Who doesn’t love the idea of feeling completely comfortable all day long while simultaneously looking stylish? While that concept may have once just been a dream, in today’s modern world it’s a reality. Thanks to the booming trend of athleisure, a man can now look good and feel good at the same time. Although there will always be a need for a sharp, tailored suit, sports luxe and athleisure styles are infiltrating and overtaking weekend wardrobes everywhere. With top brands, such as the perennially stylish Ted Baker, leading the way with new, sophisticated and subtly sports-influenced collections, this trend looks set to continue its domination of the fashion world. After all, who can resist the effortless and cool vibes that radiate from a bomber jacket or the practicality and clean styling of a pair of white trainers?
What is Athleisure?
Although many gents have heard of the word “athleisure”, some are still unsure of what it means. While some may think it’s as simple as wearing your gym clothes to lunch, the reality is more sophisticated than that. Athleisure is a way of dressing that combines sportswear with ready-to-wear. Perfect for the modern gent whose busy lifestyle demands that he is always on the go while looking completely stylish, athleisure puts practicality and functionality into the world of fashion. Think high-performance fabrics, athletic details, and sportswear fastenings paired with weekend essentials like denim, chinos, T-shirts, and coats.
When to Wear Athleisure?
Since its inception, athleisure has grown into an incredibly popular trend and is now an accepted dress code for countless occasions. Of course, where athleisure is most at home is on the weekend. Whether you’re headed to lunch, drinks with the boys, a sports match or even a casual date, athleisure can make a stylish choice. Just make sure that your sportswear pieces are clean, neat, and well-presented to guarantee a sophisticated casual look. When the weekend is over it may be best to put your athleisure away. Despite being on-trend and cool, athleisure only works for relaxed occasions. When it comes to formal and business settings, such as the office, a meeting or a wedding, it’s best to stick to a suit.
Key Athleisure Pieces
While we all recognise a pair of sneakers as an athletic accessory, there are plenty of other pieces that can add an athleisure touch to your weekend wardrobe. Bomber jackets, casual trousers, crew-neck sweaters, polo shirt, and sports-inspired bags are all essential items to have in your closet to pull off this trend in style.
When it comes to the details, there are both bold and understated ways to convey the feeling of athleisure. While performance fabrics are instantly identifiable as sportswear, there are also the smaller features and characteristics that subtly hint at the athletic world. Look out for rubberised zip cords and bungee-style pullers, these trims belong in the athleisure category.
A bomber jacket is a sure-fire way to give an outfit some athleisure feel. When it comes to picking the right bomber jacket for you, there are plenty of options to choose from. Gents who want to embrace the athletic side of this trend entirely can explore performance fabrics, such as neoprene and bonded jersey. Those whose tastes lean towards the more traditional look will appreciate this trend’s new additions of chic suede bomber jackets.
Every stylish gent knows that no outfit is complete without the right accessories. When you’re rocking the athleisure trend, that means toting an awesome, sports-inspired bag that’s both stylish and functional. Look out for sleek carryalls and duffle bags that have a rubberised leather finish as well as the new styles in scuba fabric. These styles and materials will ooze a contemporary and suave athleisure vibe. Don’t overlook the details either. Features, such as branded webbing and contrast zip pullers, can add the perfect finishing touch to the sportswear-meets-streetwear trend.