Silky track pants are trousers made of dressier woven fabrications that are cut like fleece sweat pants or “track pants”. They are NOT made of knitted jersey. They usually have an elastic waistband and drawstring, are tapered at the ankle, and are roomy right through the leg. Some of the hems are cuffed, or have zipper and elastic detailing. The style drapes well, and is attractive in patterns and solids. The baggy fit is about relaxed comfort and a small amount of slouch.
This trouser style started filtering through to retail stores a few years ago, but the silhouette stayed fringe. It gained popularity this season, but isn’t quite as mainstream as I thought it might be. The hybrid trouser is a combination of two trends, namely the sporty trend and the modern slouchy trouser trend. Styles are either full length or cropped, and the waistband can either be worn on the waist or further down on the hip.
Silky track pants needn’t be made of silk, although those are an option too. I’ve seen them in equally drapey silk blends, rayon blends, nylon blends and 100% polyester. They are one solution to covered dressing in warmer weather when you don’t want to wear jeans, dresses, skirts or shorts. They are also ridiculously comfortable, and a nice way of adding something different to your trouser capsule. Remember that an entirely new bottom or top silhouette can change the landscape of your wardrobe.
They are supposed to be worn in a fairly dressy manner, or smart casual at best. They are ideal matched with equally drapey tops, worn either untucked, or semi-tucked. I like the look even more when a structured jacket is added into the mix, and a dressy shoe, be it a high heel, low heel or flats. That said, I’ve seen silky track pants look delightful with a tank top, mesh sweater, gladiator sandals and casual handbag.
I adore this trouser style and vote yay. The outfits below exude the type of “unstructured structure” that is so directional in fashion at the moment, and a look that is close to my heart. Loose, but not too oversized, with tailoring in all the right places. The effect is one of easy elegance, casual chic and relaxed polish. I don’t have a pair yet because I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked last year, and this year they will make my Summer shopping list, and probably in a solid. I’m still working through my Spring shopping list, and since I’d only wear these in warm to hot weather, there is no need to purchase them now.
My clients have a mixed reaction to silky track pants, but I’ve been encouraging them all to at least try on a pair because they can thoroughly refresh your style. And this is comfort! Some clients are happily sporting the look while others are warming up to it. And some flatly refuse because to them they look like and feel like pajamas no matter what. Unstructured and not so fab.
What’s your verdict on silky track pants? Yes, no or maybe.