An old, grubby tshirt? No. Blown out sweatpants? Noo. Ripped and revealing muscle tees? Nooo. Late ’90s swishy pants or basketball shorts? Noooo! Guys: even though you may just be at the gym working out, have a little more self-respect than your old gear that you would otherwise never wear in public. Donate that stuff, and opt for items with advanced technology and style that dry, cool, and fit like a glove. I know the odds may be against you, since there aren’t that many affordable brands making strides in this category, especially without splashing their logos and labels all over the place, but here’s one that fits the bill: MSX by Michael Strahan.
The former New York Giants pro football star can empathize, spending an ample amount of time during his career working out, but also needing to transition to life outside of the gym. The tightly-edited lineup of shirts, jackets, shorts and pants in the collection feature high styling in versatile (read: largely neutral) colors that feature Quick-Dri technology and no-chafe seams, auto-lock zippers, UV protection, reflective strips, and all washable and capable of being layered for season-less appeal. Even if working out isn’t the #1 priority but garments with good stretch and give are (or just generally looking “athleisurely”), the short sleeve Polo, tech knit bomber jacket and stretch knit chino pants are sleek enough to be your new office go-tos.
Sizes range for shirts from small to XXL, waist sizes from 30-42, with big and tall sizing also available. Original pricing is $26-$75, with items currently on sale form $14.99-$44.99. MSX by Michael Strahan is available exclusively at JCPenney.
Full Disclosure: Fashion Pulse Daily was given samples of the line for editorial consideration.