A Man’s Guide to Wearing Sweatpants in Public

7 athleisure brands to keep an eye on

By The Editors
October 26, 2015 9:00 am

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.

The Essential Item: Insulated Chambray Shirt. Stylish form and function. Lined with PrimaLoft. 

John Elliot + Co
The Essential Item: 
Rue Hoodie. Form-fitting pullover with metal zipper accents.

Outdoor Voices
The Essential Item: Flatiron Tee. Breathable loose-knit crew neck tee.

Kit and Ace
The Essential Item: Thames Jogger. Business meets casual. A luxurious mix of wool, cashmere and silk suiting fabric.

Victor Athletics
The Essential Item: Crewneck sweatshirt. Vintage-inspired athletic sweatshirt, made in the U.S. from a comfortable mid-weight fleece.

Aime Leon Dore
The Essential Item: French Terry Sweatpant. Slick, tailored sweatpant for casual everyday. 

The Essential Item: Van Cortlandt Singlet. Inspired by the runner’s uniform of yore, a lightweight running tank that can go the distance. 

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