The ‘jogger’, or its American cousin, the ‘sweatpant’ has managed to creep its way into mainstream fashion without many of us noticing. Previously unacceptable within the workplace and practically a profanity in the world of high fashion before 2012, the jogger has since been catapulted to fame.
This is, in part, thanks to ‘sports luxe’, a trend that has glorified what was once relegated to the arena of ‘casual wear’, the jogger has won itself a permanent position within the majority of high fashion collections. In particular, designers like Alexander Wang have become the champion of high fashion sportswear, with the jogger becoming the crucial lynchpin to these collections.
So, what happened? At some point at the turn of the decade, the jogger as we knew it underwent a transformation. The leg of the jogger was tightened and became more ‘fitted’, while the cuff, previously left to wave with wild abandon in the air, was tapered with bands of elastic.
Unlike the sk*nny jeans of the past, which had two various at best (black and blue), the jogger has already diversified into various sub-species; the drop crotch, the jogger-shorts (tapered to the knee) have both enjoyed a roaring success.
Of course, you can’t wear them to every smart occasion (you’ll be laughed out of job interview in a corporate office if you’re clad in your favorite pair of smart joggers) but they are indispensable for a house party, club event or date night when paired with the appropriate smart shoe.