"Your Shabbat activities shall not be like your weekday activities". From this we learn that we should dress differently on Shabbat.

Say you finished the meal and want to sit and read by the couch. If you find it uncomfortable to relax in dress pants, is it permissible to switch into your weekday sweatpants just for this relaxation session?

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    Why weekday sweatpants instead of shabbat sweatpants – Double AA Feb 2 '15 at 16:41
  • @DoubleAA, say you only have weekday sweatpants. – Ani Yodea Feb 2 '15 at 17:07
  • @DoubleAA, would shabbat sweatpants pose no problems? – Ani Yodea Feb 2 '15 at 17:11
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    "dress differently on Shabbat" based on what you wrote there wouldn't be a problem. – Double AA Feb 2 '15 at 18:20

The Mishna Berura writes that one needs to honor shabbos with clean clothes. At the same time, in discussing the concept of oneg shabbos in regards to food, he says that while it is a custom to have fish, if one does not like fish he does not have to eat it since it would not bring him pleasure/oneg shabbos.

The Chazon Ish (חוט שני ח״א פ״א ס״ק ב) writes that an article of clothing in which there is no oneg/enjoyment in wearing it does not have to be worn. As an example, he brings a garment which one does not want to wear because of the heat and says that there is no "honoring of shabbos" in wearing it. (anything that is not "oneg shabbos" is not "kavod shabbos," but if you do wear it then you still fulfill "kavod shabbos.")

Additionally, in the book Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos, it says that one should not take off his shabbos clothes immediately upon returning from shul as this would make it appear as though he only wore them for the sake of going to shul and not for the sake of Shabbos.

All this having been said, it seems as though after the meal you are permitted to change into something more comfortable if your other clothes bring you discomfort.

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    N"Y, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this enlightening answer, as well as the others you've been posting! You're off to a great start around here. I look forward to seeing you around. – Isaac Moses Feb 5 '15 at 4:06

Based on the Mishnah Brurah's opinion, cited here, this activity is problematic:

The Mishna Berura writes that one should wear his special Shabbat clothes until Habdala on Mosa’eh Shabbat. The Kaf Ha’haim, however, maintains that one should continue wearing his Shabbat clothes even after Habdala, until he completes his Melave Malka meal.

  • I don't think this answers the question -- this just reinforces an assumption of the asker. What does this say about sweatpants/comfortable-but-not-fancy clothing? – MTL Feb 3 '15 at 0:56
  • @Shokhet The OP specified his sweatpants were 'weekday' ones. – Double AA Feb 4 '15 at 6:30

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