Today, especially when working from home, what you wear has as much to do with functionality as it does with fashion, perhaps more than at any other time in recent history. But how can you live in complete comfort without simply walking around in your underwear, a threadbare pair of shorts, or nothing at all?
The answer could lie in what is known as "men's loungewear" or "athleisure."
What is Loungewear and Athleisure?
It is necessary to clarify the differences on what is classified as loungewear and athleisure. Some people may think that the terms are synonymous, and in a way they are; but there are differences that must be known.
Actually, it is quite easy to distinguish between the two, since the lounge element in the home living clothing, automatically indicates that this clothing will be used to sit, rest or relax. It will not necessarily be exchanged for pajamas, but they're comfortable enough to take an energetic nap and stay indoors without too.
And these pieces are stylish enough to wear outdoors and go out on any nearby errand that doesn't merit formality.
Athleisure, on the other hand, is more suitable for physical activity And these pieces are generally made from high-performance fabrics, as they are essentially training wear. You have to think about your exercise routine instead of working from home when wearing clothes of this classification. When you're wearing athleisure, you're more likely to be exercising than lying on the couch relaxed.
In general, this was a common activity before the pandemic, men with busy schedules for whom there was no time available to attend a gym, but since they started working remotely it has become quite common, the use of these comfortable and pleasant garments made up of pants, sweaters and slippers.
Men's Essential Loungewear Pieces
Although there are indeed some crossovers, there are also specific fabrics for loungewear and athleisure supplies.
For example, the kings of the combo loungewear they are cotton, silk and cashmere. During the colder months, some thermal and flannel clothing is also required.
Sportswear also requires materials that, specifically, will insulate the cold while absorbing sweat. That commonly means lycra and spandex. The ultra-light fleece and jersey are great for layering. Cotton, although it absorbs sweat and moisture, also retains it. However, cotton also absorbs odors relatively instantly, a notable drawback.
The comfort pairs with style with nightwear tops, which means stocking up on pretty undershirts, open neck long sleeve shirts, crew neck sweaters and at least one hoodie or sweatshirt to match will always be a great option.
Sportswear shirts are usually designed without sleeves, made specifically for exercising. But you can also add a hoodie for layers and extra insulation.
Typically, home wear includes pants with an elastic waistband, drawstrings, and a single button fly (or no fly). The bottom of the nightwear should not be confused with the bottom of the pajamas (although it can be lounging around in pajamas also).
For these living clothes or everyday clothes, you have to think about pants, real pants, that can be used in environments outside the home. The fabric tends to be lighter and flowier than typical pants and sometimes the hems will be folded or tapered around the ankle with elastic.
Sportswear pants are usually sweatpants, sweatpants, tracksuit or joggers. But they can also be higher performance spandex. They are very practical and usable garments for many informal options.
Robes (or men's robes) may not seem like a regular thing that the common man today should have, and it actually isn't. However, once the most suitable piece is found, the most likely thing is that the use of this garment will become a necessity and more than one man will wonder how he could have lived without it. This particular garment comes in all kinds of fabrics, from plush cotton, to linen, silk, satin, or fleece.
They are convenient to use when you need to cover up quickly or just out of the shower. A nice robe can also make your break even more comfortable by adding an extra layer of warmth. You may even want to have a variety of robes to achieve, depending on the circumstances, a better appearance.
Practical, comfortable and made expressly to be used indoors, slippers are the ideal footwear to rest. There is no mention of those oversized monstrosities shaped like animal legs, or with stuffed animals popping out in front, although these can be fun, it would be better to choose slippers that are subtle, elegant and made of excellent materials, such as full grain leather or thick cotton upper.
If slippers aren't enough, a good pair of loafers can suit your personal style at home. Although they are primarily an outdoor shoe, loafers can be worn just as easily indoors. They are easy to put on and take off and always look good. One word of advice: if you plan to wear loafers instead of slippers, make sure to reserve them strictly for indoor use. This will prevent possible contamination from the outside world.
Now when it comes to wearing athleisure, there's nothing quite like a pair of athletic shoes. That you can choose from elegant and very minimalist designs, to sneakers with great accents inspired by the original sneakers of the great world sports. Rubber outsoles provide traction, shock absorption and they will withstand you for long periods of use.
A note about Socks
You may prefer not to wear any type of shoe when you are relaxing at home. That's when a good, nice, clean, quality pair of socks comes into play.
The wool socks merina are perhaps the most comfortable and practical that can be had for these cases. The material breathes easily, regulates the temperature of the feet and is extremely comfortable. You can also opt for a pair of white sports socks that, in the same way, will keep you warm and will always look good.
When putting together the wardrobes of home wear and sportswearKeep in mind that these styles are all about comfort and ease. Try to avoid gaudy, flashy prints or overly bright colors that can overstimulate. It is recommended to stick to the subtle and moderate. You should also try to avoid baggy or very baggy garments. Yes, it is about comfort, but not about looking sloppy. Instead, you can opt for "tailored" pieces that complement your body shape, without revealing too much.