January 21 (if on the weekend, then the Monday or Friday closest)
Sweat Pants Day is January 21st (or the nearest weekday)
Finally, someone telling you to wear sweat pants other than your subconscious! Sweatpants were first introduced in the 1920s as a part of activewear. Initially, activewear implied wealth, because you had free time to play sports. Netflix and Vox’s Explained defines this really well. Since then, sweatpants have infiltrated our every day from multiple aspects. In recent decades, wearing sweatpants in public normalizes more and more.
In Pop Culture
With the explosion of athleisure in the last decade, music culture has reflected our fashion interests. Arguably the two most popular songs that mention sweatpants in their lyrics are:
“Best I Ever Had” by Drake
“Sweat pants, hair tied, chilling with no make up on, that’s when you’re the prettiest I hope that you don’t take it wrong”
“Low” by Low Rida
“Them baggy sweat pants and those Reeboks with the straps”
How to Celebrate Sweat Pants Day
Show up to work in sweats
Dress up your pet or kid in sweats
Try to not sweat while wearing them
Admire these celebrities who seem just as attractive as when they’re on the red carpet
This holiday unites the inner couch potato in everyone. If this is a normal weekday for you; congratulations, you know how to relax. If you struggle to relax or wear athleisure in public, use this holiday as an excuse to push your comfort zone. There’s a reason these pants get so much hype, don’t miss out on your opportunity.