Track Pants
Track pants are always winners. Courtesy of Gucci

Remember athleisure? It really took hold during the pandemic when we all stayed home and comfort was queen. Of course, fashion-mined folk always have to have a little sartorial spin on even the most chill ensembles. Back then track pants were a vital member of our loungewear strategy. While some may have traded them for barrel-leg jeans or hot pants, we encourage those select few to rethink their decision.

Why? Because the pants are surprisingly versatile. Just ask the street style set. It's not uncommon to see the usually side-striped silhouette topped off by the coordinating jacket or a striking blouse or bold T-shirt. Honestly, practically anything goes. Especially if you favor black or blue versions with classic white accents.

Another indicator of their prowess? All the designer versions. Balenciaga famously teamed up with Adidas on several logo-clad pairs. In one case, the pants came with heels attached. It label Wales Bonner offers options that coordinate beautifully with its sponsored Sambas. Naturally, the sportswear experts over at Lacoste created numerous iterations. Loewe, JW Anderson, Chloe, Gucci and even Rick Owens are all over the trend, too. The prices of these pieces reflect their designer upbringing. The aforementioned Balenciaga items run several thousand dollars. That's several thousand dollars we don't have. So our picks top off at $1,800. (That may seem like a lot, but Gucci usually demands more of an investment.)

As always, we found quite a few lower-cost alternatives. Adidas' original track pants are pretty perfect as-is. Other sporty labels are also great resources for affordable pairs. Splits59's blood orange set adds the perfect pop of color to any outfit. The Upside's navy pick works in the gym and out on the street. Zara and H&M have options that look way more expensive than they really are. And X-Girl flips the script with contrast piping for under $150.

When it comes to styling, buying the complementary track jacket is always a good idea. It's not required, however. Not only do our top choices perform well with any kind of topper, they work great with any type of footwear. Sneakers, natch. Although we highly recommend sporting them with heels for a chic finish.

Here are the best ones to add to your athleisure roster.

Adidas Originals Wales Bonner Tech Knit Track Pants
Adidas Originals Wales Bonner

Adidas Originals Wales Bonner Tech Knit Track Pants, $260 at LuisaViaRoma

Pixie Market Black Track Pants
Pixie Market

Pixie Market Black Track Pants, $109 at Pixie Market

Bishop + Young Ford Track Pants
Bishop + Young

Bishop + Young Ford Track Pants, $128 at Anthropologie

Lacoste Track Pant

Lacoste Track Pant, $180 at Free People

Loewe Anagram-Embroidered Jersey Track Pants

Loewe Anagram-Embroidered Jersey Track Pants, $990 at Matches Fashion

Rick Owens Orange Track Lounge Pants
Rick Owens

Rick Owens Orange Track Lounge Pants, $875 at SSENSE

Chloe Cady Trackpants

Chloe Cady Trackpants, $717 at Mytheresa

Splits59 Fox Techflex Track Pant

Splits59 Fox Techflex Track Pant, $103 at Splits59

Zara Side Stripe Jogger Pants

Zara Side Stripe Jogger Pants, $45.90 at Zara

Adidas Originals Montreal Track Pants
Adidas Originals

Adidas Originals Montreal Track Pants, $75 at LuisaViaRoma

JW Anderson Bootcut Track Pants
JW Anderson

JW Anderson Bootcut Track Pants in Black, $495 at The Frankie Shop

X-Girl Contrast Piping Track Pant

X-Girl Contrast Piping Track Pant, $140 at Urban Outfitters

Gucci Technical Jersey Pant With Web

Gucci Technical Jersey Pant With Web, $1,800 at Gucci

HM Nylon Track Pants

H&M Nylon Track Pants, $39.99 at H&M

The Upside Track Pant
The Upside

The Upside Track Pant, $160 at Urban Outfitters

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