Nike – Engineered Fleece Meets Engineered Knit

The huge Nike fans that we are at StylePilot have been lucky enough to try on their launched tech fleece. First thing we love is that there’s no need to be at the gym to wear it. It’s just great to have a smart item of casual wear.

This Season’s Take On Tech Pack

Nike’s Tech Fleece collection reimagines classic sportswear silhouettes by pairing Nike Tech Fleece with Nike Tech Knit for the first time. 

The collection’s classic crew and hoodie each feature a Tech Fleece body constructed of a pliable, lightweight layer plush foam situated between soft cotton jersey that traps air to provide warmth, breathability, insulation and articulation. 

Ergonomic zones are engineered into the fabric for flexibility and enhanced ventilation. High-use areas are subtly reinforced and core regions strategically knit for structural warmth.

This is engineered for warmth and designed to respond to its wearer’s environment and activity level while introducing a new, progressive aesthetic.

What About Those?

The Nike Roshe Two Flyknit – picture below and above – are a perfect fit. They are available in Black, White, Volt and Dark Grey.

Mesh is incorporated for breathability. Minimal seams and built-in stretch offer maximum comfort.W

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And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App

Nike Pro Hypercompression Tights

At StylePilot we are massive fans of Nike, and it’s always with great excitement to try out their latest garments. As spring has just started, what a better occasion than testing the Nike Pro Hypercompression tights.

To transform into the best you ever you have to train fast. Pick your sport, speed is the determining factor between success and failure.

Speed can be broken into different components – detection, reaction, acceleration, linear speed, change fo direction, agility, endurance. No matter what type of training you are training faster to become the best you ever.

The breathable Nike Pro Hypercompression Men’s Training Tights give you compressive support and freedom of movement during your toughest workouts.

Control vibration

Silicon-injected Hypercompression technology at the calves and quads offers targeted support, helping to reduce muscle vibration during high-intensity training.

Zero distraction: dry and lightweight stretch woven fabrication does not take on moisture.

Stay cool

Smooth, warp-knit mesh panels in high-heat zones enhance airflow where you need it most, helping you stay cool when your workout heats up.

Ventilation: breathable stretch mesh allows for heat to escape.

Move freely

The tights’ woven fabric offers four-way stretch, giving you the natural mobility you need for lifting, cardio or plyometric drills.

Zoned compression: injected silicon provides lockdown in strategic muscle groups for a coiled and compact feel.

More details:

. Dri-FIT Technology helps keep you dry and comfortable

. Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit

. Flat seams feel smooth against your skin

. Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 84% polyester/16% elastane. Mesh/mesh lining: Dri-FIT 77% polyester/23% elastane.

. Machine wash

. Imported

Tips on how to put your compression garments on

Those are designed to be tight fitting and as such you should take care when putting them on to prevent damage to any part of the item. We would recommend taking your time and don’t force larger limbs through small openings whilst the materials used compression clothing do possess excellent elasticity qualities. Be especially careful with the clothing gripping areas which are always slightly less stretchy. It is often easier to progressively pull the clothing into place rather than try and get it on in a single movement. Enjoy 😉

Sunglasses by Superdry | Top by Decathlon | Shorts, tights and Flyknit shoes by Nike.

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And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App


Essential Tips: Blazers

A blazer is a key component of the modern man’s style offering. It smartens up casual looks with a tailored edge, yet exudes a more relaxed impression than a suit. It will pair equally well with a denim and tee combination, or a crisp shirt and tailored trousers.

Some believe the garment’s name is derived from the navy uniforms made for the crew of the HMS Blazer in 1837, others claim it was due to the ‘emblazoned’ family and school crests that were applied to 19th century blazers. Whatever the origins of its name, its adoption into mainstream menswear stemmed from the necessity of a casual style of jacket to thrown on at more laid-back occasions.

Here, we take a look at the crucial styles and factors to consider when investing in this wardrobe all-rounder.

The Cotton Blazer

A cotton blazer is suitable for dressing up a fine-gauge knit during transitional months, or pairing with crisp shirting and crew-neck tees during warmer weather. A navy two-button style is a wardrobe failsafe you can rely on time and again; the shade is timeless and will complement both micro-print patterns and solid colours layered beneath.

Where to wear it: To the office with your formal shirting and silk accessories, at the weekend with a crew-neck tee or merino knit. You can’t go wrong at most smart-casual occasions with a navy blazer.

