This post is sponsored by Every Second Counts
The countdown is on, this time next week we’ll be digging into roast turkey, polishing off the Quality Street and marvelling at how good the Queen still looks. I can feel myself quietly slipping into pre-Christmas hibernation this week and there’s not much I can do about it. I mean, the out of office replies are piling up and the weather’s getting more miserable, what’s a girl to do but give into the lure of Nancy Meyers films and an M&S shortbread selection? Then there’s the matter of my current daily uniform of elasticated waistbands and thinking of new ways to make sweatpants acceptable in public. Preferably in a socially acceptable way that doesn’t make me look like a total slob.
Enter these Every Second Counts trousers. Sportswear is always my go-to when I’m padding around the house but I’m beyond picky about what makes the grade. The material has to be soft, the cut has to be non restricting and the design has to be stylish. Anything that digs in (or reminds me that I’ve eaten too many sausage rolls) is a big no-no and anything with an embarrassing print (I’m looking at you sheep printed leggings from 2008) is out. But this poses one rather major problem – when you need to leave the house and getting changed is absolutely not an option.
Which is why I’m a little bit in love with these ESC trousers. Combining two of my favourite colour combo’s (black and burgundy) they’re straight-legged but flattering, elasticated but cling to the right areas and above all, they can be styled up to wear in public with these quick hacks.
A BLACK BLAZER CURES ALL
It’s official, everyone needs a black blazer in their wardrobe. It’s one of the best buys I’ve ever made and it instantly smartens up ANY outfit. Mine is from Mango and I team it with everything from rock tees to chunky knits and everything in between. A blazer will make sweatpants acceptable in public instantly but be careful with the styles. Capri pants and a blazer doesn’t exactly make for a stylish combo.
…AS DO HEELS
OK, stilettos might not be the most appropriate choice with snow underfoot but the best looks often aren’t necessarily practical. Whether your sweatpants are tapered at the bottom, leggings or straight-legged, teaming them with boots or allowing them to sit atop court shoes, instantly gives them more of a luxe look.
IF IN DOUBT OPT FOR TONAL
Tonal or one-colour outfits are a no-brainer when it comes to smartening up your look and make sweatpants acceptable to wear outside of the house. I feel like all-black outfits are becoming more and more common for me these days. Maybe it’s an age thing – I feel more comfortable in my own skin, I don’t feel like I have to try as hard as when I was younger and I know what suits me. But if your joggers are neutral in hue, dressing them up will be effortless.
ADD DIFFERENT TEXTURES
In winter you can’t go wrong with bit of faux fur and leather – there’s something about that combo that make your outfit look so much more expensive than it really is. When styling these ESC trousers I toyed with a chunky knit and leather jacket or a grey faux fur gilet because both would go perfectly and convince everyone that I didn’t actually just spend the day on the sofa!
STRUCTURE WILL PULL IT ALL TOGETHER
Gone are the days when jogging bottoms are faded, scruffy and threadbare – it’s completely acceptable to throw on your loungewear and style it up whilst being smug in the knowledge that you’re unbelievable comfortable and can quite easily go from the sofa to the bar and back again! Forgoing your gym bag for a structured tote pulls the entire look together and makes it all look on purpose. No longer will people ask if you’ve just come straight from the treadmill or if you’re feeling under the weather – you can wear your comfies with pride because you can make sweatpants acceptable my friend!
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