Jogging suits, sweatsuits, tracksuits… whatever you want to call them, these matching two-piece sets are a modern-day wardrobe essential. The world has become significantly more casual in the last few years, which is excellent for us athleisure fans. Still, finding a way to make athletic clothing look a little more stylish, dressy, and premium can be a challenge.
This is exactly where jogging suits shine. They’re soft, comfortable, and surprisingly stylish. If you’ve never worn one before, you might be unsure of where to start. Let’s discuss.
First and foremost, you need to know exactly when it’s appropriate to throw on a jogging suit. Jogging suits are best worn during transitional seasons, like fall and winter. Generally speaking, you’re not going to want to wear a tracksuit anytime the temperature is above 75 degrees.
Of course, if you live somewhere without dramatic seasons, like southern California, you might be able to get away with wearing them more often. In these cases, you’ll want to consider the temperature and sun exposure more than anything else.
The occasion should also come into play. Obviously, a tracksuit isn’t appropriate for any super formal occasions, like weddings or work dinners. However, when styled appropriately, they can be versatile enough for a variety of situations, including:
There are quite a few iterations of the jogging suit, but we can easily group them into a few clear-cut trends. By understanding the different styles, you’ll better understand your options and can more easily choose a style that suits you.
The retro jogging suit pays homage to the first two-piece sets that rose to popularity back in the 80s and 90s. Think of Run DMC - it’s all about matching branded pieces. Retro-styled suits are sometimes made of performance fabric but also come in cotton.
The retro style looks best on someone who’s a bit bigger, so if you’re super slim this might not be the best look for you. You’ve also got to be comfortable with the louder style and be ready to accessorize.
Logomania is an entire trend within fashion. You’ve likely seen the Gucci logo belts, Fendi logo printed bags, and more. The same trend can be seen with jogging suits. In short, these tracksuits make it clear that they’re made by a particular brand, whether that’s with an all-over logo print or one big statement.
Almost anyone can get away with this style. The only thing to consider here is that logos can feel very casual, so you won’t want to pick up one of these suits if you’re looking for versatility.
Some jogging suits are intentionally made for taking everywhere. They give you that influencer-esque, mellow, cool look. These are typically made from the softest cotton with plenty of added stretch. But, they still have a more fitted cut so that you look put together.
The streetwear look is perfect for wearing for any less-than-formal event, from walking your dog to a quick business lunch. You can also mix and match the pieces, add a t-shirt underneath, and make it work for wherever you’re going.
No one is actually wearing a tracksuit to work out in, but some are made with much more focus on the athletic part of athleisure. They tend to be made of performance fabric for maximum comfort. They’re (sometimes) a bit more baggy than other options with louder colorways.
The athletic jogging suit is best for someone who appears athletic. You’ve got to match the vibe of the suit. You’ll also need to sporty accessories like a premium t-shirt or stylish sneakers.
Not every jogging suit is going to work for every person. You’ve got to find the one that feels most authentic and flattering for you. Consider the following questions to help you choose the right one:
The beauty of a jogging suit is that you don’t have to put a ton of effort into styling it: it’s meant to be worn as a set! Here are a few things to consider as you accessorize and put the entire look together:
There’s no doubt about it: jogging suits are here to stay. They’re supremely comfortable, easy to wear, versatile, and somehow, still stylish. Ready to get your own tracksuit? Check out our premium collection of European slim-fit jogging suits.
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