What Top to Wear With Grey Sweatpants

by Jennifer Blair
Singer-songwriter Skylar Grey pairs loose, grey sweats with a cropped black T-shirt for a sexy, balanced look.

Singer-songwriter Skylar Grey pairs loose, grey sweats with a cropped black T-shirt for a sexy, balanced look.

Grey sweatpants definitely earn high marks for comfort, but they're not usually the most stylish pants option. If you want to make your sweats look a little more stylish, switching up your top is an easy way to do it. Forget pairing it with a traditional matching grey sweatshirt or hoodie, and get a little more creative. With the right top and accessories, you can make your old grey sweats a little more versatile.

Go Tight

Create a balanced silhouette by pairing loose, grey sweatpants with a snug top that shows off your curves. For a simple, casual look, pair a form-fitting white T-shirt with your sweats and tennis shoes. Since grey is a neutral color, you can also rock a fitted graphic tee with multiple colors if you want a little more flair for your look. A fitted tank in a bold color like tangerine or turquoise works well with simple grey sweats when the weather’s warm. When the temperatures drop, wear your sweatpants with a fitted red Henley for a sporty look.

Go Cropped

Another way to balance the look of grey sweats is to pair them with a short top that doesn’t add any more volume to your lower body. Put a twist on the traditional sweat suit by pairing your sweatpants with a cropped grey sweatshirt -- get flirty by choosing an off-the-shoulder style and layering it over a tank or camisole with lacy straps. In warm weather, go for a similar look with a cropped black tee-- pair the look with gladiator sandals for a comfortable, casual look.

Go Comfy

Wearing your grey sweats with a big, cozy sweatshirt is definitely comfortable, but it’s not the most stylish look. If you want to maximize comfort and still look polished, pair grey, slim-cut sweats with a sweater instead of a sweatshirt. Go with a cobalt V-neck sweater or a black, chunky-knit, crew-neck style, and pair them with flat boots. If you really want a relaxed, low-key look, wear your sweats with a red boyfriend sweater and tennis shoes.

Go Unexpected

Grey sweatpants aren’t the most polished pants that you can opt for, but choosing a tailored pair and wearing them with unexpected tops can instantly dress them up. Pair your grey sweats with a white-fitted button-down, and tuck it in for a chic, put-together look -- add ballet flats, and you’re ready to go. For a more casual look, wear the sweatpants with a denim shirt. Choose a fitted style, or knot a larger shirt at the waist. Go edgy by layering a black leather jacket over a simple white tank top and pairing it with your sweats. Add black motorcycle-style boots and a chunky silver chain necklace to complete your outfit.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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