This Unpopular Shoe Trend Actually Goes Perfectly With Sweatpants

Give it a try.

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Gabrielle Union wears grey sweatsuit.

You’re likely emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic with one or two — or 10 (no judgment!) — new pairs of sweatpants added into your collection. Over the past year and a half, loungewear has spiked to an all-time high and that meant stylish sweatpants outfits became everyone’s go-to look. But now, as restrictions lift and life slowly returns to pre-pandemic normalcy, many are left to reckon with their new elastic waistband-filled closets. If you’ve grown fond of all those cozy comfort pieces, however, you can still style sweatpants for 2021 and make them feel fresh. Just draw inspiration from your favorite celebrities.

Tennis legend Serena Williams is an athleisure connoisseur, and her Instagram is filled with straightforward, casual outfits for you to recreate. For those who are interested in a more experimental aesthetic, turn to the fashion girls who have been putting their own inventive twists on the sporty look. Follow Rihanna’s lead and pair your comfy bottoms with high-end staples like luxe stilettos and a designer purse. Or, copy Kourtney Kardashian’s unconventional trick of sporting her oversized pair of sweats with the socks and sandals trend. With the likes of Williams, RiRi, and the eldest Kardashian (to name only a few) as style inspiration, you’re guaranteed to pick up a few tips and tricks that’ll help you integrate sweats into your re-emergence wardrobe.

Scroll ahead to discover how six of your favorite stars wear their favorite sweatpants.

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Serena Williams

The tennis pro’s comfy ensemble features a casual-meets-glamorous combo: a matching sweat set paired with glitzy jewels. Williams’ sold-out sweatshirt and joggers are from her clothing line, S by Serena (you can find similar options, below). Her diamond chain necklace from her eponymous jewelry brand, Serena Williams Jewelry, is still available to shop. The laid-back outfit is fashion goals.

Gabrielle Union


Union, a fashion maven, recently donned a pair of gray wide-leg bottoms with a paper-bag waist and a matching V-neck sweater, both made by Project Runway alum, Samantha Black. With her pant’s inventive silhouette, Union’s look felt equal parts comfy and fashionable. Her tan and white sneakers from husband Dwyane Wade’s brand, Way of Wade, are unfortunately sold out, but her Sammy B sweatsuit is still ready to shop, below.

Kourtney Kardashian

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Kourtney Kardashian curated a must-try look of sweatpants, a shell puffer jacket, and an ‘ugly’ footwear moment of socks and sandals. The Poosh founder paired her fuzzy Rick Owens x Birkenstocks shoes with socks of the same color. The highly-hyped up collab between Owens and the shoe brand has since sold out, but there’s plenty of classic Birks to choose from when recreating Kardashian’s look yourself.



Rihanna knows what she's doing when it comes to putting her unique spin on sporty items. For her army green look, pictured here, she went for a high-fashion-meets-casual-comfort look. She paired her sweatpants with white pointy-toe heels and carried a miniature Goyard handbag. On top, the singer wore a black lace cami, a striped Marni cardigan, and a chocolate-colored shearling coat from R13. The key takeaway here: feel free to experiment with luxe touches when styling your sweats.

Kendall Jenner

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Jenner’s simple outfit in all of its cozy glory is definitely one to get behind. She wore a pair of sparkling white Air Force 1s and her favorite Velvet Canyon sunnies while her green knit top instantly elevated the plain black sweatpants. Though her exact sweater by Ottolinger is sold out, Coohem offers a mirroring take that looks just as comfy for when you’re on a long flight.

Gigi Hadid

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Gigi is no stranger to a color-coordinating two-piece moment and this colorful outfit, in particular, is a tour de force. Her sunny polo and jogger from Amiss Conception directly tapped into the 2021 color trend of joyful yellow hues. The new mom showed off even more of her style know-how by opting for hot pink running shoes and accessorizing with a shearling Prada bucket hat. Lastly, a line of rainbow huggie earrings decorated her ears, which was a not-so-subtle nod to the maximalist jewelry trend.

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