The retro sport look was one of the most famous fall trends on the runway and in the streets, and we love it. We’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite pieces to help you attain a more classic look that you can wear from work to weekend—and not just to and from the gym—whether you’re a lifelong follower or want to give the style a try for the first time.
The best thing about this trend is that it’s a lot easier to pull off than you would expect, particularly when all you have to do is apply a few twists and style changes to the activewear you already own. Check our 10 favorite pieces below to get the look.
1. The Sporty Turtle Neck
In a bright red color block, a luxurious cashmere pullover is given a trendy and sporty finish.
2. The Plaid Pant
With a trouser in a retro print that hints at classic sportswear, you can go from work to weekend.
3. The Menswear Coast
A sophisticated menswear coat is ideal for layering over-track trousers to take sporty-inspired items from athleisure to every day.
4. The Trainer Sneaker
Look for a chic, vintage kick with bursts of color that look traditional yet contemporary.
5. The Fairisle Sweater
For a more fashion-forward look, try matching the classic zippy sweater with a skirt.
6. The Pleated Skirt
In a mid-length cut, a contrast pleated skirt pays homage to the classic tennis form while remaining contemporary.
7. The White Boot
The white boot is a fresh fall shoe style to wear with your vintage knit and jeans, with a touch of ’60s mod.
8. The 70s Pullover
For a tailored metallic knit in a rainbow of stripes, channel a ’70s sports vibe.
9. The Denim Track Pant
For a more refined take on the athleisure classic, invest in a pair of denim track wear pants.
10. The Striped Bag
A graphic black and white cross-body bag adds a pop of color to every ensemble.
Retro athletic apparel is just as wardrobe-friendly as it becomes. It may have been crafted with track and field in mind at first, but its bold styling, retro elegance, and comfort have seen it become a menswear staple over time.
Retro sportswear has also been encouraged by a number of recent fashion waves, which have put it squarely in the spotlight. The renaissance of the 1990s, chunky sneaker crazy, and renegade designers like Demna Gvasalia, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Liam Hodges’ fascination with old-school brands have all contributed to the look’s current status as a phenomenon.
It’s all about looking to the future for inspiration in today’s performance sportswear. These technical advances, such as a 3D-printed sole device or temperature-regulating smart fabrics, enable the wearer to jump obstacles, kick balls, and cross finish lines higher, harder, and quicker than they would otherwise.