Laid-back track pants have been a staple of streetwear labels for a while now—Palm Angels does a provocative pink version, and R13 takes it one step further with its shredded, frayed leopard-print style. But, this season, an increasing number of ready-to-wear labels are reaching into the world of urban fashion to create elevated takes on these street essentials. Designers like Lisa Perry, known for her streamlined, feminine aesthetic, are bringing a refined sensibility to this casual look. Embellished with rainbow colors, sequins, and rich velvet, these brands are producing a hybrid pant that can be dressed up for work hours or pared down for weekend lounging. “This season we are bringing the contort of the track pants to the office,” says Marina Larroudé, Fashion Director at Barneys New York. “The look of it might be sporty, but the fabrication is far from it. It’s athleisure-chic at its best.”
To give this look a professional spin, ditch the sneakers and go with kitten heels or feminine flats, like Christian Louboutin’s Eloise or Balenciaga’s Knife Satin Slingback Pumps. Juxtapose the oversized pants with a feminine, tailored top that plays off the side stripes or adds a contrasting hue. Accessorize with a small structured bag that adds a pop of color and streamlined jewelry that is delicate without being too formal.