The athleisure trend just keeps coming back for more. Like it or hate it, over the past five years, it’s infiltrated menswear like almost nothing else, lining the rails of high street and high-end stores alike – last year, global fashion sales of ‘athleisure wear’ touched a cool £2.5 billion. But, if you find Yeezy and Off-White oversized and overstyled, there’s another route to take.
The Jackal’s love of retro sportswear is well documented. Its understated colours, quirky graphics and well-cut silhouettes are the perfect antidote to the brash newness of mainstream athleisure. So, if you’re thinking of dipping your toe, investing in a few key pieces with a retro end is a smart way to start. These six styles are contemporary, yet retro-inspired, for a far more palatable take on the trend. Mix them in with your printed shirts and sandals now, and pair them with your new season staples as we head into autumn.
1. Moncler track jacket
Founded in 1952, Moncler is well positioned to make the most of the retro sportswear trend. The house has raided its archive for the forthcoming autumn season to produce a collection rich in vintage-inspired pieces. This track jacket comes in wear-with-everything navy, with sporty red and white stripes on the sleeves and retro Moncler branding. It’s possibly the perfect trans-seasonal piece; with its lightweight design, it’s ideal for wearing on chilly summer mornings, and will stand you in good stead for layering come autumn. Mix your mediums, and pair it with crisp cotton pleated trousers and vintage sneakers.
£595, shop now
2. Common Projects ‘Track Vintage’ sneakers
Common Projects is our go-to for sleek sneakers that go the distance. This season, the brand’s tapped into the athleisure trend, unveiling a number of vintage-inspired trainers like this pair. With the chunky rubber soles that have become de rigueur in sneaker circles this year, Common Projects has paired them with the brand’s usual understated styling, for a thoughtful, intelligent take on the retro sportswear look. These’ll look great with cuffed jeans and a new season denim jacket, or the Très Bien sweatpants.
£380, shop now
3. A.P.C. ‘Yukata’ t-shirt
It’s funny how a single red stripe can elevate a t-shirt from everyday style to sportswear. One for staunch athleisure refuseniks, the simple detail on this plain white ‘Yukata’ tee from A.P.C. gives it just enough of a vintage vibe to lift it it out of the ordinary – and to lend an athleisure edge to your wardrobe. Partner the t-shirt with cuffed khaki utility trousers and sneakers, for a cleaner take on the look.
£95, shop now
4. Flagstuff track jacket
Go for real old-school sportswear with this track jacket from Flagstuff. Designed by Nobuyuki Murayama, the label is inspired by ‘90s American skate style and vintage streetwear – both influences that can be seen here. The colour block panels and elasticated hem add a retro feel, while the clean silhouette keeps things modern. A real statement piece, layer the jacket over a plain white tee and pleated trousers now, and add a sweater as the days get chillier.
£295, shop now
5. Très Bien wide leg sweatpants
Taking inspiration from ‘90s sportswear, Très Bien has reimagined the humble sweatpant with this of-the-moment wide-legged pair. Definitely not gym-friendly, they’re crafted from tightly woven jersey for an elevated finish, in a low key, vintage-inspired palette of navy, cream and khaki green. Their relaxed silhouette (also a key trend for the new season) will look best balanced with a simple tee, worn tucked in, and an overshirt.
£170, shop now
6. Brunello Cucinelli sweatshirt
The grey sweatshirt is a wardrobe icon. An emblem of vintage sportswear, it grew out of its athletic past long ago to become a style staple. This wide striped version from Brunello Cucinelli combines an old school aesthetic with sporty appeal, meaning it both nods to the athleisure trend while remaining a timeless choice. Wear it to dress down white denim on the weekend, or dress it up with pleated chinos and smooth leather trainers.
£570, shop now