How to Look Good in Sweatpants & Converse Shoes for Men

Ricky Martin touches down in Sydney wearing a casual-yet-classy look.
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Once upon a time, sweatpants were worn for gardening, or lifting weights at the gym. But sweatpants have taken a wider role in fashion, showing up in arenas ranging from the casual workplace to having lunch with friends. So don't sweat it -— with just a few tips and a clean pair of Converse, you can easily sport this casual-yet-fashionable look.

1 Sock It to Ya

Make sure your sweatpants have a little wiggle room at the bottom. Scrunch the legs up a bit and add a thick sock with your Converse tennis shoes. Lace Converse high tops just above the ankle, pull the tongue up and fold the edges over a bit.

2 Color Splash

Coordinate your colors for a seamless, hip look. If your sweatpants are navy or orange, wear neutral-colored socks so the two don't fight for attention. Pair earthy and deep tones together — khaki sweatpants, a jewel-colored cardigan and brown Converse — for a casual-luxe outfit.

3 Focus on the Details

Concentrate on fit, cut and style when pairing sweats with Converse. Choose a pair with a metal details on the drawstring, tailored lines, pockets, ankle cuffs or those made from interesting fabrics such as wool, cable knit or a combination of cashmere and silk. The more details you sport, the less "sweatpant sloppy" you'll look. Wear a brand new pair of Converse to elevate the look.

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.