When we think activewear, we think women's activewear. But what about sportswear for men? Sundried give you the dos and don'ts of men's sportswear.
There's a lot to take in when it comes to men's sports clothing. Do you go high end or cheap? Highly technical or basic? Fashionable or practical?
Before you even start, think about what training you do and what your goals are. Certain brands are better for certain sports, such as Sundried specialising in triathlon and all triathlon-related sports such as cycling and running. You want a brand that knows your sport inside out and can provide high-quality, luxury, technical apparel for men.
If your main concern is to look good in your fashionable sports clothing, you won't need to worry so much about the technical qualities. However, if it's performance you're after, you definitely need a brand that has a history in sports and knows what it's doing.
You should have a few pieces of kit for different weather conditions and the changing seasons; don't underestimate the importance of base layers such as men's leggings and tights and long sleeved training tops to supplement your gym tops and gym shorts. Check out the fabrics that the brand uses- are they high quality and luxury or cheap and basic? Great materials to look out for are Merino wool which is naturally insulating and sweat-wicking for colder training sessions, and recycled materials which are great for the environment and provide superior technical qualities to enhance your performance.
Depending on your sport, you may wish to wear men's leggings or tights under your gym shorts for added coverage and protection. If you play a fast-paced sport like football, tennis, or rugby, you may find that leggings inhibit your movement and don't give you the freedom you need to move. However, if you practice a sport like hiking, running, or golf, then wearing a pair of leggings as a base layer could be a great addition to your sportswear line-up.
For gym workouts, wearing leggings under your shorts can add coverage for high intensity workouts and can add protection for barbell workouts like Olympic weightlifting or powerlifting where the bar scrapes against your shins. Wearing leggings on their own is usually frowned upon in the gym, but only if they're too tight or unsightly. If your leggings are thick and stylish, there's nothing wrong with wearing them if you are comfortable. What you wear to the gym depends slightly less on performance and can be more largely impacted by how you want to be perceived by others.
Mens running leggings
When it comes to running, your men's sportswear needs to perform well and be highly technical. There's nothing worse than having to cut a run short because you are not comfortable in your sportswear. If you are going to wear leggings or tights for running, you want ones that won't slip down or ride up as you move and will keep you in place where it counts.
You also want running leggings that are going to wick sweat away from your legs so that they stay dry and don't chafe as you move. Wearing leggings under your shorts for running can prevent your thighs from rubbing together as you run which can be a great bonus and improve your comfort throughout the run.
When bodybuilding, you want to look good to feel good. If you have been working out for some time, chances are you'll have a physique you're proud of and want to show off. In this case, muscle tanks and gym vests are for you. A good sleeveless gym top will enhance your figure by bringing out your chest and flattering your stomach. Look out for vests with patterning that might help to do this, or ones that might do the opposite.
At the gym, you have a lot more freedom with what you can wear than with other more performance-based sports like running or cycling. You may be tempted to wear sweatshirts or track pants, but these may not be the best when you begin to sweat. Thick, heavy materials won't be sweat-wicking or technical and you may end up with sweat rash or just be generally uncomfortable. Make sure you wear appropriate technical wear at the gym that will still look good but perform for you too.
Activewear is on the rise and according to a research report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the global market for Sports and Fitness Clothing is projected to reach US$231.7 billion by 2024. It's no wonder, then, that activewear is leading many trends in fashion both on and off the catwalk. We take a look at 5 big trends in activewear that you can follow to bring your activewear out of the gym and into your everyday wardrobe.
1. Men wearing leggings
A few years ago, you wouldn't have seen any man wearing leggings, but it's now becoming the norm both in the gym and out of it. In this new age of bending gender norms, men are saying yes to wearing what was once an exclusively female fashion item. Rewind to 2010 and there was an uproar as women started wearing leggings instead of trousers or jeans and it was seen as socially unacceptable. Now, we're actually buying more leggings than jeans, and this includes men.
It's no wonder really as men's leggings are so comfortable, and brands are catering to the fact they can be potentially unsociable by making them thicker, hardier, and more stylish. Men's running leggings can easily be worn under casual shorts for a fashionable and acceptable look whether you're at the gym or not.
