What are Joggers? (ANSWERED!)

We give you all the information you need in order to learn what joggers are, what they are used for, and how to wear them.

What are Joggers?

Mens Joggers

Joggers have been worn by runners and soccer players for decades, but they have just recently become a part of modern fashion. Joggers are tapered athletic pants that are meant to be worn during running or other types of exercises. Joggers have recently become fashionable and can be worn with a number of different outfits in a variety of different settings. 

This is What are Joggers? (ANSWERED!)

Joggers are pants that have a tight cut and are tapered at the leg. Joggers are often made from cotton or polyester blends and were originally meant to be worn as athletic pants for runners to train in.

Joggers are often confused with sweatpants, however there are a few major differences between the two; mainly having to do with the slim jogger vs. baggy sweatpants. 

Joggers have recently become extremely popular in modern fashion and are worn in many settings that have nothing to do with exercise. Joggers are easy to create outfits around and can be a very stylish piece of clothing.  

What Are Joggers?

Joggers, as the name suggests, were originally meant to be worn as exercise clothing. As time went on joggers, much like running shoes and yoga pants, have become more mainstream and are being worn during activities not involving exercise. 

Joggers are comfortable, lightweight, and oftentimes stretchy pants. Joggers are generally more “skinny” or tight than sweatpants, and look less lazy when worn in public. Joggers lend a clean, athletic, and leisurely look to whoever is wearing them and can be styled in a variety of different ways. 

Joggers come with a tapered cut down the leg that ends with an elastic cuff around the high ankle area. Joggers also come with either an elastic or drawstring waist, and typically have 2 large side pockets and possibly a back or cargo pocket as well. 

Do you know how long should joggers be or what size joggers should you get?

What are Joggers Used For?

When joggers were invented roughly 100 years ago they were worn by runners training for athletic competition. As time went on and their popularity among athletes expanded, the most common place to see joggers was on the soccer field where the players would be wearing them to warm up.  

Although joggers are popular in modern fashion and can be styled nicely a number of ways, their primary purpose is as a runner’s clothing. Joggers are soft, breathable, lightweight, and fitted, which makes them the perfect type of clothing to wear when you are going for a run or playing a game of tennis in the autumn. 

Joggers are not as warm as sweatpants but they are still warm enough to protect you from the sting of a cold day. Once you begin running or doing some exercise, your body heat will add nicely to the warmth of the joggers and you will be able to have a comfortable experience. 

What Material Are Joggers Made From?

Joggers can be made from a number of different materials, however the most popular materials for making joggers are cotton and polyester. 

Most of the time you will find your joggers are made from either a cotton polyester blend, or polyester blended with spandex or viscose. There are also a number of joggers made from 100% cotton as well as 100% wool if you want a little more warmth. 

What are the Different Types of Joggers?

Not all joggers are designed the same! Take a look below at the 4 different types of joggers. 

1. Athletic Joggers

These are the joggers that you are meant to run, jump, and train in. They are comfortable, stretchy, breathable, and come in basic black and gray colors. 

This is a infographic of athletic joggers

2. Lounge Joggers

These are the type of joggers that are meant to be worn around the house while you relax. They may have extra pockets on the side of the legs for your cell phone or sugary snacks. 

This is a lounge jogger infographic

3. Everyday Joggers

These are the type of joggers that are comfortable enough to wear at home, but also sharp enough to wear at a casual dinner. You may have 2 pairs of the same design just because you wear them so much. 

This is an everyday jogger infographic

4. Smart Joggers

These are joggers that have pinstripe, patterned, or square designs and can be worn with a dress shirt and blazer to the office. Smart joggers have a more formal look than everyday joggers, however they still have the same comfortable and lightweight feel. 

This is a smart jogger infographic

What are Joggers vs. Sweatpants?

Joggers and sweatpants do have some things in common, however there are some key distinctions between the two.  

Joggers vs. Sweatpants: Similarities

  • Joggers and sweatpants are both often made from cotton or polyester blends.
  • Both joggers and sweatpants are soft and comfortable.
  • Joggers and sweatpants will keep you warm, however sweatpants are a little better at providing warmth.
  • Joggers and sweatpants often come in black or gray colors. 

