Is it okay to wear men’s gym clothes for fashion? Can you wear your active wear all day and stay on trend?
Men’s style used to be as simple as a well-fitted suit, but nowadays men have as much choice of trendsetting activewear as women. 2016 has been the year of the rise of athleisure where function and fashion have become equally important and dominated our catwalks.
So how can you tailor your workout wardrobe to stay on trend?
Keep your look versatile with colour palettes that are easy to match to keep your look fresh. The Sundried colour palette features subtle grays with statement red. The Ortler Tee is easy to dress up with tailored sweatpants or thrown underneath a shirt for a casual day look which can then be worn into the gym. Smart gym clothes can be dressed up for a day look whilst remaining techincal in the gym, hence their popularity.A full tracksuit won’t work as a casual day look, but mixing mens gym clothes with regular fashion can create a more stylish, less chav, versatile look.
Right now, tailored track pants are as important on men's runways as they are in the weight room. Spruce up your workout style with these slim sweats from Sundried , their tailored fit creates a smarter look so feel free to wear them for your (non-athletic) weekend adventures, as well.
Avoid big logos
Large logo’s scream chav when they're taken out of a gym environment, you’ll notice most athleisure trends feature discreet logo’s and are, for the most part, plain in their design. It’s more about the functions of the activewear than any big logos.
Keep it Sweat Wicking
We’re all for wearing gym clothes as fashion because we believe in finding activity at every opportunity, but, if you’re going to be wearing your gym clothes all day, you need to make sure you aren't going to smell! Sweat wicking fabrics help to do this by pulling sweat away from the skin to be evaporated, whereas cotton will absorb sweat and you’ll be followed by that lingering smell all day. View our sweat wicking gym t shirts here.
Key Items for Mens Gym Fashion:
Fitted Gym Top:
A well fitted technical top is flattering as well as serving it’s purpose of pushing you through your training sessions. The Sundried Dom Tank comes in black which is easy to double up as a slim T shirt for casualwear after training, it’s sweat wicking so it won’t hold onto a smell.
Smart Casual Gym Trousers:
To wear mens gym clothes for fashion, you need to dress them up. Think more smart, less tracksuit. These gym bottoms are tailored for a slim fit, with large zipper pockets and reflective trims.
Shorts Over tights:
Made popular by superstars such as Kanye West, this look can easily become part of your gym style, and is great for those who are a little self conscious to train in men's gym leggings solo.
For more gym wear advice visit our activewear blog.
As the winter months approach, it’s time to put your knees away.
Trade your running shorts for their longer, warmer counterpart, men's black leggings.
What do Sundried Leggings offer?
Good question, here’s a breakdown of why our tights should hug your legs:
Because they give you superpowers:
Well not quite, but with our reflective cuffs, you’ll be able to see in the dark and that’s halfway there.
Because they do a whole load of fancy stuff:
Like wick sweat, stretch to flatter your form and protect your skin from wind chill, whilst also having a useful back pocket.
Because Sundried leggings make you look like a superhero:
What do Batman, Superman and Captain America have in common? They are all men wearing leggings. It could be you. Wear your Sundried tights on your next run and don’t be surprised if people assume you're a superhero, easy confusion to make.
Because we donate to charity:
You’ll have more than just runner's high to make you feel good after buying with Sundried. Every Sundried purchase has a unique donate code to charity Water for Kids on it. Meaning you can feel twice as good about your run, as it’s helped to supply a child with water for the first time. Well done you.
Because it may be the only hugs you get:
It's freezing outside and you are cold. Do not expect your other half to willingly give you a hug. You are too cold. Take a hug from your leggings instead, they’ll never kick you out the bed.
Because they’ll protect you where you need it most:
We all like to show off a bit of leg in shorts, but when it comes to the winter months, flashing your pins on a run can mean risking freezing cold air shooting up your shorts into sensitive areas - which just don’t need that. Especially when it’s already cold. Keep your sensitive areas protected from the wind with fitted running leggings.
Because it’s getting chilly:
Stating the obvious, but, Sundried men’s leggings are designed using technical fabrics which help to regulate your body temperature, keeping you warm when you’re cold and cooler when you are warmer. As we approach the winter the Sundried leggings will help keep you warm, so all you need to worry about is putting one foot in front of the other.
Now all you need to do to keep up your winter training is own a pair of Roteck leggings.
Don't worry ladies, we have women's black leggings too.
When the colder months hit, it can be hard to find the right winter running clothes. You need to keep warm, without overheating in your running pants once you get going.
When it comes to running gear, mens running leggings should be an essential part of your wardrobe for training during darker, colder months. As the weather changes your priorities change and you need to find activewear with technical fabrics which will help keep your warm on even the coldest of runs. Swapping shorts for runnings leggings as part of your regular running wardrobe can make a lot of difference to your run, enabling you to train for longer in comfort.
