What is Techwear?
Techwear is short for technical wear, and it is a type of fashion that revolves around maximising functionality and comfort. Due to this specific brief many techwear outfits incorporate clothing associated with militaries like cargo pants and chest harnesses for their utility like extra pockets. In the spirit of high functionality, most techwear outfits incorporate waterproof materials, a hood and multiple layers. Of course, the outfits vary with the seasons; it wouldn’t be very functional to venture out into a heatwave in heavy waterproof clothing. The outfits usually feature darker colours too.
Techwear has risen in popularity in recent years and has infiltrated popular social media sites like Instagram and TikTok. For many creators/influencers on these sites, their content revolves around showcasing their techwear looks such as @yijihoon and @xshad0wboii on TikTok and @greppigraphics on Instagram.
Techwear Vendors and Brands
The Perfect Winter Fit
An Example Winter Fit
To start with I would recommend a good pair of cargo trousers. They are comfy, functional and you will be warm and in no danger of running out of pockets. Next up, a comfy pair of trainers. Some people choose boots over trainers, but when traversing a city, especially if you rely on public transport, boots can compromise functionality by their cumbersome nature. In addition, they can be uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time, especially when walking a lot. However, if you are reading this article from a secret bunker in the mountains or a forest, feel free to stick to a reliable set of boots!
See the examples below to help you make a decision: