We're going to bet that you already have some great gym clothes. If you're also a fashion-consious guy, you also probably have a closet full of stuff that looks great on you (even if you struggle with one of these style problems fit men face). But what you may not have are items that are, well, in between—stylish clothes that are professional enough to wear to work, but also have some "performance" element built in, whether that's a four-way stretch for mobility and flexibility, moisture-wicking material to shed off sweat or water, or mesh side panels that allow breathability and air ventilation. Now, don't confuse this roundup with a list of clothes you can go straight from the office to the gym wearing. While some of them certainly can go from work to workout (slides one through five), others are more for lighter activities like cycling to work, golfing, and skateboarding. But they all have some common threads: Comfort and style.
So whether your office is more upscale or low key, these 12 classic pieces—when worn right—will look just as appropriate on your active commute there as they do in your 4 p.m. meeting.
Throw on this lightweight half-zip polo by QOR whether you're heading straight to the gym or the office. If you're working out first, this shirt will wick away sweat and its mesh panels will allow airflow to keep you cool. These functional properties coupled with the classic-yet-sporty silhouette make it look just as sharp at work. (We recommend showering and putting on a fresh one before going to work, of course. Check out How to Speed Up Your Post-Gym Routine.)
Skip the stiff chinos and go for these H&M pants instead. Not only are they well-suited for any type of office, but they’re made with fast-drying materials, stretchy fabric for full range of motion, and are incredibly lightweight for utmost comfort. Plus, they have five deep zipper-and-snap closure pockets so you can store your phone, headphones, and anything else you need for a great workout or meeting.
Lululemon is notorious for making highly functional clothes that are beyond comfortable yet sharp enough to wear just about anywhere. Take this Nonstop Blazer, for example; it looks just like a timeless professional blazer you'd see in any office. But, this one is made with water repellent materials and a four-way stretch fabric for ultimate flexibility.
These tailored pants by RYU can be sported at the office, lounging at your leisure, or even during a sweaty workout. The clean construction throughout the pant from the elastic waistband to hidden zippered pockets to its tapered ankles will instantly escalate your look. You can also count on its moisture-wicking material, lightweight fabric, and high-performance durability components if you want to head straight for a sweaty strength session after work—no costume change required.
Ok, not every boss is cool with t-shirts as office-wear, but if yours is, this is a solid (er, striped) option. Bonus: It will enhance your post-work run. The brand Iffley Road is known for luxurious high-performance clothing for men, and this Cambrian tee is one of their classics. Whether it’s dressed up with a blazer, paired with the joggers on the next slide, or worn during a lengthy run, this timeless navy-striped option that’s built with moisture-wicking material, ultra soft and comfortable fabric, and an in seam pocket to store your credit card will get the job done.
Make these sleek joggers from A.P.C. your new go-to bottoms for casual Friday. The comfortable feel and versatility is all you need to get through a long workday and finally to your must-needed workout—and then the weekend, of course.
Certain office environments calls for dressed up vibes, and that’s where this tech top from Porsche design comes into play. This luxurious long-sleeved v-neck isn’t only aesthetically perfect for the job, but its high-quality fabric that provides ultimate comfort and its infused Thermocool technology, which will keep your body temperature level, is ideal for staying active on the go.
Upgrade your basic khaki bottoms to this performance pair from Patagonia to get the most of your work wear. You can slip them on for your bike or foot commute to work, to hike up a mountain, and just about everything in between. They’re made with a lightweight-yet-durable fabric to keep you comfortable, a four-way stretch that allows breathability as you move, and a water-repellent finish to keep you dry wherever you go. Plus, they have 50+ UPF sun protection.
Never worry about creating sweat stains on your button-up shirt again because this pick from The North Face is built to perform. It’s constructed with lightweight, quick-drying fabric to wick away any moisture that hits the surface. It also includes ventilation side seams to let your body breathe.
If you didn’t think jeans could possibly be worn for activewear then think again. Element designed these Howland pants with the athletic guy in mind. Stitched with their signature "Flex" material, which stretches with your body as you move, this pair will work great whether you’re cycling, skating, or hiking.
Not only will this bomber jacket work well when you’re giving a presentation at work, but you can carry this over to the gym, and even to a late date night afterwards. The jacket is made of performance French terry and includes tiny underarm holes for ventilation when you start to heat up. And the style? It’s timeless.
These Isaora chinos caught our attention because they're actually performance pants in disguise—and they look great. This pair is designed with a two-way stretch and water-resistant fabric so you can comfortably be active and shed off sweat. Fully equipped with rear, front, and inside pockets, a sleek tapered fit, and belt loops in case you need or want to add the extra accessory.