Best tracksuit for travelling
Since 2008, Japanese brand Needles has crafted an instantly recognisable style that rivals its competitors in an already oversaturated streetwear market. Taking its cues from American athleisure, they are, like all good tracksuits worth their salt, pretty comfy. There’s a load of options, too – designer Keizo Shimizu clearly enjoys playing around, without ever alienating his loyal, cult fanbase. New to the brand? The best place to start is a coordinated tracksuit that’ll have you looking sharp in no time.
Best tracksuit for football
If you’re not ready to bare your legs in a pair of shorts just yet, Nike has you covered with its F.C. Football Tracksuit. Designed with thoughtful detail, the “sweat-wicking fabric” should keep you nice and cool during training, while the standard sizing gives an added comfort on the pitch. Plus, it’s under £90.
Full set: £89.95
Best luxury tracksuit
Gucci takes tracksuits very seriously and this saucy two-piece is a solid example. Made from 100 per cent wool, the jacket is designed like a bomber, while the slightly ballooned, cable-knit bottoms pull no punches when it comes to comfort. The references to previous creative director Alessandro Michele are all there: a bit of sleaze, a bit of ’70s and a whole lot of sex appeal that could only be amped up with a cigar, pinky ring and stellar pair of loafers.
Best tracksuit for comfort
A tracksuit without comfort would be like jeans without denim, but there are a few factors that can make all the difference. Stüssy takes a very simple but effectively comfy approach to its two-pieces, opting for a classic kangaroo pouch and side-entry welt pockets that eschew zippers and maximise pure slouch. And when it comes to comfort, size matters; these Stüssy tracksuits are oversized. Proper kick-back clobber. Ahhh.
Best tracksuit for zip-up pockets
It comes as no surprise that Diesel’s take on the tracksuit is a little more left-field. This set takes its influence from utility-wear, with a bomber jacket design that just about scoops the neck, and 3D zip pockets that line the sleeves and bottoms. The aim of tracksuits is primarily function, but creative director Glenn Martens really runs with it – even the rusty, overdyed effect feels like some sort of camouflage. Oh, and if the extensive pockets weren’t generous enough, these pieces are also on sale.
Best vintage tracksuit
194Local, a vintage shop with a website and a shop on East London’s Brick Lane, are regularly updating their stock with tracksuits. Given the hunter-gatherer nature of secondhand shopping, you can’t ever be sure what they’ll have next. But if their four plus years of experience are anything to go by, you can expect some solid track tops from Nike ACG, Stone Island, C.P. Company, Comme des Garçons and Stüssy. Whether you’ll find the matching bottoms is uncertain – but that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?
Best tracksuit for turning heads
Grace Wales Bonner has elevated tracksuits far beyond the streetwear realm. Case in point: her past three (sold-out) collaborations with adidas Originals. With her meticulous eye for detail, humble zip-ups and trackie bottoms are transformed to look more like tailored pieces, which can be easily used for either their comfy purpose or in a fancy setting. Here, Wales Bonner nostalgically embraces the flair of ’70s sportswear through a straight leg, tapered ankle, ribbed edges and an orange check that looks straight out of your dad’s family photo album.
Best tracksuit for Y2K fans
The star of Palace’s SS23 collection, which dropped on Friday, was the skate brand’s latest adidas link-up: an update of the Firebird tracksuit, available in black, white or khaki. Unsurprisingly, it sold out in a flash. But Palace has got plenty of other tracksuits to choose from instead, starting with this ice blue combo that feels plucked out of the early-2000s. Palace’s strength is often in its contemporary updates of British styles, and the white piping on this high-neck top and joggers combo feels like a naughty ode to back-of-the-bus school days. Hair gel optional.
Best all-round tracksuit
adidas tracksuits stand the test of time with fans far and wide: rappers, off-duty celebs, football heads, Britpoppers, art students. This Adicolour 70s set draws from the brand’s extensive archive, with a retro style inspired by the Beckenbauer tracksuit, which was first introduced in 1973. This re-up really goes for it, cut for a close fit that feels undeniably luxurious. And just look at that vibrant palette. It’s enough to cheer up even the grumpiest git.