This has become a very popular category of men’s sportswear. I define it primarily by its fabric content, which is typically some combination of nylon, polyester and stretch, such as Lycra or Spandex. This started out as athletic/workout wear and quickly established a prominent position in the golf world. The latest area to adopt this is the men’s casual, everyday sportswear area.
It’s been easy for me to get used to and recognize the benefits of this for working out and playing golf. I was, however, always a tried and true natural fiber guy when it came to my regular wardrobe. A lot of the synthetics just look a bit too shiny for me to wear around during the day. They simply don’t have the touch and richness of cotton.
Recently, though, new fabrics and finishes have been developed that have an upscale feel and look that appeal to me much more. This is primarily from using a light brushing to the fabric for softness and a duller finish. Some of these fabrics are a mild mix of shades of a color, which also softens the look. The color palette is critical as well, since we tend to wear stronger colors in the gym or on the golf course than when we go to the office or out to lunch.
We’ve just launched our Scott Barber Performance collection and I’ve been wearing it almost every day. For one, I really enjoy the comfort, the light weight and the easy care. As well, I’m doing everything I can to abuse it and see how it holds up, launders, etc. I have one zip mock that I’ve worn dozens of times, washed again and again and it looks like the day I took it out of the package. It doesn’t fade or shrink, pill or lose a bit of its shape. I am sold on this stuff and, in today’s casual world, this is the perfect way to be comfortable and casual, but also look good. It really will make a modern and flattering addition to your wardrobe.
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