I’ll admit it, I stumbled onto this fashion trend totally by accident. It all started when a young MD that I work with, showed up wearing a great looking pair of gray knit pants. They looked amazing (anything would look good on him). I felt uncomfortable asking him about them. Maybe I’m alone in this, but there’s something a little creepy about letting a coworker know that you’re checking out his pants. So I ran home and Googled “mens knit pants”. BOOM…the entire world of athleisure opened up for me!
Trendy men can now move effortlessly from their health club to their hip jobs without skipping a beat. Or, with the right pair of sweats, one can create the illusion of fitness and skip the gym all together! But be warned, these are not your father’s sweatpants. We’ve entered an era where a pair of sweats can cost hundreds of dollars.
Don’t believe me? Follow the link for sweatpant sticker shock on this pair of very ordinary looking cotton pants. We’re living in crazy times.
Here are some examples that are showing up on the runways for Spring. This group is from Greg Lauren, nephew of Ralph. The influence is pretty clear IMO.
Bottega Veneta with a fake fly front. Seriously??? I’m sorry, that’s so cheesy. (No comment on the socks and sandals).
I’m not sure what to make of this, but I couldn’t help but share it.
The Italians are clearly the kings of the look. This group is Emporio Armani. I’m loving it, especially the brown ensemble on the right.
Somehow this look reminds me of vintage skiwear from the 50’s and early 60’s. (Can stirrup pants be far behind?).
Canali. Yes, please! But getting back to reality……
I had the chance to try on a pair of these fancy sweats at an Armani A/X outlet store a few weeks ago. They had a zipper fly, a waistband that buttoned and one welt pocket in the back. The fabric was a creamy gray knit with a super loopy reverse. Very nice. The original price was $189 and they were marked down to around $80 I think.
They were a bit slimmer than Thread Theory’s Jedediah Pant, but otherwise very similar. Suddenly I’m saying, “I can do this”. If I fail, I can always wear them to snowblow the driveway! Now to find the right fabric.