How to Wear Joggers Like a Fashionista (The Golden Rules)

The athleisure (and now athluxury) craze has ushered a new world of decision-making for fashionistas. As if we didn’t have enough to think about, with choosing the right cut of jeans to wear with that cutout sweater, or the right length of skirt to wear with that work blouse. Now we have to figure out how to wear joggers, fashion hoodies and designer sports bras!

We do love joggers though — they’re kinda like stylish sweatpants — but they can be challenging to wear. Read on for our guide on styling joggers like a true fashionista.

Joggers Defined

First, the basics: what are joggers anyway? Joggers started out as a modern sweatpant. They typically have:

  • an elastic waist
  • roomy fit through the hips, backside and thighs
  • leg that tapers down to a gently hugging elastic around the ankle

Clothing makers are now producing the jogger silhouette in a range of fabrics. And that means you can buy joggers appropriate for work or play. You can really get very creative with this style. Celebrities like Rihanna wear joggers with heels and jewels. But newcomers to the jogger style might begin with a very casual jogger outfit — perfect for running weekend errands comfortably and stylishly.

Wearing Joggers for Your Body Shape

Joggers will flatter if you have a straight figure, or otherwise want to draw attention to your hips and thighs. The tapered leg emphasizes the angle of your shape from hip to ankle. This is a plus when you want to add the appearance of curves and shapeliness.

If the hips and thighs are problem areas for you, many standard joggers may be unflattering. Look for a pair with a lighter-weight, flowy fabric and a less extreme leg taper.

How to Wear Joggers — Dos and Don’ts

Do consider the occasion

You can wear joggers casually or you can step it up for work a night out with the girls. A classic casual jogger-based outfit includes sneaks and a feminine t-shirt.

how to wear joggers - casual joggers from Forever21

Heathered Pocket Joggers, $15.90, Forever21

If you’re going for a dressier vibe, go all in. Wear heels and jewelry and carry a big leather tote bag. Traditionalists may be nervous about pairing the cotton pant with heels. In that case, look for a leather jogger or polyester jogger that’s slightly more formal.

how to wear joggers - women drape jogger from Uniqulo offers a more formal jogger look

Polyester Women Drape Jogger, $39.90, Uniqulo.

how to wear joggers - 4 looks for leather joggers

She’s Bad Faux Leather Joggers, $69,

Follow Me

Catherine Brock

Catherine Brock is a writer, editor and marketer who's been sharing wisdom online since 2002. She's been featured on, and ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis and KCAL9 Los Angeles. Connect with Catherine on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter. Learn more about Catherine.
Follow Me