26.04.2016

Down and Out

Off the field and on the streets in athleisure, sports luxe and normcore

Words: Talya Galasko | Photographs: Nick Gordon and Seth Zworestine | Styling: Mira Leibowitz

I know your type.

You’ve got four golf shirts but you wouldn’t be able to tell me the difference between a putter and a wood.

That’s cool, I’m the same.

I wear my track jacket to the supermarket and roll my socks up real high, so you can see them between the collar of my sneakers and the cuffs of my pants. Just like that.

It’s not because I’m too busy. It’s not because I don’t have time between work and play. I’m pretty not-busy-at-all. I just like it, that’s all. I prefer joggers to jeans. I like tracksuit tops and tracksuit pants. I don’t like secret socks – half measures won’t do.

And yeah, I’m not headed to track. I’m wearing my bomber jacket to the supermarket with slacks, and I’m buttoning my polo shirt up beneath denim overalls. I like the way it feels cool, and the way it looks luxe and the way it sounds – swoosh, swoosh. Just like that.

Bomber Jacket

A military staple of the pilot and apparel of skinheads and scooterboys from the 70s onwards. Your authentic style is ribbed thickly around the collar, cuffs and hem, and zips up to the neck. Untextured fabrics keep it smart, but quilting gives it character. No matter the layer beneath – be it a button up or dress – it’ll always add that air of classic cool that’s equal parts tomboy and streetwear.

 

Polo Shirt

The courtside champion – altered into a short-sleeved, collared shirt with a button-down placket in the 20s by Grand Slam champion René Lacoste and his friend André Gillier. Whatever the layer above – denim jacket, track top, mac coat –  it’s prim and preppy, and says you could be on your way to first tee. But you’re not.

Tracksuit

It’s the original warm-up/cool-down gear of athletic champions. This season sees slimmer silhouettes – from tapered trousers with fitted cuffs to a finely cut and cropped jacket that zips from hem to neck. The rules are simple: don’t mix and match tops and bottoms, and shoes.

 

Joggers

This once-relaxed shape with ruched, elasticated cuffs and an air of uncle-meets-no-underpants has been reworked into a streamlined silhouette, falling somewhere between athleisure and travel apparel. The renewed aesthetic is luxe, making it an easy seasonal pairing with heavier overcoats for a look that seems as though you’re not trying, even when you are.

Socks

Cotton’s essential – combed or supima. They’re the type you see on Tyler, The Creator - cuffed right below the knee and leading into pair of classic slip-ons by Vans. When pairing with denims, be sure to roll up the cuffs and pull up the socks.