You must have noticed the pack of young professionals walking about in the hottest sneaker drops, holy grail streetwear, or even button-down shirts worn with sweatpants. No, they did not go to work haphazardly dressed or ran straight to the office from a workout. This, our gentlemen folk, is athleisure. A style trend that stuck around long enough that it earned its spot in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
It began in the late 70s and early 80s when fitness was such a craze that leg warmers and tracksuits were closet staples even outside of the gym. These were the times when people would be caught running errands and grabbing brunch in lycra spandex and velour coordinates.
Fast forward to the mid-2010s when designers made workout gear and dad sneakers into covetable fashion pieces. This started a refreshing revival of athleisure where everyone was seen dressed down but still looking polished. Overly styled looks were replaced with suits paired with white sneakers, joggers worn with tailored pieces, and a whole lot more of high-low outfits that showed off how athleisure is a game of contrast.
Though it sounds as easy as slipping on your favorite trainers and calling it an outfit, we acknowledge that a truly refined athleisure look takes a little more effort. We'll tread lightly and walk you through three no-fail ways of injecting athleisure into your style.
There's no need to grab a coordinating tracksuit look just yet. We suggest starting with sharp pieces in sportier motifs and familiar tones of beige, khaki, gray, and black. Keeping your athleisure look in neutral tones elevates your outfit from a simple casual fit to a sharp and carefully thought out styling that can work for the office and even for drinks afterward.
New Age Prep
There's nothing preppier than a post-tennis country club look—think pique polo shirt, Bermuda shorts, white tennis shoes, and a sweater worn over the shoulders. We're taking this up a notch with an outfit that wouldn't read "post-workout." Wear your favorite short-sleeved button-down shirt with handsomely designed activewear pieces like a logo branded tee worn over it just to have the collars peaking, or a pair of joggers that would exude a certain level of nonchalance. Reinvent the concept of prep with a contrast of relaxed pieces and sharp staples.
Layer It On
Athleisure can easily look like you just rolled out of the gym. Ensure that your fit is elevated and thoughtfully styled with light layering—trust us, it's an easy fix. Whether you're simply putting on a breezy windbreaker over your tailored shirt or carefully matching your pique shirt and cropped pants with a handsome overshirt, layers can make a difference. Try this with a tonal look for a handsome approach.
The whole point of athleisure is that it's meant to bring back the fun of dressing up. Wear your super cool sneakers with your usual office garb or amp up your style with these new looks. However, way you choose to do athleisure the most important thing is that you enjoy the process.
Photographers: Oliver Tam and Francis Ulit
Art Directors: Hans de Barras and Kevin Dexter Magno
Producers: Timothy Dia and Camile Oliveras
Stylists: Timothy Diao and Alex Lizares
Hair and Makeup: Kirt Dinaliso
Model: Garrett of Main Models