This week’s feature on Workleisure for men is a follow up to last week’s blog. Workleisure: The New Dress Code featured our favorite Workleisure pieces for women. As you will see, there are fantastic Workleisure options for both men and women. However, it is the men’s market that initiated the category.
As a personal stylist, it is truly rewarding to watch a man go from feeling uncomfortable and wrinkled in his ho-hum business casual clothes, to stylish and relaxed in his new Workleisure wardrobe. I hope you find this blog helpful.
I can still recall the first time I received a Rhone catalog in the mail, years ago. “What is this?,” I wondered. They were one of the first, and are still one of the best brands in an entirely new category for men; clothes that look tailored but are actually made of performance fabrics that stretch, absorb sweat, and never wrinkle. Rhone also carries exercise clothing, high-quality loungewear, and business casual essentials.
State and Liberty
State and Liberty also utilizes stretchy, performance fabrics in their tailored clothing. However, they specialize in cuts for an athletic build. This can be a challenging fit in men’s shirts and suiting. State and Liberty’s fit allows for more room in the upper body, while still showing off a toned mid-section. If you are in DC as we are, you can check them out at their Georgetown storefront. They also have other stores, including in Chicago, Miami and NYC.
Lately Theory has been going all out on beefing up their performance fabrics and Workleisure offerings for men. We hope they follow soon in their women’s line! Kyle and I have been selling pants made from their Neoteric fabric to our super cool male clients for years. This breathable performance fabric with four-way stretch is also UV protective, water-resistant, and machine washable.
Peter Millar has been a staple casual and business casual name in the high-end men’s market for years. They have recently expanded their Workleisure offerings, and I am totally obsessed. A male client recently purchased their eb66 Performance Five-Pocket Pant. He said that at the end of the day it still looked sharp, with nary a wrinkle. As a word of warning though, you must size up in both length and waist size when ordering this style!
We discovered Buki at the Betsy Fisher Pop-Up shop, selling both shirts and pants to multiple female clients. The men’s pieces look just as good! How gorgeous is the ice blue of the Marseille Shirt below? I can’t wait to try out the Buki line for men on our male clients!
Ministry of Supply
Ministry of Supply is one of the most technically advanced Workleisure brands. They were also one of the first. Ministry of Supply employs a wide variety of fabrics, including merino wool. But this brand is not a one-trick pony! Read about all the design details in their high-performance clothing.
Public Rec makes clothes that feel like sweatpants but look appropriate for any situation. Their tagline is “indoor comfort, outdoor style.” Personal stylists are looking to Public Rec pants as a go to for clients that are a tough fit. I love how youthful the line looks.
Wolf and Shepherd
What shoes should he wear with his technical pants when he is sick of his Cole Haan’s? Wolf and Shepherd foam sole shoes. A new player on the men’s Workleisure shoe scene, they are quickly building a loyal fan base for their stylish, comfortable shoes.
What are your favorite Workleisure brands? Let us know in the comments below!
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