By Alexandra DeRosa
Updated Dec 06, 2014 @ 12:37 pm
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Dressy sweatpants. We bet you never thought you'd hear those two words together—it sounds too good to be true, right?

This season, designers reinvented the tried-and-true lounge style and updated it with unexpected fabrics, detailed finishes, and cozy-meets-sophisticated cuts. What makes this batch of bottoms even more wearable and flattering are the elastic ankle and waist bands,which gives shape to an otherwise slouchy fit. (While comfort is king, who wants to look sloppy?)

Fashion Tip

"Designers have elevated sweatpants with unexpected fabrics, detailed finishes, and sophisticated cuts."

To take these dressy sweats from the comfort of your apartment to a dinner date, bump them up a notch with elevated basics (you don't want to wear two casual pieces together). Pair them with a clean-cut blazer, bomber, or moto jacket and a fitted top for a balanced, wear-anywhere look. You may also be surprised by how well the style works with heels. Try them with a traditional pump for a polished look or an bootie for a trendier take (leave the bottom hem slightly bunched, a la Gwen Stefani, to create a too-cool look).