1 Piece/3 Ways: The Slim Sweatpant

March 9th, 2015

Sweatpants aren’t just a sloppy excuse not to wear pants on anymore. Over the past few seasons in menswear there has been an explosion in the leisurewear category that has brought us luxury knit “sweatpants” in all kinds of fabrics, colors and fits.

As you know, being comfortable and casual, in the right settings, is part of having great style. For those low-key days we suggest investing in a slim-fit pair a sweatpants cut from a lush fabric in a neutral color (like navy blue, heather grey or olive green). Pair it with a cashmere sweater and a tailored overcoat and you have yourself a smooth and super-cozy leisure outfit.

Here’s three examples on how to work them into your wardrobe, with the help of Lardini, one of our favorite brands showcased at Liberty Fairs.

    Up & Go

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    There are times – or days – when you don’t feel like putting on trousers or jeans. Sometimes you just want to relax and be extra comfortable. We get it. But it doesn’t mean you can’t also look good.

    A trim sweatpant, a cashmere sweater, a camel hair coat and a leatehr sneaker; it doesn’t get much more comfortable than that. Interestingly this casual look is also sophisticated, in its own way. It makes me think of a successful businessman on his day off. Or at least a guy who’s got his sh-t together.

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    • Camel overcoat by Lardini
    • Cable knit crewneck sweater by Lardini
    • Navy knit sweatpants by Benson NY
    • Leather sneakers by Strange Matter

    Casual Night Out

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    If they fit well enough and they’re dark in color you can wear a good sweatpant out at night, casually. A low-key restaurant, or maybe a pub to drink some beer and play some pool.

    This is another one of those looks that puts a casual spin on classic American menswear pieces that were originally meant for the office – like the mac suit coat and the oxford cloth button-down shirt.

    I rarely go with the untucked shirt. Only if they are oxford cloth and cut to the right length (about three inches below the waist, as shown here). Never with a tie or a tailored jacket.

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    • Overcoat by Southwick Clothing
    • Cashmere sweater by Lardini
    • Grey striped oxford shirt by Southwick Clothing
    • Navy knit sweatpants by Benson NY
    • Tumbled leather chukka boots by Amsterdam Shoe Co

    Sunday Morning

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    We’ve said it many times before: you don’t need a huge number of pieces in your wardrobe, you just need the right ones that can be used time and time again.

    For example, each piece in this simple outfit can be worn countless different ways. It’s actually a combination of something from the business/formal department (the double-breasted peak lapel overcoat), something from the casual sportswear department (the cashmere turtleneck), something from the the leisure/athletic department (the sweatpants), and something from the utility/workwear department (the vintage work boots).

    All together it’s something easy for Sunday morning.

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    • Overcoat by Lardini
    • Cashmere turtleneck by Lardini
    • Navy knit sweatpants by Benson NY
    • Boots by Wolverine Vintage

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Shop Custom Menswear Made in America


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    • Scott

      Dan, thanks for featuring Lardini…I wouldn’t have ever heard of the brand if it wasn’t for the site, so thanks! Do you know where we can pick up some of their stuff…doesn’t look like they have an online shop?

    • Bob

      Slim or not, sweatpants for a night on the town is just sloppy.

      • tommyjohn_45

        Too sloppy for a night at a pool hall? Not sure that’s possible

        • Jimmy_Johansen

          Wear jeans or chinos to the pool hall. Wearing sweats isn’t just sloppy, it’s also lazy and childish. Sweatpants are for athletic activities, staying home and worst case senario, running errands. Why would a grown man wear sweats to go out??? Steve McQueen wouldn’t wear sweats to shoot pool.

          • tommyjohn_45

            Hard to argue that Will looks sloppy in this post…

            • Jimmy_Johansen

              That’s true.. but most guys don’t look like supermodels and would either look sloppy, lazy, childish or low class. Just because something has a high price does not mean it can’t be low class. Now of course some would love this, but I just can’t get with this look. It’s one step removed from the drop crotch pants of Today and PJ bottoms of yesteryear.

              • tommyjohn_45

                Haha,, yeah true. I wouldn’t try to pull it off either.

    • Caboom

      I’ve paired slim, black sweatpants with a navy overcoat and black oxfords (just for the heck of it) – similar to Look #2. A year ago, I would never have tried a combo like that!

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier


    • cam

      all the lardini business had me laughing…always hilarious to me when people start making complete assumptions and then pass them off as facts before speaking to the source…regarding the topic, i like the idea in casual settings as stated and especially for the college set…so much better than the trash you see on a lot of campuses…wish they were trending when i was in college.

    • TO

      Although I can’t disagree about these outfits looking great on Will, I can’t see myself wearing sweats with anything but a fully casual outfit. Not feeling the lapel flower in look three. Some really amazing pieces and combinations here though.

      • JoeFromTexas

        Will is a supermodel after all…

    • ChrisD

      Just like the previous post with sneakers + tailored wear.. it can be done, but in every example I can imagine a substitute (casual shoes there, trousers here) which looks so much better (to me).
      As another commenter pointed out and Dan agreed with – this is a very college student look. Rolling up to class/the library in your school-branded sweats is not a good look to experiment with upgrading =

      That said – I’ve been keeping my eye open for a pair that fits exactly as they do on Will here. They can’t fit any better.. why can’t we all look like Will :)
      I call it ‘indoor-style’, at most I’m going to the corner store.

    • JoeFromTexas

      “Over the past few seasons in menswear there has been an explosion in the leisurewear category that has brought us luxury knit “sweatpants” in all kinds of fabrics, colors and fits.”

      I think that’s pretty close to the textbook definition of fashion, as opposed to style. It may be fashionable now, but I ain’t buying it, and I think most will look back at their fashionable sweats fad and cringe. Unless you’re a supermodel like Will.

