Would YOU wear a sweatpant suit to the office? Returning workers will ditch corporate attire for ‘smartened up’ versions of the loungewear they wore through lockdown, buying director predicts
- Workers waving goodbye to traditional corporate wardrobes such as formal suits
- Sam Kershaw, buying director of Mr Porter, seen trend in ‘sweatpant suits’
- Comes after cosy garments like joggers triggered a boom during the pandemic
As workers prepare to return to office spaces following 16 months of working from home in loungewear and pyjamas, it’s likely they’ll be thinking about what to wear for the first time in a while.
But the conventional corporate wardrobe – including formal suits for men – may soon be a tradition of the past – with many likely to favour sweatpant suits featuring comfier elasticated waists as they opt for ‘smartened up’ versions of the loungewear they wore through lockdown,
According to Sam Kershaw, the buying director of menswear site Mr Porter, with several employers splitting their working week between the office and at home, they could choose a hybrid wardrobe to match.
‘Our customers are not ready to disregard the ‘at home’ shift of investing in comfortable, versatile pieces for their wardrobe,’ he said, speaking to The Guardian. ‘Particularly as many will remain working from home in some capacity.’
The conventional corporate wardrobe may soon be a tradition of the past – with many likely to favour sweatpants suits featuring comfier elasticated waists, according to Sam Kershaw, the buying director of menswear site Mr Porter
Joggers and leggings have been some of our most worn items over the past year, with the cosy garments triggering a boom during the pandemic. Pictured, smart-casual suit from Hugo Boss x Russell Athletic
Joggers and leggings have been some of our most worn items over the past year, with the cosy garments triggering a boom during the pandemic.
And Kershaw believes that workers are eager to continue favouring comfort over stiff tailoried garments such as crisp shirts, ties and blazers, so will mix and match items that smarten up their appearance.
‘There isn’t a sudden array of men dutifully donning a shirt and tie, aside from those professions that require it,’ said Sam, who describes the look as ‘that sweet spot between casual and formal’.
‘Instead, men are wearing smartened up versions of the casualwear we’ve been wearing throughout lockdown with easy-wearing separates.’
Hugo Boss has partnered with Russell Athletic, with smart-casual suits in the range made from a comfier jersey material fabric, while they’ve also released the option of shorts instead of trousers (pictured)
Several high-street retailers have further supported Kershaw’s trend prediction.
Marks and Spencer has released casual suits which include trousers which bear a striking resemblance to sweatpants and more relaxed blazers which boast soft shoulders.
Elsewhere, Hugo Boss is working to cash in on the boom and appeal to the new office style by partnering with Russell Athletic.
Smart-casual suits in the range are made from a comfier jersey material fabric, while they’ve also released the option of shorts instead of trousers.
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