handsome article for men, this post also has probably the most spelling errors I've seen on the blog. I blame the sweatpants.

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  4. I like it. I'd unbotton that top collar button though, it looks uncomfy.

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  5. @Casey: If you're referring to The Weeknd and TWELV Mag, those are intentional misspellings. But if there are others, don't hesitate to email me. Want those fixed!

    Regarding the pants: As the conservative blowhard on this blog, I could never endorse them. But that's why we've got three voices on here. More power to you, Jeff!

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  6. As someone from the fairer gender, I'm giving sweats a thumbs down. No matter whose name is inside the waistband, you still come off as that guy in college who couldn't bother to throw on a pair of jeans before showing up to class. And a sweatshirt tied around the waist? Double no-go.

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  7. Hello from Chicago. The outfit is silly. Two cents from someone who thinks highly of most the content on this site.

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  8. I can get down with the sweatpants, but you can't look like you're trying too hard so unbutton those top buttons! Also the shirt tied around the waist is too much.

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  9. Haha, I like the juxtaposition. Button up top + sweatpants + monochromatic color scheme = successful transition of pajamas into day-wear IMO. I think it's unexpected, you know? And I think that's why fashion is fun. As long as you're wearing this outfit to an appropriate occasion (i.e., not work), then why the heck not?

    : )

    *Claire

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  10. Haters gon hate. I couldn't pull it off, but i'm no Jeff Kieslich. You look great per usual.

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  11. Well, if you paid more than $15 for a pair of sweatpants I would be a little worried. I like to wear my sweatpants with my clarks if I want to feel comfortable. But I would consider my style to be generally manly and fun. I rock my sweatpants in a way that says I don't really care if you dislike my comfy pants. I also wear the same pair of sweatpants to play football in during the winter months. I just think sweatpants should stay classic cheep-o sweatpants.

    -this is coming from a down home Missouri boy. Born and raised.

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  12. This look makes absolutely no sense to me. If you are going for the weekend look (aka to lazy to put on normal pants to go in public), then why would that same person pair it with a button down. I personally would never wear sweatpants in public...no matter how designer they are or expensive.

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  13. Well, you've probably gone a lot farther with it than I could (or would care to). While not at all something I care for, I say "Bravo!" for being willing to take a risk. Not everything works (or work well, or ought to work) but sometimes you've just got to give it a go and see where you end up.

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  14. The man looks like a J Crew model & lives in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, New York. New York is the closest thing the US has to tout as a fashion capitol (or Los Angeles, arguably, if you're into fitness wear). In NY, anything goes & fashion is meant to be fun & innovative. Sex in the City, anyone? Carrie Bradshaw rocked some pretty comical combinations together & rocked them.

    I personally don't find cuffed sweatpants to be risqué. I would expect the same outfit in another city or (gasp) small MN town would alert anyone's "gaydar" in a jiffy, whether accurate or not. The glasses & leather bracelets authenticate the look. Boys...put on those sweatpants & roll 'em up!

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  15. I still find it hard to believe that any pair of sweatpants could be more comfortable than your "go-to" pair of jeans or chinos.

    I wore sweatpants once in University and my keys and wallet fell out of my pocket (luckily retrieved) and I took it as a sign that sweatpants are to be worn never.

    Over here in Amsterdam it's common to see dudes in sweatpants and while they're capable of doing it in a less frumpy way than most American male college students it still doesn't seem right.

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  16. At first I was afraid, I was petrified...

    but then I was like, long hair, don't care.

    I'm down with the slim sweats. Comfy as hell, and if you're confident in them... rock em.

    It's not for everybody, but I'm in.

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  17. This comment thread is gold. After much consideration, I think this can be done without the sweatshirt and only if that navy shirt didn't need to be ironed before it was worn. Otherwise, I agree that you might as well just put on jeans, etc. at that point of effort.

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  18. ... or black shirt ... you get the idea.

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  19. I dig it. but then again I think it looks normal because by 4 year old son wears outfits like the above all the time. He'd probably wear more colorful shoes, but otherwise this outfit works!

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