April 26, 2017
Spending money on sneakers is infinitely more fun than buying all the other stuff that goes into a workout wardrobe—the socks, the gym bag, the basketball shorts—but cool kicks will only take your style so far. One performance buy that's often overlooked for no good reason is a soft jacket, like a shell or a windbreaker, made specifically for working out. This genius top-layer acts as a barrier between your sweaty bod and your fancy topcoat and also keeps your core warm without adding bulk to your frame. This is especially important if you're running outdoors, but it helps in the gym too. Getting your hoodie caught on a machine while you're lifting is embarrassing at best, and dangerous at worst. You need something ergonomic, moisture-wicking, and breathable. You do not need to be scrunching your sleeves back in between every set.
Today's performance jackets come in stylish colors and cuts that look great with your black and gray gym clothes. Think: neons details, slim-fits, and cool tech-y fabrics.