Olympics 2016: Why Sporting Style Is Reaching Beyond Rio

Even if your wardrobe hasn’t quite stretched – in the most literal sense of the word – to the Stella McCartney-designed lycra of that make up the uniforms of Team GB for this year’s Olympics in Rio as it kicks off this weekend, you’d be hard pressed not to notice the general sportification of men’s wardrobes.

Phrases like “athleisurewear” and “sports luxe” have abounded for a while now, and what that translates to – beyond the tricky catwalk styling that might pair a blazer with a pair of jogging bottoms (fine for down the park on a Saturday morning, less so in your in your PDR) – is a sense of vim and informality in men’s style.

Fashion theorists place this trend within the brackets of “recession dressing”. Why? Because when the chips – or more realistically, the stock and the markets – are down, men have statistically been proven to hit the grooming counters and the gym in an attempt to edge ahead in the workplace and prove one’s dynamism, strength and vitality.

This, naturally, has trickled into what we wear, with sporty accents suddenly playing a role in uniforms that were hitherto confined to formal territory – blazers rendered in soft fit jersey, polo necks worn with formal jackets, intricately crafted, entirely elegant trainers worn with suits, the footwear itself as artfully created as any Jermyn St-made Oxford.

It’s a trend that has dominated for several “seasons” now (what real people would term “a couple of years”), and one that’s rather refreshing – at the last round of men’s fashion shows, I could count the number of ties on one hand, as tailoring eases a touch to meet these new sporting demands. Suddenly the full kit and caboodle of pocket square, tie and tie pin, architectural tailoring seems a tad studied.

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