Back-to-school season is upon us, though it's likely to be happening from home for most people. From the ultimate pencil case to work from home slippers, our Homecoming: Preparing for a Back-to-School at Home hub is a virtual class in new-age school essentials.

While this year’s back-to-school might not be the same as we’re used to, most of the activities will be the same. Despite the fact you probably aren’t actually going back to school, there’s no reason to drop the extra-curricular commitments.  Going to the gym or taking part in an activity like running is a great way to blow off steam which is much needed at the beginning of term after a long and not-so-relaxing summer break. Not only is it beneficial for you physically, but it also positively impacts your mental state, allowing you to concentrate harder and work better.

The problem is that if you’re not actually going into school anymore, you’re probably not going to the gym either. When you don’t have that specific location to exercise, it becomes much more difficult to commit to a workout. There’s a solution though. We’ve found that if you love your gym wear, you’ll want to use it. So, instead of pulling on those shorts you’ve had since 2010 and the T-shirt that’s no longer acceptable to wear in public, trust our roundup to kickstart this year's back-to-school season.

Upgrade your back-to-school gym outfit below.


Filson Dry Duffel

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Dry Duffel



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Getting out the house for your workout has the added advantage of affording you a bit of fresh air. If you’re taking along a water bottle, phone, wallet, and the other usual suspects, you’ll need a bag. This fully waterproof duffel from Filson ticks all the boxes.

Pas Normal Studios X Porter-Yoshida & Co. Holdall

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Pas Normal Studios X Porter-Yoshida & Co.

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Pas Normal joins forces with Japanese heavyweight Porter-Yoshida & Co. on this beige holdall. A nylon construction offers padding and maintains a lightweight carry, and you can expect premium craftsmanship from anything with the Porter-Yoshida seal of approval.


Stüssy x Nike Garment Dyed Wind Runner

Garment Dyed Wind Runner


Stüssy x Nike

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Stüssy has had a string of successful collaborations with Nike, most recently joining forces to redesign the Nike Spiridon. This garment-dyed Wind Runner acts as more proof that the streetwear and sportswear giants should continue to work in tandem. Lightweight and eye-catching, this pullover works in the everyday wardrobe, too.

SOAR Hot Weather Running T-Shirt

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Hot Weather Running T-Shirt

from $85


(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Cut to a slim fit and crafted from a lightweight polyester-elastane blend, this yellow running tee from Soar is the highlight performance piece we've been looking for when the temperatures rise.

Nike Kemba Walker Celtics I Jersey

Kemba Walker Celtics I Jersey

from $110


(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Kemba Walker is one of the NBA's most underrated point guards, so rep the underdog in this Celtics jersey while you sweat. While most NBA jerseys are unrecognizable from their original iterations, the Celtics jersey has remained relatively unchanged thanks to its classic, timeless design.


Patagonia Slope Runner Ripstop and Mesh Gilet

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Slope Runner Ripstop and Mesh Gilet



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Patagonia’s Slope Runner Gilet may well be the most important component in your gym bag. This rig goes over the shoulders and attaches with adjustable cords to the chest. A range of pockets provide room for bottles, gels, gloves, glasses, and more so you can settle in for the long haul.

Nike Precool Running Vest

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Precool Running Vest



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We actually didn't know that anything like this existed before now, but we can never look back. Nike's Precool Running Vest allows you to carry four ice packs close to your body during your workout.


Patagonia Baggies Longs

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Baggies Longs



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Patagonia Baggies are the undisputed shorts of summer 2020. The no-frills take on the style ensures you can wear them in literally any conditions, including in water. Cut from recycled ripstop fabric, this yellow pair is the perfect workout-to-Zoom-lesson selection.

Pleasures Brick Active Shorts

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Brick Active Shorts



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Cut from an ultra-lightweight nylon blend, this pair of gym shorts by PLEASURES is ideal for adding impact to your exercise ensembles. A subtle grid pattern adds intrigue to the block collar of the shorts while a small black logo patch adds contrast to the right leg.

Gramicci Packable G-Short

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Packable G-Short



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When it comes to outerwear, Gramicci knows a thing or two. Take this pair of shorts for example, this pair of murdered-out packable G-shorts is good for everyday wear as well as workout fits thanks to the nylon construction that's light and extremely durable.

Nike AeroSwift Running Shorts

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AeroSwift Running Shorts



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Skintight shorts really do benefit your workout. Without the drag of pockets, relaxed fits, or adjustable fits you have full range of movement.


ASICS Novablast SPS Sneakers

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Novablast SPS Sneakers

from $75


(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)

The Asics Novablast has swept the world of running trainers lately thanks to a collaboration with AFFIX. The style features a distinctive sole unit that makes use of FLYTEFOAM BLAST™ technology for lightweight comfort and support. We’re so into this trainer because — as shown baby the collaboration — it seamlessly crosses from performance into lifestyle.

On Cloudflow Mesh Running Sneakers

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Cloudflow Mesh Running Sneakers



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Designed in Switzerland, On trainers are some of the most comfortable and highest-performing on the market right now. A patented Speedboard™ sole unit injects every step with a spring while Cloudflow uppers allow your feet to breathe so you can go for longer.

HOKA One One Speedgoat 4 Sneakers

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Speedgoat 4 Sneakers



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It's almost impossible to not stare at a pair of HOKA One One sneakers thanks to the bulbous sole units but it's all in the name of running. This sneaker promises unrivaled comfort and support alongside an eye-catching design.


Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle

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32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle


Hydro Flask

Buy at Nordstrom

Staying hydrated is important at any point but especially when working out, and especially in summer. Hydrating properly boosts your productivity massively, so combine that with a workout and your grades are going to feel it.

Nike Crew Socks (3 Pairs)

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Crew Socks (3 Pairs)

from $14


(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

There’s a reason that everyone has a pair. Nike’s Crew socks are a stone-cold classic thanks to their stripped-back design. The white socks feature a black tick to the collar and it’s all the pair ever needed to become a timeless icon.

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