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Sweatpants In Public Places: Minute 16

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Katie Holmes is guilty of wearing sweatpants in public places. For shame.
Katie Holmes is guilty of wearing sweatpants in public places. For shame.

By definition, trends are fleeting. They're ephemeral. And every day we see our fair share of looks we'd like to remove from our sartorial lexicon. So join us, each week, as we analyze a trend that's had its 15 minutes of fame. These looks are well into their Minute 16, folks. It's time to usher them toward stage left.

The Trend: "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You've lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants." - Karl Lagerfeld
Uncle Karl knows best. Sweatpants aren't a trend, per se, because they have snaked their way into society and have become a staple of the hangover or the errand, and now we're saying enough's enough. Sweatpants are unflattering to any woman's body, we don't care how much they cost.

Chief Offenders: Celebrities. They sport sweatpants everywhere -- when they're heading to the gym or simply picking up a coffee. The look as been captured by the paparazzi on everyone from Katie Holmes to Paris Hilton.

What's Wrong With The Trend: We understand that people opt for clothing that's comfortable for practicality's sake. We like to lounge just as much as the next girl, but we think sweats are best kept indoors. Isn't changing out of these baggy pants to run an errand -- to something like, say, jeans -- an easy enough step? On top of that, sweatpants make you look larger than you actually are -- they're so baggy they hide and add false poundage to sexy curves, muscle tone and hips. It's a losing battle.

May We Suggest: Last week, we suggested the jegging instead of the legging. We'll suggest them again. They are as stretchy as pants go and offer optimal comfort. If you're looking for that baggy leg feeling, try boyfriend jeans -- they look chic and cute on any body type, but will never appear frumpy.

Look at the celebs wearing sweatpants in public places. Let us know on Twitter if you think this trend deserves to stay or go.

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