For 99.9% of the population, being photographed in workout gear isn’t a thing. But if you’re an internationally acclaimed movie star, stylish guy, and owner of one of the finest heads of hair on planet Earth like Dev Patel it comes with the celebrity territory.
Patel can rock a white tux the way most men pull off a tee and makes jeans and sweaters look like the most exciting thing we’ve ever seen. So, it follows that he would also look damn good in his jogging fit. And he does, as he proved yesterday, with just one not-so-small problem.
Patel’s white tee, Adidas track pants, and black Nike trainers are workout wardrobe pieces we stand by. They’re inoffensive menswear essentials. However, there’s a golden rule of logo mixing that Patel, knowingly or not, veered into headfirst: he wore Nike and Adidas gear at the same time.
Was he flagrantly defiant of the guidelines around swoosh-and-stripe mixing? Was he unaware the rule even exists? Does he even care either way? Does a man’s loyalty to his favorite running shoe dictate the pants he must wear with it? In this logo-heavy era of menswear, these are the important questions.
“Not wearing the two biggest sportswear brands’ logos – Adidas’s three stripes and Nike’s Swoosh, in the same outfit seems like an easy to rule to follow. Would you put Mercedes Rims on your BMW?” – Jake Woolff, staff style writer and in-house sneaker expert.
Others don’t understand why it’s an issue at all, especially when Patel was on his way to work out, not hitting the red carpet of a film premiere. If we’re talking style crimes, you could do far worse that putting two graphics in one fit.
But if you don’t want to upset the menswear gods or a whole bunch of hypebeasts on Twitter, it might be best to keep your athletic brand allegiances to the one-party rule. That is, until Shia LaBeouf wears three at the same time and we all go nuts for it.