By looking back in retrospect, we could easily pinpoint to the exact moments that lead the steady evolution of the luxury sportswear to culminate in the outright men’s fashion trend expected to rule the streets come fall, but there’s no need for that. As expected, a mix of effortless sporty cuts and tailored pieces are currently shaping its unfolding direction, promoting the laid-back idea of luxury, and a growing appetite for everything that’s comfy and cool about men’s fashion.

Practical despite moving forward, the newest interpretation of luxury sportswear no longer feels like the traditionally casual approach to dressing we grew so accustomed to, hitting closer instead to building the premises for an all-round effortless, stylish and youthful attitude.

Read on to find out what exactly is new and how sporty fashion for men has evolved as a fashion trend for fall 2014.

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Sports fashion for men: fall’s big style statement.

Seeing how it gained some serious momentum with the fall / winter 2014 menswear collections, the sports fashion is perhaps the easiest and most efficient style statement to be made during the upcoming months. With the element of luxury being so well preserved in the fabric and the cut, the rest of the relaxed aspects are to be smartened up by way of exquisite accessories and lush details.

But here are the main elements envisioned to build the new take on sports fashion, as seen on the fall 2014 runways.

Boxy silhouettes.

The fall 2014 runways witnessed the rise of the clean-cut, boxy silhouette, made to appear even more intense when paired to other loose, slouchy pieces, but set in balance when styled with more streamlined silhouettes. To keep in theme with the new idea of luxury this fall, invest in:

  • oversized sweatshirts, made entirely out of PVC, shearling or cotton-jersey;
  • boxy bomber jackets, cut in tweed, soft shearling or wool;
  • oversized pieces of outerwear defined by sloping shoulders and drawn out lengths.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Givenchy and MSGM, F/W ’14

Solid fabrics.

The use of shearling, velvet, leather and wool is expected to prevail once the temperatures will begin to drop, the luxe solid fabrics encompassing the ideal complement to be paid to the array of voluminous silhouettes envisioned for the cooler months.

Warm, laid-back, and conserving the sporty spirit, the cool leather pants, the winter woolies, and the thick, velvet jackets, are just some of the staples waiting to breath new life into your wardrobe for the season.

Pick sturdy items, both practical and imposing, paying special attention to those subtle, but smart details ( like extra zippers, fancy stitchings), knowing that it’s in their power to make an effortless look truly stand out.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Dries Van Noten, Andrea Incontri and 3.1 Phillip Lim, F/W ’14

Sporty minimalism.

Amongst the many facets sports fashion will be taking on come fall, minimalism stands out most due to its understated elegance and pure, unadulterated appeal. Sleek but betraying subtle athletic influences, the sporty minimalism embraces sharp silhouettes that are also relaxed, clean cuts that are sophisticated above everything else, and a lack of ostentation that is likely to appeal to the modern gentlemen.

From ultra luxe jewel-neck sweatshirts, to boxy-fitting, oversized T-shirts, style the chic and minimal silhouettes with cigarette pants and pleated trousers, a cool pair of sunnies and a leather bag.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Gucci and Jil Sander, F/W ’14

Sportswear and fine tailoring.

You know a trend to be huge when its aesthetic inevitably collides with other long established styles, this being the case of the luxury sportswear sharing momentum with the finest two-piece tailored suits and classic button-downs, to be accessorized with the occasional dressy tie. Together they successfully merge the best of two worlds, and as a result, the unexpected layering technique took the runways by storm.

In order to achieve this atypical juxtaposition, think in terms of chunky knits bearing the already recognizable blocky shape,  taking the place of the outerwear when nonchalantly layered on top of a dark suit, or blazer. Style the sportswear hybrid look with a heavy pair of boots and a statement pair of sunglasses.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Ermenegildo Zegna and Kenzo, F/W ’14

Luxury sportswear: the key styles.

If you’re planning to update your fall wardrobe with a few smart items bearing strong athletic influences, here are the key styles to consider:

The luxe sweatshirt.

Without a doubt, the revised sweatshirt is the key piece to invest in for fall / winter 2014.

Here, the options lie endless, as perfectly showcased on the biggest runways of the world. Consider your personality, think of a message you want to convey this autumn and let your sweatshirt do all the talking. The slogans are still very much in, particularly when embossed on massive sweatshirts, and carefully layered on top of a button-down for more of a polished effect.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at No. 21 and Calvin Klein Collection, F/W ’14

If slogans aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ll find it easier to express your personal aesthetic through one, or more of the arresting digital prints seen adorning the same heavy sweatshirt silhouette. Seek inspiration on the runway and pick between something as distinct as a historical personality representation, or a far more abstract print, like a grasping hand with luridly painted nails.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at John Richmond, Dolce & Gabbana and Raf Simons, F/W ’14

If your style is rather clean and minimal, verging on timeless elegance, the sweatshirt can still be made a part of your fall wardrobe given it looses all signs of exhibitionism. Replace the slogans and digital prints with dark, earthy blocks of colour, or pick a solid hue to tone down the effect of the bulky sweatshirt silhouette. Add a shirt and a tie, a leather bag and a pair of ankle boots, and your look will come to epitomize the sports luxe attitude for fall.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Antonio Marras and Bottega Veneta, F/W ’14

The cool men’s hoodie.

Polished is one word to describe the use of hoodies for the colder months of fall and winter, the other being grown-up. Seeing how the humble hooded sweatshirt has apparently left all signs of slouchiness behind, this fall you can style yours with:

  • a white button-down, a classic pair of sneakers and a sporty cap to reinforce its athletic origin;
  • a pair of skinny trousers and a button-down shirt, opting for lively pastel colours, and little to no accessories;
  • a pair of pleat front trousers, a pair of lace-up boots and the ubiquitous white shirt.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Frankie Morello, Kenzo and Dsquared2, F/W ’14

The old-school athletic pants.

Loose-fitting, super-soft and bearing elasticized ankles, the old-school athletic pants are coming back with a vengeance. The athletic take on trousers resumes the sports luxe aesthetic to a comfy-cool appearance, made easy and above all, approachable.

To smarten up their essence, pair the old-school pants with a light bomber jacket and ankle boots, or choose a matching turtleneck and a solid shirt to pump up the volume in building an outfit that’s equal parts rooted, and fashion-forward.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at Bottega Veneta and Dirk Bikkembergs, F/W ’14

The bomber jacket.

Last, but not least, do invest in an enduring bomber jacket cut in a luxurious fabric (like washed satin), picking rich textures and precious tones to help reinvent its identity. Trust that a metallic shirt or a white button down, a pair of pleated trousers and a slick side part are enough to round off another perfect example of luxury sportswear done right.

Sports luxe mens fashion trend for fall
Sports fashion at MSGM and Richard Nicoll, F/W ’14

Men’s sporty clothing: picture inspiration.

For more inspiration on how to style sportswear for men this autumn / winter, click on the thumbnails and peruse the gallery of runway looks.

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