Not the gym type? Us neither. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part. In fact, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, athleisure “refers to casual clothing—like sweat pants and hoodies—that are designed to be worn both for exercising and for doing (almost) everything else.” So even if you’ve never been for a run in your life, scroll down for the five athleisure-inspired picks you’ll want to add to your wardrobe this January.
The track pant has had a lot of success in recent years, and, as a result, has become a menswear wardrobe staple. Something that – depending on its design - can be worn to the office, to dinner or to the gym. Whether you opt for a bright blue jersey style with contrast panels or a ‘90s-inspired piece cut in crinkled colour-block fabric, either of these two will be your most comfortable (and stylish) purchase yet.
Anorak, windbreaker, whatever you call it – windproof jackets are no longer just functional items. A bright, colour-block style is exactly the kind of thing you could wear with tailored trousers to the office, or for a hike (if you feel so inclined). Practical and easy, it’s a real throw-on-and-go piece, and a prime example of how to combine athleisure-esque styles with the rest of your wardrobe.
Now, this is definitely not a piece to sweat in. But thanks to its contrast mesh inserts, it looks like it could be. Knitted in soft cotton, it’s the perfect mix of sporty and smart – paired with dark trousers it fits the bill for a casual occasion or a night out. Equally, you could wear it around your waist to add a pop of statement colour to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Not only is a cotton polo shirt a menswear must-have (and we mean must-have), it’s one of the easiest ways to get that sporty-smart look just right. You’re always free to opt for a plain style, but this logo option offers a bolder, more colourful take on athleisure-inspired dressing. Wear yours anytime, anywhere – except to the gym of course.