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A Man’s Guide To Wearing Athleisure

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Five ways to get on board with this trend. Brace yourself….

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Athleisure, as the name suggests, is a hybrid of leisure wear and athletic wear.  In simple terms, it’s a trend that marries comfort with style. It’s all about—functionality, comfort, and looking good. A favourite ‘airport’ look with most Bollywood celebrities (think: Ranveer Singh, Salman Khan and more), the trend has gone mainstream with brands like Nike and Adidas seeing a surge in sales of their Athleisure lines. Here’s how you can wear this trend….

A BOMBER JACKET
The ‘holy grail’ of Athleisure clothing, this baggy-looking jacket is perfect for adding a relaxed feel to anything you decide to wear. Go for athletic or dressier versions depending on your mood.

Tip: Make your bomber jacket a statement piece by pairing it with basic garments in neutral colours.

A PAIR OF SNEAKERS
When it comes to footwear, this trend is a sneakerhead’s dream! Athleisure is more sport than science, which means, there’s no formula to nail the perfect look. Just choose a pair that reflects your personality. Just avoid wearing athletic slides, that too with socks to avoid looking lazy!

Tip: For a serious athletic look, go with a pair of classic running sneakers or chunky ones. Choose low-top canvas sneakers for a more laid-back vibe.

A PAIR OF JOGGERS
Joggers are no longer only for the gym! The key to successfully stepping out in a pair of joggers lies in balance and fit. Get tapered or slim-fit joggers to ensure you don’t end up looking like Disney’s Aladdin minus the lamp! Slim-fit or tapered joggers will make your outfit look sharp and well-presented.

TIP: Work jackets, technical waterproofs and bomber jackets are all great with traditional joggers. A fitted buttoned-down shirt will take the look to the smart-casual zone with ease!

BAGS
What’s any trend without a bag that completes the look? Go all out with sleek carryalls and duffle bags that now come in an array of materials to match the suave and contemporary vibe of this trend, while still being functional! Keeping to the athletic side of things, bags are now available in—nylon, rubber, and neoprene instead of rustic leather and suede. Details like contrasting zip pullers can add the perfect finishing touch.

TIP: Choose with bags contemporary, non-dorky shapes and designs and avoid loud prints.

BASEBALL CAPS
Not so long ago, pulling off a baseball cap as part of a smart-casual outfit was something that was unthinkable. When it comes to choosing the perfect topper for your look, you can either opt for a traditional baseball cap and use it to balance a slightly smarter get-up, or go the other way and pick a smart, structured cap that will help bring your joggers up a notch.

TIP: Dark neutrals are often the best choice if you want to keep the overall feel sleek and modern without slipping into a dad or gym-bro territory.

Love it or hate it, athleisure fashion is here to stay!

[Image Credits: Shutterstock & Zara]

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