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Joggers, another way

Full disclosure: I wasn't a fan of joggers until this summer.

Something about the way the elastic bottom wrapped around my ankle reminded me of my high school field hockey sweats - thick, 100% cotton, navy blue -- the memories aren't particularly pleasant. However, I've gotten over it. And thank goodness I have, because what would I wear this fall? Athleisure is everywhere! Did you know that the first pair of sweatpants was introduced in the 1920s by Émile Camuset, the founder of Le Coq Sportif. Of course, these were simple knitted gray jersey pants that allowed athletes to stretch and run comfortably.

To give you some style ideas and/or to help you save some time, I've put together a couple of Jogger Looks for you to check out.

Black Everywhere Zipper Jogger, Zyia Active $89 + Denim Jacket, Levi's at JCPenney $44 + White Heavenly Long T, Zyia Active $47 + Time & Tru Snakeskin Slip-On Sneaker at Walmart $15

To look great in joggers, you must get the fit right. Too big, and you run the risk of looking bulky and disheveled. Too tight and well, who wants to wear tight clothes when you're sitting at desk at home?

Black Everywhere Zipper Jogger, Zyia Active $89 + Tie Dye Crew Neck Tank, Nordstrom Rack $15 + Black Faux Leather Jacket, Levi's at JCPenney $60 + Alexander McQueen Skull Flats $395

You are going to also want to think about your top & bottom proportions - a looser fitting pant will look best with a more fitted top and jacket. And then vice versa, a tighter bottom will look great with a more flowing type of top. See the examples below.

Navy Peak Zipper Jogger, Zyia Active $89 + Navy Striped Top, Lands End $45 + Navy Open Front Cardigan, Old Navy $22 + White Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker $80 + White Tretorn Sneaker $79

Red Everywhere Zipper Jogger, Zyia Active $89 + White Heavenly Long T, Zyia Active $47 + Pink Puffer Vest, Uniqlo $49 + Essential Trainer Sneaker Banana Republic $82

Lastly, let's talk about taking care of your joggers. As with most gym clothing, wash with like colors, in cold water. DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER. Yes, you heard me correctly, if you want your fabulous fitness clothing to last, do not put in the dryer. Also, a little bit of vinegar can go a long way when washing your gym clothes. White vinegar is my go-to, and I add about a half of cup to all my laundry. For an especially foul-smelling load of clothes, soak your clothes in a half a cup of white vinegar mixed with cold water for at least an hour before washing. This will help remove unpleasant odors and break down sweat stains and buildup.

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