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Zac Posen: 'Gym wear is not office appropriate'

Zac Posen: 'Gym wear is not office appropriate'

Zac Posen is not a fan of active wear in the office.

The market for athleisure clothes has exploded over the last few seasons, with smart sweat pants now being teamed with heels and high-end designers regularly collaborating with sports brands.

One person not endorsing the trend is American designer Zac, who shudders at the notion of mixing gym and office wear.

“While I know it’s a trend and there are great styles out there, I don’t really love seeing active wear in the office. It is for the gym, the weekends or home,” he bluntly told Vogue Australia.

To combat the growing trend Zac has teamed up with Brooks Brothers, the oldest men's clothier in the United States. As well as its menswear offerings, Brooks Brothers also sells women’s clothes, focusing on smart designs, including tailored looks, structured dresses and shirts.

When navigating a smart casual dress code, Zac thinks Brooks Brothers has it covered.

“Well, there’s a big difference between casual and sloppy – and that is sometimes a slippery slope. My suggestion is a crisp white shirt as it is the perfect classic piece and you can pair it with pants, a skirt or jeans,” he advised.

As well as a pristine white shirt, the 35-year-old says all women should have tailored pieces and some great accessories in her working wardrobe.

“A crisp white shirt because you can dress them up or down, a tailored piece like a great blazer or jacket – which exudes strength and confidence, and a well fitted dress which will take you from the office to a dinner,” he listed. “Also accessories, whether it is a scarf, bag or shoes – they can make a powerful statement. It is not about dressing like a man – it is about dressing as a woman and feeling confident and professional.”

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