Confession: I don’t usually wear active clothing outside of the gym. I’m the guy who changes about three times a day – a carefully curated fit for the office, an all-black training uniform for an EOD sweat sesh, and a loungewear ensemble at home. Then 2020 happened and I wore the same running shorts (um, six …) for a month!
I made a promise to myself that I would improve my WFH style this fall, but I still spend a lot of time at home, and something about the “socially distant outdoors meeting” is not going to be the place to break your Sunday best. As soon as I heard that one of my favorite brands, COS, launched an activewear line, the hype was real.
The COS Active collection is your ticket to dressing up well this season. It is first and foremost serious performance equipment. But it’s also cool, casual, and sophisticated enough to be worn anywhere. The pieces work just as well when incorporated into your everyday casual wear as they do when paired together for exercise. Take the short-sleeved, half-zip pullover jacket, for example. It goes with all bottoms in the collection, but the oversized fit and boxy sleeves make it a perfect top layer over a long-sleeved t-shirt or rugby shirt with chinos. This collection is ideal for any occasion this fall, whether you’re working from home, exercising, socializing with friends, or hiking in the great outdoors.
This level of aesthetic refinement is a rare find in active clothing, but fear not, comfort and performance are not compromised. In fact, the most satisfying thing about this drop is that the most visually striking pieces are also the ones that are also full of surprising elements of performance. The technical diving vest – our favorite from the set – is made of quick-drying, moisture-absorbing and water-repellent organic cotton. It features a front kangaroo pocket and an arrow that provides a supportive fit. The running shorts have flexible zippers on the calves and the matching jacket has mesh inserts on the arms and back for ventilation. The running shorts are of just the right length (5-inch inseam) three Zip pockets and reflective piping details.
In addition, every single piece in the collection is sustainable and uses fabrics such as recycled polyester (made from waste before and after use), recycled nylon and organic cotton. Christophe Copin, Head of Menswear Design at COS, says sustainability was a critical part of the design process. “We have wanted to create an active wear collection for a long time, but from the start we wanted it to be suitable for training and making from sustainable fabrics. It took us a lot of time to develop the fabrics and trimmings and then construct the garments to work with the movement of the body. “
The 10-piece collection ranges from $ 35 to $ 135 and comes in a clean and neutral palette of olive, gray, navy, and pistachio green.
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