Spring schming. It looks like it might actually snow tomorrow. I am all about the warmth. And the comfort.
You may have noticed that for the past three days (actually make that five now I think about it) I have been wearing... joggers. Yes, cuffed jogging bottoms. Actually to be fair, the faux leather joggers don't have elasticated cuffs but they do have a stretchy waist and that, my friends, on a cold, sleety, ridiculously windy day is what you want to wear, having walked the dog, done the chores, curled up on the sofa working (I am lucky - I get to work from home mostly..).
They also happen to be magically on trend. However I will fess up. The fact I have been collecting them and wearing them on practically a daily basis is definitely more by luck than judgement. I am basically turning into Waynetta Slob. And I don't care. As these are rather fabulous. They also look great with my beloved sneakers and no, I don't intend to break into a sweat whilst wearing these.
How do I like to wear mine? Well - a bit like my sweatshirt affair a couple of years ago, I like wearing them with a contrasting style top. ie not a sweatshirt. I've a hunch that trying to avoid the full on trackie look is probably the way to go. So team with a shirt and crew neck knit, cashmere jumper, tee and blazer. Smarten the top and no one will notice that you're wearing virtually your jamas. I've been wearing with various pair of trainers but I am going to give them a go with my ankle boots too...
And to prove they work with boots.
Raven Biker Sweatpants from All Saints £98
Black at New Look for a bargain starter price.
New Look Jersey Joggers £9.99
Grey Slim Supersoft Joggers from River Island £30 (I think I'd probably size up in these as I think they do look better on the slouchy side. My inner slob is strong...)
Paler grey at Topshop and these almost have a vintage feel about them. And how I adore this jumper. The 80s have called. They want their knitwear back. But they can't have it. I want it. If you changed the yellow for red and the cream for pale grey, I swear my brother had this print as wallpaper.
Brushed Joggers from Topshop £28
I have these in the charcoal from three years ago and they are still going strong. These in olive are definitely on my wish list.
hush long harem trousers in olive £49.50
Ok so I might be taking the theme a tad too far here but I think with a cream or grey cashmere or chunky wool jumper - or even skinny polo neck, grey cocoon coat, these could work and not have a hint of "active wear" about them. I appreciate, these are the punchy option.
Colour Block Joggers from Topshop £28
Or in the pale pink. Ok so she does look like she's about to start a Body Attack class but I still maintain these could work on a daily basis.. I'm going to throw it out there that I would be ditching the cropped top. For the school run at least (well.. we've seen how toned my stomach is so let's just say there won't be a blog on these sorts of tops any time soon. ie ever).
In the pink from Topshop £28
Cropped joggers now.
ASOS Contrast Side Stripe Jogger £28
On a roll with the side stripe.. these are in Tall from Topshop. *sits on hands...*. I love the idea of these not being cuffed actually but being full length as this is a complete novelty for those of us with daddy long legs who can never find trousers that are long enough to not be cropped. Ever.
Tall Side Stripe Joggers from Topshop £28 I would happily wear these with a blazer to deShameless them.
Others which aren't cuffed but are definitely "track pants" (as they call them. To be fair, that does sound vaguely more cosmopolitan than joggers which I will admit does have more than a scent of Vicky Pollard about it).
But if they're good enough for Jigsaw...
Wool Herringbone Track Pants £79
And then some other fabrics.
These I have been living in. Too good for me not to mention again.
ASOS faux leather joggers in tall - every now and again these do come back into stock so stalk them if you want a pair. Were £35 now £21 These are the ones I live in.
And in the regular. These are still £35 but they are so worth it, I promise.
ASOS Leather look joggers £35
And I know they're all sorts of wrong but I still love them in the pink... £35
Now these are an unusual one... trousers style at the top but cuffed at the bottom.
Helmut Lang Women's Solar Drape Trousers in navy were £250 now £125
Similar shape at Jigsaw but in a different fabric. Adore these.
Flannel Tailored Joggers from Jigsaw in Charcoal were £110 now £77
Crepe at Whistles (don't forget the 25% off.. WH25SS16). Alas they don't seem to do jersey anymore. To my meeting in London on Monday I wore my Lola jersey Whistles joggers. Not something I'd ever thought I'd do but that's how ubiquitous they've become these days.
Helena Crepe Trousers £120
And in the black
But my current favourite pair are wool. Yes I have cashmere which I was sent by Wyse London to "try". Let's say, converted (not bad for a rugby loather, no?). I love these. I love the versatility of them, I love the comfort and, shock horror, every member of the family loves them. Having done a dog walk in the lashing rain and it's completely grim out there. There is nothing better than coming home and snuggling up in a pair that could, let's be frank, be luxury nightwear.
Lucie lounger with stripes from Wyse London £165
More at Jigsaw.
Merino Knitted Joggers in Squirrel (I might just have to buy these as that's the coolest colour name ever) were £98 now £49
And here in mine. Teamed today with an ancient navy polo neck and check coat from a couple of years ago. Obligatory Stans.
Navy polo neck - Zara
Navy Lucie loungers - Wyse London
Navy check coat - Hobbs
White cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas
Haworth black leather bag - Village England
So has anyone else taken to sporting their joggers as legitimate daily trouser wear? Currently my favourite (and most comfortable, of this there is no arguing) style of trousers. Or are they still very much "active wear" in your book? (even if there is no real activity undertaken in your active wear..?!) Or, even worse, jamas?
I will completely fess up that I did used to wear my Whistles ones (I have the grey Lolas as well) as loungewear but have promoted them back up to day *leave the house with make up on* wear. I am now wondering if I'm losing my mind with the pink pleather jobs... (written like that, they do somewhat lose their appeal... but black silk blouse, black blazer, stilettos for evening, no?!)