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July 8, 2014

The Athletic Trend: How You Can Really Wear It for Work

Hey, gents, we get it. You’re thinking, “I can’t wear a sports jersey to the office.” Neither can we. (Such a bummer.) But if you have a casual work environment, at least on some days, the emergence of athletic wear influencing our clothing can definitely be incorporated into your wardrobe. Really. Take a look at some of our picks here and let us know what you think.
We’ll be talking about this trend all week, so be sure to check back for after 5 (Wednesday) and casual (Thursday) ways to work it into your wardrobe.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/theory-riland-z-tk-avior-zip-cardigan?ID=1024495&CategoryID=3864&LinkType=PDPZ1#fn%3Dspp%3D3
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Theory - Riland Z TK Avior Zip Cardigan
Riland Z TK Avior Zip Cardigan
Theory
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Taking inspiration from a warm-up jacket, Theory has used the silhouette in a luxe cotton/linen honeycomb weave creating a great alternative to a sport coat. If you work in a business casual environment, or are looking for a good Friday alternative, this is it. For more of a true office statement look, add a solid knit tie, with a great pair of twill pants.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hugo-enico-sport-shirt/3645767?origin=category HUGO by Hugo Boss - Enico Sport Shirt
HUGO by Hugo Boss - Enico Sport Shirt
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HUGO by Hugo Boss - Enico Sport Shirt
Enico Sport Shirt
HUGO by Hugo Boss
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A sport shirt doesn’t need to be basic, and we admire the subtlety of Hugo Boss’ clever nod to a sporty ringer t-shirt. With a sport jacket, you will still see the collar interest – perfect without a tie - and twill jeans, for a business casual look.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/lannis-chambray-shirt Ledbury - The Lannis Chambray Shirt
Ledbury - The Lannis Chambray Shirt
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Ledbury - The Lannis Chambray Shirt
The Lannis Chambray Shirt
Ledbury
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A chambray shirt has become an essential in some of our wardrobes over the past season, as manufacturers work that casual cowboy inspiration into their lines. Ledbury has taken this sporty vision to a new level with their deep blue chambray dress shirt. For summer, we wear this with a tan cotton suit or navy cotton and linen sport coat with coordinating skinny tie.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/cotton/PRD~57861/57861.jsp J.Crew - Rugged Cotton Sweatshirt Sweater
J.Crew - Rugged Cotton Sweatshirt Sweater
J.Crew has taken the classic design of a sweatshirt, and dressed it up in a cotton sweater version, complete with that v-detail at the neckline. Did you know that this detail was created for football players in the ‘20’s to help get their sweatshirts on over their padding? And now, we can wear this style to a more casual or creative office with dark jeans and a t-shirt. Or, pop in a little color under the navy version with this tipped collar polo.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Long-Sleeve-Crewneck-Sweatshirt-Natural/prod168670269_cat21150734__/p.prod Vince - Long-Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt
Vince - Long-Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt
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Vince - Long-Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt
Long-Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt
Vince
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If you want to go with a more classic take on the sweatshirt, Vince does just that, but steps it up a notch with quilted elbow patches - a great piece for a casual day at the office. Wear it with your flat front twill pants for a dressier look, or your jeans for a more rugged look. The neutral color works with everything.
http://www.petermillar.com/men/clothing/sweaters/mc00s54-merino-wool-quarter-zip-sweater-vest Peter Millar - Merino Wool Quarter-Zip Sweater Vest
Peter Millar - Merino Wool Quarter-Zip Sweater Vest
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Peter Millar - Merino Wool Quarter-Zip Sweater Vest
Merino Wool Quarter-Zip Sweater Vest
Peter Millar
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From Peter Millar, this lightweight quarter-zip vest goes from the office to the golf course with ease. (Hey, we know how those summer Fridays are.) Wear it over your knit golf shirt at the club and over a woven stripe or plaid sport shirt with a tie at the office for a polished look. We like the navy (shown) for its versatility but the black and grey are timeless, too.
http://www.mrporter.com/mens/Brooks_England/picadilly-leather-backpack/477466 Brooks England - Picadilly Leather Backpack
Brooks England - Picadilly Leather Backpack
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Brooks England - Picadilly Leather Backpack
Picadilly Leather Backpack
Brooks England
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We featured a more casual Brooks backpack last week, and we had to include the more sophisticated version this week. When athletic inspiration makes it’s way into our clothing choices, we usually see the same in our accessories. And that’s why backpacks are coming back. This one, in durable leather, is upscale enough when you are dressed up for work, and will hold your papers, iPad, or small computer.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/victorinox-swiss-army-officers-automatic-leather-strap-watch-40mm/3335927 Victorinox Swiss Army - Officer's Automatic Leather Strap Watch
Victorinox Swiss Army - Officer's Automatic Leather Strap Watch
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Victorinox Swiss Army - Officer's Automatic Leather Strap Watch
Officer's Automatic Leather Strap Watch
Victorinox Swiss Army
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A sporty, sleek watch is a perfect addition to your casual office wear. We really like the large face of the Officer’s watch from Victorinox Swiss Army. It has a stainless steel case, screw down crown and is water resistant to 100 meters. You know, just in case that need should arise while you’re at work.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/to-boot-new-york-ashton-driving-shoe/3603316 To Boot New York - Ashton Driving Shoe
To Boot New York - Ashton Driving Shoe
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To Boot New York - Ashton Driving Shoe
Ashton Driving Shoe
To Boot New York
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Is driving athletic? It might not be for us “average” gents, but it certainly is to Mario Andretti. Mens shoes have taken inspiration from all kinds of sporty traits, and To Boot New York reflects that with their upscale take on a driving shoe. All the comfort of the traditional driving shoe sole with a dressier suede upper that make this a great shoe for casual office wear, like twill trousers or dark jeans.
http://www.colehaan.com/great-jones-wingtip-black/C11233.html? Cole Haan - Great Jones Wingtip
Cole Haan - Great Jones Wingtip
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Cole Haan - Great Jones Wingtip
Great Jones Wingtip
Cole Haan
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Cole Haan took their classic aesthetic and added a sporty touch with colored shoelaces in these amazing wingtips. We often wear these with dark jeans and a sport jacket to the office (tie, optional). They give just a little active edge to your classic look.
 

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