How To Wear Track Pants: 6 Ways To Style Them for Summer

Many trends come and go, and in the world of street style, the cycle of rising and falling popularity changes at warp speed. But every now and then, a trend sticks (see: crop tops), and as the seasons change, it doesn’t go anywhere. One of our favorites that’s held fast for the past few seasons: the track pant.

The athletic-inspired, casual-cool outfit essential has proven to be a wardrobe staple for the warmer months. They look chic paired with everything from your favorite soft white T-shirt to a dressier, lace-hemmed blouse. And they’re available in every fabric from silk to leather to leopard-print cotton, making them versatile enough to be appropriate for many an occasion.

Scroll down for six tricks to make your track pants stylish this summer, plus six ultra-cute pairs to shop now!

1. Make them ultra-feminine.


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If you love the trend but aren’t really into full-on tomboy style, go crazy accessorizing the athletic pants with girly pieces. Try a really sleek pair of black heels, a billowing halter top, and a girly little clutch for maximum impact.

Marabelle Track Pant With Banded Cuff ($69)

A wardrobe must: a pair in simple, classic black.

2. Go full-on athletic.


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While there’s certainly something to be said for dressing up the low-slung trousers, there’s definitely a certain style to be achieved by wearing them with sneakers. Top them off with your favorite warm-weather sweater, and you’re good to go.

Current/Elliott Cotton-Jersey Track Pants ($150)

These are great with slip-on sneakers, but can also be successfully dressed up with a pair of stylish heels.

3. Make a statement with a print.


Damsel In Dior

While many a pair of track pants come in classic black, there’s a certain appeal in wearing a set in a look-at-me print. Try a classic leopard pattern in black and white, then complement them with subtle accessories.

Clover Canyon Donegal Cropped Printed Track Pants ($216)

If there's any pair of track pants that make a statement with color, it's these.

4. Try a pair with plenty of color.


Pink Peonies

If you’re not necessarily into an animal print, reach for a pair in an on-trend shade like pastel pink. Again, use minimalistic accessories, so the eye is naturally drawn to your outfit’s central piece: your pantalones.

10 Crosby Derek Lam Suede Track Pants ($1,295)

We love the soft pink of this set.

5. Go for a badass, moto edge.


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There’s always this option: wear as many dark colors as possible, letting your track pants serve as a variation on a theme. Top them with a dark tartan-print blouse, a black leather moto jacket, black shoes, and a black bag. Not for the timid of heart, but definitely cool.

Marc Jacobs Karoo Printed Silk Track Pants ($298)

A pair in silk gets a statement-making upgrade courtesy of a graphic print.

6. It’s all about color-blocking.


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A great styling strategy for track pants is to use a solid black pair as the keystone around which to experiment with other colors. Style them with a solid chambray top, a pair of heels in a pop of red or yellow, and a clutch in another shade.

Alexander Wang Track Pants ($326)

The soft blue combines with the sweatpant-inspired texture for an overall win.