Casual Sportswear – Working Your Favourite Sportswear into your Every-Day Outfits

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Jan 032014
 

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We all like to feel comfortable, but we also like to look presentable, especially during occasions that call for it. Finding the right balance between function and fashion, comfort and class, can be an absolute nightmare, especially if (like myself) you have about as much natural fashion sense as an otter. There is a compromise to be made though, and once you find it, you’ll never have to worry about whether to go ‘smart’, ‘casual’ or ‘smart-casual’ again.

Here we’ll be taking the example of sportswear, the most perplexing of attire in that it is inordinately expensive and yet is still seen somehow as ‘casual’ wear that is often snubbed by all but the most reprehensible restaurants. The great thing about sportswear (and the primary reason men enjoy wearing it so much) is that it’s generally just so damn comfortable!

Of course, this is not by accident, but by design, as the initial idea behind any piece of sports attire is for it to be worn whilst playing sport. When you’re running around and working up a sweat, comfort is paramount, less so when you’re sitting down at a nice restaurant or are heading out to sip cocktails at a fancy wine bar.

Below are four nifty little tricks I’ve picked up over the years that allow you to look stylish whilst feeling as comfortable as if you’re lounging around in your pyjamas.

Blazers

If it’s underneath a blazer, anything looks posh. Football shirts, hockey jerseys, custom basketball uniforms and even branded ‘performance’ t-shirts can look suave if offset by a classy, dark blazer. The blazer has always been synonymous with high-class and high fashion, and if you’re wearing one, people might be able to look past the less desirable (but obscenely comfortable) aspects of your overall outfit.

Converse

How many times have you not been let into a club or restaurant because of your shoes? Let’s be honest here, trainers are not only far more comfortable than ‘conventional’ shoes but they are so much more convenient to slip into and require none of the polishing and scrubbing that makes wearing a pair of ‘smart’ shoes such a colossal pain.

There is a middle ground though. Converse trainers might essentially still be just that (trainers), but they are trainers that don’t really look like trainers so as long as you’re careful, you should have no problem making it past that velvet rope. If you’re still feeling a little cagey, try wearing longer trousers to cover them up and sticking to black shoes where possible.

Polo Shirts

Polo shirts are not only incredibly comfortable, but they can look deceptively smart. Considering you can purchase a good looking polo shirt for less than you’d pay for a pair of good socks, you’d be seriously mad to overlook them. Branding is not particularly necessary, but a smart logo in the top-left of the shirt (regardless of the name) always makes it look that extra bit more ‘genuine’.

Polo shirts are also incredibly flexible when it comes to what they can be worn with. For example, they will go with both smart jeans and cotton trousers and when paired with a smart jacket or blazer the results can be astonishing.

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Tracksuits

Now this is where things start to get a little trickier. Have you ever tried to get into a posh club or bar in a tracksuit? You’ll be turned away with all the passive distain of a vagrant, (in fact; it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you might have been mistaken for one).

They are undeniably comfortable though so why wouldn’t you want to go clubbing in them? The key here is distraction. It’s almost impossible to hide a pair of tracksuit bottoms completely, but you can distract attention a number of ways. First off, steer well clear of tracksuit bottoms with stripes or symbols, keep it plain, simple and dark. Also, make sure you’re wearing a smart jacket and smart shoes.

Finally, you might even want to consider wearing a belt (purely for show). This might seem like a lot of work, but believe me, the sense of achievement you’ll get walking up to the bar in a pair of tracksuit bottoms without batting an eyelid will be more than worth it, and the comfort? Don’t even mention it!

Gilets

Another tricky one this as it’s almost impossible for most men to wear a gilet without looking like an aggressive dock worker. Again though, the key is in keeping it as simple and plain as possible. Stay away from garish, brash, obvious bands such as ‘Adidas’ and ‘Nike’ and instead try less well known (and cheaper) alternatives such as ‘Mckenzie’ and ‘Brookhaven’. Not only will you be saving a small fortune on the more famous brands but they generally look more ‘formal’.

Alan Rosinski likes to blog about clothing and how to stay comfortable in your daily life.

Running in Style

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Dec 112013
 

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Staying Fit, Warm, and Active Tips for Women
Running is one the greatest ways to both lose weight and feel great. For most women, though, maintaining their fashion sense while out on a jog is important. They want to look good while feeling good. Here’s a list of tips provided by SweatVac Performace Wear that will help you assemble a trendy running wardrobe. 

Shoes

Finding a pair of running shoes that fit right and are comfortable is one of the most important elements in any woman’s running kits. Instead of saving a few dollars shopping online, pay the in-store premium by visiting a specialty running shoes shop. These stores have great specialists on staff that will assist you in finding a pair of shoes that fit your running style, offer a cushiony ride, and fall within your budget.

Hats

The perfect running hat for the fashionable woman is one that has an adjustable (one size fits all) loop or snap back-strap, so the hat can easily be maneuvered around a ponytail or bun. Make sure, too, that the hat is made of high visibility fabric, and has hits of 3M scotchlite fabric that will reflect off of car headlights. Many companies manufacture hats that have trendy colors – neon pink, neon green, and bright yellow are the most popular.

Comfort Tanks

The key to a good comfort tank is in the fabric. specifically, find a tank that is made of a lightweight, loose-fitting fabric like polyester interspersed with heavy swatches of mesh and vent panels to keep moisture from soaking your shirt. Another necessity in a comfortable tank top is an internal bra that will keep things modest, encapsulated, and sweat-free during your run. Choose a tank with 3M reflective panels to give your outfit a sleeker, safer, and aggressive look.

Running Tees

Finding the perfect fashionable running tee is a lot like looking for the ideal tank top. Look for light, moisture-wicking fabrics, preferably made of polyester and mesh. Another important characteristic of a comfortable tee are flat seams, which will eliminate rubiing and chaffing. 

Many top-of-the-line tees on the market today have an internal loop system that allows you to tuck your headphone cords inside your shirt so that they do not get accidentally caught up in your jogging motion. Nearly every woman’s activewear brand also includes reflective strips on their shirts. Seek these out because they will give you a bit of safety with your style.

Running in the Winter

Depending on your region, finding trendy, comfortable, and warm clothes for wintertime running is imperative. Winter running, with its below freezing temperatures, brisk winds, and snow-covered running paths, is a completely different experience than running on a sun-soaked August afternoon.

Essential wintery clothing items for any trendy lady include a pair of skin-tight, moisture-wicking leggings that will keep you warm and the sweat level low at the same time. Find a pair that fits snugly and does not ride up your ankles or down your waist. If you can, purchase a pair that is made of thermal fabric. thermal fabric will give you some added warmth on those super-cold February mornings. 

You should also consider investing in a winter hat (or a pair of athletic earmuffs). Running in winter is all about maintaining a comfortable level of warmth, and you lose more heat from your head while exercising than any other part of your body. A hat that is properly insulated goes a long way in keeping you warm. 

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