Joggers vs. Sweatpants: Differences

  • Joggers have a tapered and skinny cut down the legs. Sweatpants have a straight and baggy cut down the legs. 
  • Joggers have a thick elastic cuff at the ankle, sweatpants do not. 
  • Joggers come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, prints, and materials. Sweatpants are usually a solid color and made from cotton or polyester. 
  • Joggers are meant to be worn during exercise, while sweatpants are meant to be worn during Netflix. 

How to Wear Joggers Fashionably

Joggers are fashionable as well as comfortable. Here’s a couple tips on how to wear joggers fashionably:

  • Think of your joggers like a pair of jeans.
  • Wear joggers with clean athletic shoes.
  • Make sure the rest of your outfit is also tight fitting. Do not wear a baggy t-shirt with your tapered jogger pants. 
  • Pair your joggers with a bomber jacket up top. 
  • Do forget to accessorize! Feel free to wear some casual jewelry like a bracelet or a necklace with your joggers. 
  • Make sure you buy the right size and get the correct fitting joggers. 

Two articles you must read to wear your joggers fashionably and get the fit right are how to wear joggers fashionably & how are joggers supposed to fit.

How to Style Joggers

Joggers can be styled in a number of different ways, depending on the situation and the type of jogger you are wearing. One of the most important aspects when learning how to style your joggers is to find the right shoes. Joggers are an athletic piece of clothing, so the shoes should be clean (plus clean shoelaces!) and athletic as well. Low cut white sneakers are never a bad choice and can typically be matched with most types of joggers. 

It is also important to wear other tight, not baggy, clothing to pair with your joggers. Fitted t-shirts and bomber jackets are great compliments to your jogger pants and sneakers. Try to avoid wearing anything baggy with your joggers, as your joggers are meant to give you a lean and skinny look. 

We dive deeper into our style  guide with how to style joggers for men.

What are The Best Men’s Joggers

American Tall

A.T. Performance: Men’s Tall Engineered Joggers in Black

  • Black, green, blue, gray
  • Mens Sizes: S-tall to 2XL-Extra Tall
  • CAD $69/ USD $55
man wearing american tall mens black joggers

Under Armour

Men’s UA Sportstyle Joggers

  • Black, grey, cream, green, dark blue, blue, white
  • Mens Sizes: S to 4XL-T
  • CAD $59.99/ USD $47.89
man wearing green under armour mens joggers

Boohoo

Tall Man Script Skinny Fit Cargo Jogger

  • Black
  • Mens Sizes: S to XXL
  • CAD $40.70/ USD $32.50
Man wearing boohooman Tall Man Script Skinny Fit Cargo Jogger Black and white

How to Wash Joggers in the Washing Machine

It is best to use the cold water and delicate settings to wash joggers in the washing machine. High water temperatures can shrink cotton based joggers and also melt polyester based joggers (can you shrink polyester?)

To wash your joggers in the washing machine first turn the joggers inside out so that you protect and maintain the outer layer for longer. Add a couple drops of laundry detergent to the washing machine and run the wash cycle or delicate with cold water. 

Once washed you can either choose to dry your your joggers in the dryer using the tumble dry low setting. This may cause them to shrink, so be warned.

The second option is to dry your joggers without a dryer. Two simple techniques are to dry flat or line dry. Fold your joggers once done and then put away.

If washing and drying your laundry is to tedious for you then take the joggers to a dry cleaners. Paying a professional is always a good choice if you have the expendable funds. Learn how much a dry cleaner costs and how long a dry cleaning takes.

If the washing machine has pulled out the drawstring on your joggers, let our guide help you cinch it back it: how to put string back in joggers.

Wash you joggers perfectly with this guide how to wash joggers in washing machine.

What are Joggers FAQ

The difference between joggers and sweatpants is mainly in the fit. Joggers have a tapered leg and are meant to have a “skinny” fit. Sweatpants usually have a straight cut and are meant to be loose and baggy.

No ,joggers are not just sweatpants. Joggers have a much different look, fit, and feel than sweatpants and are also more stylish and fashionable. Joggers look clean and stylish, while sweatpants look lazy and tired. 

Jogger is a type of athletic wear that has become popular in modern fashion. Joggers are typically made from cotton or polyester blends and have a tapered fitted cut down the leg. 

Yes, joggers are great to wear for running. Joggers, as the name suggests, were actually invented for professional runners who needed to wear them during their training for the olympics. Joggers eventually became more popularized by European footballers and then slowly became a part of modern fashion. 

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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