Joggers are pants that are cut similarly to track or sweat pants, but aren’t necessarily made of jersey or fleece fabric. And they needn’t be worn for athletic purposes. The jogger silhouette is fluid, yet slim, on the leg, and tapered at the hem. The waist is seldom structured, although that option exists. Waistbands are often elasticated or half elasticated, and/or have drawstrings. Many of the styles have side entry or patch pockets, and some are pleated on the midsection.

The beauty of the jogger is fourfold:

  1. It is a casual alternative to regular denim and leggings
  2. It is a breezy pants alternative to Summer dresses and skirts
  3. It has a forgiving waistband fit
  4. It works on most body types

Here are four casual joggers looks for Summer. The examples showcase joggers across a range of fabrics. Choose any colour palette.

1. Chino Joggers

This is the simplest of the four combinations. These joggers are like a pair of chinos or utility pants, but with the jogger finish on the hems. Combine them with a tee or knit top and sneakers that tickle your fancy. Fun how the tee and sneaks match, which you could replicate in any colour. Wear the tee over the bottoms if partial tucking is not your thing.

PAIGE Mayslie Joggers

2. Denim Joggers

Combine a pair of denim joggers with a tee or knit top and casual footwear. The tee is tucked to showcase the definition of the waist, which adds structure to the outfit. The long black topper elongates the outfit, and the belt bag is a trendy touch. The scrunch at the ankle adds a little extra interest to the outfit, but feel free to leave the bottoms unscrunched.

City Chic Jogger Jeans

3. Linen Joggers

A slightly dressier and more trendy classic version that combines bold striped linen joggers with an oversized cotton shirt that’s partially tucked to add definition to the waist and lengthen the leg line. The white slides are a trendy touch and the colour-blocked tote adds matchy-matchy fabness.

Anthropologie The Odells

4. Cotton Joggers

This is the most creative and complex of the four outfits. It combines patterned joggers with a striped tee that’s tucked to create waist definition. The pattern mix continues with the striped band on the fedora for an extra maximal touch. The outfit is topped with a utility jacket creating a contrast with the softness of the tee and joggers. The fedora and oxfords are a fun and formal touch, and the chain-strap baby crossbody is the glam cherry on top. Gorgeous look, and beautifully pulled together on the model. A lovely blue-green palette too.

Wrap Style Joggers

Although I haven’t shown the vibe here, joggers come in silky fabrics that can be dressed up with blouses, pumps, heeled sandals and blazers. Just as fab if the casual renditions are not your thing.