Once upon a time, in the distant and funkadelic land of the 1970s, we relegated track jackets to the world of workout wear. Then we turned a corner in the ’80s and realized the truth—track jackets are straight fire, especially when you know how to style them right. And with our tips, you’ll know how to style a track jacket and look dope AF.
Athletic Loungewear Look
Sometimes, the easiest way to pick a style is to go back to a piece’s roots. And since that “I just got back from the gym” look is in, the track jacket is the perfect go-to to achieve style excellence. Here are a couple of ways to make it happen.
Track jackets and track pants are soul mates, and when you wear them together, you know sparks are going to fly. You can either dominate the coordination game by going for a matching track set—like one of our vertigo sets—or you can mix it up. Take the jacket from our orange vertigo, pair it with the pants from our Steez track set, and you’ll still have a bomb look.
Over a Crop Top
A workout can be murder on your hair and makeup, but ladies, that doesn’t mean you can’t make that gym look sexy. All you have to do is rock a crop top or sports bra under the track jacket and throw on your favorite sweats, track pants, or leggings. Whether you’re coming from the gym or not, you’ll have a look that really works out.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Sneakers are the star of any athletic loungewear look, and regardless of what your track jacket looks like, you’ll want to dial your shoe game up to eleven. Here are a few ideas to kick around when you’re looking at your kicks:
- All-white shoes: These will go with literally any jacket and make your look pop. Just be careful not to scuff them.
- All-black shoes: These will also go with any jacket and won’t show scuffs as obviously. The dark color is perfect for a more low-key look.
- Matching the jacket: Track jackets usually feature one bold color, like red or blue, just like your favorite Air Jordans. You can’t miss when you pick the shoes to match the jacket.
- Contrast the jacket: But who says everything has to match to work? Some colors just look dope together, like black and gold or red and blue. Picking a color that’s drastically different from the jacket—and owning it—will give you a baller look.
Casual and Cool
Like we said, you don’t have to be rocking the gym rat look to nail a track jacket. The track jacket is the perfect style centerpiece for your cool and casual looks, whether you’re chilling with your friends or hitting the town.
Track Jackets and Jeans
It’s like we always say: Denim goes with everything. If you want a way to style a track jacket without stressing color coordination, shrug that bad boy on over jeans and a white or graphic T-shirt. Simple as it is, you can still personalize this look to match your own style. Mix it up by trying biker jeans, distressed denim, or different-colored denim.
In the past, patterns and graphics were only at home on shirts and jackets, and we left jeans to languish in boring, patternless oblivion. But we say we want all our threads to live out loud, so if you want to get a little more ambitious than plain jeans, level-up your look with graphic jeans. We’re talking bold color pops, studs, or anything else that will make the look stand out.
Under Other Jackets
Jackets don’t have to be a solo act. Since track jackets are more form-fitting than other jackets, it’s usually easy to layer them under other jackets for a perfect streetwear look. You’ve got a few options when it comes to partners-in-crime to layer with your track jacket.
- Denim jackets
- Leather jackets
- Bomber jackets
- Suede jackets
- Puffy jackets
With this look, most people will have one layer be neutral and the other be a brighter color. For example, if you’re rocking one of our Braden 2.0 track jackets in all its colorful glory, you’d wear it under something like our beige Gael Windbreaker. But hey, we aren’t here to tell you how to live your life. If you want to go big or go home, rock all your patterns loud and proud.
Tracksuits are usually tight enough that it’s hard to wear anything thicker than a T-shirt underneath it. But sometimes, you can find one that hangs a little looser. If you do, you can try to wear it over another jacket instead. Hoodies and windbreakers are usually a good choice for this.
Here’s the beauty of stepping away from the “all athlete, all the time” look: when you’re working out, you can’t go as hard on accessories. Now you can. Here are some accessorizing ideas to level up your track jacket look.
The snapback is a hallmark of streetwear fashion, so it’s surprising that more people don’t combine them with a track jacket. When you’re trying to decide which cap to wear with your jacket, follow the same color combo rules you did for sneakers. And if you want to really make the whole look pop, pick a hat that matches your kicks.
“All that glitters is not gold,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a little sparkle to our style to really make it pop. You can rock almost any kind of bling with a track jacket to elevate the look. Here’s a couple of ideas to keep in mind:
- Gold chains
- Dog tags
- Stud earrings
Whether you’re rocking the monochrome or dazzling with every color under the sun, track jackets are a look that just can’t quit. And whatever look you’re trying to rock, there’s a Rockstar Original tracksuit ready to help you pull it off.