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How joggers should fit

How joggers should fit

No longer reserved for the gym or the sofa, joggers have become a mainstay of a variety of wardrobes – yes, even smarter ones. Some pin this rise in casual wear to the 2012 London Olympics, which made sports clothing a fashion statement in the city, rather than the mark of a hangover or a personal training session.

As the trend has evolved, we’ve seen the cut of joggers grow slimmer, higher waisted, and altogether more of a sartorial statement than a scruffy item to throw on at home. Drawstring waistbands, cuffed ankles, and luxe fabrics have allowed joggers to take over from chinos as the must-have look for off-duty outfits. In fact, they’ve moved so far from the realm of slouchy streetwear, that some can even be pulled off with a suit jacket and shirt. Just look to the likes of Kanye, Ashton Kutcher, and even Prince Harry if you don’t believe us.

Whether you’re pro athleisure or not, the chances are you want to dress comfortably as often as possible. But before you delve into your gym bag for your cosy old sweats and try to pair them with a work shirt, read our fit guide to get the look just right.

Length

Joggers should taper at your ankle and fall above your shoes, not over them. If the ankle isn’t cuffed, it can be rolled to avoid looking too long.

Photographed: Joules Wooler Wool Crew Neck Jumper (£40.94)

Shape

The leg should be slim, but not skinny, with room for easy movement. Too wide and they’ll look scruffy; too tight and they’ll look more like gym leggings than relaxed trousers.

Style

Whether you’ve gone for traditional sport joggers, or a smarter, more modern take, the waistband should sit on your hips and not fall too low. If your look leans towards athleisure, they can be looser with a dropped crotch, whilst more formal styles should be slimmer and less sporty.


Words: Ella White
Photography: Angus Williams
Styling: Freddie Kemp