It’s hard for anyone of an elegant bent to see the decline of dress among today’s youth. Not all of them, of course. Just those who have embraced sweatpants – often worn with matching sweatshirt, like some perverse mockery of the suit – as their trouser of choice.
Typically ash grey, typically in need of a wash, typically – inexplicably – found with a hand stuffed down them, as though their wearer is, given his dreadful attire, reassuring himself that his manhood is at least still literally intact, sweatpants have become the jeans of the 2020s, and all the more so as denim sales have taken a dive. Often devoid of pockets, such anti-stylists are forced to carry little nylon pouch bags. Truly, they have unmanned themselves through their clothing choice.
In part it’s the result of a decade of athleisure, its obvious ease and comfort pre-dating Covid lockdowns but