Philadelphians Wear More Sweatpants Than Anybody, Says Study

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As Jerry Seinfeld might say, Philadelphia is telling the world, “I give up.”

The City of Brotherly Love is known for many things—the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, cheese steaks—but a new report suggests that also leads the nation in casual outerwear. A recent study by Experian Marketing tracked how many sweats were purchased by residents in 209 market areas in the United States and found that Philadelphians tend to keep it casual.

“Philadelphia is the highest ranking when it comes to the mean number of sweats and sweat items that are purchased each year,” John Fetto, a researcher for Experian, told CBS News.

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But worry not, Philadelphians, because Fetto insists you should rock your sweat suits without worrying about being judged by other cities.

“There’s no shame in wearing sweats, I don’t think,” he said to CBS. “I think there are probably plenty of fashionable sweat options that are out there.”

He also suggested that perhaps Philadelphia residents are “more physically active” or “have more activities” that make sweats appropriate.

This is Philadelphia’s second year in a row as the reigning champion of the sweat suit rankings. Hartford, Conn., claimed the second highest spot this year, and Pittsburgh, Penn., found itself in third place.

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9 comments
georgemorris
georgemorris

Ha! No scientific research needed. We all were sweatpants because that's what Rocky did. We all want to be like Rocky!

"Yo Adrienne" 

veronica223
veronica223

There are several colleges in the area, and sweats  (especially with the schools name) are always a safe option for casual wear in class most of the year,... this probably would represent a chunk of your data

MissyNina
MissyNina

If they speak of products like hoodies, then it makes sense..I don't think people are buying whole sweatsuit outfits, though.

tablogloid
tablogloid

It is not a far stretch to link the choice of "fashionable sweat options" to the problem of obesity in North America.  Loose fitting track suits are the choice of  the overweight masses because they obscure body types and make them feel they look fit and sporty. 

Guest
Guest

If you need prove that the West is in irreversible decline...... articles like this.

Cory Kielion
Cory Kielion

HOW is this newsworthy?

Donna Finn
Donna Finn

lighten up, it's thursday!  many philadelphians enjoyed it...

tablogloid
tablogloid

Blame CNN for inventing the "factoid."