The Sweats Question

I have always been a firm believer that sweats belong in the gym.  I cringe every time I see a pair of sweatpants – baggy, fitted, cropped, bootcut – at the grocery store, the airport, the dentist, and let’s not forget the ubiquity of sweatpants on a college campus.  Bright colors, logos splayed across the rear, even our beloved school name emblazoned down the side of the leg, only make matters worse.  But this year, many designers are bringing back the grey sweatpants from fashion suicide to its forefront.

S10 RTW Alexander Wang

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JC - Stella McCartney for Gap

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JC - Garance Doré sweats

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Alexander Wang showed a decidedly athletic collection for Spring 2010, pairing sweatshirts with corsets and briefs. Stella McCartney’s collection for Gap Kids launched this morning and featured this silk cashmere hoodie (for $88!), but styled over a tutu and snow boots. Garance Doré photographed a woman wearing Isabel Marant sweatpants with a basic white tank and navy blazer. Perhaps the secret to wearing sweats is in the details: sexy, girly, or chic pairings keep these girls from looking sloppy. What do you think??

JC Penney Takes Two with Mary-Kate and Ashley

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They’ve inspired a following of fans with their straight-to-VHS movies, produced a K-Mart line to allow their fans to dress in their name, designed their lines Elizabeth and James and The Row, and now, although they’re not the young little babies that they were on Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley are at it again, still sticking together.

The lower-priced junior brand, called Olsenboye, will be sold at starting November 6th for a limited time before the official launch in February 2010. The line is described as “a casual sportswear and accesories collection that includes denim, bottoms, tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, jackets, handbags and shoes.” Olsenboye pieces will retail between $20 and $50.