These Iconic Movie Moments Make Me Want to Live in Sweatpants Forever

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Right now, I would be living in my sweatpants whether or not we have great movie moments to thank for inspiration. Even if Instagram didn’t exist, where you can score hundreds of outfit ideas for your loungewear, and even if retailers weren’t putting out adorable, affordable co-ord sets, I’d still be in my sweatpants, because sweatpants are cozy and comfortable. They make staying home for long periods of time feel a little bit more doable. There they are, my sweatpants, peeking out of my drawer like a warm hug waiting for an embrace.

Even though this is what sweatpants mean to me right now, it’s nice to look back on their movie history and reminisce about how, at one point, they were used as a tool to help depict someone’s character. The Parent Trap immediately comes to mind – the difference between how Hallie and Annie Parker each styled their camp sweats was so telling, Hallie with a headband and Adidas sneakers and Annie with a popped collar. For me, Danny Zuko in his gray tracksuit is somehow the most iconic. He changed out of his signature T-Bird leather jacket to try out for high school sports in this look, all in the name of impressing Sandy. I never knew sweatpants could be so romantic!

But these aren’t the only movie moments I’m appreciating right now as I look back on the characters who have really owned this look before me. I have to give them all credit – they are part of the reason I feel stylish in my sweats, after all.

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