How to Wear Joggers Without Looking Frumpy (with Easy Style Rules and 20+ Outfit Ideas)

Do you love the comfy look of joggers? They are a trendy style right now, but they are hard to style without looking like you're wearing frumpy sweatpants. I love this blog post on how #moms style cute #jogger #outfits for #casual and #dressy!  #tips  #momlife #fashion #mom # ideas #easy #clothes #style #tricks

Joggers are a very trendy right now. I'm sure you've been seeing them in stores for a few seasons, but you probably only think of them as sweatpants. Well, today some awesome members of our Frumpy Fighters Facebook group are showing us 20+ ways to look cute in jogger outfits.

I'm also sharing easy tips on how to find joggers that look great on you.

First off, what exactly are joggers? 

Joggers are pants that taper at the calf and/or ankle.

They are often in sweat pant material, but not always-- as we'll cover below.

This topic has been long overdue! Ever since I released the latest Full Year Wardrobe Outfit Guide, the topic of joggers has come up frequently on Frumpy Fighters.

As I like to say about our lively Facebook Group... if you want to start a conversation in the group just mention joggers. 

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Here's the deal. 

Do you love the comfy look of joggers? They are a trendy style right now, but they are hard to style without looking like you're wearing frumpy sweatpants. I love this blog post on how #moms style cute #jogger #outfits for #casual and #dressy!  #tips  #momlife #fashion #mom # ideas #easy #clothes #style #tricks
  • Joggers are popular right now. That means you can look trendy if you wear them.
  • Joggers are comfortable. It's the new sweatpants, without just being plain sweatpants (as you'll see in the outfits below).
  • Moms need comfortable. While I think jeans and other kinds of pants can be comfortable too, there are just those days in the week when you wanna pull on your husbands sweatpants and big hoodie. 

It's at least on those kind of days that the joggers trend can be extremely handy. Because you can be ultra comfortable while being ultra trendy. 

So joggers are comfortable and you will look on-trend wearing them. A potential win-win if you ask me!

But the problem with joggers? 

It's easy to look frumpy in them if you don't get the right pair. 

The two factors making joggers frump-risky are:

  1. Casual material. Cotton is a common material for joggers and they don't provide structure which many body types need.
  2. Tricky shape. Joggers are often looser on top and taper at the bottom. That means the wrong pair can make you wider at the hips. And do we need wider hips mamas?
 
 

Here are my tips for avoiding these problems with joggers so that you can find a pair that you feel CUTE in. 

How to find joggers that flatter

#1 Look for joggers with structure.

Many of the cheapest joggers you'll find out there are a stretchy cotton material--like the French terry cloth type or with fleece-lining. Exactly what you would expect sweat pants to be made of. 

If you are a very slim or have a straight body shape you might be able to look great in unstructured, stretchy cotton.

Here are a couple of outfit pics I took when I just purchased my cotton pair from Old Navy.

I loved them, however, I've found that while I felt good in them the first few weeks, they lost their shape after a couple of washes and I got the "big butt" or baggy look. 

To avoid this, you can look for non-stretchy material such as twill or chino material. 

#2 Look for quality joggers in polyester or nylon material

Polyester and nylon material are both heavier (if good quality and in thick knit) and they have a nice shine to it. It also doesn't pill after washing (again, as long as it's good quality). 

For these reasons polyester or nylon joggers look less casual and are easier to dress up. They are also slimming. 

Just check out how Alison from Get Your Pretty On dressed up her polyester joggers! (I love Alison's post on 3 ways to wear joggers!)

 Click to view listings on Poshmark

Click to view listings on Poshmark

She's using the "Artemis" joggers by Fabletics. They are regularly $60 so you might want to check out the Poshmark listings I found here if you want to snag one of these for cheaper.

Here are some more polyester/nylon jogger options:

Athleta (by GAP) offers some of the best quality and flattering joggers out there!

#3 Look for slim-fit joggers 

Ideally you want your joggers to be slim fit from top to bottom. While they will taper the most right at the ankle, you want to avoid the balloon look on the top. 

Getting joggers in the right material (twill, polyester or nylon) will help provide the slim fit. 

But there are even joggers made in the French Terry cotton type that are cut to fit slim, regardless of how often you wash them. You'll want these cotton joggers to have minimal spandex/elastane in them so that they keep their shape even after washes. 

Slim Joggers by Athleta (GAP)

Finding Quality Joggers at Affordable Prices

Buying quality will be expensive. But you can find tons of Athleta and other quality brand names on Poshmark or Amazon for much cheaper. 

Poshmark

Here's my screen recording showing you how to sort your results to get just what you need.

 
 

Amazon

What's awesome about Amazon is most items have fast shipping and free returns!

I now get about half my purchases from Amazon just because of this. If you look carefully at ratings and reviews you will land amazing deals on quality items. Use my link to try Prime's free 2-day shipping for free:

Here's a list of joggers on Amazon to get you started:

Cute Outfit Formulas using joggers

#1 Casual

  • With a tee or button-up top, partially tucked in the front
  • Slip-on or canvas sneakers
  • Add a cozy infinity scarf and vest for warmth

#2 Semi-casual

  • Add a fitted jacket like a denim or leather jacket to your top
  • Wear flats instead of sneakers

#3 Dressy

If you really want to get bold, you can actually dress up your slim-fit, black or navy, polyester joggers for a trendy date night look.

  • Wear with a blouse, partially tucked in the front.
  • Add pointy pumps

Outfit Examples

Below I'm sharing examples of these looks by ladies in our group Frumpy Fighters.

Joggers Style: Button Up

Button-Ups are an easy layering piece that don't add a lot of bulk. Try them closed over a tank or open over a printed top! Open is also a great way to style your button-ups during pregnancy. They are very versatile! 