Mens Running Tights
Sundried have developed our men's running tights with the help of leading triathletes and Personal Trainers to help you have the best run possible. With hidden features designed to subtly assist your performance such as the double-tie waistband, secure secret pocket and reflective lining. When out on the road, one of the most annoying occurrences for any runner is their sports tights slipping down, interfering with running stride and frustratingly distracting, in order to combat this, Sundried Roteck Leggings have a two-way system to ensure your tights fit securely with an elasticated waistband and additional drawstring tie at the waist for a personalised secure fit.
Our reflective male leggings provide a safer run during the darker months, helping to increase visibility with reflective trims lining the cuffs.
Does your running gear have storage for a phone and keys? Our running tights have secure back pockets for running valuables with zip fastening.
Mens running leggings are on the rise and whilst they may not be as popular as women's running tights, men are catching on to the benefits of wearing tights rather than sweatpants or shorts for running. On a freezing cold run, sweatpants allow cold air to become trapped between the trouser and your leg due to the loose fit and shorts will leave your lower leg, and other places, freezing! The tight fit of running leggings for men may seem unusual to newbies, but it is more than worth it for the exceptional benefits the right men's running gear can bring to your run.
A good pair of men’s workout trousers are essential for a successful training session. Imagine squatting and your trousers split, right exercise, wrong trousers. There’s a wide variety of gym trousers out there and it's essential to partner the right pair of workout trousers with the right workout.
Types of Men’s Gym Trousers
These are probably the most popular choice of gym trouser for men lifting, comfortable, warm and with a relaxed fit. Most people have at least one pair of sweatpants and they’ve been embedded into our workout wardrobes since school P.E lessons. Sweatpants have earned their popularity through superior comfort, made with cotton which is highly breathable and doesn’t chafe. It does however absorb moisture and can take ages to dry, so it's not ideal for sweaty sessions.
Running tights are most commonly made with a synthetic blend of materials, to protect against wind chill, provide warmth, wick sweat and prevent chafing and rashes. These technical tights often offer performance enhancing properties such as reflective strips and mesh panelling.
Compression trousers support your muscles with a tight fit, however the jury's out on the multitude of other benefits compression clothing claims. Compression clothing has been linked to reduced swelling, reduced DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) , the ability to squeeze blood back to the heart to prevent fatigue, reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and even stabilise the knees to reduce the risk of injury. Although there is some evidence supporting these claims, the research is not that wide which often leads to debate around the area.
Cargo trousers were originally designed for use by the military, so they have a very versatile style, with lots of storage space. Cargo trousers make great transitional trousers from work to the gym, or for the ‘all day active’ types because of their functionality. Designed with a snug waist and relaxed fit. These trousers are usually made with weather and tear resistant materials due to their use in difficult military training conditions.
How to Fit Men's Gym Trousers for Big Legs
Those who don’t skip leg day, cycle a lot or are blessed with muscular legs will know that finding gym trousers which fit around their thighs can be difficult. Trousers which are meant to have a relaxed fit can end up looking like compression tights, or worse, not even make it above your calves. Follow these tips when fitting your trousers to ensure the perfect fit.
- Don’t buy trousers based on your waist measurement. Whilst those who have the bodytype for a regular fit may get away with it, if your legs are broader opt for a few sizes up to ensure that your legs have space in the length.
- Opt for a personalised waistband. A personalised waistband will either be elasticated, have a drawstring, or both. This way you can ensure that even though you’ve bought a larger waist, you can still tighten up your trousers so they don’t slouch when you squat, or worse still fall down.
- Do a sit test. Sit down in your trousers and make sure they don’t pull and strain, if they do, go up a size, whilst you can adjust a larger waist, you can’t add more material to the legs.
Men’s Regular Fit Trouser Measurements
As well as having the right fit around the waist, you should always make sure your mens gym trousers are the right length, whilst a little extra material won’t matter too much in your weekend wardrobe, when you’re getting active you can trip or fall on a trouser leg that’s too long.
Size Waist (inches) Hip (inches) Inseam (inches) Small 29-32 35-37.5 32.25 Medium 32-35 37.5-41 32.5 Large 35-38 41-44 32.75 Extra Large 38-43 44-47 33
From Sundried featuring above is the Ortler Trousers. An all day active pair of gym trousers you can wear pre, during and post training.
New clothes are for life… not just for Christmas.
The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago.
Flashback to when our grandparents were young and it was a very different story. My grandmother used to use old curtains to make her own skirts, she’d sew up holes and go out of her way to make the same clothes lasted and when eventually those clothes would come to their end, she’d turn the skirt into a bag, or even a cape for one of my teddies. Nothing was wasted, even old sheets were cut in half, flipped over and sewn back together to extend their life. Heaven forbid if you bought her something new for Christmas, I’m sure she still has blouses in their wrapping that I got her in 1995.
