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Luxe to Less
31 March 2021

The New Classics: Why Sweats Are Here to Stay

Words By Eva Marchingo

Wearing them to workout or not, sweats are the incomparable comfiness we rely on most days of the week.

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Just like most categories of modern clothing, we have the top tier men’s sweat offering which you can be sure that you probably won’t catch the wearer sporting these at the gym.

Considered more of a statement leisure piece, the luxe versions of sweatpants and hoodies reek of cool and absolute opulence.

Seen on the likes of those who prefer a luxury way of life and popularised by those in the entertainment biz, high-end sweats are the nonchalant expression of style.

Perfect for a long-haul flight, road trip or pretty much any laidback event, these designer leisurewear pieces are a sure investment to be worn time and time again.

Classic high-end houses all provide an offering of sweats, pants and hoodies so if you’re brand loyal, we’re sure your favourite label will provide an array of options in plush jersey comfort.

If you’re looking for designs a little off centre, contemporary brands such as Rick Owens always have a fresh take on the stock-standard sweat silhouette.

The Torn-Hem Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt is a modern adaptation of the classic crew neck jumper, with the bottom band handing asymmetrically for a cool design detail. Worn with the Velcro adhered or not, this piece should stand as a focal point in an all sweats look or paired with a more work appropriate bottom.

Rick Owens DRKSHDW Torn-hem Long-sleeve Sweatshirt, $774, Farfetch

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Alright we totally understand, if you’re saving up to buy into a luxury design house a sweatshirt is probably not going to be your first choice. If you’re planning on being active (but not too active) in your sweats, a mid-range price point is the logical way to go.

At Monde we love a matching sweat moment, thanks to our friends over at Adidas, this is achievable at not too much of an investment. The Superstar tracksuit is a design that has not only outlasted any other sweat trend, but remains relevant to this day for men, women and children worldwide.

If you’re looking to invest in a 3-stripe legacy and go all out in an adidas track pant and jacket, we recommend you dive right in!

If you’re more of a subdued sweats kind of guy, basics in muted tones like grey marle, blacks and blues are all available from Country Road in very subtle branding. If you’re, like us, based in Australia, you would be familiar with the cult status the logo sweat from the heritage Aussie brand has achieved.
Also available in hoodies with drawstrings and trackie pants, these Country Road staples are soon to become your post work and weekend go-tos.

Rodd & Gunn WNWN Popover Sweat, $149, Rodd & Gunn

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If you’re after sweats that are actually going to be worn while at the gym or the track, we recommend going for an entry level brand.

Designed or their actual intended purpose, these leisure/activewear pieces combine performance and comfort in a symphony of jersey softness.

Perfect for layering during the daily commute or to and from the gym, these paired back staples are the no frills basics we find ourselves constantly reaching for, day in and day out.

Some of our favourite entry level sweat brands are Nike, Bonds and the newer, eco-friendly, Outdoor Voices.

Designing their clothing with the intention for each piece to surpass any trend or fad, cyclical fashion powerhouse Outdoor Voices provide conscious clothing for men and women alike. Leaning more toward active and outdoor wear, their offering is made from fabrics that are somewhat recycled or come from a sustainable source.

If you’re looking to update your basic sweats to a brand who are doing more than just creating great stuff, Outdoor Voices is one to check out. Challenging wasteful norms and doing so at a very reasonable price point makes them our pick for entry level sweat wardrobe updates.

Outdoor Voices Nimbus Hoodie, US$88, Outdoor Voices