Once simply used as wear for athletic activities, sweat suits are now worn for not only casual comfort wear but also as fashion wear. A sweat suit includes informal pants and a jacket or top made of material that is non-restrictive and designed to create convenience, ease, and comfort. A sweat suit is an ensemble that is equally popular among men and women.
For both men and women, the sweat suit ranges tremendously in differences by design. For both genders, there are those suits with pants that come with an elasticized cuff at the ankle. This ensures that when they are worn for biking or running that the wearer does not trip because of getting caught in the pant leg. Some elasticized pant legs will include a zipper at the bottom to afford the wearer an easier time getting in and out of the pants, as well as enabling him or her to loosen the bottom of the pants to varying degrees by raising or lowering the zipper.
A sweat suit can be made of nylon material, heavy or thin cotton, and a host of other materials. Those made of nylon are lighter weight and often will feature the added bonus of being either water resistant or water proof. The heavier material is usually chosen to complement the design of the specific sweat suit. For example, a sweat suit made of fleece would be worn for inclement weather when snow is in the forecast, whereas a light cotton one might be used for travel on a plane to warm weather destinations. Velour sweat suits tend to be dressier and also tend to be pricier than some of those that are strictly worn for their comfort value and not for the style or designer they represent.
A sweat suit can also be designed for dressier or more formal wear, for example those that are made out of silk. While these obviously would not be worn for an athletic event, they still afford the person wearing them ample ability to move comfortably. Designs like the silk version are good for those who are recovering from an illness or surgery but still want to dress in a fashionable manner. While their designs and purposes range greatly, as do their price point index, sweat suits have one thing that is common to all: They are made for the comfort of those choosing to wear them.