In times past, you could tell a lot about a man by the joggers he wore. Thanks, in the main, to all that excess material bunching at the over-elasticated waistband, framing his manhood...

Mercifully, sweatpants have undergone a serious image upgrade, which means they're no longer the reserve of rude boys, gym bunnies and guys who are way too keen to show off their junk.

It's time to usher in the arrival of the new, cool breed of joggers.

With options that include tapered slim fits, quality fabrics and patterns, sweatpants have become a lot more than something to lounge about or exercise in (though, obviously, they're great for this, too.).

Worn with a pair of chunky loafers or, if you're not quite ready for that, some technical trainers, they offer a contemporary alternative to jeans or trousers. And, for any man bold enough to step outside his comfort zone, they can also look good with a shirt for a casual night out.