Glance around any office or commuter train and you’ll see scores of guys dressed in clothes rooted in menswear’s history—suits, wingtips, banker stripe shirts—carrying gym bags full of menswear’s future: anti-microbial tops, stretch shorts, and energy-returning shoes. But this church and state division is increasingly being blurred as guys realize they can have it both ways and brands, like menswear icon GANT, who just introduced a line of performance-inspired dress shirts, start to deliver. With its new men’s Chambray Tech Prep shirt ($125), GANT is now combining preppy with performance. Read on to find out why this is the buttondown we’re wearing this Spring.
In 1949, when GANT opened its doors in New Haven, Connecticut, around the corner from Yale University, they were in the proverbial right place at the right time. Stitching oxford cloth button downs and madras shirts, GANT became a mid-century icon like the Eames chair or Blue Note Records, setting the collegiate look for generations of American men. But while playing quad football in perfect rolled gingham may make for great fashion spreads, it’s not exactly realistic.
Enter Tech Prep from GANT, a new collection of shirts that you’ll actually want to break a sweat in. Take their chambray shirt: this workwear classic gets a much needed update in the form of quick dry microfiber fabric, which does not absorb sweat or other liquids (like spilled coffee), but instead uses engineered yarns to wick moisture away from the skin. It’s also highly breathable, a serious gift on muggy summer days or during high-stress boardroom presentations. Yet, slip one on and its soft handful, button down collar, and locker loop will remind you of the ones you wore in college (see what we did there?).
So are you going to roll up your sleeves and grab the pigskin after the quarterly sales report meeting? Doubtful. But when you’re running for the last train after happy hour, you’ll be glad that GANT’s Tech Prep chambray shirt has your back. Shop the GANT Tech Prep collection now on Spring!