Whoever said that clothes can’t be fashionable and functional? Well, as far as 2018 fashion trends are concerned, that person could not be more wrong. Techwear has been on the rise for quite a while, but in 2018 it’s become less of a niche fashion style and more of a mainstream fit. For those who aren’t familiar with the look yet, well, just think of how Aiden Pearce (protagonist of the video game Watch Dogs) dresses. This aesthetic is characterized by the use of outdoor fashion clothing items and fitting them the same way you would do in street style tailored cargo pants, anyone?
To pull off this look, you need to be particular about the materials of your clothes, especially your tops. And while techwear has actually been around for quite some time, as seen on security personnel, construction workers, and professional hikers, the trend has gained so much traction this year because of the futuristic look it carries with it.
So, let’s talk about the pieces tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories and the brands that cater to this trendy style.
So, this is rather simple. Techwear has an emphasis on the material used, so any windbreaker or jacket with a lot of pockets and some form of water resistance is bound to get you the techwear look you’re going for.
Generally, black jeans go with almost anything. But if you really want to go all the way into techwear, then tapered cargo pants are the bottoms you’d want to stick with. The extra pockets are a cohesive design choice that matches with the pockets and zippers on your jacket.
As for shoes, any runner would do. But if you really want to be specific, Nike Prestos are one of the best silhouettes that you can use in this look. This is because the materials on this shoe (neoprene, rubber, and plastic) also present a coherent aesthetic with the rest of your outfit.
These includes caps, sports watches, bags, bonnets, even face masks add style to this futuristic aesthetic — even better if your bag has a nice feature to boot, like say, an anti theft backpack.
Like in every fashion trend, there are always brands that cater specifically to the look. A few of these brands include NikeLab ACG, Acronym, Krakatau, Nanamica, Stone Island, Boneville, and Isaora. Though, you should take note that these are hyped brands and as such, they’re going to cost you a lot of money.
Not all of us own a Fortune 500 company. And for those who don’t, well, these are some affordable techwear brand alternatives.
Now, you want to have that Watch Dogs-ish feel to your style. So, you’re going to want to sport dark, plain colors generally.
However, I find that techwear looks best in all black.
Another tip is that this aesthetic requires commitment. By this I mean that while you can generally mix some street style elements with your techwear look, it’s not going to look as stylish as when you go all in on the look and use techwear pieces from head to toe.
As for sources, if you find that you’re getting a little bored with how you’re styling the look, you’ve got sites like Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit’s r/techwearclothing to help you get some ideas on how to reinvigorate your style.