The Wool Blazer

Given that the British climate is generally of a cooler persuasion, a wool blazer is an indispensable style suitable for wear throughout most of the year. A quality virgin wool or mohair blazer in a neutral shade will prove its worth and versatility each season, and retains warmth while remaining breathable.

Where to wear it: Wear it in the week dressed up with a striped silk tie and a crisp poplin-cotton shirt, or try it with an Oxford shirt and lean indigo denim for weekend drinks. Finish the look with leather derby shoes for the office, or penny loafers at the weekend.

The Linen Blazer

Linen tailoring has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent seasons, and its suitability for warmer climes makes it ideal for maintaining a polished appearance in summery conditions. The fabric is renowned for its cooling, lightweight qualities due to the breathability of natural linen fibres.

Where to wear it: Holidays to tropical climates or warm Mediterranean city breaks. Linen is also acceptable city wear in summer for those who want to beat the heat while remaining smart. Try it with a minimalist white polo tee abroad, or chinos and an open-collar shirt in town.

The Tweed Blazer

Heritage fabrics have been big news in menswear design for successive seasons, with designers and brands reinterpreting this traditional British fabric in a modern context with slimmer, more contemporary cuts. The dense weave of tweed cloth means it retains warmth exceptionally well, explaining why it was used in the past exclusively for outdoor sports. This makes it the perfect way to combat the cold and damp British winters.

Where to wear it: Traditionally confined to the country, tweed has now made its way into the urban closet. Sunday lunch, weekend drinks, or strolls in the rural wilds are all acceptable occasions to don a tweed number. Wear it with sturdy boots in the country or polished leather brogues in town.

The Double-Breasted Blazer

The double breasted blazer is rather like sartorial marmite – you either love it or hate it. There’s certainly been a concerted effort to reinterpret this style for modern tastes, and retailers from high-street to high-end are full of them. Appearing a touch more formal than the single breasted, the overlapped, double-button front creates a structured silhouette that broadens the shoulders, offering a more masculine shape. It’s ideally suited to gents with taller, more slender frames – avoid it if you’re shorter and stockier as it broadens the chest and will make you appear squatter.

Where to wear it: In the city for work or play – it can transition nicely from the boardroom to after-hours dinner, and will make a sharp impression on a date. Try it with a lightweight cashmere roll-neck and printed silk pocket square for an elegant retro-inspired look.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT

Fit illustrations from Artofmanliness.

Finding the right fit for a blazer can be a bit of minefield, but following our simple guide below will hopefully find you one that fits like a glove.

Sleeve Length

The ideal sleeve length should finish just on your wrist bone and show about 2cm of your shirt cuff. It shouldn’t be approaching your knuckles, nor should it be so short that it shows your entire shirt cuff.

Blazer Length

The hem of the blazer should finish at your knuckles. It shouldn’t extend beyond this and shouldn’t finish above the wrist (unless specifically a cropped blazer).

The Front Fastening

When fastened, the jacket should sit comfortably showing the loose outline of your waist. The material should not be ruching or pulling (too small), not should there be so much excess fabric that your body shape is lost (too large).

Whether you’re wearing a two-button or three-button blazer, always leave the last button unfastened.

The Shoulders

The shoulder seam of the blazer should sit naturally on the end of your shoulder. If it’s too small, the jacket will pinch and ruche around the shoulders, too large and the seam will be drooping over the edge of your shoulder.

ESSENTIAL HINTS & TIPS

Buying your blazer

  • Avoid synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t last as long
  • Don’t buy into trends if they don’t suit you. You may be reading about the virtues of the double-breasted blazer everywhere, but if you have a shorter, stockier frame, it’s only going to make the situation worse
  • Wear what you’re comfortable with – everyone has their own taste in apparel, and rules are there to be broken, so if you feel like wearing a tweed jacket to the office, go for it, but keep the rest of your ensemble smart and city-appropriate
  • Don’t just buy the first thing you see – do you research into brands to find the perfect fit. Many brands have a signature cut which will suit certain individuals, and once you’ve found yours, you can return to the brands each season knowing what to expect

How to Care for your blazer

  • Give your blazers a rest – don’t wear the same blazer day after day. Instead, invest in several and rotate them. Hang your blazer up after a day’s wear and let it air before putting it back in your wardrobe
  • Get rid of those flimsy wire hangers you have left over from your last dry-cleaning trip and invest in some broad-shouldered wood hangers for your blazers. These will help maintain the shape of your blazer
  • Don’t dry clean too often. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals which gradually break down material fibres with each treatment. We recommend dry cleaning no more than twice a year for each garment to prolong its lifespan.