The love affair between fashion and sports is nothing new. From Ralph Lauren’s link-up with MLB to Russell Westbrook’s style icon status to the omnipresence of sneakers, the two worlds are frequent bedfellows. But recently, designers have moved passed mere athleisure to create gear that wears its athletic origins more lightly. There’s been a renewed interest in old-school sporting styles, from rugby shirts to cycling jerseys, yielding garments that blur the line between performance wear and everyday attire.
This latest generation nods to its inspiration in more subtle ways, such as fabric and silhouette, and that subtlety means these garments can go far beyond the gym. Sure, a nylon bomber is ideal for early morning runs, but teaming it with chinos and a knit polo? It’s a casual Friday home run. Much more than simply pairing a suit with sneakers, there are numerous ways to wear sporty-smart mash-ups this spring. Here are a few exercises.