Up Your Gym Style With The Best Workout Clothes for Men

For whatever reason, even some of the world's best-dressed men leave style by the wayside upon entering a gym. We just have one question: Why? These days, the best men's gym clothes don't just not scrimp on style—they focus on it. From head to toe (literally), your workout wardrobe can look just as good as your workplace one.

black tank top from wolaco photo

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Wolaco Clinton Featherweight Technical Tank

Sun's out, guns out, right, fellas?! Seriously, though, your basic tank is mostly about keeping cool and moving freely and, well, yes, a tiny bit about showing off your hard work. Way of Life Athletic Company (read: Wolaco) took the standard polyester tank, and infused it with cuddly-soft tencel, an all-natural fiber that's lightweight and breathable. Toss in a bit of spandex for stretch, and you've got what may be the lightest, softest workout tank you've ever owned—and one that won't collect sweat like an old cotton cutoff tee. ($48; wolaco.com)

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Lululemon Men City Sweat Pullover Hoodie

Though better known for womenswear, Lululemon has garnered a cult-like following over the past few years with a line of men's workout duds that effortlessly incorporates gym-worthy functionality into street-ready styles. The City Sweat Pullover is the perfect example. Not only is its stretchy French terry cloth fabric—available in fashionable colors like seashell and sage—ideal for the gym commute, it also continues to perform once inside. Lightweight and breathable, the fabric naturally wicks sweat when your warm-up transitions into a full-blown workout. ($118; lululemon.com)

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blue workout t-shirt from rhone photo

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Rhone Method Short Sleeve

What's better than a pack of cheap cotton shirts that you buy for $25 and cycle through in a week of sweaty gym sessions? How about a single shirt that can last an entire week without betraying even a whiff of man funk (that looks good to boot)? That's the Method Short Sleeve, a tailored tee whose stretchy heathered fabric has permanent odor-fighting silver threads woven right into it. Mesh venting is strategically placed in high-sweat zones, to help you keep your cool, no matter how hard you hit it. ($74; rhone.com)

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blue multi-tone track jacket from fourlaps photo

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Fourlaps Relay Track Jacket

When you're ready to take your workout beyond the box, this updated classic track jacket is ready for chilly spring mornings and evenings. Its double-knit polyester moves moisture when you warm up, and a brushed inner layer offers unparalleled next-to-skin comfort. With an athletic cut and eye-catching throwback appeal, it's exactly what you want to be wearing on outdoor intervals—or, just as likely, when you trade in barbells for a barstool. ($128; foulaps.com)

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SAXX Kinetic Boxer Briefs

Layer these life-changing skivvies under any old pair of gym shorts, and you'll instantly have more control over your, um, movement. That's because a built-in mesh-paneled pouch keeps everything "inside the park," and prevents the kind of skin-against-skin chafing that's common during intense, fast-moving interval sessions. Everything else is built with a breezy stretch micromesh fabric that won't ride up, and even offers a noticeable amount of compression around the glutes, thighs, quads, and hamstrings, so you feel well-supported through an entire session. ($37; saxxunderwear.com)

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blue workout polo from hylete photo

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Hylete Prime Polo

For fitness professionals like trainers and coaches (and die-hards who treat fitness like a job), the Prime Polo strikes the perfect balance between office casual style and gym-ready performance. Its collar and buttoned-up look say "I'm working here," while its sweat-wicking, high-stretch fabric is ready to play weights with the big boys. ("I'm working out here.") When work melds into workout, this shirt has your back. ($62; hylete.com)

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black running shorts from ten thousand photo

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Ten Thousand Foundation Short

Here's the short that Ten Thousand literally built its brand upon, and they've remained committed to keeping it in the line and steadily improving upon it. So, what's so great about the Foundation? For one: Abrasion-resistant, double-weave fabric that shrugs off abuse from barbells and rope climbs, and stretches and moves with you. An extra $10 buys you a premium Italian-made wicking liner that keeps loose bits locked down, and permanently fights funk with a silver-ion treatment. Altogether, this short represents classic, durable quality—and that's an idea worth building on. (from $58; tenthousand.cc)

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black tapered jogger pants from RYU photo

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RYU Everywear Jogger

In case you've been living under a rock, the "jogger" pant transforms the slouchy style of ill-fitting sweats into something that's smart, has a stylishly tailored fit, and makes a hell of a lot more sense in a dynamic gym environment. And RYU's Everywear is the perfect archetype. Not only is it built with a generous 30-percent stretchy Lycra fiber, it also has a diamond crotch gusset, so you can move more freely while you work out. Tapered legs and lay-flat zippered pockets create a streamlined, street-ready look, while dense-knit, double-weave nylon is tough enough to withstand aggro abuse. ($125; ryu.com)

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burgundy merino long-sleeve running shirt from Tracksmith photo

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Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer

While the Brighton is made with good old-fashioned, all-natural merino sheep's wool, it takes performance to another level, thanks to super high-tech knitting techniques. The engineered merino mesh is open where heat builds up around the core, with closed knit on the sleeves that helps warm your extremities. Of course, merino is naturally soft, and also moisture-wicking and stink-fighting. It also helps regulate body temperature on chilly-day workouts, holding heat even when you're soaked in sweat. Now the futuristic seamless construction comes through again, preventing this long-sleeve from rubbing you the wrong way. ($88; tracksmith.com)

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Inov-8 F-Lite 230

The new F-Lite 230 takes one of Inov-8's most popular functional fitness shoes—with a flexible design that moves with you, a low-profile midsole keeps the foot stable and close to the ground, and durable Cordura uppers—and builds upon it with graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles. The wundermaterial is a jaw-dropping 200 times stronger than steel (and, thankfully, endlessly lighter and more elastic), so these soles have super sticky grip and are much harder-wearing than standard rubber, meaning you can log more (and longer) gym sessions without worry. ($125; inov-8.com)

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Pacterra Strider Compression Tight

Every man should have a quality pair of tights around for chilly dawn patrol sessions and winter workouts, where they help keep your muscles warm, supple, and responsive. These Pacterras are made with a silky-soft compression fabric that moves with you, never riding up or chafing, no matter how much you move or how sweaty you get. A secure, zipper-less hip pocket is big enough to stash a phone or set of keys bounce-free, so you can keep your hands—and your focus—on the task at hand. They'll be available in the middle of April. ($52; pacteraathletics.com)

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