If you haven’t heard the fashion buzzword “athleisure,” crawl out from your tent and get a little taste of this trend for late spring. Athletic guys are hot, like attractive-hot, because they get after it in the outdoors or action sports.
What’s not so hot is looking (or smelling) like you just worked out when you roll up to the bar. That’s where athleisure transition pieces fit the bill. They’ve got enough performance aspects to keep you moving, but enough style to help you slide into any après-sport activity.
Here are a few athleisure items that will only work to make your sporty boy the good kind of hot.
Gotta love a sexy, fast-drying boardshort that can take you from a solo SUP session to a whiskey shot with friends seamlessly.
Iconic waterman Laird Hamilton, the disputed king of crossover board sports, has stepped it up a notch with his own “reinvented” lightweight 19-inch performance short, complete with functional and flattering four-way stretch-ability. We’re digging the true-to-size recent rendition of the Performo, in the curiously cool “kelp camo” print.
Made of FlashDry fabric that’s engineered to speed up evaporative drying, the Engine Polo, tricked out in some urban-approved heather hues like cosmic blue, can power you all day right into the nightlife.
Coming in with an “A” for environmental stewardship (the company removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold) is the United By Blue 100 percent organic cotton Scots Plaid shirt. In cheerful red, white and blue, this tartan top maintains a classic fit that works well over a sports T-shirt or all on its own.
Gear pockets also hit the mark for everything from a pocketknife to car keys, and a DWR “kiss coat” can handle a random springtime shower. As one wearer pointed out: “This piece has become my go-to mid-layer for skinning up, riding down, cool weather hikes and campfire/beer drinking sessions.” Cheers to that.
What’s really swank about these affordable Vegas frames is they perform during any outdoor activity but transition into happy hour with panache.
“The design of the Dank glasses offers a bold look that’s complimented by a build that can take a beating,” according to Dylan Roukous, founder of Nectar Sunglasses. “The lenses are clear, cool and will allow you to stand out from the crowd regardless of where you end up.” Polarized lenses also reduce eyestrain, especially off water, and the ultra-lightweight frame lets you go all day without the dreaded “nose fatigue.” Sweet.
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