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My relationship with menswear was one of the first signs of my gender expansiveness. Even though I went to an all-girls’ Catholic school, I pined over slacks with a variety of pockets, button-downs in an edgy Japanese cut, and minimalist leather sneakers. When it comes to athleisure, I prefer sweats or track pants in a cool color over hyperfeminine options.
I have a sweet spot for good activewear because I want to be as comfortable as possible while working from home, but I still want to look polished and put together when I open my door to receive deliveries or walk to the closest bodega for lunch. Enter: Outdoor Voices — the technical apparel line that solved all of my activewear woes.
You’ve probably heard of Outdoor Voices from Vogue, The New Yorker and Runner’s World, just to name a few of the brand’s impressive press features. While the focus is typically on OV’s cult favorite women’s leggings, their men’s line is equally rich with technical apparel for work, play and exercise.
Unboxing Outdoor Voices’ Men’s Line
First of all, I need to extend a big shoutout to Outdoor Voices’ customer service team. Because I’m a person assigned female at birth (AFAB) shopping for men’s clothes, I needed some extra support navigating the sizing information and picking the best options. The customer service team helped me with sizing and returns and gave me a completely seamless experience.
Each and every piece of clothing I was sent felt like butter. First up: The High Stride Pant ($98) in Hunter. The waistband is firm and supportive yet not constricting. The pants are cut straight and sleek, with tons of pockets. The All Day Sweatpant ($88) in Navy is another banger. Buttery soft and moisture wicking, they’re perfect for workouts. They even have a small pocket that can keep keys secure and noiseless while you’re running.
The Ready Set Tee ($48) in White also feels buttery smooth and luxurious, and somehow manages to stay the purest, brightest white after many washes. The All Day Tank ($52) is perfect for hikes on hot Los Angeles days, while The OV Graphic Sweatshirt ($88) is perfect for cool nights under the stars during a camping trip.
But the piece de resistance is the sweatsuit that changed my whole life: The Pickup Hoodie ($88) and The Pickup Sweatpants ($88) in Tea Tree Tie Dye. I’ve always fantasized about being the kind of dude that could pull off wearing a cool sweatsuit and leather sneakers to a fancy dinner — and thanks to Outdoor Voices, that dream has finally come true.
The second I put on this sweatsuit, I felt like a trillion bucks! I felt so handsome and stylish and I never wanted to take this outfit off. The tie dye is such a unique look that’s similar to camo, but elevated. The fit is impeccable, plus there are so many functional details: the additional small pocket inside the pants for keys, the additional small pocket inside the hoodie and the super soft drawstrings that kept everything in place.
The Most Comfortable Date Night Outfit Ever
First stop on my Sweatsuit Tour (if you caught that Nelly reference, you’re officially my best friend): Date night. My girlfriend wanted to take me to a fancy place in West Hollywood to celebrate a new job that I just started. I styled the sweatsuit with a pair of leather sneakers, and received tons of compliments.
The following week, I went to another fancy Italian dinner for my friend’s birthday. Again, I donned the same outfit: my Outdoor Voices sweatsuit and leather sneakers, and I felt so cool, confident and, most importantly, comfortable. It’s shocking how much comfort can improve your attitude in social settings.
Perfect For Traveling
Traveling in my Pickup Sweatpants and Hoodie was a breeze. I’m the kind of person that gets super paranoid that I’ll drop something or get pickpocketed while I’m traveling. But thanks to the secret pockets, I felt secure and my belongings were always accounted for.
Again, I’m realizing that comfort is the absolute key when it comes to traveling smoothly. With Outdoor Voices, I was able to travel with both style and comfort. Bonus points: being completely covered by my sweatsuit made me feel like I was giving my immune system a hand on the ongoing battle against COVID-19.
Don’t Sleep On Outdoor Voices’ Men’s Line
Seriously! The Outdoor Voices Men’s Line really surprised me with versatile activewear that can be worn for many different occasions. Never sacrifice style for comfort again.
5 More Reasons To Love Outdoor Voices:
- You can mix and match all your OV pieces. Each piece is versatile and super easy to style.
- You can get $20 for referring a friend. Refer a friend and you’ll each get a $20 credit to spend on new gear.
- Outdoor Voices is committed to sustainability. Their products are made with recycled and ethically sourced materials, plus all the packaging is recyclable.
- Free Shipping on orders $75 and up.
- Store Pickup is available in select cities.