Now, we wouldn’t dare wear an outfit twice in fear or being branded an outfit repeater. We wake up to daily headlines of fashion mistakes, good buys, bad buys, bargains and super sales, fast fashion bombards us.
Live fast, and our planet dies young.
Our planet can’t keep up with our obsession with fast fashion. With fast fashion speeding up trends and constantly pushing into the next season, your clothing is most likely to be wardrobe waste before it’s even reached its first birthday.
What happens next? These used unwanted clothes are thrown away.
Still think you have ‘nothing to wear?’
WRAP’s report on the clothing industry in the UK found we waste £30 billion in the UK each year in unused clothes.
New research from WRAP has found that:
- The annual footprints of a household’s new and existing clothing are equivalent to the weight of over 100 pairs of jeans, the water needed to fill over 1,000 bathtubs, and the carbon emissions from driving an average modern car for 6,000 miles.
- The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits.
- Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints
- Two-thirds of UK consumers buy or receive pre-owned (or second-hand) clothes, and there is a willingness to wear more, especially if a better range were available; and an estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.
- The carbon emissions generated by the clothing of the average household is equivalent to driving an average modern car 6,000 miles.
- Overall, clothing contributes around: 5% of the global carbon footprint of UK goods and services; and 6-8% of the global water footprint of UK products and household use.
- Global footprint Global footprint Household footprint of UK consumption per household equivalent to of clothing Carbon 38 million tonnes 1.5 tonnes of CO2e Driving a car CO2e emissions each year 6,000 miles Water 6,300 million m3 More than 200,000 Filling over 1,000 of water litres each year bathtubs to capacity Waste 1.8 million 70 kg each year Weight of over 100 tonnes of material pairs of jeans
Global footprint of UK consumption of clothing
Global Footprint per household
Household footprint equivalent to:
38 million tonnes CO2e
1.5 tonnes CO2e emissions each year
Driving a car 6,000 miles
63 million m3 of water
More than 200,000 litres each year
Filling over 1,000 bathtubs to capacity
1.8 million tonnes of material
70kg each year
Weight of over 1000 pairs of jeans
So with the planet hurtling towards a doomed end, buried in used outfits, what can we do to turn this around?
Turning fast fashion, to fair fashion
The research from WRAP, does see a positive change… if we make it happen. The research indicates that a credible set of modest changes across the clothing life-cycle could reduce each of the carbon, water and waste footprints by as much as 10-20%. More ambitious changes could help reduce the cost of resources used to clothe the UK population by one-third, with greater savings still in the carbon and water footprints.
Implementing Best Practice
In production: Reducing the carbon footprint of the production process by just 5% through cutting waste in production, dyeing and finishing could reduce our carbon footprint by 4%, our water usage by 8% and waste by 3%.
In quality: Creating quality garments which have an extended life expectancy could reduce carbon emissions by 7%, water by 10% and overall waste by 9%.
In the aftercare: Changing the way we launder our clothes, by washing on a cool heat and avoiding tumble drying could reduce our carbon footprint by 6%.
Once we’re finished with our clothes: Reusing and recycling by an extra 5% could reduce our carbon footprint by 3% and a 1% reduction in waste.
How Sundried make our clothes ethically:
Sundried are audited by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund to ensure our products come to market with as ethical production as possible. This involves carefully selecting the materials we use, the factories we work with and the way we transport our goods.
All of our products use blends of premium fabrics to extend the life expectancy of our clothing.
Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months of active use would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each and cut resource costs by around 20% (£5 billion); this is the single most significant intervention according to WRAPS research.
Through our aftercare:
Laundry creates around one-quarter of the carbon footprint of clothing or 3 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of clothing as a result of energy use. Throughout all our products marketing and aftercare labels we encourage you to ‘wash cool, sun dry’ ensuring that our products clean at low temperatures means we can minimise our footprint, furthered by our recommendation to ‘sun dry’, eliminating the extra waste from a tumble dryer altogether.
Sundried offer a recycling programme for all our old garments.
Around half of clothing is re-used at present, and over two-thirds of this goes overseas. Increasing the re-use rate in the UK and for export would reduce the total waste each year. There is significant willingness to buy or receive pre-owned clothes – more than two-thirds of adults have done so in the past year. Some 30% of clothing has not been worn for the last year and four in five people own at least some clothes that have not been worn because they no longer fit or need altering. This indicates there may be a substantial volume of good quality clothing suitable for re-use.
Going one step further:
2017 will see Sundried taking fabrics to a new level. Using recycled plastics and used coffee.
Sundried has been developing a sustainable technology suitable for activewear. By utilising coffee’s natural ability to block odour, the fabric is the ideal choice for some of our new garments.
Partnering with coffee shops and collecting their used coffee grounds has provided a very sustainable route to supply raw material.