Athletic wear, once regarded as the toy department of style, is re-entering the realm of guy’s street fashion with a slew of technical fabrics in tow. Sportswear influences are cropping up in the runway collections for next year, as designers incorporate flourishes such as elasticated cuffs, or update game day classics. Here are some ways to get the all-star look now, without looking like a jock.
Modern varsity jackets
The varsity jacket has long been a fall staple, but long gone are the days when a letter on your jacket spelled instant style. Whether it’s by incorporating this year’s camouflage prints or by getting rid of the two-tone look altogether for a more streamlined jacket that can easily be worn on a night out, designers are breathing new life into the benchwarmer mainstay. For the easiest take on this trendy piece, keep it slim and minimize the colour contrast between the sleeves and the body fabric. Be sure to embrace the elasticated cuffs on the sleeves and the mock neck, because they’re part and parcel to this particular jacket type. As the temperature dips, bundle a chunky wool sweater underneath, just not that shawl-neck you recently picked up—that’d be too much going on up top (Moncler Blancar varsity jacket, $645).
The new cuffed trouser
Inspired by jogging pants, this new breed of trousers are also known as jogger chinos. Cribbing off warmup apparel’s comfort factor without straying into sweatpant territory, this year’s upmarket designers take the recent trend of rolled pant cuffs and up the ante by putting elastic at the ankle. Iterations include jeans, chinos and more formal looks. Naturally slimming, wear these with heavy boots this fall or winter for a street-inspired look, but break them out again when summer hits. Around that time, do what you always did with your favourite pair of chinos: go sockless and kick ‘em with a pair of colourful sneaks (Zanerobe Sureshot chino, $99).
Sneakers running wild
Remember how we said that sports sneakers are taking over the world of high fashion? Brightly-coloured, sports-inspired sneakers made of technical fabrics were favoured by many designers this year, all with a streamlined silhouette not unlike those you’d see on the track and field. Depending on your comfort level, you can use a pair to add a pop of colour or a dash of flair (as in, metal spikes or animal prints). They drop the performance features of actual running shoes such as vents, but they’re perfecte for toning down a workplace suit once the clock strikes five and you’re out on the prowl (Dolce & Gabbana, $408).
We’ve come a long way since the age of the Member’s Only jacket, but part of that trend lives on and is finding its way back into the mainstream. Especially in terms of street style, the windbreaker takes newer technical fabrics and meshes them with modern cuts—ensuring that the trademark 80s bagginess is left where it belongs: history. Effortless cool starts with a silhouette similar to that of a leather jacket, hitting right at the beltline and doing away with excess fabric around the arms (Uniqlo, $29.99).