If you don't have a decent gym bag in your repertoire, we suggest you fix that asap. You can't let embarrassing sports gear prevent you from achieving those 2020 fitness goals – even if they were made while you were hungover on 1 January, mid-McDonald’s breakfast.
While you might feel like Rocky Balboa walking into your luxury gym with a vintage Everlast hold-all, the sweaty leather look doesn't translate beyond the boxing ring. You need an accessory that slots into your everyday life – and your existing wardrobe. Look for something smart but practical, that you can shove your laptop and spare work shoes in during the morning commute, or a tote that folds down to nothing so it’s easy to whip out and pack away. Or, at the very least, pick a bag that doubles up as a weekender bag for trips away.
Fashion's penchant for nylon and all things utilitarian makes shopping for the perfect gym bag easy – or, possibly, a little overwhelming? Let us help you out with our list of the best styles to buy now.
Fred Perry's barrel bag instantly conjures up images of Fifties boxing gyms and football clubs. Made from glossy faux leather, this monochrome version is trimmed with striped webbing and embroidered with that iconic crest.
Barrel bag, £80, Fred Perry at asos.com
This bag is called the 'Everywhere' for a reason – it’s a real all-rounder, taking you from the gym to weekends away, to flights. It has numerous compartments, an umbrella pocket and nifty sleeve at the back designed to slide over the handles of your suitcase. We like the nylon for the gym, but it also comes in leather should you prefer something more classic.
The Everywhere Bag, £195, awaytravel.com
im电竞官网-Bring a bit of Nineties Americana to your gym ensemble with Polo Sport's tote. Made from navy nylon, it's reinforced with rubber for structure and embroidered with the brand's signature stripes and stars.
Nylon tote, £125, Polo Sport at selfridges.com
There's no reason your gym bag can't work for the office, if you choose wisely. Look for something smart but roomy, with lots of pockets to separate your socks from those important documents (or not, does anyone actually carry paper these days?). Salvatore Ferragamo’s Dynamo style is made from pebbled and printed leather, finished with chunky silver hardware and has snap-fastening tabs so you can switch up the silhouette.
Dynamo backpack, £1,635, Salvatore Ferragamo at farfetch.com
Nodding to retro boxing gear with its glossy finish, Saint Laurent's duffle bag is made from hardy ripstop nylon and stamped with the brand's graphic typeface in contrast white. We suggest you keep this one is safely stored in your locker: logos are hot property at the moment.
Duffle bag, £740, Saint Laurent at selfridges.com
There are lots of hyper-masculine gym bags out there, all slick black leather and heavy on the utility. COS's khaki take is softer and more bohemian (think Jacquemus menswear vibes: cuffed cargo pants, tank tops and bare feet) with a drawstring top and minimalist slip pockets. Carry it in-hand as a tote or wear it like a backpack.
Nylon bag, £55, cosstores.com
The most sustainable choice on this list, Sealand Gear's bag is made from waste materials – in this case, recycled canvas, ripstop fabric and old spinnaker sales. This bag is seriously spacious, so there’s room for extra kit, as well as a compartment for muddy trainers. Take it on hikes, camping or on sailing trips, when you're not working out.
Duffle bag, £300, Sealand Gear at mrporter.com
Moncler's deliciously Eighties hold-all is making us nostalgic for shell suits and trips to the dry ski slope. Made from lightweight nylon in a roomy duffle shape, it's embroidered with a vintage version of the brand's logo and has detachable straps so you can carry cross-body.
Logo-embroidered holdall, £385, Moncler at matchesfashion.com
If function is your main concern, go for NN07's streamlined backpack. It has padded adjustable straps and a breathable mesh back to stop things getting too, er, sweaty up in there. Pack light, and we reckon you can run to and from the gym with this on. When you're not working out, though, stow your laptop in the internal sleeve.
Nylon Backpack, £180, NN07 at mrporter.com
Made from waterproof nylon, Arket's bag is ultra lightweight and can be worn as both a rucksack and a tote. The best bit? It folds down to just a tiny zipped pouch (just like those packable anoraks your mum insisted you bring on school trips back in the day), so you can store it in your coat pocket.
Packable 2-Way Backpack, £39, arket.com