Activewear That Works as Hard as You
Who would have thought a simple fleece hoodie could look so good? Swapping one in place of a sweater or tee is an easy way to give your outfit a sporty vibe without falling too far into casual territory. The key is to wear it with more tailored pieces—we’ll show you how.
Simple layers can create a very polished look. Here we have a plain tee under a hoodie, slim-straight jeans, and a crisp white sneaker—all classic pieces you may already have in your closet. Your coat is where you can really show some personality. In this example, we’ve chosen a neutral check pattern that’s not too in-your-face, but a nice change from ordinary solid colors.
STYLE TIP: When picking an overcoat, make sure the one you choose has a regular collar to avoid a double-hood situation.
Casual and cool, with a twist. All of these pieces have an extra element to make them fresh. The denim jacket is fleece-lined (which is great for winter), the joggers are printed with a really interesting check pattern, and the sneakers are leather, which feels a bit more luxe compared to a standard canvas shoe. The simplicity of the sweatshirt ties the whole look together.
If street style is more your vibe, then you’ll love this outfit. Let’s start from the bottom: A vintage-inspired sneaker is a great place to begin, so you’ll want pants that show them off. A slim fit cuts out any bulk, and the tapered leg creates a shape similar to a jogger. Jackets with cuffs mimic the same tapered detail of the pants, too.
Here’s a way to pull off wearing a hoodie to work: treat it just like you would any other sweater. Toss one over a button-down with a pair of slim chinos and you’re good to go. Office a little more business than casual? A wool tie and Chelsea boots dress up the ensemble, but not too much.
Yes, a hoodie with a suit. While we may not recommend this option for your next black tie event, it’ll certainly do the trick the next time you want to make an impression. Not only will a boldly colored suit wow your friends, but your choice of shoes says a lot, too. A brown leather oxford errs on the dressier side, whereas a pair of sneakers (like Vans or Chucks) makes a suit markedly more casual.