2. Loose yoga top over a colourful sports bra
Wearing a loose flowing yoga top is nothing new, but by styling it over a colourful sports bra crop top, you create an effortless look which can be worn from the gym or yoga studio to lunch or coffee with friends. Yoga tops for women are getting their own identity and there is now more choice than ever. With the new eco movement in full swing with a rise in veganism and more people getting in touch with their spiritual side, yoga is no longer just a practice but an entire lifestyle.
Wearing a loose yoga top over a crop top is a really stylish look that can be pulled off by anyone. You don't need the ultimate beach body to feel comfortable in this outfit and that is one of the reasons why it is such a big trend.
3. Black high-waisted leggings
Women's black leggings are timeless, but it's now becoming socially acceptable to wear them instead of traditional trousers or jeans. High waisted leggings are here to stay because they cinch your waist, skim over problem areas, and hold everything in while looking wonderfully stylish. Wearing high-waisted leggings also means you can get away with not wearing a t-shirt or vest and instead just pairing them with a sports bra or crop top.
In a more practical sense, high waisted leggings are less likely to fall down and be annoying when you're wearing them. By opting to have your high waisted leggings be black, you're opening up limitless possibilities in fashionable activewear. You can style black high waisted leggings in many ways for any number of different occasions.
4. A denim jacket over a sports bra crop top
Taking your activewear out of the gym is a big trend and wearing women's activewear as casual wear is easier than ever with the stylish designs, luxury fabrics, and modern twists on old classics. Being healthy is desirable and one of the reasons why activewear has grown so much in the past few years is because being seen out in activewear shows you take care of yourself by exercising and have the time to pamper yourself.
You can make your fitness clothing look more casual by pairing it with a denim jacket. Wearing a denim jacket over your sports bra or crop top creates a totally effortless look and means you don't have to get changed between hitting the gym or yoga studio and going for coffee with friends.
5. Taking activewear out of the gym with a boyfriend hoodie
Layering is a timeless fashion trend and now extends into our gym clothes fashion. By layering a loose boyfriend hoodie over any women's gym clothing, you create a low-key fashionable look that can be worn anywhere and will transition from the gym to a social setting. It's easy to throw on a hoodie over tight gym clothing and can help to hide your physique if you enter a situation where you don't want to be wearing skin-tight gym clothes!
When buying new sportswear, you are making an investment. That's why it's important to know what to look out for in quality gear. Sundried is here to fill you in on the best qualities your women's fitness wear should feature, and what to look for to make sure you're getting the most for your money.
Being comfortable is paramount when it comes to training and getting active. If your clothes are chafing, that will be all you can focus on and you won't be able to get the most out of your workout. Anti-chafe materials should be soft and seamless for maximum comfort, while recycled materials are even better. The Sundried Grivola 2.0 T-Shirt is made from recycled coffee grounds making for a super soft fabric which won't chafe and will feel amazing against your skin. The Sundried Grand Combin Long Sleeve is seamless and is made from premium Merino wool which means no itching and no chafing. Look out for the fabric your activewear is made from and feel it against your skin to see if it might chafe when you move in it.
We all sweat when we exercise, it's just a part of life, but you don't have to have bad odour as a result. Fabrics that are too heavy and not sweat-wicking like polyester or cotton will be heavy against your skin as you get sweaty and will cling to your underarms, leading to a higher risk of having bad odour. Light, recycled fabrics like the ones used in the Sundried Olperer T-Shirt have natural anti-odour qualities and wick sweat away from the body meaning you will stay drier and cleaner throughout your workout, leaving you feeling more fresh afterwards.
One of the worst feelings when putting on new clothes is feeling the seams split as they stretch over your body. As you exercise, you will be putting not only your body under immense strain but your clothes, too. Most sportswear is made with 2-way stretch material which means it stretches in 2 directions. High quality activewear will be made with 4-way stretch materials which will lead to less wear and tear, longer lasting quality, and better freedom of movement as you train. Sundried's Sports Bras are made with 4-way stretch material so that you can jump and sprint to your heart's desire without your clothing holding you back.
