It’s a buzzword thrown around everywhere — athleisure — but what’s it all mean? To sort through the mess, we’ve rounded up 5 athleisure lines we love, and they feature a mix of gear that’s both technical and stylish. “Athleisure” is that tricky gray area between casual wear and athletic wear, often meaning that clothing you recognize — like tailored shorts or a slim T-shirt — has been reinvented with more technical, functional fabrics; the same goes for outerwear or pants. The good news is, plenty of brands are getting it right, crafting pieces that you can wear to brunch as well as the gym (hopefully, not one right after the other). Some of the picks here are more colorful, some are more minimal, but the five athleisure lines we love get it right.
It’s somewhat rare to find a technically focused clothing brand that offers up a head-to-toe product range that’s functional and stylish. OLIVERS Apparel is that brand, with an assortment that includes everything you could think of, starting with its well-known All Over Short. That same minimal-yet-functional design ethos carries over to the water-repellent Capital Short and the essential Convoy Tee to its crisp, slim-fitting 5-Pocket Pant. The brand is even making boxer briefs, so it’s a solid bet that they’ll end up in your wardrobe sooner rather than later — make it sooner, if you know what’s good for you.
Inspired by travel and with an eye toward luxurious, great-looking and classic staples, Craft Atlantic is far more than regular athletic apparel. This is exemplified by the brand’s ingenious mix of wearable outerwear — like the water-repellent Interstellar Blouson — and sporty basics, like the Greenleaf Polo, which mixes cotton jersey and cotton pique fabric with a hint of stretch. Pieces like the Spinaker Lounge Short blend details like a drawstring waistband with the tailored look of your favorite pair of chino shorts, too. The line’s blend of restrained styling and functionality will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about tech-focused clothing.
Hooded sweatshirts used to be the domain of high school and college campuses only. Not so much anymore, thanks to brands like the newly launched FOURLAPS, who are making slimmed-down basics like the Rush Hoodie with French terry twill and a modern fit. The brand also has more gym-ready gear on lock. Case in point: The Dash Tank, built with odor-resistant, sweat-wicking technology and a design that would fit right in at the beach. The brand’s Advance Short also comes in neutral colors and eschews the loud logos of other athletic shorts — you’d do well to pick up a pair before your next workout.
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Thanks to collections like its Canvas by Lands’ End line, the brand is turning into a one-stop shop — particularly when you consider the recently launched Lands’ End Sport line. From the Speed Zip Polo made with stretch blend fabric to the Speed Tech T-shirt in a polyester pique knit, it’s the more refined version of logo-heavy gear you might have worn to the gym in the past. Even the Street Fleece Pants are more slimmed-down compared to your old favorite sweatpants — across the board, that can’t be beat.
For a brand that started out only carrying pants, Public Rec Apparel has done an admirable job focusing on quality before expanding their line. Now, they’re making a simple, essential T-shirt that carries over the same comfort and fit as the brand’s All Day Every Day Pant — keep an eye on the brand’s site, as it’ll release any day now. In the meantime, the All Day Every Day Pant features the look of a pair of tailored chinos, but the feel of a laidback pair of sweats, and their T-shirt — which comes in two neutral colors — is just as wearable under a classic blazer as it is to the gym.