Men’s retro workout clothes, gym clothes, and sportswear are back! Looking at all of the fun colors and bold patterns, it’s no surprise that these retro sweatshirts, tracksuits, shorts and T-shirts are trendy once again. These timeless designs for sweatshirts and sweatpants, in simple cuts and colors, are perfect for lounging at home or while out on the basketball court.
While I work on researching the history of men’s retro workout clothes, these ads from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s will give you an idea of what they looked like.
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1960s Workout Clothes
1960s men’s workout clothes followed the same trends as the 1950s. Most men wore two peice fleece suit suits in either pullover or zip up hoodie. Colors were bright, the fit was slender, and contrasting strings, zippers or stripes were common.
Basic colorful T shirts could be worn instead of a sweatshirt or a short sleeve fleece shirt.
The other outdoor look was for tennis players. All white shorts with a white and contrasting stripe shirt, polo, track jacket or sweater.
1970s Men’s Gym Clothes, and Tracksuits
The 1970s changed workout clothes away from hot sweatsuits. The new look was the sleek nylon tracksuit or warmups.
Short shorts, running shorts, and tight polo shirts took over tennis and basketball courts. Retro stripes and colorblock patterns replaced boring white T -shirts.
1980s Men’s Retro Gym Clothes
1980s took most of the 1970s clothes and mixed them up with vintage classics. Fleece sweat suits in deep colorblock patterns were pile don in layers. Track suits made of light windbreak nylon. Track shorts became dolphin cut running shorts.
1990s Men’s Workout Clothes
The nylon windbreak suit in florescent colors dominated the early 90s. Sweatsuits returned with a wider boxy fit. Men were wearing workout clothes all day and that hasn’t stopped yet.