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How to Wear a Tracksuit for Men and Women

With both athleisure and Y2K trends in full swing, tracksuits have been making a comeback in a big way. This paired suit functions as both sportswear and a casual outfit in one and is a cool set to throw on when you’re looking to be both comfortable and stylish all at once.

Whether you’re ready to sweat or make a statement, you can never go wrong with this incredibly comfortable old-school street style essential. Here are a few pointers on how both men and women can pull off wearing a tracksuit.


What Do You Use a Tracksuit for?

Tracksuits are originally intended for athletes to keep them warm before, after, or during breaks of competition. Brands like Nike and Adidas were especially popular, and the style would eventually find its way into popular fashion thanks to the likes of hip hop group Run DMC who started wearing the style in the 1980s. 

Tracksuits would find a revival in the early 2000s with brands like Juicy Couture for women. With the trend back in fashion, we have ranges of options from the popular Adidas x Alexander Wang collaboration or even Gucci. Whether you want to wear it to the gym or walk around the city, you can sport this look whenever and wherever.

Can I Wear Tracksuit Outside?

With their practical purpose of keeping the wearer warm for sport, tracksuits are a fantastic set to wear even in chillier months. While you can mix and match your pieces accordingly and discover different colourways, a proper track jacket and tracksuit bottoms can protect you even on windier days.

Do You Wear Anything Under a Tracksuit?

Tracksuits are meant to be worn over sportswear, but you can also partner them with a simple white tee or graphic shirt underneath for some classic styling.

What Shoes Do You Wear with a Tracksuit?

While you can never go wrong with a pair of Adidas Originals sneakers to really give off that casual sporty vibe, you can style your tracksuit with any footwear you’re in the mood to dress up in, from a pair of combat boots and platform heels to cosy slippers.


How to Wear the Tracksuit Trend for Men and Women

The tracksuit is a lot more versatile than you might think it is. Here are some tips on how to wear a tracksuit that both men and women can easily keep in mind.

Wear It as Activewear

The original intention of the tracksuit was to be worn before or after sport, but modern technology like Dri-Fit material has allowed for the outfit to work even when you’re breaking a sweat, so you can now shop for pieces that allow you to rock the trend at the gym or while you’re out for a run.

Mix and Match with Different Outfits

While the main point of the tracksuit as a whole is to wear both the jacket and the joggers as a pair, they don’t always have to stick together. We especially love the look of a loose-fitting vintage track jacket paired with classic blue jeans and a pair of bulky pair of trainers.

Go Monochrome

Tracksuits in themselves are made monochrome from the get-go, but why not match your entire outfit to the look? Stand out by wearing similar shades throughout your outfit, such as matching your bag and shoe to the suit.

Wear it With Seasonal Layers

The tracksuit casual look surpasses any season, so you don’t have to stop wearing it whether it’s hot or cold out. When it gets chilly, wear a tracksuit with a longer layer that has a looser shape over top to keep the casual track trend seasonally appropriate and equally comfortable.

Go for Minimalist Style

The best part about tracksuits is how versatile they can be if you style them right. If you’re looking to smarten up what’s usually a casual staple, try wearing your track bottoms with pieces you typically wear on a night out or to the office. 

Whether it’s a button-down, turtleneck jumper, high heels, or dress shoes, track bottoms can easily be dressed up on weekdays as much as they can be a way for you to dress down on the weekend.

Make It a Throwback

Having been a style essential a few decades ago, you can now wear vintage tracksuits to make an even bigger impact. It isn’t hard to shop a specific brand from years ago online or rummage in your mum or dad’s wardrobe, so you can shop old-school thrift finds and wear them today as a statement piece.

Keep It Simple with a Solid Tee Underneath

There’s really no better example of how to wear a tracksuit than by keeping it simple. Going for the traditional tracksuit look will always be a safe bet and is impossible to style badly. 

Opting for something classic like an Adidas three-stripe tracksuit and pairing them with your favourite Adidas trainers – as well as wearing socks that sit flush with your shoes, of course –  will always be a head-turner.


Final Note

Whatever the season, tracksuits will always be a great and super comfortable casual choice. With so many ways to mix and match pieces, the tracksuit is a fun way to experiment while keeping things extra cosy.

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Imani Jackson

Imani Jackson is a writer born, raised, and based in South London. She developed a keen eye for style through her habit of observing people’s clothes in the street every day. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to spend her time writing about the trends she sees, going out and dancing with the girls, or curating her R&B playlist for the next round of people-watching.

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