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Trending 21 April 2022

Leisure Love: 6 Sweats Brands We’re Into

Whether you’re back in the office or working from home, combine both style and function by incorporating comfortable sweats into your everyday rotation.

Thanks to our collective transition to working from home, fashion has succumbed to an emphasis on the comfortable. Slowly but surely, sweat sets and separates made their way into everyday casual fashion – for both inside and outside of the home. As we head towards the cooler months, bundling up in an oversized hoodie or pair of track pants will keep you looking cool, while feeling warm. To help you find the quality sweats worth investing in, we’ve rounded up some favourite brands to help you get into the comfort forward mindset.

Words By Ruby Staley

Les Tien

Minimal in design and big on comfort is Les Tien’s forte.

The brainchild of designer Courtney Michelle Ogilvie, Les Tien is a pillar for casualwear that feels good and looks good.

Creating basics that feel elevated and mature, the label produces all of its pieces in their downtown LA workshop to ensure the highest of quality and care.

Each and every piece in the brand’s repertoire is masterfully crafted to drape perfectly and feel comfortable above all when worn all day long.

With a range of muted shades alongside some bright colours, each garment is expertly dyed for a slightly lived-in look.

Using only the highest-level quality fabrications like pure cotton, Les Tien’s classics are not only soft and cosy to wear, but also highly durable.

Intended to be worn again and again, whether you’re relaxing on the couch or heading into the office, Les Tien’s range of sweatshirts, shorts and pants will have your back.

The metallic finishes found on the garments elevate the overall appeal, making them more fashion-forward without forgoing on comfort.

Made for the modern man, Les Tien’s should be your go-to for classy basics and timeless designs that you can wear day in and day out.

Les Tien Garment-Dyed Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt, £255.79 – available at MR PORTER

Reigning Champ

For leisure and performance wear that will allow you to be your personal best, Reigning Champ has you covered.

The Canadian company works harder than most to develop intuitive fabrics and craft all of their garments by hand locally to enhance your wearing experience, every time.

Following a mission statement to “Respect the details”, the Reigning Camp team draw inspiration from the exciting community of Vancouver and pay tribute to the Canadian way through the genesis of the brand and all of their garments.

With core pieces to suit everyone from the sport orientated to those of us who just love to relax, reach new heights of comfort with a Reigning Champ set.

Utilising modern and clean design, the label creates sport and leisurewear intended to be styled in a variety of ways.

From muted colours and monotone outfits to printed fabrications and interesting silhouettes, Reigning Champ truly is the champion of boundary-pushing comfort design.

As part of a recent collaboration with life coach Ryan Willms, the new drop of pieces from Reigning Champ was inspired by movement in the great outdoors while resembling the beauty of natural environments.

Take our advice and invest in a modern, comfortable and carefully crafted piece from Reigning Champ’s wide selection, and you can thank us later.

Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Hoodie, £178.07 – available at MR PORTER

Fear of God Essentials

Favourited by influencers, celebrities and fashionable folk from every corner of the globe, Fear of God Essentials collection somehow exceeds the hype.

Basics for the bougie in us all, Fear of God Essentials collection largely revolves around oversized neutrals and staple wardrobe pieces with the flexibility to be worn together or styled with other pieces.

The cult streetwear brand was established in 2018 by designer Jerry Lorenzo and exudes style and comfort at the highest level of cool.

Living up to the label name, the Los-Angeles based brand creates must have pieces designed to be both on-trend and timeless simultaneously.

With a focus on the clean and modern Essentials logo, each piece from the collection contains the signature branding that feeds into the current logomania streetwear trend.

However, the branding is never too loud and exists to only elevate the relaxed silhouettes crafted from high quality fabrications.

The truly diverse range contains sweatshirts, jackets and lounge pants to keep you warm during the wintertime, as well as matching tees, polos and shorts for the warmer half of the year.

Find understated and sleek designs that will integrate into your existing wardrobe with ease with Fear of God’s Essentials range.

Fear of God Essentials Green Relaxed Hoodie, $160 – available at SSENSE

Acne Studios

Masters in simple, sophisticated design, Acne Studios takes casual wear to a whole new level.

The acronym, “Ambition to Create Novel Expression” forms the foundations of the brand and feeds into its modern yet timeless designs.

Founded in 1996 with a small line of minimalist jeans, the Stockholm-based brand’s vision for pared-back and unique design developed from there.

Director and founder Jonny Johansson injects this vision into all sectors of the brand, having grown across areas including design, production, furniture, and fashion.

Although there are some more formal pieces across the board of Acne collections, over time the clear focus has remained on comfortable pieces with an urban touch.

Made to move and grow with you, each Acne piece is meticulously designed and crafted to ensure not only the longevity but timelessness of the pieces.

This means, that once you invest in an Acne piece, it won’t go out of style, and you can live in it for years to come.

From sporty accessories to rigid wardrobe staples, the offerings are limitless in terms of raw style.

The cult favourite brand is loved not only for the interesting designs and neutral colourways but for the enhanced and thoughtful comfort that each garment promotes.

Either for function or aesthetics, anything Acne is a worthy purchase in our books.

Acne Studios Green Organic Cotton Lounge Pants, $490 – available at SSENSE

Palm Angels

Living the Californian dream, in comfort. Founded in 2014 by designer and photographer Francesco Ragazzi, Palm Angels began as a black and white photo book of the LA skating scene.

From humble roots, the streetwear label grew from there and continues as an ode to the laid-back Californian approach to life and culture.

Drawing from his experience as artistic director at Moncler, Ragazzi reinterprets classic designs like the matching sweatsuit and hooded sweatshirt to create modern streetwear that is truly in a league of its own.

From sleek monotone options with graphic prints to brightly coloured patterns and separates, Palm Angels’ collection allows for your own creative expression.

Find comfortable slides, shady caps and comfortable apparel that will keep you feeling relaxed and cool in just about any environment.

Complete with a teddy bear and palm tree motifs, the Palm Angels range has a touch of fun injected into its design – as is consistent with the Californian lifestyle.

No matter whether you’re in the skating scene or not, Palm Angels is for everyone who loves contemporary design, luxurious fabrications and, above all, relaxed designs.

Tap into your youthful side and have some fun with our favourite from the brand below.

Palm Angels Logo-print Jersey Track Pants, $580 – available at MATCHESFASHION


Classic in every sense of the word, Champion is the of pinnacle sporty style.

With over a century of performance orientated design under their belt, Champion’s legacy includes being responsible for the first ever hoodie design.

To this day, the brand continues to push the bounds for both leisure and performance wear, creating lifestyle pieces that are not only comfortable but also functional and affordable.

Collaborating with some of the biggest names in the fashion world like Vetements, Supreme, and Rick Owens, Champion consistently exceeds expectations by tapping into new age design while staying true to its varsity-inspired roots.

With each piece religiously sporting the iconic Champion embroidered logo, the subtle but recognisable branding only elevates the simple pieces.

Having ventured into neutral and bright shades, as well as fun patterns and prints over the years, the latest drop from Champion focuses on on-trend colourways and tie-dye details.

Whether you’re dressing for comfort at home, or hoping to pull together a trendy street-style outfit – a Champion staple is a great place to start.

From iconic hoodies and crewnecks, sneakers and slides, to tee and singlets, and shorts and sweatpants, Champion has you covered for cool casual comfort from head to toe.

Champion Straight-Leg Logo-Appliquéd Tie-Dyed Cotton-Blend Jersey Bermuda Shorts, £67.56 – available at MR PORTER