    • http://www.wellbuiltstyle.com/ WellBuiltStyle

      I have to admit that I’m not a fan of sweatpants as every day casual wear, but these looks are about as good as you’re gonna get. Kudos to Dan and his team for putting them together.

      My position has always been that the average guy should AVOID trying to wear sportswear pieces as every day casual wear (e.g. hoodies, sweats, running shoes etc.). Leave that stuff for the gym. There are better options to wear when you’re going out on the town.


      • Cham

        I completely agree. I’m not a fan of the sweatpants look either, I wouldn’t wear it, but this is as good as it’s going to get.

    • Kyle Leon Norville

      A think fitted sweatpants being dressed up can come off as very controversial.

      For me though, I love it. As a college student, this is my most experimental time, and I definitely intend to do some experimenting. I have been feeling the fitted trend for a while, and I have many ideas flowing from this post alone. Excellent!

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        This one definitely goes out to all the college students out there! Thanks Kyle!

    • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

      I’m sure Dan will comment as well, but, just to clear things up, we were not paid by Lombardi. All of these photos were shot at Liberty Fairs in Vegas using clothing from brands that were represented there. I think Dan ended up using Lombardi so much for a couple reasons. First he just loves the brand, second their loosely woven coats and textured knit sweaters go well with the textured wool of the sweatpants.

      We would never take money to push a brand this hard in a full post like this without telling you guys. We have done sponsored posts before, but we always mention it in the copy or in a footnote.

    • http://ledebonnaire.tumblr.com/ Juan Zara

      Dan has been receiving clothes and shoes from manufacturers since, as far as I can remember, at least 2011. He has disclosed many times he only features a very small part of what he’s sent on the website, as he would never showcase something he wouldn’t wear himself.
      In the 4+ years I’ve visited this website, I’ve never seen him (or, more recently, Will) wear low quality clothes, just because they were sent to him for free, or because he was offered an advertising contract.

      As for the sweatpants, I think they’re alright for a stroll out on Sunday morning, picking up groceries or just chilling at a friend’s house. And I would definitely wear all three of these outfits (albeit not with any other kind of footwear other than sneakers), I just feel weird wearing a button-up shirt with sweats as it was my “uniform” back when I didn’t know better and used to work for Abercrombie, and I hated it.

    • James Wong

      I thought these were drop crotch sweatpants till I realised that it was just the back of the coat from between the legs. Nice looks, though I’m still a huge advocator of the Uniqlo stretch jeans for comfy casual wear and keeping the sweatpants for sports.

    • Miguel

      Dan has been doing this for years, he gets new clothing and posted them with different outfits a few times, I don’t think he has to tell you if he’s being paid by someone.

      Most of you who are hating are not even common visitors to the site, thank you.

      By the way, I’m not a sweatpants fan but this one post makes me want to try at least.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Thanks for the continued support Miguel!

    • Max BornInTheNineties

      I gotta go out and buy me some Lardini!

      All kidding aside, it’s a cool look and I like the post. I’ll see what I can put together with my Uniqlo joggers sometime…

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        The looks are not tied to the brands! They are meant simply as concepts to be applied using what you have available to you. You can pull-off the same outfit using Uniqlo, H&M, etc.

        • Max BornInTheNineties

          I get it, I was just teasing. Like I said, it’s a neat idea; coat + knit + joggers. I’ll definitely give it a go.

    • Lothar

      Two people out of six are calling you out for having a contract with Lardini. Is this true? Is it mentioned somewhere, and I’m just not seeing it? if it’s true, I feel like you should tell us about these things. Many of us have been reading this blog for years, when it was more of a passion project than a source of income for you.Even though we don’t know you, we trust you. But sneaking in paid content erodes that trust (big time!) even in it’s something that other bloggers do.

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        It is not true! We were not paid by Lardini to post this article! We always make sure to mention either in the copy of the post or at least in a footer if a post is sponsored by a brand.

        • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

          Thanks Alex!

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Hey Lothar. This post was not sponsored, in any way, by any brand. We chose these products because we love these products, period. Your trust, and our authenticity, are the most important things to us – it’s why we started this website. Any time we are paid to feature a product, we will make it clear (legally, we have to). Cheers mate!

        • Lothar

          Thank you! I’m glad you guys value the trust you’ve built up over the years.

    • AFH

      Although a lush new pair of sweatpants might pass muster at a pinch, 5 washes later and I wonder. I’ll wear them at home and maybe do a quick food run, I didn’t amass a nice wardrobe to let things slide that far.

    • http://www.levitatestyle.com Levitate Style

      I really like the first look – something I tend to wear on Saturday mornings to stop by a cafe. The other two surprisingly works since the pants are dark enough they dont even look like sweats from far away/full body view

    • Brent

      Lardini apparently is a paid sponsor. Still not going to buy slim sweatpants.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        There is no sponsorship of any kind in this post – just a brand we really like.

    • Jeff P.

      Great article! I just bought a pair of slime sweats from H&M. I think I went too baggy though. Might take them back and get a smaller size.

    • http://www.vitamincm.com VitaminCM

      I’m not so sure about the slim sweatpants as a legit “out and about” garment.
      I’m gonna go with two ways to wear them:
      1. Playing sports
      2. Sleeping

      But hey, that’s just my 2 cents.

      • Alex Whitfield

        The question is can i look this put together wearing sweatpants!
        and from this post the answer is yes!

    • Jack

      Congrats on your advertising contract with Lardini!

      • JArthur

        Fully endorse the sweatpants look. I’ve been dressing up my John elliott sweats for about a year now.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        This post was not sponsored, in any way, by Lardini. Thanks for reading Jack!

        • Jack

          Haha ya’ll know I’m just messin’

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