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For years, my business casual, dinner out with the family, weekend run to the mall, and coffee with friends uniform involved jeans. Bootcut jeans with Chelsea boots, skinny jeans with knee-high boots, boyfriend jeans with sneakers, ankle-length straight jeans with loafers… you get the idea. I think it's a uniform many of us have in our closets. Denim is universal, denim goes with everything, denim is easy maintenance. But is denim comfortable?
Blazer: Rio Blazer c/o Universal Standard (XS Petite) | T-Shirt: Scarf Lady Tee c/o Chico's (size 2) | Pants: Pivot Joggers c/o cabi (no longer available; similar) | Boots: La Canadienne | Earrings: Cober Hoops c/o Jenny Bird (no longer available; similar) | Bag: Large Dakota Backpack c/o Dagne Dover
Nope, it's not. Even the stretchy jeans, they usually end up digging into my stomach or making my legs itch because they're so snug. If they're super comfy, they're not super attractive (or super durable). Since working from home, I find I wear denim less often. I don't want to be standing or sitting at my desk in jeans, I want comfy pants. So instead of changing my clothes completely when leaving the house, I've started seeking out comfy pants that don't make me look like I'm still wearing my pajamas.
These are heavyweight knit joggers from cabi; I like them so much I got two pairs. You've seen them before in this casual winter weekend outfit. Unfortunately, these are from last season and this season they only have this pant in leopard print. But I have found “elevated comfy pants” at a variety of retailers. This fall I wore the heck out of my cropped ponte wide-leg pants and have sought out polished pants with comfort like my hot pink wide-leg trousers which are stretchy yet hold their shape, machine washable, yet look dressy and professional. Below I've curated a collection of knit joggers like I'm wearing:
Shop My Picks of Jogger Pants:
What makes the comfy pants not look like pajamas is the addition of a structured piece on top. Here, I'm wearing the Rio Blazer from Universal Standard which has been my go-to blazer as of recent. It's a traditional suiting fabric, traditional styling, and I can have it at the ready to throw over a t-shirt and comfy pants to look polished. Under it is a new t-shirt I got from Chico's; it's nice to have a cute graphic tee that also has sleeves this time of year. I've always had success with Chico's tees, they don't shrink, don't fade, are nice and opaque while still having a great shape.
Many of you have asked about these boots; they are not cheap and I wondered if I was going to keep them. They are from La Canadienne and cost $395. They incorporate the current trend of combat boots without looking too trendy or bulky. However, they come in widths. They are waterproof. They have lacing on front but also zippers so you can create a custom fit but easily zip them on and off. I have added a pair of my favorite insoles in them and there's still room for thick socks but now they are seriously the most comfortable boots I own. I wear them under jeans, over leggings, with joggers, with midi and maxi dresses, and more. They are truly quality and I feel they will be in my wardrobe for many many years.