Few pieces of clothing have experienced a glow-up like the track jacket. Beginning life as a purely utilitarian garment in sports, it didn’t take long before it infiltrated the world of lifestyle clothing. Once it had settled into the everyday wardrobe, it filtered through into luxury. Essentially, the humble track jacket traversed the hierarchy of clothing in around 50 years.
Nowadays, luxury track jackets are a permanent fixture in high-end collections. From Gucci to Balenciaga, each house has its own idea of what a luxury track jacket should be. If you ask Gucci, it’s a vehicle for retro exploration — neutral hues and vintage detailing aplenty. Ask Balenciaga, though, and you’ll see that the tracksuit jacket is also the ideal way to make a comment on the space — or lack thereof — between the throwaway and the refined.
That’s perhaps what has made luxury track jackets so well-loved. They're a blank slate for expression. They're versatile for the wearer, ideal to throw on when the sun dips behind a cloud, and can be styled with just about everything you throw at them. We’re firm believers in the luxury tracksuit jacket, so we rounded up 10 of the best you can shop right now.
Shop 10 of the best luxury track jackets below.
Japanese label Needles is in the spotlight right now. It's been making luxury retro tracksuits for years, but a string of celeb endorsements have put the butterfly-adorned pieces in the public eye.
Fear Of God Essentials
Fear of God ESSENTIALS is the perfect midground between accessibility and luxury. This track jacket won't break the bank, but it does give your wardrobe a Jerry Lorenzo stamp.
Brendan Babenzien's NOAH is evidence of the universal adoption of luxury track jackets. The style slots effortlessly into the brand's streetwear-prep cocktail.
Even Rick Owens does track jackets. Come on.
Ahluwalia's bold colors grace this super-retro iteration. A short collar and loose hems give an old-style aesthetic that sets it apart from the crowd.
Of course Gucci has mastered the luxury track jacket. A neutral palette defines this archive-pulled design.
PUMA teams up with Rhude's Rhuigi Villaseñor for another accessible take on the luxury track jacket. We love the oversized, fold-down collar.
1017 ALYX 9SM
All black with sleek silver hardware? Yeah, sounds like 1017 ALYX 9SM.
Go hard or go home. That's definitely the motto for this leopard-print track jacket from Wacko Maria.
This Balenciaga track jacket is brimming with irony. The bold green fleece construction does, indeed, look like something your sports teacher wore in the early '00s. Who would have guessed that they'd become a muse for Demna Gvasalia?
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