 

Credit: Kelly in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Printed Top + Chambray + Slip On Sneakers

 

Credit: Lauren in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Chambray + Vest + Sneakers + Statement Necklace

Credit: Kelly in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Basic Tee + Plaid Button-Up + Slip On Sneakers

Joggers Style: Jean Jacket

Jean jackets are a classic piece everyone should have in their wardrobe. They add more warmth than a button up but should also have a fitted look which is always flattering!

Credit: Lauren in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Striped Tee + Jean Jacket + Sneakers

Joggers + Tunic Sweater + Jean Jacket + Slip Ons

Credit: Lauren in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Printed Tee + Jean Jacket + Slip Ons

Joggers Style: Stripes

Stripes are almost a neutral all of their own. They pattern match well and create a basic, classy look without much effort!

 Credit: Angelene in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Striped Tee + Sneakers + Hat

Credit: Angelene in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Striped Tee + Sneakers + Hat

 Joggers + Striped Tee + Jean Jacket + Flats

Joggers + Striped Tee + Jean Jacket + Flats

 Credit: Jackie in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Striped Tee + Utility Vest + Sneakers

Credit: Jackie in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Striped Tee + Utility Vest + Sneakers

Joggers Style: Cardigans

Cardigans come in a variety of lengths, colors, and styles which means everyone can find one (or a few!) that fit their personal style best. They are the perfect, comfy layering piece that can easily step up your outfit! 

 Credit: Kelly in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Graphic Tee + Thick Cardigan + Slip Ons

Credit: Kelly in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Graphic Tee + Thick Cardigan + Slip Ons

 Credit: Jackie in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Basic Tee + Sweater + Sneakers

Credit: Jackie in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Basic Tee + Sweater + Sneakers

 Joggers + Basic Tee + Neutral Boyfriend Cardigan + Slip Ons + Minimalist Necklace

Joggers + Basic Tee + Neutral Boyfriend Cardigan + Slip Ons + Minimalist Necklace

 
 Credit: Rochelle in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Color Tank + Cardigan + Sneakers + Statement Earrings  Check out Rochelle's website  here !

Credit: Rochelle in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Color Tank + Cardigan + Sneakers + Statement Earrings

Check out Rochelle's website here!

 Credit: Shannon in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Fitted Tank + Color Cardigan + Slip Ons  Check out Shannon's website  here .

Credit: Shannon in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Fitted Tank + Color Cardigan + Slip Ons

Check out Shannon's website here.

 

Joggers Style: Scarves

Scarves also come in so many different options you can create outfits for any season and style with them. Especially if you don't want to add too many layers a scarf is an inexpensive, simple option!

 Credit: Jackie in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Basic Tee + Chambray + Leopard Scarf + Sneakers

Credit: Jackie in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Basic Tee + Chambray + Leopard Scarf + Sneakers

 Credit: Angelene in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Basic Tee + Airy Scarf + Slip Ons

Credit: Angelene in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Basic Tee + Airy Scarf + Slip Ons

 Credit: Jackie in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Long Sleeve Navy Tee + Blanket Scarf + Sneakers

Credit: Jackie in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Long Sleeve Navy Tee + Blanket Scarf + Sneakers

Joggers Style: Vest

Vests are probably one of the most worn completer pieces in my wardrobe, besides cardigans. I love how quick and easy they create warmth without the bulkiness of a jacket.

 Credit: Abigail in  Frumpy Fighters.    Joggers + Basic Tee + Quilted Vest + Plaid Scarf  Check out her IG account  here !

Credit: Abigail in Frumpy Fighters. 

Joggers + Basic Tee + Quilted Vest + Plaid Scarf

Check out her IG account here!

 Joggers + Long Sleeve Navy Tee + Quilted Vest + Blanket Scarf + Slip Ons

Joggers + Long Sleeve Navy Tee + Quilted Vest + Blanket Scarf + Slip Ons

 Credit: Kelly in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Sweatshirt + Quilted Vest + Sneakers

Credit: Kelly in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Sweatshirt + Quilted Vest + Sneakers

Joggers Style: Dressy

I know, I know, this is where you are all hesitantly looking at me with raised eyebrows. But with the right joggers (material is everything!) you can totally create a great going-out or date night outfit. Try it and you might be surprised how chic and trendy you are!

 Joggers + Solid Dressy Top + Statement Necklace + Sandals

Joggers + Solid Dressy Top + Statement Necklace + Sandals

 Credit: Rochelle in  Frumpy Fighters   Joggers + Dressy Top + Pumps + Statement Earrings  Check out Rochelle's website  here !

Credit: Rochelle in Frumpy Fighters

Joggers + Dressy Top + Pumps + Statement Earrings

Check out Rochelle's website here!

 Joggers + Plaid Button-Up + Pendant Necklace + Lace-Up Flats

Joggers + Plaid Button-Up + Pendant Necklace + Lace-Up Flats

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Do you love the comfy look of joggers? They are a trendy style right now, but they are hard to style without looking like you're wearing frumpy sweatpants. I love this blog post on how #moms style cute #jogger #outfits for #casual and #dressy!  #tips  #momlife #fashion #mom # ideas #easy #clothes #style #tricks
 

Notice how some of these looks are styled for being at home and some for being out and about? Isn't that what mom life is all about?! Some days we are fighting the battle to be cute, yet relaxed at home as we chase kiddos around, cleaning up after them, and other days we are in and out of the car, running errands, dropping kids off at school or sports, fighting the frump while feeling harried.

Just like these lovely ladies, YOU CAN DO IT! Small investments, like comfy joggers that aren't frumpy can have a big impact on how you feel conquering day to day life.

On you go, mamas, pull on those joggeres, grab some accessories and show us how you are styling these comfy bottoms over at Frumpy Fighters!


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