Look Good While Working Out in 2022:
Today, menswear has risen to new heights. In fact, so have the men who are wearing it. Whether it’s breaking out of the proverbial shell; or really honing in on style and what their style goals will be.
And as Americans prepare for black Friday and cyber Monday, things are about to get busy. Black Friday/Cyber Monday – a disconnect between consumers and retailers. 22% of consumers plan to do a lot of their holiday shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, continuing the theme observed last year when 62% told us they were less inclined to shop on these days. This will likely disappoint the 42% of retail executives who, in a parallel survey of more than 120 retail executives in the United States, said they expect consumers to do most of their holiday shopping on those two days. source: Accenture’s Holiday Shopping Survey.
Over the past several years, men have seemingly had a laser-focus on their wardrobe and in particularly one for style and comfort. The same can be said for mens activewear. In 2020, athleisure style had come to the forefront. At that time it was clear that men preferred to workout while also looking their best and of course— having mounds of comfort and performance.
In short, looking good makes you feel good. This applies to each and every man— simple as that. Gone are the days where it was frowned upon for men to care about their appearance while exercising at the gym (or on a run), today, activewear has progresses with leaps and bounds by providing men with fantastic looking apparel —while still remaining comfortable.
With brands such as Lululemon and Gymshark, the activewear market has grown exponentially. One of the reasons for this growth is that an abundant number of men now prefer this to be a part of their everyday wardrobe. Today, the key to achieving an elite activewear wear look does not stop at comfort alone but more importantly a hefty combinations of advanced technology.
Technology is the key enabler of the new in-store shopping experience Over half (54%) of consumers already using or are willing to use technology to enhance their shopping experience. Covid has been an accelerator with an average of 15% of consumers saying they use as a result of the pandemic. source: Accenture’s Holiday Shopping Survey.
For the record, versatility is quite appealing to men. Multi-functioning pieces go a long way in a man’s wardrobe. The combination of combining something that you can wear to a casual get-together as well as items to work out with— is a win-win for all of you guys out there.
This winter season, look no further than the Forbes’ lineup below of some of the top activewear apparel for every type of man who is aiming to get fit like a tiger or simply just wants to look dynamite – while feeling comfortable.
Allbirds-Merino Wool is the star of the show here – an unconventional material choice for shorts, yet exactly the right move. Its comfortable stretch and temperature regulation allow the loose, lightweight Natural Run Short to easily move with you through your warm-up, cool-down, and everything in between. Great for putting leggings on underneath or for wearing on your everyday workout. $68
Barbour-The Barbour Nico lounge pants are crafted from 100% cotton and have a relaxed fit, making them both comfortable and breathable. Showcasing a drawcord waistband and two side entry pockets, they are perfect for any occasion. $100
Devereux—DVRX’s Anorak Hoodie is designed for golf, but perfect for anything active. The lightweight, stretch material makes this the perfect hoodie for layering while participating in any cold-weather sport or activity.$88
Diplomacy-Cool white, premium tricot fabric is the secret to this fresh, clean style. With thoughtwear details and embroidered branding, relaxed cut, wide waistband and extra-long drawcords. $100
Fair Harbor-Fair Harbor’s The One Pant is the perfect option for those who value quality materials, effortless comfort, and protecting the environment. The One Pant is made from 20 plastic bottles but, don’t be fooled, these pants are ultra soft and feature durable water repellent. You can also opt-in for ultimate comfort with the Optional Ultra Soft Moisture Wicking Boxer Brief Liner! $74
Fred Segal-These patchwork trousers are built from a mix of cotton twill, canvas and satin in subtly contrasting tones. Featuring a drawstring waist and cuffs, they’re detailed with zipped pockets and a military-style pocket on the right leg. $275
Gymshark-Designed to power you through your hardest HIIT workouts, the new Apex collection features GSIQ Heat Mapping technology to allow for maximum breathability, strategically placed mesh pockets, and the perfect amount of contour to support your muscles, without restricting movement. $60
