By Edwin J. Exaus
Squeezing in time for the gym can be draining — physically and mentally — especially if your 9 to 5 does not permit you to go at your ideal time. Planning to exercise after work seems like the best option, but deters many people because of the change from corporate attire to fitness apparel. The easiest option would be to wear your gym clothes to work and dash out the door when it is time to work out. Sounds silly, right? Well, not entirely. In the past few years, designers have been incorporating fun fitness fabrics into tailored clothing, making your yoga pants look like slim-fitted slacks and your transforming your button-down into a breathable, sweat absorbing machine. Whether you are a morning jogger or late-night-gym rat, for your next workout try these business-appropriate options that double as fitness gear.
EMF Journey Five Pocket Trouser
$215, Saks Fifth Avenue
Made with a fabric that allows for movability and temperature regulation, the journey five pocket trouser is a nice alternative to your everyday slacks. It not only has your typical front and back pockets, but also features a smartphone pocket to hold your phone or MP3 player while you workout.
Mizzen + Main Washington
A structured approach to your gym tee, the Mizzen + Main Washington button-down is easy on the eyes and body. Crafted with 15 percent spandex, it allows you to move more freely than a typical button-down. Not to mention, the shirt is wrinkle resistant and dries within minutes.
Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford
The Cole Haan ØriginalGrand maintains the appearance of a classic wingtip oxford while still having the properties of a sturdy running shoe —flexible, breathable and lightweight with extra cushioning. You can either rock your new gym kicks with or without socks.
Bombas Marl Calf $12
If you are tired of constantly having to pull up your socks, it is time you throw them away and try something new. Bombas uses Stay Up technology to help its socks stay in place, no matter the activity, and also features a reinforced footbed to provide extreme comfort. It is like they are not even there.
Grey Heather Magnolia Jacket
This semi-cropped jacket is perfect for casual Fridays at work. Made with a soft, spacedye fabric for ultimate comfort and hidden envelope pockets, you’ll be ready to jet out of the office and get in a quick workout before starting your weekend.
Lululemon, Jet Pant
A cropped pant with hidden pockets and more room to wiggle in, the Jet Pant is the ultimate choice for comfort. Easy to adjust with a drawstring waistband, you’ll no longer have to worry about your pants squeezing your thighs or making you feel like a prisoner in your own clothing.
Gap, Breathe V-Neck Tee
This shirt is simple and perfect for layering. You can add a scarf for cooler climates or a thin cardigan for chilly offices.
Puma, Suede Classic Women’s Sneakers
The gym is not the only place for your trainers — the office works, too! Although most job settings require a dressier shoe, some creative industries encourage a new twist on business casual. These suede classics are made with a breathable EcoOrthoLite sockliner for the best fit and maximum comfort. No matter whether you are running to work or on the treadmill, these shoes will be ready.