You will really feel the difference between premium activewear and cheaper garments when the weather starts to turn. There's nothing worse than feeling freezing cold before a race or training session but then heating up as you move and becoming a sweat box trapped in your heavy jumper. That's why you need to make sure your outerwear is properly thermal and sweat-wicking so that you are nice and warm before you start and can stay comfortable throughout. A good thermal outer layer will be thin and light enough to train in but still keep you super warm. The Sundried Grand Tournalin Hoody is made with insulating premium fabric Merino wool but is thin enough to workout in. It will keep you warm while you wait to start and then will wick away sweat as you start to move so you don't feel like ripping it off.
Activewear is now more popular than ever, but with the current rise of workout wear and so much choice being available, it can be hard to know your yoga pants from your running tights. We live in an age where fashion and fitness have exploded the market and left us with endless workout wardrobe possibilities, but how do you decide what to wear? This is your go-to guide to workout wear and everything fitness clothing.
Women's Gym Wear and Fitness Clothing
Think of your base layer as the foundation of your workout wardrobe. Base layers are so much more than just another layer in case you need to strip off during training. In fact, base layers should be a year round staple in your workout wardrobe. Base layers keep you warm when it’s cold by shielding you with an extra layer of insulation and wicking sweat away from your skin so that it doesn't make you cold.
Base layers are made most popular by cyclists as they can help save them from road rash and are often very aerodynamic in their second-skin fit. Whilst a base layer is no bulletproof vest, a good layer is designed to move with you, so if you're unfortunate enough to fall, the feeling of a base layer sliding across the pavement is better than the feeling of your skin shaving the pavement.
Base layers can also act as compression wear which has many benefits, including allegedly improving sports performance. Wearing a tight, compression layer under your gym clothes is thought to improve circulation and prevent muscle cramps so it is an important part of any workout wardrobe.
We recommend arming yourselves with two types of base layer, a long sleeve version for winter and a short sleeve for the sunshine. Look for a tight fit and high quality materials that wick sweat and sit comfortably when tight against your skin.
As you bounce and jump during a workout, you can end up doing damage to your breast tissue if you don't have appropriate support. Especially if you have a larger bust, wearing the perfect sports bra is paramount to both comfort and health. When it comes to sports bras, ask yourself the following three questions:
1. Does it dig?
Whatever your sport or training regime, you need a good range of motion without irritation. Underarm rash is not only painful, it can restrict your range of motion. Take your new potential purchase to the changing room for some alone time and try moving around in it like you would if you were training.
2. Will it rub?
This is hard to tell from a changing room test, but after having a move around, if there is no digging or chafing, pull at the bra straps and see how much movement you get. Next test, how many fingers can you fit down the sides of the bra? It needs to be tight to support you whilst also allowing movement, ideally no more than a finger width. Too much movement of the bra will make it more likely to rub and means it probably lacks the support you bought it for in the first place.
3. Do they bounce?
If you’ve gotten away with dancing in the changing room, now it’s time to jump around. No matter how good your bra, there will always be a bit of a bounce during your workout, but this should be a small bounce. You should feel contained but still able to breathe.
Running tights need to be highly technical, functional, and comfortable so that they can go the distance with you. Running tights can now help wick away sweat, keep your body at the right temperature, and help aid blood circulation with their compression technology. Check out the features below to make sure you're getting the best running leggings for you.
Tights come in a variety of thicknesses and depending on what time of year it is depends on what thickness is going to work best for you. Thicker tights, whilst great for extra warmth during winter, can often restrict your range of motion, be quite heavy to run in, or chafe. By contrast, tights which are too thin can leave your legs chilly, as well as risk being see-through when you bend over.
We recommend you take your tights through a changing room test, try out your range of motion, bend over and do a mirror check, it’ll save you the embarrassment of any potential flashing. Also, remember that lighting makes a difference; the changing room lighting can often be designed to hide these little details, so step outside your curtain and check out a mirror somewhere else in the shop to really be sure.
There are two key tests for a waistband, does it sit comfortably without chafing and does it stay where it’s meant to. One of the worst things is having to continually interrupt your rhythm on a run to pull up your leggings. Typically, you will find three types of waistband: an elastic fit, a wide band fit, or a tie fit.
Elastic fits are great if the materials are high quality, but as you’re dependant fully on their bounce-back abilities, cheap materials can lack the support you need to keep your tights in place.
