8 Retro-Inspired Items Every Athleisure Lover Owns

Trends come and go but these are a serious fashion investment.

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Did you ever laugh at double denim—or flared pants only to find yourself wearing them two seasons later? I did. I’ve bought corduroy trousers one year, thrown them out the next only to buy them again the following.

We’re all guilty of it. It’s the nature of trends. And yet, there are some items we never seem to get rid of. These are our staples, our favourites. They become so old we call them vintage. But how do we know when we’ve found a Kraft slice or an fine-aged gouda? We’re here to help you out.

These retro-inspired items will never go out of style. Whether it’s their effortless street-style appeal or the fact that we can remember them on the body of Kate Moss, here are eight pieces that are a serious fashion investment.

8 Athleisure Pieces You’ll Never Throw Away

1. PE Nation Man Down Jacket

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With speed stripes down the arms and storm flap at the back, PE Nation’s Man Down jacket is the epitome of cool. It’s oversized, flattering and functional as hell. All you need now is the racecar.

2. Calvin Klein Set

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If you’re sporty but sexy too, you can never go wrong with Calvin Klein. Pick up the matching bra and briefs and channel your inner Kate Moss.

3. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star’s

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The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is the one shoe that’s acceptable to own in every shape and colour. Throw them on to finish an outfit and you’re guaranteed to be on point.

4. Tommy Hilfiger Sports Top

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The raglan sleeve is a signature 90’s style and we can’t get enough of it on Tommy Hilfiger’s Contrast sports top.

5. Adidas Originals Track Pant

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Spotted on Gigi Hadid, these track pants have the out-of-house approval. We love them in both black and navy and they’re perfect for those days when you just CBF.

6. Nike Tennis Classic Sneakers

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Vintage tennis outfits look good on and off the court and this is particularly true for Nike’s classic sneakers. They’ll go well with just about any outfit but here are some styling tips just in case.

7. Wrangler Physical Top & Shorts

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Were you ever part of the track team? You should be because their uniforms are always on point. Wrangler has recreated some of our favourite styles like the sports top and short shorts. Hello, pins.

8. Fila Jacket

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Wouldn’t be caught dead in velour? This might have you changing your mind. Fila’s jacket is a retro must-have.