Hello! Carson here!
Just like in the women’s fashion industry, we’ve seen a huge surge in athleisure and activewear in men’s fashion. Although this seems like the perfect trend (getting to be comfy and cute at the same time? Yes, please!), I think a lot of us might have a man or two in our lives who are missing the mark on athleisure. Ladies, I’m going to ask you to take a step back for this post so I can speak to all the gentlemen out there. It’s time to get rid of the old, stained college tees and heather-grey fleece sweatpants! There’s no better time than spring to refresh your athleisure wardrobe, and make it a little more sporty, sharp, and modern! Keep reading for some tips and suggestion to help get you started on the right path:
Just like with the ladies’ athleisure, it’s okay to look for shoes that you wouldn’t actually work out in. Some of these (like the Cole Haan, for example) are so versatile, because they can also be dressed up with jeans or chinos. I always recommend having one pair of shoes that are designated for the gym, and then other pairs for athleisure and running around town.
-Nike Flex Experience Run 5 Men’s Running Shoes, kohls.com, $70 on sale for $41.97
-adidas Men’s Ultra Boost Running Shoes, $179.99, dickssportinggoods.com
-Cole Haan ZeroGrand Stitchlite Wingtip, $180, nordstrom.com
-Cole Haan 2.0 Grand Saddle Sneaker, $250, nordstrom.com
-Vans Classic Slip-On Core Classics, $60, zappos.com
-Nike Roshe One, $74.99, footlocker.com
If you’re gearing up for a really tough workout, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t wear a sleeveless shirt. However, when wearing athleisure around town, I would strongly discourage going sleeveless. Grabbing a latte next to a guy with exposed armpits just seems a tad off-putting, if you know what I’m saying. The golden rule still applies here: fit trumps everything else. Look for a size that you’re not swimming in, because that will just add extra bulk and volume. There are a lot of great designs that have some built in ventilation, which kind be a nice bonus during the warmer months. Look for colors that flatter your skin tone and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You also want to be conscious of the shirt length. If the bottom of the shirt hits too far below your hip bone, it can look a bit frumpy.
Men’s Long Sleeve Solid Tech Tee, $39.50 on sale for $29.99, landsend.com
Nike Hyper Dry Training Tee, $35, nordstrom.com
-Nike Legend 2.0 Dr-FIT Training T-Shirt, $25, nordstrom.com
-Men’s Soft Touch Training T-Shirt Champion, $19.99, target.com
–5 Year Basic Tee, $58, lululemon.com
-5 Year Basic V, $58, lululemon.com
-Aeromesh Reglan Crew Tee, $34.95, gap.com
-GapFit Breathe Graphic Crewneck T-Shirt, was $39.95 now on sale for $19.99, gap.com
The right athleisure pants vary a lot depending on personal preference. Just like with the ladies’ beloved yoga pants, the right fit for you will depend a lot on what you’re most comfortable in. My biggest advice with pants/shorts would be to stay away from details that looks dated. Examples would be things like extra puffiness or bulk through the legs, those two old-school stripes down the side of the legs, snap-aways, velour, etc. A pant that tapers down the leg slightly will look more modern. Bottoms like Lululemon’s ABC pants and Commission shorts (both listed below) are great examples of athleisure pieces that can pull double duty. They are made with sweat wicking material so they can be worn for golf, but are sleek enough to go right out to dinner. Trade out your old heather-grey draw-string pants and try out a fresh new pair of joggers (check out the ones by Zella below).
-ABC Pant, $128, lululumon.com
-Twill Chill Pant, $108, lululumeon.com
-Commission Short, $88, lululemon.com
-Zella Jogger Pants, $69.50, nordstrom.com
-Umbro Drawstring Jogger, originally $45 on sale now for $29.97, nordstromrack.com
-Brushed Tech Jersey Short, originally $34.95 now on sale for $24.99, gap.com
-Printed 9” Runners High Short, $65, outdoorvoices.com
Whenever we talk to clients about building an outfit, we always talk about adding that “third piece”- something to top off the look and make it complete. This is where a lot of style can come into play! I’m personally loving the bomber jacket trend in men’s activewear right now. It’s a great light layering piece for spring (I’ll be sure to list several example below). Other tops to consider would be pullovers, three-quarter zips, vests, and hoodies.
-UA Elevated Bomber, $89.99, underarmour.com
-Scrimmage Zip-Up, $110, outdoorvoices.com
-Nike Sportswear Tech Knit, $250, nike.com
-Patagonia Houdini Vest, $79, backcountry.com
-SODO ‘Elevate’ Moisture Wicking Stretch Quarter Zip Pullover, $108, Nordstrom.com
I hope this helps all you fine gentlemen get a jump start to a very fashionable spring and summer!