A wide waistband offers more comfort and is less likely to slip so easily. Tie waistlines ensure a secure fit but can be uncomfortable if you're wearing them for a long time as they can also be prone to chafing, so it’s worth investing in a pair with soft and smooth laces, that you don't have to pull too tightly for a snug fit.
Whilst full length tights offer the most streamlined performance and heat protection, cropped leggings, sometimes referred to as Capri pants, are also very popular. These finish just below the knee and are great for those who run in warmer weather or who want a more versatile performance from their tights. ¾ lengths also work well for transitioning sports for example from wearing for running to yoga.
Your Yoga pants need to be flexible, even if you aren't. Yoga by nature requires a lot from your workout clothes. Yoga pants need to be flexible enough to fold into your pretzel and glide into your downward dog without revealing your polka dot panties. As yoga is less of a ‘sweat it out’ sport and more ‘oooooming’, we’re less concerned with sweat-wicking fabrics and more concerned with comfort and fit. Most yoga pants are made with cotton to allow your skin to breathe freely.
Hareem pants are the ones which make you look like you’ve just walked straight out of Disney’s Aladdin. This hippy style loose fit pant is great for yoga as the loose fit allows freedom of movement with zero risk of camel toe. The fold over waist also ensures there are no builders bums in down dog.
The leggings style of yoga pants are form fitting to the point that next to nothing is left to the imagination. This style of yoga pant best shows off the form during yoga positions, allowing the instructor an unblocked view of the yoga forms. The tight fit on this style also means that there is no excess material to slip on.
This is the type of yoga pant typically associated with the older woman. Women with larger thighs and hips may also prefer this style as the flare balances out the hips. This style of yoga pant clings to the upper thighs before gradually widening at the knee as it extends to the floor. The nature of the boot cuts versatile design means it’s great for transitioning from yoga to everyday life.
Compression wear is your second skin, think of this as your moment to release your inner superhero with workout clothes that are super snug. There is a lot of clever marketing hype when it comes to compression wear, with claims that compression can help to improve thermoregulation, reduce muscle oscillation, and increase circulation, however research to support this seems to be limited, so it could be more opinion than fact.
Research in The International Journal of Sports Psychology and Performance found that when compression clothing was applied for recovery purposes after exercise in recovery of maximal strength and power, there were reductions in muscle swelling and perceived muscle pain, blood lactate removal, and increased body temperature suggesting that the application of compression clothing can assist athletic performance and recovery.
There are also studies that show performance improvements in other types of activities, such as endurance cycling. Researchers in Australia noted that there was an increased concentration of oxygen in cyclists’ muscles when they were wearing compression sleeves. They also took a longer amount of time to reach anaerobic threshold.
Research has however found that compression has little benefits for endurance runners, a study published by The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, rounded up 16 competitive male distance runners. They were fixed with monitors measuring their gait, oxygen intake, and other variables and then hit the treadmill and ran at three different speeds. Compression sleeves were slipped over calves, and the treadmill test was repeated, the New York Times reported. Results showed that there were no statistically significant differences in running efficiency or biomechanics between when the runners wore compression and when they didn’t. If the sleeves had functioned as expected, the runners would have used less oxygen.
For those who are packing a little extra weight, compression wear also gives them the extra confidence of knowing everything is supported and nothing is going to ‘jiggle’ if this is the difference between getting out there or staying in, compression has got to be the way forward, regardless of the other benefits!
Winter workouts can be cold, hell, we live in the UK, summer workout can be cold! The perfect jacket should keep you warm whilst training while remaining comfortable and fashionable enough for wear when you're not working out, whether you’re dashing off to do your shopping or lounging around the house. The top things to look out for when selecting a workout jacket are warmth and visibility. If you are training in the cold winter, chances are it’s going to be getting darker quicker as well, so if you're pounding the pavements, visibility is crucial to stay safe. Look for clothing with reflective strips such as our Grand Combin and Monte Rosa. As well as keeping you warm, it’s safe to say that as we live in the UK, your jackets going to need to help keep you from getting wet, look for waterproof materials to make sure you don’t end up getting (too) soggy.
