Sweating The Details Of The Sweats Trend
I am a girl who loves a good hoodie. I have been known to make brunch in the pair of baggy Champion sweats I have worn—and adored—since college. I prefer comfort to discomfort and ease to difficulty, and I am non-categorical about high fashion and low. Theoretically, I am the target market for the fashion makeover of fleece that is currently afoot. And yet: Something in the mind revolts. It’s not that Alexander Wang’s sweat shorts are currently retailing for the ambitious price of $225, or that Osklen’s pleated sweat dresses and loose, floor-skimming sweat skirts for Fall ’09 strike me as a whit too conceptual for a cotton Gwyneth doesn’t even want to let into her new Tribeca gym. No, my problem with the sweats trend is more general. I want to preserve the distinction between clothes you wear to look stylish, and the stuff you put on when you just don’t care. I would hate for sweats to go the way of denim and draped tees and become a fetishized, merchandised must-have; the kind of thing that demands a rigorous attention to detail. I suspect that when sweats become a fashion item, it won’t make my lifestyle more casual, but less. Lover’s circular cape in gray marl has me convinced that fleece can look streetwise and suave, but I’m not yet convinced that it should. What do you say? To sweat or not to sweat?