Are sweatpants about to become the new jeans?
Considering that upscale menswear website Mr. Porter recently launched Porter Sport and one of our favorite brands with “suit” in its name just introduced their first “leisurewear” line, uh, yeah, the age of “athleisure” is upon us, gentlemen, and its popularity will only grow.
What is athleisure? A portmanteau of sport and fashion, where activewear has become the new sartorial mistress for the tech-y, fashion-forward set. These are not the velour, three-striped tracksuits of Russian mob and Jersey Shore fame, but rather tailored, design-savvy uniforms meant to be rocked from gym to office to Netflix and back again.
Point is, the principal pieces of a man’s workout are being flipped, elevated and updated — to the point that, yes, it’s okay for you to wear sweats, T-shirts, hoodies and sneakers in public now.
Below, seven activewear brands we’ve got our eye on. Some are legit mean to sweat in. Others not. All are extra cozy.
Aime Leon Dore
The Essential Item: French Terry Sweatpant. Slick, tailored sweatpant for casual everyday.