Hiro Clark—Work up a sweat with the best. The HIRO CLARK x EQUINOX hoodie is a surefire bet for training and time out. The painstakingly researched fit is perfectly on point. The 100% premium French terry cotton and extra generous wide rib cuffs and waist make for a workout buddy that’s both soft and sturdy. Ready to hit the gym? We’ve got your back. $154
HYLETE—Keep the wind off your back with HYLETE’s all new lightweight, weather resistant fabric that acts as a shell to protect you from elements. A first of its kind for the brand, the Iso Jacket is packable and easy to carry and features a deployable hood that neatly stows away into the collar. With a reflective trim for nighttime visibility, stretch cuff for added comfort, and strategically placed back vents to allow rising heat to escape, HYLETE’s Iso Jacket is not only stylish, but also practical rain or shine. $112
Ibex-Staying active outside gets harder in the winter without the right gear, and merino wool is the leader in performance apparel fibers for a reason. Designed by nature, merino apparel offers an all-day solution you can sweat in: its wicking features move moisture away from your body to keep you dry and therefore warmer, while thermoregulating features maintain your body at a comfortable temperature from the chilly mornings to warmer afternoons. Ibex’s Woolies Tech is well regarded to be the best base layer set on the market, and is built for movement on cold days. Composed of 81% merino with a nylon core for durability, Woolies Tech is performance-driven and highly breathable to keep you warm and dry on your winter adventure. $105
Izipizi-The Speed sports sunglasses have a bio-sourced frame that provides protection from wind generated speed and will protect your eyes in good weather with 100% UV protection. $80
Kenneth Cole—A classic sleek bomber jacket has become a staple in most men’s wardrobe due to its stylish, minimal aesthetic and versatility. This Kenneth Cole AWEAR-TECHH version features a proprietary fabric that is triggered by your body temperature to either warm or cool itself depending on the situation. The active particles permanently embedded in the yarn capture heat from your body’s infrared energy to speed evaporation and cool you if there is moisture vapor (sweat) present, or retain that heat to keep you warm when no moisture is present. $109.99
Lavair -After winning Best New Footwear Brand of 2021 by Drapers, independent luxury trainer label Lavair has set its sights on apparel, releasing a debut collection that includes this Core Hood and Core Jogger in a perfectly autumnal Latte colorway. Made from sustainably sourced, 100% Portuguese cotton, this look combines all the comfort you need in activewear with the brands’ understated, technical aesthetic. $123 (hoodie), $110 (joggers)
LifeLabs—LifeLabs allows you to reduce your personal energy usage and combat climate change through what you’re wearing. The Men’s CoolLife T-Shirt, made from scientifically curated and sustainable textiles, is a closet essential as it keeps your body 1.9℉ cooler around the house and throughout your daily activities. $73
LOTTO—Created with lightweight and soft cotton, the Smart line of apparel is perfect for every time and every day. The Lotto logo is a sleek ‘90s throwback. $45
Lululemon-Conquer cold weather runs in this breathable top that keeps the heat locked in when outside temperatures drop. The Surge Warm 1/2 Zip is constructed with lululemon’s soft Rulu ™ fabric, which features sweat-wicking properties and four-way stretch, so you can stay warm and comfortable even during the most demanding activities. Plus, the discreet seam pocket keeps your valuables safe and secure, while the reflective detailing adds visibility during low light conditions. $108
MadHappy-This custom nylon short was developed with lightweight materials. Ideal for both getting active and lounging. $130
Mavi-The Mavi Ashton Athletics an athletic look with an athleisure feel. Take on this holiday season with excitement knowing you’ll be comfortable for all the festivities! The perfect gift for any man who loves being cozy and looking polished! The Mavi Ashton Athletics feature a soft fabric that is both durable and flexible perfect for taking on daily activities in the most amount of comfort. $98
Mott & Bow:
Mott & Bow-We understand that sweatpants get a bad rep for being too casual and hybrid pants are often overpriced. When designing the Franch Terry Sweatpant Hooper we wanted to create the middle-ground between comfort, athletic wear, and all-day style. These will be your go-to sweats this Fall to perform your everyday activities comfortably and in style. $89
Nathan Sports-The Tempo Quarter-Zip features an ultra-soft, 4-way-stretch fabric that’s super comfortable as a baselayer or midlayer. The shirt features a discrete pocket in the sleeve for easy storage, and reflective detailing that increases your visibility for wear at night. Its wicking fabric is perfect for guys who want to stay active in the fall and winter. $75
