As you’re not doubt aware, I am totally here for the tracksuit pants! The ability to wear trakkies all day is surely one of the top 5 things about remote working**.
So I was delighted and interested to read No sweat: how tracksuit bottoms became the height of lockdown fashion on The Guardian a couple of weekends ago.
This, however was the stand out for me:
But not everyone is convinced. Last week, Adam Tschorn, deputy fashion editor of the LA Times , wrote an impassioned plea against the rise of the tracksuit bottom in our work-from-home environment. “Please, can we put away those sweatpants, ratty, grey, decades-old collegiate sweatshirts and obscure minor league baseball caps, and start our workdays looking like we deserve the pay we’re lucky enough to be earning while the world around us burns?”
No, Adam, no we can’t.
There is so much to unpack here. The idea that what we wear is any sort of indication of our capability, productivity or value. The idea of an old white privileged man dictating what is appropriate to wear in our homes.
But most mind boggling and hilarious of all is the idea that someone who dresses like this:
is in any way qualified to comment on fashion or style.^^
** other top things: fresh air! no commute! cats all day! (I know that’s only four things)
^^ there is a suitably amusing twitter thread here