Stretchy pants may have once been reserved for the gym, but with the rise of athleisure, you can now find spandex threads that are stylish enough to wear pretty much anywhere.
The key is to avoid needless extra fabric. Sweatpants, joggers and track pants look best when they’re fitted, not slouchy or oversized. If you do prefer a looser fit, stick with one uniform width from thigh to ankle, or go for a trend-driven style like oversized bell-bottoms.
As for styling: Avoid drawstrings to keep your look from sliding toward a gym class or pajama vibe. However, there are some seriously cool sweatshirts that allow for exceptions (like this Koral top), especially if you tuck in the drawstrings.
Black tends to be the best color to seamlessly work stretchy pants into a stylish outfit, but there are some patterned and bright alternatives that look great as well. Check out our slideshow for some standout looks to keep you comfortable and in stretchy pants from your morning coffee to your second slice of pecan pie this Thanksgiving.