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Rules for Wearing Sweatpants in Real Life

All of a sudden the fashion crowd has gotten hip to the style potential of your favourite lounging-on-the-couch-watching- Real-Housewives look. Yep, sweatpants—heck, even tracksuits—can be chic with the right kind of styling. Here’s how to wear them, including one super-cool trend you’ll be seeing everywhere in L.A. this year.

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WEAR WITH HEELS

Matching brights become an outfit when paired with strappy heels.

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PAIR WITH LOAFERS

So preppy-cool. Like you just remembered you were late for your symposium while you were playing field hockey.

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CONTRAST WITH AN EMBELLISHED JACKET

It’s all about high-low here: Your embroidered, shiny jacket is classing up those casual bottoms. (Extra credit for matching your leather heels.)

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THROW ON A SILK BLOUSE

A slinky top looks surprisingly right with track pants, especially when your shoes and bag are structured ladylike numbers, too.

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GO FULL SKATER CHICK

This is the uniform of café-sitting screenwriters all over the West Side. Slip on some Vans, snuggle into a hoodie and all of a sudden, your knock-around sweats are part of a Cali-cool outfit.

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GET A MATCHING OVERCOAT

Yep, this is the look you’ll be seeing a ton of in 2017. The long, lightweight coat turns sweats into a fresh version of a suit (albeit, a super-casual one). With heels, it’s workday creative office attire; with shower slides, a weekend post-gym look.