Style and comfort – they don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With the athleisure trend, you can look fashionable while still feeling great in what you’re wearing. While there’s always a need for a great suit, athleisure styles are beginning to become weekend favorites among men everywhere. After all, this trend gives you the chance to look effortlessly cool in comfort.
If you’re not familiar with athleisure, the word actually refers to a method of dressing that combines ready-to-wear clothing and sportswear. It brings both function and practicality into the world of fashion. Sportswear fastenings, athletic details, and high-performance fabrics meet essentials like t-shirts, coats, and denim.
To help you rock the athleisure trend, we’ve put together a few tips for wearing it in 2019.
Tip #1 – Know When to Wear It
First, you have to know when to wear athleisure. It’s become so popular that it’s an accepted dress code for many different occasions. It’s perfect for a casual date, lunch with the guys, or a sporting event. However, the style works best for relaxed, informal occasions – it’s not usually acceptable in business or formal settings.
Tip #2 – Do Add a Bomber Jacket for an Athleisure Touch
One of the key athleisure pieces is a bomber jacket. With the revival of ‘90s style, statement bombers are right on trend, and celebrities like Robert Pattinson, Orlando Bloom, and Ashton Kutcher are big fans. If you really want to go towards the athletic side of this trend, go with bombers in performance fabrics like bonded jersey or neoprene. For a more traditional look, go with suede or leather bombers.
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Tip #3 – Swap Out Jeans for Track Pants and Joggers
According to GQ, if you want to adopt the athleisure trend, try swapping out your jeans for track pants and joggers. While they’re always popular in grays and black, update your athleisure gear for spring by going with track pants and joggers in bright, popping colors. They’ll look great with a simple t-shirt and sunglasses through spring and summer.
Tip #4 – Sneakers are the Go-To Footwear
Sneakers are the go-to footwear of the athleisure trend. According to Fashion Beans, Nike and Adidas have locked down this game, but there are other brands to try as well. Trainers aren’t just comfortable, today they look just as good with a pair of dressy trousers as they do your jeans or track pants.
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Tip #5 – Go with a Polo Shirt
The Art of Manliness notes that the polo shirt goes all the way back to the 1926 U.S. Open when Rene Lacoste tried a new type of shirt for playing tennis. It quickly caught on with polo players and was dubbed the “polo shirt.” Fast-forward to today, and the polo shirt has become a staple in the athleisure trend, worn by stars like Justin Timberlake and Chris Pine.
Tip #6 – Add Athleisure Accessories
Of course, you’ll also want to add the right athleisure accessories to your look. After all, no outfit is complete without the perfect accessories.
According to The Trend Spotter, athleisure accessories are both functional and stylish and include items like duffle bags, baseball caps, and sleek carryalls. In fact, you can transform any casual outfit into your own athleisure look by adding sports-inspired accessories.