Men's Athleisure Apparel to Take You From Work Day to Workout

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Start With a Flexible Pant and Jacket Combo

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Cotopaxi

Gone are the days of offices overrun by suits and ties. Today's workplace is much more casual, lending itself to a slew of "athleisure" attire that makes it possible to get active during your work day without carrying a change of clothes. Granted, not every piece of athleisure attire lends itself to every workplace or every workout, but there are more options than ever before. And as with any wardrobe, your athleisure apparel should start with a solid pant and jacket combo, like the Cotopaxi Samburu Pant and Pacaya Insulated Hoodless Jacket.

The Samburu Pant looks like your typical, casual office slacks, but the fabric features a double-knit stretch with a gusseted crotch that allows for extensive range of motion and comfort during activity. They're a great pair of pants for a workweek bike commute, a weekend hike, or a more strenuous bouldering workout.

Likewise, the Pacaya Insulated Hoodless Jacket makes a great all-around choice for staying warm at the office or for heading outside for spring or fall activities. It features stretch underarm panels, Polartec insulation, and water resistant coating for when you're getting active, and its clean lines and hoodless structure make it appropriate for the casual workplace.

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Add a Not-Quite-Obvious Sweatpant

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RYU

Admittedly, it can be tough to pull off sweatpants at the office...unless you happen to be a personal trainer. That said, low-key, slightly tailored sweatpants, like RYU's Core Pant, are making it possible to wear your comfiest clothes while at work and play. This pair features a close, athletic fit, fleece fabric for added warmth, and hidden pockets. Worn with the right shoe, top, and jacket, you can wear these bad boys just about anywhere.

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Stock Up on Close-Cut Basics With Performance Fabrics

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Well-fitting t-shirts and sweatshirts can be office-appropriate, as long as they're stain- and hole-free, and don't say anything offensive. But you don't want just any tee to take you from the office to your workout. Sure, they might work, but you'll be better off buying apparel that's designed to carry you through an active afternoon or a tough workout. For instance, Ably's Jamison v-neck tee and Steven sweatshirt are each made from cotton that's been Filium-activated to repel water, resist odors and stains, and to dry quickly, making them perfect as athleisure apparel.

And when you want a double-duty shirt that offers even more technical features, consider Ibex's Essential Crew made from a combination of Merino wool and silk. This combination provides added warmth and silky-soft comfort for early morning workouts or for use as a baselayer when you're exercising at high altitudes. Plus, wool is naturally anti-microbial, so it can keep odor at bay while standing up to tough workouts. The dark colorways and clean lines make it perfect for pairing with your favorite work-appropriate pants, and it'll easily blend in under a blazer.

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Keep a Couple High-Quality Henley's on Hand

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Henley's do a good job of walking that fine line between "dressier" and casual. They have buttons, so clearly they're not that casual, right? Except that active apparel lines are offering some of the best, most athletically-functional henleys around, and they look great, to boot. So, yes, you can wear a henley on date night, at work, or at the gym, you just have to look for products designed to do double or triple-duty.

Ibex and RYU are each back with two more wins, as both brands have henleys in their line-ups that are darn near perfect for athleisure. Ibex's Henley Tee features over-dyed Merino wool fabric with a heather finish that gives their version a low-key style. It's perfect for active vacations or stressful office meetings where you know you're bound to break a sweat.

And RYU's long-sleeve Midlayr Henley is designed specifically for workouts, featuring four-way stretch, wicking material, an invisible-zipper phone pocket, and flat-lock seams for comfort. But because it's a close-fit, neutral-color henley, it'll also look great with a basic pair of jeans.

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Don't Forget Performance Socks and Underwear

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You may not think there's a big difference between basic socks and underwear and "performance" versions of these essentials, but you'd be wrong. The lightweight, odor-resistant, sweat-wicking fabric makes a surprising difference in comfort whether you're running a marathon or just hanging out with friends for happy hour. Stock up on high-quality options like Ridge Merino's Boxer shorts and Feetures High Performance Ultra Light Socks. Just buy them in black so they blend in with your work attire.

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Carry the Right Bag

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The right bag does more than just carry your gear, it helps organize your life, making it possible to plan for and complete all the things you want to do throughout the day. Choosing a bag can be a matter of preference, so consider these two options that look masculine while also offering optimal functionality:

  • Cotopaxi Chumpi Duffle: This duffle bag is ideal if you carry a lot of gear, like running shoes, a change of clothes, and toiletries for the gym. It's a work horse, designed for maximum durability and versatility, even offering tuck-away backpack straps and a removeable shoulder sling so you can carry it multiple ways.
  • RYU Quick Pack Lux 1.1: If you prefer a slightly smaller, sleeker bag, RYU's Quick Pack Lux can carry your goods. Its minimalist design includes leather straps that mold to your body, a padded internal laptop pocket, and a water resistant treatment. While it can't pack as much stuff as the Chumpi duffle, it allows for easy organization of work and athletic gear.

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Accessorize With Shoes and Shades

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Accessories are what take your look from "lounging on the couch" to workplace- or workout-appropriate. Of course, choosing the right accessory depends on what you're doing for the day, but you can't go wrong with a good all-around pair of shoes like the CLAE Hayward running shoe featuring black waxed suede.

The Hayward is functional enough to take you a few miles around the track, but it's so fashionable you might want to reserve it for walking comfortably around the office. But if you do decide to head outside for a breather during your workday, don't forget to throw on a pair of UVA/UVB resistant sunglasses, like Nike Vision's lifestyle shades, the Bandit. They're a little more stylish than most sports sunglasses, so they're perfect for outdoor workouts and weekend barbecues, alike.

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