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Made to Measure: Let's get physical with stylish gym essentials

Dressing up for the gym shouldn't be all blood, sweat and tears. These five simplified sportswear items go the sartorial distance.

Gant Rugger cotton-fleece hoodie. Courtesy MrPorter.com
Gant Rugger cotton-fleece hoodie. Courtesy MrPorter.com

Dressing up for the gym shouldn't be all blood, sweat and tears.

There's a strict "anti-fashion on the fitness floor" rule, but there's no excuse for holes, sweat stains or moth-eaten shirts.

These five simplified sportswear items go the sartorial distance – high performance without aesthetic compromise.

The sweater

There's nothing like a swathe of cosy cotton to comfort a gruelling run. Layer over a shirt to insulate the body, while its fabrics keep things ventilated. Gant Rugger's cotton hoodie is laid-back but still athletic.

The shirt

We understand the need to show off the guns, but kindly stay away from sleeveless and tank tops. While Nike's Dri-FIT line is always reliable, reach for an airy cotton shirt in a neutral shade, like this one from Maison Martin Margiela.

The shoes

These well-cushioned, ultra-bendable New Balance 576 leather trainers are fit for cardio. Durable, dependable, and isn't the leather handsome?

The bag

I've seen grown-ups haul their clothes in Lulu plastic bags. Carry instead this tough leather holdall duffel from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

The shorts

Wear a pair loose enough to execute squats. Take it easy on the length, which should be cut like a lacrosse player's – just above the knee. These slim-cut stretch cotton shorts from the Swedish firm Acne are lightweight and easy to dry.

All products available at MrPorter.com and its respective stores in the UAE.

James Gabrillo is the assistant Arts & Life editor at The National. Contact him at jgabrillo@thenational.ae