It’s the era of athleisure wear and there’s no other way about it.
Both male and female fashion brands have embraced fitness-wear as their primary inspirations as more and more people are turning to fitness for physical and mental health but still do need to find the way to juggle their business lives. And the best way to do it? Stay in their gym-wear all day long (clean, obviously)!
Who were the pioneers of the style?
Once celebrities unapologetically started rocking their athleisure outfits around and mixing them up with their more elegant pieces of clothing, it became evident athleisure wear was going to be taken to another level. Designers started realizing how important comfortable clothes actually are so they’ve found a way to turn gym-wear into fashion forward, chic and eye-catching gear.
From Gigi Hadid, Ruby Rose, Khloe Kardashian and other stunners to Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez (etc) – everyone is wearing their high-quality, stylish athleisure wear and enjoying it, too.
Truth is, while some men still set low standards for their gym gear, other fitness-loving gents enjoy sweating in style.
We are singling out our favorite menswear gym pieces you should definitely incorporate in your workout gear:
A Good Hoodie
Vlad recommends — Adidas Hoodie – Essentials Men’s Sport
You may call us old-fashioned but a classic hoodie suits everyone and it will never go out of style. It looks great, lasts forever and keeps your body warm during intense exercising. The colors we recommend are classic black or gray as they are the most stylish options. Navy blue can also work although it does have a tendency of looking a bit cheap. If you are into screaming colors – that can be interesting too!
The way a hoodie speaks fitness style? Doesn’t even needs commenting.
Tailored Track Pants
If you’ve been following recent trends, you’ve seen how important tailored track pants are right now, both on the runway and in the locker-room. Color blocked or in a single color, tailored track pants will give you the confidence you need. They combine perfectly with oversized knee-length tops or fitted shirts. It’s all about your personal preferences, really.
Vlad recommends — Under Armour Men’s CC Storm Rival CP Pants
Generally speaking, when it comes to fitness-wear for men, the first item that pops in everyone’s head is a good quality shorts fitted in all the right places. Still, the times of plain shorts are long gone and we’re now celebrating powerful, ultra-light mesh shorts, with multiple pockets, a surprising construction and patterns suitable for every age and figure. With properly fitted shorts, you’ll be showing just enough leg when you’re doing squats and have all the other parts packed up just right.
Oh and – guess what’s in again? Nothing more and nothing less but the iron-on reflective tape for clothing that’s gaining back its initial popularity with the ‘90s currently trending fashion mania. Although, reflectives are now included in clothing very stylishly and for all the safety reasons – whoever is jogging, running, riding their bike or power-walking at night time should be wearing their clothes with reflectives on, you know – to be immediately spotted in the dark and, hence – safe.
Vlad recommends — Men’s Converse All Star Core Sweat Shorts Grey
Unless you’re pounding the track or hitting city streets, you don’t really need a running shoe for the gym. Plus, running shoes aren’t really superior in style and often feature plain design. To keep things on the stylish side while at the same time staying practical, opt for a woven, technical basketball shoe. This design is more sophisticated,lighter and provides superior support for hitting the exercise bike, pounding on the boxing bag and lifting weights.Yeezy sneakers are pretty much the design we’re drooling over.
Vlad recommends — Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32
A Long-Sleeve T-shirt
How often do you see guys wearing long-sleeve t-shirts around the gym? Not that often, right? Well, long-sleeves are currently very trending in gym wear and they are often worn in gray or black V-neck design.
Vlad recommends — Quick Drying Breathable Short Sleeve Sports T-Shirt
Fitness stylish gadgets:
A Fitness Tracker
Keeping track of calories burned and measuring your heart rate is crucial for the gym. Buy a sleek, understated black fitness tracker and channel your inner style icon.
Vlad recommends — Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
Music is an inevitable part of exercising, either for motivation or simple privacy. Invest in earbuds that will stay in your ear even during intense jumping jacks and will provide superior sound quality from warming up till shower time.
I recommends — Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones
An iPhone Armband
When you are doing hardcore workouts, an armband is your best bet. It’s functional and looks incredibly hot and stylish. Hit that “I took a pill in Ibiza” remix and work all that extra off!
Vlad recommends — iPhone Armband
About the author:
Peter is lifestyle writer at Shlur magazine from UK, living in London and occasionally in Brisbane, Australia! Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & AUS! His future plans are in creating a business for beauty and style advising.