NOBULL-This Men’s Quilted Crew Pullover is perfect for working out in cooler weather while still looking good. The Insulated Polartec® Power Air® fabric provides warmth, breathability, and durability required for an activity fall might throw at you. $98
On -On’s apparel range is great for running, day-to-day activities and for home “officing.” Their Hoodie is no different — a wardrobe classic that boasts simple comfort, recycled materials, and a cool slim fit. It’s super-soft with just the right elasticity, the traits that make anyone’s favorite activewear. Wear it during your warm up, cool down or when you’re relaxing. The elbow dart is a signature On detail, ensuring the hoodie keeps its shape. The all-new lace guard holds the drawstring laces in place so you can move or relax without distraction. $149.99
Original Penguin-The Pete Graphic Fleece Hoodie and Ankle Stripe Fleece Jogger are warm, lightweight, and soft. Made with cozy fleece fabric, this ensemble makes casual dressing look cool. Whether you wear them together or separately, these pieces are perfect for working out or for lounging around. $89.00 | $79.00
Paka—Paka’s double-knit BREATHE line of head-to-toe soft and sustainable hoodies and joggers are an essential must have for men this fall because their revolutionary comfort and wear experience comes from the Alpaca fibers, which are semi-hollow with an insulating core making the fabric both warm and breathable – perfect for active lifestyles and cozy for chilly nights. Paka’s hoodies and joggers, available in a range of organic dyes for men and women, and are as soft as cashmere, warmer than sheep’s wool, hypoallergenic, and water-resistant. BREATHE BY PAKA™ is available exclusively at pakaapparel.com Hoodies ($119 USD) – Joggers ($125 USD)
Power WearHouse—Engineered to maximize any exercise routine, Power Wear House’s Power Weighted Vest is perfect for enhancing cardio and muscle-toning benefits for your at-home routine, personal trainer or prescribed sport-specific training regimen (you can also slip it on to level up your aquatic training) and/or power walking. It is flexible and provides comfort during workouts no matter your skill level! The Power Vest is made from premium breathable neoprene with anti-odor technology and comes with adjustable weights that are specially designed to support even positioning across the front and back of the torso for both safety and maximum benefit. Additionally, it allows you to personally manage and evolve your workout routine comfortably and safely at your own pace, keeping you in shape for this upcoming winter. $199
Reigning Champ—Reigning Champ slim sweatpants are this season’s perfect fusion of style and comfort. These cozy joggers are fit for the fireside during the holidays or facing the winter wind on commutes. The Reigning Champ Slim Sweatpants feature a soft 100% cotton fabric with a ribbed waist line and pant legs. Their chic design allows for an effortless look with all day comfort! $120
Russell Athletic-Russell Athletic prides itself on providing classic athletic staples. The Dri-power Fleece Logo Sweatshirt is a prime example, it’s made with medium weight fleece and dri-power moisture-wicking technology that uses body heat to keep you warm and dry! Its ribbed waistband and cuffs were designed to ensure both comfort and style. This sweatshirt is the perfect mix of an old-school classic with a modern twist; a must-buy fall essential. $25
66 North-The core of the lightweight jacket Straumnes is a breathable shell fabric imbued with 4-way stretch while GORE-TEX Infinium technology provides weather resistance. $350
Swiftwick-Constructed from ultralight merino, Swiftwick’s Pursuit Ultralight is a top moisture-wicking sock for running, cycling, or hiking this fall. Merino wool’s temperature regulating technology will keep you cool on hot days and warm when temps start to drop, so it’s a great shoulder season option for guys looking to stay blister-free for fall and winter workouts.$19.99
The Mark -Specially designed for The Mark Hotel, these Bleusalt hoodies are crafted in Malibu using sustainably-sourced Beechwood fibers, creating a texture softer and more lightweight than that of cashmere. Designed to take you anywhere, the fabric is breathable while still having shape; making it possible to wear throughout the year, providing you with supreme comfort and style. $126
The White Company:
The White Company-These shorts from The White Company are 100% cotton, timeless, and allow for comfort while still looking clean and contemporary.$44
Zara– Zara Athleticz is a new collection of elite-level activewear and equipment built for every athlete. The collection is a portfolio of performance products that combine technical functionality, sustainable materials, unfussy aesthetics and supreme comfort. This long sleeved tee is manufactured of seamless fabric which perfectly adapts to movement. Specially engineered flatlock seams are included to avoid skin abrasion, and the top comes in two colorways, Burgundy and Black. $40