First, Desiree of the blog "Wicked Thrifty" wrote a post that basically convinced me NEVER to wear sweat pants ever again- not that I needed much convincing! Check it out here.
Secondly, Emily of the blog "Le Quaintrelle" wrote of her experience in an area where sweat pants and frumpy jeans are the norm and what it's like to "dress up" each day. She also mentions the pj's in public phenomenon. Read her post here.
I've said it before, but since this topic seems to be hot right now, I'll say it again: There is one incredibly simple solution to sweatpants and it's one that very few women actually use, but it's just as- if not more- comfortable than a pair of sweatpants: A lightweight jersey dress. I own more jersey dresses than I care to admit, but they are incredibly comfortable and they always look great! They are inexpensive, easy to find and come in every color of the rainbow as well as any print imaginable. This beautiful blue smocked jersey dress from Overstock (only $29.99) is making me drool right now, actually:
The only thing stopping me from buying it right now is the fact that I already own a gajillion dresses very similar to it. But I digress... Jersey is a very casual fabric- it's basically a little heavier than your average t-shirt material. Since the fabric is casual, you can get away with wearing a dress and not actually being "dressed up." It's all smoke and mirrors- an illusion you can use to send the message to the world that you are chic and fabulous, but all the while you can FEEL like you're wearing a sweatsuit. And isn't that EVERY woman's logic behind donning a pair of sweatpants? She wants to feel comfortable. I get that, I really do and I promise you that a jersey dress is the ideal alternative to a pair of sweatpants or even jeans.
Some other inexpensive options:
Old Navy V-Neck Jersey Dress, $19.50, available in 3 other colors
Old Navy Cross-front Knit Dress, $15-$19.50, available in 5 other colors/prints
Old Navy Flutter Sleeve Jersey Dress, $17.99-$23.99, available in 2 other colors/prints
Old Navy Raw Hem Jersey Dress, $12.99-$15, available in 9 other colors/prints
Each one of these dresses is around or under $20, so go out, get yourself one and give it a try. The next time you can't bear to wear anything other than your ratty old sweats, give one of these dresses a chance. Wear it with flip-flops, or ballet flats, or even Uggs, if you must. Just try it and you'll be a believer!