It’s time to make Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod proud. You put in the work to keep yourself in shape, so do the same for your gym wardrobe.
Unless you’re actually working out, you shouldn’t be in your gym kit. Except, maybe, if you’re wearing this jacket. It blends the structure of a blazer with the details of a varsity jacket, and looks killer paired with trousers with ribbed-knit cuffs. The word you’re looking for is “athleisure,” and somehow it works.
NYLON JACKET ($300) BY SCOTCH & SODA; COTTON T-SHIRT ($40) BY KOTN; WOOL PANTS ($395) BY PAUL SMITH, AT HOLT RENFREW; LEATHER SHOES ($190) BY ECCO.
Sloppy dressing doesn’t just look bad; it’s also inefficient, from a sporting point of view. Fitted pieces, like this slick jacket and compression tights, cut down on wind resistance while keeping you cool and dry as you push out one more round of wind sprints.
POLYAMIDE JACKET ($1,975) BY GIVENCHY, AT HOLT RENFREW; LYCRA COMPRESSION TIGHTS ($150) BY 2XU; RECYCLED POLYESTER SHOES ($155) BY NIKE.
SWEAT IT OUT
Rocky swore by a grey hoodie while he was getting in shape, and quite honestly, if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you. Today’s version of the gym classic shares the same shape and quality construction as Rocky’s, but adds better, bolder graphics for a modern touch.
COTTON-POLYESTER BLEND HOODIE ($120) BY ADIDAS; COTTON-POLYESTER BLEND SHORTS ($20) BY JOE FRESH; SUEDE SHOES ($300) BY NEW BALANCE.
Joggers and high top sneakers are versatile options if you want pants and shoes that can see you through a bunch of reps — or a post-workout drink. (Unsolicited tip: if you’re going out, we recommend eating something first.)
COTTON PANTS ($290) BY PAIGE; LEATHER SHOES ($530) BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, AT HARRY ROSEN.
That last thing we said about fitted clothes? It doesn’t work for every activity. Elongated cuts look relaxed and provide the range of motion needed to overcome any obstacle in your way.
COTTON HOODIE ($180) BY TIGER OF SWEDEN; COTTON TANK ($20) BY H&M; MODAL SHORTS ($235) BY MIIK MEN; POLYESTER SHOES ($295) BY BOSS.
Don’t be the guy that leaves the gym in soaking wet clothes — you owe it to yourself, and those around you, to throw on something dry (and a little less odorous). You should always have an extra shirt on-hand, and a good pair of shorts — and, crucially, a techy jacket that will help regulate your temperature after crushing your PB.