No longer reserved for the ultra trendy, ‘athleisure’ – the art of wearing workout gear as streetwear has risen to the ranks of the mainstream and is here to stay. And why exactly is “athleisure” rapidly winning over fashion conscious gents? Well, for starters, it’s addictively comfortable.
When faced with the option of ditching restrictive skinny jeans in favour of comfy contemporary joggers, there’s no competition really. If you’re starting to appreciate the USP of this fast growing trend but don’t know where to start in terms of building your wardrobe, worry not. We’re here to help.
Firstly, quality over quantity is key. Invest in clothing made from performance fabrics, that are as functional as they are stylish. Secondly five statement pieces comprise an athleisure wardrobe – joggers, track jackets, crew-neck sweatshirts, trainers and of course, hoodies. Snap up the these items as featured in our mini guide below, and you’ll never go wrong.
The heart and soul of an athleisure wardrobe lies in a pair of tapered joggers. Avoid baggier styles and opt for slim-fitting joggers. Click here for some great options. Sharpen your look with classic brogues and a sweatshirt or trainers and a button up shirt.
Here at MFL For Him, we tend to steer towards sleek, minimal designs such as Nike’s Flyknit Racer or Adidas’ Ultra Boosts, but we fully advocate that your choice of sneakers should reflect your personal taste as opposed to what’s hot at the moment. Choose wisely and have fun with it. If bold and bright works for you, then go for it. Nowadays trainers can be mixed and matched with pretty much any outfit anyway.
Adding a retro feel to the athleisure wardrobe, the track jacket is seasonless. Layer underneath a heavy duty coat in winter and in the summer months don as outerwear with a t-shirt. Styling the track jacket casually is simple but for more formal affairs it can be trickier. Dress up with chinos, a buttoned shirt and loafers.
A sound alternative to the good old knitted jumper, the crew-neck sweatshirt is at it’s sartorial best when worn over a long t-shirt or an oxford shirt. Shop around for lightweight fitted silhouettes in neutral colours that’ll complement joggers perfectly.
Sweating profusely in your hoodie is the antithesis of what ‘athleisure’ represents. So whether it’s a pullover or a zip-up, breathable fabrics are a must for the utmost in comfortability. The most casual item in the round-up, for a modern twist combine your hoodie with a denim jacket or for an edgier alternative team with a biker jacket.