Ladies are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to active wear… but what about the guys?
Some take the ‘comfort first’ route, walking that oh-so-fine line between ‘athleisure’ and ‘slob’. While others seem to blend their casual and gym wardrobe almost too much (treadmill jean guy, I’m looking at you). And then there’s the guys who will brave white compression gear sans shorts… let’s not go there (yet).
So what does a fit lad wear to the gym? Here are our top tips:
Keep it Simple
Keeping things simple when it comes to style, cut and colour is a good guideline for multiple reasons. Firstly, it means you don’t have to worry about throwing on an outfit that clashes if you’re grabbing your gym gear on the way out the door.
That versatility extends to the rest of your wardrobe too: often a good quality piece in a nice fabric can double in the gym or grabbing a beer with your mates. I’m talking cotton muscle tanks, nicely tailored trackpants or a basic tee – the Recycled Basic Tee is a good place to start.
The best part of wearing basic tees is the ability to easily add in a statement piece like a printed run jacket or bomber. Don’t be afraid to be bold, just know how to mix and match your prints.
There’s not much point in stressing about how your gym gear looks only to find that it restricts your movement when you actually get to the gym – or worse, you bust a seam mid-squat. Nightmare.
We get it: style is just as important as functionality.
Make sure that your clothes perform as well as they look – go for something like the Shimoda Beach Run Short that have 4-way stretch and are quick drying.
We love compression gear! Why? We’re so glad you asked – here’s a little something we prepared earlier.
We know that compression has benefits for performance. However, the issue for many lads is that the tight effect of compression fabric leaves them feeling a little exposed.
The solution? A pair of shorts, of course. Neutral compression tights in a neutral colour, like the Grey Marle Lock Up Cropped Tights look great under most styles of shorts in any colour or print.
If you’re training in the early mornings (or even in the evenings) then you might find you need a little something extra to get you from the gym to home – not to mention a stop for a coffee or breakfast.
Layering is a really good way to add a little warmth when you’re recovering but also to dress up your outfit just a bit.
The Recovery Vest will do the trick, or if you really want to go all out, throw on the Enter the Dragon Night Runner Jacket. It’s light weight but the cool digital print – not to mention a stash hood and pockets for your keys and wallet.
There you have it – a guide that’s not only going to take your style to the next level, but also the confidence and freedom to worry less about your outfit, and more about what you’re doing with the rest of your day…
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