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Vince leather joggers, Christian Louboutain pumps, winter white GNW Luxe cashmere sweater, Festina watch, and gray-white graphic silk scarf (all own)

Jogging pants are having a moment in leather. When I was a kid I hated jogging pants. Now I got a pair in leather. Read how to style joggers for work and play.

  1. How Were Sweat Pants Worn in the 1970s and 1980s?
  2. What Is Trending in leather?
  3. Can You Wear Leather Joggers over 40?
  4. How Do You Style Leather Joggers?
  5. What Shoes to Wear with Jogging Pants?
  6. How to Look Professional in Leather Joggers?
  7. Polo and Joggers Make a Cool Weekend Look
  8. Easy-to-Copy Outfit Inspirations to Style Joggers for for Work and Play
  9. What Outerwear Goes with Leather Jogging Pants?


Updated: 3/7/2022

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How Were Sweat Pants Worn in the 1970s and 1980s

As a kid and teenager, I did not like jogging pants at all. I associated them with the weekly Saturday jogging up the moraine thru the deciduous forest that topped the moraine, and back home with my sister and Dad. I hated jogging, found it extremely boring, and unpleasant for my feet and ankles. Wearing high heels to school all time, and walking in heels every day for about 45 minutes had my legs adapted to heels. As of today, my feet hurt and legs hurt when I wear flats for a prolonged time. Actually, I can catch a bus in heels, but not in flats. Anyhow, back then I swore to myself that I would never jog again.

Of course, it did not even occur to me that I would one day buy a pair of jogging pants.

What for, I would have asked back then.


What Is Trending in Leather?

Well, leather is a big trend right now. Therefore, when I saw the new leather joggers trend, I had to have them. When you are a regular reader, you know I love clothing made from the hides. I have featured leather clothing in various posts, for instance,

work outfit with leather joggers
Work outfit details: Vince joggers, Jones New York silk top, Oliveo blazer, Anne Klein silk floral scarf, Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses, Hermes bangles, structured bag, and sling backs



Can You Wear Leather Joggers over 40?

You have already noticed that I love sleek clothes. Therefore, jogging pants or sweat pants are not along my line because they are “so bulky”. Even when I just hang around the house relaxing or do yard work, I wear sleek jeans. Jogging pants were a No-No for me. Until this winter, I would have said I cannot imaging that I would ever buy a pair of jogging pants! However, it happened this winter that I actually bought a pair of jogging pants! How comes? Well you know I love leather, and the jogging pants were leather, and in addition they were sleek.

In other words, when you love a pair, get it, style joggers for work and play.


50 years old woman in leather joggers styled for work
Leather joggers with Ann Taylor cable knit sweater, statement necklace, and Madonna Truth or Dare floral pumps


Can you imagine the reactions of my friends and colleagues when I wore them the first time? One of my colleagues run around to tell everybody in the department “Nicole is wearing jogging pants.” She even called her husband to tell him! When he did not believe her, she even requested that he would come up the stairs when he would pick her up from work that evening. Later she realized that the jogging pants were leather, and she said “now I understand why you bought them.” I really liked that comment.:)


How Do You Style Leather Joggers?

I think leather is the only way joggers looks great, or even better: Stunning. Here they are: I wore them with white high heels (of course), and a white cashmere sweater making use of how to wear the black and white trend.

In other words, style them like dress pants.


fashion blogger in joggers in a black and white look
Vince leather jogging pants with GNW Luxe cashmere sweater, Christian Louboutain and silk scarf for a Casual Friday look



What Shoes to Wear with Jogging Pants?

When you wear your leather joggers as one of your Casual Friday outfits style them with dress or court  pumps. The leather joggers would look to casual with sneakers for work. They are a great choice for the weekend. Pointy toe pumps or strappy sandals are great choices for going out.

Looking professional in joggers is just one of many reasons to wear heels.


fashion blogger over 40 in joggers outfit with high heels
Front view of outfit described in the photo below


fashion blogger running in heels and joggers
Anne Klein cashmere turtleneck sweater, Vince leather joggers, Nine West camouflage pony-hair booties, Festina watch, and pearl necklaces


How to Look Professional in Leather Joggers at Work?

The photos above shows how I wear jogger pants to work on Casual Friday. Go for a dressy pair in leather. The important thing is that the pants are clearly not for the gym or sports. Then dress your joggers up with the typical business casual style elements like a cashmere sweater, heels, blazer, button-down shirt, and lots of pearls.

When you are a flat shoe person have you ever wondered why you can walk in heels in the store, but nowhere else? Let me tell you it’s a selling strategy.



Easy-to-Copy Outfit Inspirations to Style Joggers for for Work and Play

Polo shirts scream Preppy Style and weekend all over. The outfit inspiration below is great for an evening dinner on a deck with friends. The leather jogging pants are comfy, but still look sophisticated and elegant. Another plus for the leather joggers is that the mosquitoes cannot drill through them. The heels give away my love for street style. The floral scarf adds a punch of color. One just has to take care that it does not blow onto the plate 😉 . The trick is to pin it to the shirt.

The striped cardigan is just in case that it gets chilly before you are willing to go. As the stripes are slightly wider the cardigan does not look stiff like a twinset with the polo shirt.

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midlife blogger in leather jogging pants
Side view of going out with friends outfit idea described below


street style blogger in joggers for a casual weekend look
The Limited polo shirt, The Limited cardigan, floral print oblong silk scarf (thrift find), Longchamp bag,  Ray Ban sunglasses, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes collier de chien bangle,and Vince leather joggers


Alaskan woman in desaturated outfit at the saloon
Alaskan woman in the Senator Saloon of the Pump House in Vince leather joggers, Shein utility jacket, Moda International sweater, Adidas sneakers, and opera length pearl necklace


stylist in jogging leather pants, striped sweater all neutral outfit
Vince leather jogging pants, Pierre and Jeanne striped sweater, Anne Klein Scarf, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Puma sneakers


Read more on what to wear on weekends.


What Outerwear Goes with Leather Jogging Pants?

For the commute to work, I wore a vintage coat with stripes, and my leopard print satchel. I had to break the old fashion rule not to wear brown and black together. I just like the edginess of doing it. It works because the bag and coat repeat both have black and brown shades. Read more about how to wear black and brown together in this post at the link.


stylist in black and brown coat
Thrifted coat with graphic details at the sleeves, head band, Clark booties, gloves (similar here) and Michael Kors leopard print satchel (all own)



stylist in fall outfit with leather jogging pants styled for play
Max Mara zebra print goat hair coat, Vince leather joggers, DIY oblong silk scarf, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, and Adidas sneakers


stylist in shearling, high heel booties fur hat leather jogging trousers
Shearling coat over leather Vince leather joggers with YSL bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, LeatherCoatsEtc leather gloves, Nine West camouflage booties, and beret


fashion blogger over 50 in leather jogging pants and a motorcycle coat
Outfit details: Burberry motorcycle coat over Vince leather joggers with Puma sneakers, Camel bag, Jeanne Pierre sweater, Anne Klein silk scarf, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Puma sneakers


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Photos: G. Kramm

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