Just a few years ago — which feels like a lifetime at this point — athleisure swept the runways. Now, in our pandemic reality, athleisure is the norm, as most of us live and work in hoodies, sweatpants, and leggings for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, these top brands feature garments with style and comfort in mind for a versatility that makes them perfect for lounging about the house, outdoor workouts, and grocery store errands (while socially distancing, of course). Here are few of the best men’s athleisure brands for men.
Co-founded by former Big 10 Footballer Player Corey Lewis, 1And1 Life is a Black-owned lifestyle platform that promotes diversity in the fitness and wellness industries. Yes, it’s a great cause, and they also make some minimalist, ultra-breathable athleisure garments. A portion of their fashion line’s proceeds have gone to support the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
Model-turned-fitness-guru Akin Akman grew a massive following as SoulCycle. Now, he’s branched out to develop his own workout empire, which includes a training app, pop-up bootcamp classes throughout New York City, and a sleek-as-hell merch line of sweats, tanks, and more. His most recent collection was a partnership with streetwear label Fear of God.
Champion has been around for over a century, and there’s plenty of reasons for their longevity: they make timeless sweats in plush fabrics at extremely affordable price points, so much so that they’ve been a go-to maker of some of the best college paraphernalia. We love their no-frills sweatpants, which will look just as great years after your impulse purchase.
Think of Daniel Patrick as posh sportswear. The Los Angeles brand was launched in 2012 by its namesake, an Aussie rugby player-turned designer, whose collections take cues from 90s hip hop and West Coast outerwear (for example: tie-dye batting jackets, hot pink hiking pants, and red bottom high tops). It’s become a go-to label for guys like Chris Brown, James Harden, and Justin Bieber.
Sure, the name Eysom is a bit overwrought (standing as it does for Exercise Your State Of Mind), but there’s no denying the brand makes some excellent athleisure wear. For now, the Los Angeles company is selling just tops and bottoms, though there’s a nice selection within each of those broad categories. If you’re looking to stock up on some fashionable basics (and don’t mind spending a slightly pretty penny), this could be a great brand for you to explore.
Fourlaps has more than made its mark with its high-performance workout wear. Though the collection is certainly geared toward serious athletes, novices will also find a lot to love in its wide selection of tops, bottoms, and accessories. If you’re looking for a taste of what this brand has to offer, we suggest starting with the moisture-wicking Rush hoodie.
Another popular company that decided to get into the athleisure game this past year was Gap, which founded Hill City as its sporty offshoot at the start of 2019. Since then, the San Francisco-based brand has made a name for itself with its collection of simple basics, which utilize crisp lines and bold colors to create a tasteful minimalist aesthetic. Think more active urbanite than athlete.
Forget those normcore, minimalist runners. Hoka is all about producing vibrant, uber-wearable running shoes that feel and look great. The French brand’s runners incorporate a wider midsole and a propriety rubber cushion for maximum comfort, and they work surprisingly well on rugged trails as they do on the track. Their recent partnership with Opening Ceremony is one of our favorite athleisure collaborations this year.
Olivers has you covered from head to toe with gear that’s comfortable, performance-ready, and adequately modern. We love the Convoy Henley (seen above) and the All Over Short, two extremely well-made picks that would be perfect to snap up for this season.
Featuring a bevy of bold and quirky everyday essentials, Outdoor Voices could be a great go-to brand for those guys looking to bring some play into their wardrobes. Truly, where else on the internet can you buy a pair of heather gray sweatpants, a multi-colored plastic watch, and a bright baseball cap all in one fell swoop? Not too many, and this sheer versatility is what sets OV apart.
If it’s versatility you seek — trail-ready shorts that still look sharp or a raglan tee you can wear to the bar after a hike — we’d recommend Path Projects. The brand has got you covered when it comes to your headwear and your base layers, both essentials for the guy on the go.
When Amazon launched Peak Velocity in 2018, it became official: athleisure had entered the mainstream. Here, you’ll find many of the same styles you’d see in more expensive brands (cuffed joggers, french terry hoodies, and moisture-wicking tops), but at a fraction of the price. We especially like the line’s pants, which are breathable, stylish, and affordable.
Of the options on this list, Public Relic is probably the best suited for those guys aiming to sport their technical leisure apparel across a variety of different spaces, while the brand’s vast assortment of ultra-comfortable pullovers, sweatpants, and T-shirts make for fantastic loungewear.
One of the more consistent purveyors of athleisure out there would have to be Reigning Champ. In fact, this Canadian brand defies trends and continues to make some of the best gym and lifestyle gear around. We love the classic crew-neck sweaters and pullover hoodies, both made with quality fabrics in neutral, easy-to-style colors.
Rhone has long been a favorite among athletic-minded shoppers and for good reason. Its collection is expansive, affordable, and uber-functional. Whether you’re in need of a T-shirt, pullover, pants, shorts, or anything in between, Rhone has more than got you covered. Better yet, the brand’s garments are long-lasting and built for optimized performance.
If you’re more concerned with use than style, Ten Thousand may be the brand for you. This company’s been churning out quality products for a couple of years now and it puts a tight focus on function. That’s not to say the pieces don’t look good — they do! — but they’re built with performance in mind. We especially like their trio of activewear shorts, which range from the lightweight Session to the ultra-durable Foundation.
Activewear meets high fashion in the Y-3 collection, which boasts an assortment of avant-garde streetwear pieces. Though the up-scale designs do come with upscale prices, it’s nice to see a brand doing more with athleisure than just making basic T-shirts. None of this is too surprising, considering that Y-3 is the brainchild of master tailor Yohji Yamamoto, who has spent decades elevating the everyday into something extraordinary.
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