The workout top is an absolute staple in your workout wardrobe but getting it wrong can leave you chaffed, soggy and sporting sweat patches you can’t even hide with your arms down.
If you're training hard enough, you're going to be doing some serious sweating, so you need a top which will keep you dry and comfortable. Both Polyester and Lycra tops are safe choices as they keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, as well as drying quickly.
Tip: If you want to avoid the iron, opt for a polyester blend, you can hang them straight from washing and they’ll still stay crease free.
Your workout tops need to be versatile to get the most bang for your buck, you want a top you can strip down to in summer but layer up during the winter. Investing in a good quality top which can be layered throughout the seasons is a real investment for your workout wardrobe.
Consider the activities you do most, and make sure the clothes you buy are comfortable and appropriate for that activity. You don’t want a top that's going to flash your stomach as you reach up to lat pull down, or a cut so low you tumble out your top whenever you bend over.
Now we’ve got your clothing covered, all that’s left to pick is your shoes…
but you can never have too many pairs of trainers!
From tank tops to men's gym leggings, there are a lot of elements of mens gym clothing. We guide you on what to look for when buying new gym clothing and which items you need most.
Mens Gym Leggings
Whether you're wearing your gym leggings under shorts or on their own, you need to be comfortable in them. There are different types of men's leggings out there depending on your needs, your goals, and the type of training you do. There are compression leggings which are said to improve circulation and even benefit your training. There are seamless leggings which are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for added protection and coverage. Seamless men's leggings are also great for the transition between home and the gym, especially in winter. They double up for street style and can be worn as a casual outfit as well as to the gym or for outdoor training.
Personal trainer Shea wears his Sundried Roteck 2.0 Leggings in grey under a pair of shorts for effortless style and comfort.
You can also wear your gym leggings on their own. In this instance, you want to make sure they are sufficiently thick that they cover you properly and you feel confident wearing them. You need them to stay opaque as you squat, jump, and lift while at the gym but they also need to be light enough to allow for complete freedom of movement.
Triathlete Matt wears his Sundried Roteck 2.0 leggings in black on their own to enjoy the complete freedom of movement as he warms up.
Mens Gym T Shirts
When it comes to men's gym t-shirts, comfort is paramount. There's nothing worse than being put off your workout due to a chafing t shirt or being overly aware of your sweat patches. Most people would avoid wearing grey to the gym for fear of this happening, however the Sundried Olperer T Shirt is made from 100% recycled materials and these natural fabrics lend themselves to superior sweat-wicking and fast-drying meaning that sweat patches are a thing of the past. The material is also super soft so you'll feel amazing while you train as well as being naturally odour-blocking for extra peace of mind.
CrossFitter Tom doesn't need to worry about sweat patches in his Sundried Olperer T Shirt made from 100% recycled coffee grounds!
Mens Gym Trousers
If shorts or leggings are not for you, then you'll be wearing trousers or joggers to the gym. Your average pair of heavy cotton jogging bottoms probably aren't ideal for wearing at the gym as they will be bulky and won't wick away sweat, meaning you may get sweat rash which will be very uncomfortable and is not advisable. You need a pair of dedicated gym trousers which are specifically designed to be worn during a workout and still maintain all the performance technical qualities you'd expect from a pair of gym shorts or gym leggings.
Arthur shows off his impressive stretching skills which he can achieve thanks to the flexibility of his Sundried Ortler Trousers.
It's also important that your men's gym trousers are super flexible so that you are not held back during your workout. The Sundried men's trousers are specifically designed with you in mind so that you can jump, squat, and lunge in the gym without your gym trousers holding you back. They are also stylish and smart enough that you can wear them for everyday wear as well as at the gym and they make the perfect all-day active bottom.
Gym Vest For Men
For workouts in the summer when the temperature is climbing, a gym vest is vital for a comfortable workout. There are different types of men's gym vest from tank top to muscle vest and it's important to find one that suits you best.The Sundried Les Diablons muscle tank features a subtle design to the chest which will accentuate your physique and improve your confidence in the gym. It is made from premium Italian seamless materials so it is super comfortable and won't chafe as you move. It is also made with 4-way stretch materials so it won't lose its shape after a few wears.