Techwear has been around forty years. It is a style of clothing that comes from the streetwear fashion. Techwear is technical clothing. This means that the material of the techwear fabric is often resistant, synthetic, and breathable. The manufacturing processes are innovative and futuristic.
Techwear fashion has its roots in the DNA of military equipment. Indeed, soldiers of many countries' armies wear fatigues and rangers when they are in the field. Massimo Osti, one of the pioneers of techwear, has reinterpreted the compass rose in a kind of military patch to design the logo of his brand Stone Island.
The techwear clothing style is an avant-garde style with an urban aesthetic touch. It also draws its influences from several futuristic movies like Matrix, Blade Runner or cyberpunk manga like Ghost in the shell and Akira...
WHAT AESTHETIC IS TECHWEAR?
You've never heard of the techwear style? You have probably already seen it on some men's or women's looks this year if you live in a big city.
So, the techwear style consists of a dressing room whose clothes have the particularity to be practical for men and women.
There is also a real duality of two worlds through techwear: the practicality of techwear and the aesthetics of techwear. This clever mix of modern technology and fashion gives birth to the urban techwear style.
The techwear clothes have quality finishes to allow to benefit from many advantages (compared to classic clothes). For example, they can have ventilated pockets, zipped legs or waterproof seams!
This style appeals more and more to modern men because it meets the needs of sportswear and urban at the same time. In short, it is the modern and luxurious comfort of a range of clothing inspired directly by sportswear, streetwear and the future.
Many pieces of techwear for men are outerwear. Whether in their cuts or in the choice of materials, the basics are designed to be waterproof, and for the body to adapt to hot or cold temperatures without suffering the misdeeds of moisture, sweat, etc. ...
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STREETWEAR AND TECHWEAR?
Streetwear is adapted to urban life and sportswear. While the techwear style is more advanced in terms of technology. As we said before, techwear is inspired by military clothing. During the missions of the army, the soldiers wear clothes which must resist to strong heat, cold, humidity etc...
Thus, the usefulness of techwear clothing is associated with an unusual aesthetic! There are even some pieces qualified as a work of art as the visual aspect is out of the current consumer standards.
These futuristic pieces also seduce the cosplay world, sports professionals and finally the lovers of aesthetic streetwear looks.
So how to have a techwear look? Here are the five types of products to wear for a techwear look...
TECHWEAR PANTS: CARGO PANTS
We talked to you a little while ago on the blog, the cargo pants are back, and techwear propels them to the rank of top product in its collections. Drawing its existence in the military world, the cargo pant is an essential piece of the techwear man style.
Elastic waist, drawstring pockets, loose fit, light and comfortable material, urban cut, the techwear cargo pants have all the modern and resistant garments to style your techwear looks.
Second essential piece inspired by Japanese techwear fashion: the windbreaker! With an urban jungle style, it is both warm and weather resistant. It is waterproof and has many pockets to protect your everyday items.
Tactical hoodie, loose fit, dark or camouflage colors, this long sweatshirt revisited in techwear mode is perfect to complete your look.
With a primary functionality of being resistant to the cold, the techwear style uses the codes of the outdoor to create its basics.
Also, the techwear men's parka is one of the essential pieces of this style. In long cut, oversized, mega padded, colored, black or khaki, it can be added over an XXL sweater or a techwear jacket for a futuristic fashion look.
Some functional techwear shoes have no laces. They are usually equipped with velcro and zips as closures. They are hybrid shoes halfway between the trekking shoe and the one of the current streetwear shows.
Every techwear sports style enthusiast wears accessories. To perfect his outfit and improve his look while keeping this great functionality.
The techwear man accessorizes his outfit with a number of elements. The most popular are :
- the tactical vest,
- the chest bag,
- the punk bracelets,
- the waterproof poncho,
- the fanny pack,
- the military bob (beanie),
- the cyberpunk mask,
- the techwear backpack etc...
WHAT ARE THE TECHWEAR MATERIALS BENEFITS?
Techwear clothing is made of resistant materials. Black fabrics are often waterproof to allow their users to face difficult weather conditions.
Like hiking clothes, they keep warm and wick away moisture.
So choose softshell or hardshell. Softshell jackets are better for freedom of movement and also more comfortable, but in more difficult conditions. Hardshell jackets are wind and water resistant. Whereas softshell jackets usually "only" have a DWR coating, a hydrophobic layer that repels water.
HOW TO WASH TECHWEAR CLOTHES?
Even though your techwear can take a lot of abuse, you should remember that it can deteriorate over time. That's why we recommend good maintenance, including a trip to the dry cleaners from time to time. The DWR layer can deteriorate if not properly cared for.
What are the different techwear styles?
There are many different types of techwear, and it is difficult to associate them all. Here are some of the most popular styles on instagram, Pinterest or shoot yo
URBAN TECHWEAR: POPULAR TECHWEAR OUTFITS
This is the most popular style. The patterns are simple but attention-grabbing with an urban, futuristic design.
This is the techwear style you will find in our store. We offer an urban ninja techwear look, kimono and haori techwear jackets. But also slim and cargo pants made of jogging material. Our techwear outfits are also inspired by the ultra-modern Japanese techwear.
Tactical jackets, chests rigs and techwear gloves are the perfect combination for a unique outfit. In fact, choose soft and easy to wear fabrics whatever the time of the year. We also recommend adding black shoes, oversized sweatshirts or sweaters made of breathable materials to complete your wardrobe.
For people who like an almost grunge and urban style like the rapper Scarlxrd, don't hesitate to buy products that can also be worn with everyday clothes.
If you like parkour or cyberpunk outfits, don't hesitate to go for it!
CYBERPUNK TECHWEAR: NEO TOKYO CLOTHINGS
This is an extremely modern style inspired by science fiction movies and video games. This cyber look immerses us in a fantastic universe mixing robotics, cyberpunk and manga culture.
If you really like neon, manga and tech clothes, you should try the cyberpunk style. For a futuristic techwear style, add a cyberpunk mask with Led lights for example. Also, wear a tighter and more fitted outfit at the torso level...
TECHWEAR SPORTWEAR: OTHER FAMOUS BRANDS
The techwear sportswear is used by many famous brands. Nike ACG, Adidas, Salomon for example.
These sports companies are known for the quality of their products for mountaineering, climbing, and running...
Some brands offer quality products at very reasonable prices. But sometimes with a bad look because these items are too specialized.
DARK TECHWEAR: MATRIX CLOTHINGS
Dark techwear is amazing on Instagram. This military techwear style is inspired by the movie matrix outfits. If you've ever thought about dressing up in similar techwear, then let your imagination run wild.
WARCORE: MILITARY TECHWEAR
Technological and innovative advances intrigue the military. That's why Gore-Tex jackets are now found in almost every western army. In fact, some technological advances were originally developed for military personnel, such as RipStop (to prevent tearing of clothing) or Kevlar in tactical vests.
Military clothing has led to the production of clothing that is also used in everyday life. A good example is the Cargo Pants.
These military pants are very popular in the techwear look because of the comfortable fit. In addition, it is a pant that has many pockets to store his accessories.
To learn more about other techwear styles such as: Goth techwear, Edgy techwear, Ninja techwear. Take a look at our complete guide to techwear looks. We show you our selection of clothes according to your style
As you have seen, techwear encompasses an extremely wide range of clothing and styles. At first glance, this style seems difficult to wear,
However, there are so many outfits and styles to choose from that you can pick a piece that fits perfectly in your wardrobe. Indeed, techwear is practical, breathable and stylish... It's a cutting-edge garment that you should definitely wear.