Meet the Multitaskers—Fashion’s Most Functional Pieces
This season’s biggest trend pairs function with fashion so you can move seamlessly between workouts and WFH style.
Welcome to 2021—a time when work wear has merged with workout wear, and comfort and flexibility are more important than ever. Demand for intentional, multipurpose pieces is growing, as (no surprise) you want clothing that works as hard as you do. This is a new generation of functional fashion, built from technical fabrics, thoughtful details, practical add-ons and utilitarian elements, with multiple uses in mind.
Whether you’re running on the trails, sprinting to meet a work deadline or racing around town, your clothing needs to match the vibe of your life right now. Discover the key pieces to support your daily activities.
Outerwear with Flair
From the streets to the slopes—and everywhere in between—the Classics Winter Escape Reversible Jacket is two coats for the price of one. Plush fleece on one side and a crisp, structured reverse on the other, this look is adaptable for any occasion. For that perfect fusion of ski style meets urban explorer, the Classics Winter Escape Jacket features an adjustable hood, stand-up collar and partial snap-button closures so you can customize the fit to weather whatever the elements throw at you.
If you need a parka/raincoat hybrid with added insulation, look no further than the Urban Fleece Parka. It’s the ultimate outerwear to run around town in or take on a hike, and unlike typical parkas, it’s water-repellant and boasts a Sherpa fleece lining to help you navigate any outdoor situation.
If you’re looking for a lighter option that still offers element protection, the water-resistant Edgeworks Jacket is a strong choice. A training jacket first and foremost, its vented sleeves and zip-front pocket are flexible for all types of movement, while the overall directional vibes make it a covetable fashion piece, too.
For the ultimate combo of work wear and workout gear, look to the Pyer Moss Wrap Blazer with its playful, softly structured design. The vector detailing on one arm reflects its athleisure roots, while the oversized silhouette plays well over leggings to dress up for a Zoom call. Team it with tailored pants for an IRL work look or pair it with matching pants for cool street style.
Shoes with Benefits
It goes without saying that sneakers are the ultimate multitasking footwear choice, but some are more versatile than others. Case in point, the Zig clan, meticulously crafted with the Zig Energy System to enhance and elevate your workouts, are ready for any activity, from hikes to grocery store runs. For the urban adventurer, the Zig Kinetica tops the list with its clean, minimalist look and ultra-cushioned soles. The Zig Kinetica Concept_Type1 delivers strong running and fierce workout capabilities thanks to its light and responsive design, while easily adapting to bike rides, city walking or low-key downtime. (Get ready for the Zig Kinetica II, launching in early 2021.)
For cross-functional training and lounging, look to the Nano X IO sneakers. And on the high-fashion-meets-high-function end of the shoe spectrum, Victoria Beckham’s VB Rapide shoes offer a dreamy mix of nostalgic throwback running style infused with distinctly modern colors. These versatile sneaks provide a contemporary take on sportswear that supports all aspects of daily life. The same goes for the VB Bolton Sock Shoe: Fun and fashionable, with flexibility and function at its core.
If you haven’t noticed, single-purpose pants are a thing of the past. Today’s styles rely heavily on high-spec fabrics that wick away sweat during exercise, keep you warm running errands, and cocoon you comfortably during your couch-working. You’ll find what you’re looking for in versatile joggers such as the Training Essential Pants. The ultimate runaround and relaxation look, they also make an excellent option for winter yoga thanks to their softness, strength and flexibility.
Clearly the new skinny jeans for the work-from-home generation, leggings are the essential replacement to restrictive, stiff pants. Opt for the soft seamlessness of the VB 7/8 Logo Tights. The cropped length makes it easy to pop them on with sneakers or heels depending on your mood, and co-branded tape details give the leggings an iconic, directional twist.
If you’re a jeans loyalist, consider the Washed Denim Track Pants. The soft cotton improves flexibility, plus these pants come loaded with practical pockets, so whether hiking, walking, running or chilling, you can carry everything you need easily. Pair them with the Classics Big Logo Hoodie for the ultimate look.
Multipurpose also goes for accessories. The VB Mini Bag makes for the perfect fanny-pack-combo-shoulder-bag, with its detachable straps and multiple pockets. For more room, check out the Tech Style Imagiro bag. The easy, everyday sack can be carried over one-shoulder, cross-body or as a backpack for whatever your day brings.