February 28, 2023 7 min read

After searching for hours to try and find the right pants, it can all start to blur together. From joggers to chinos and everything in between, there are dozens of types of athletic pants for all sorts of occasions. Knowing which one to get can be a challenge if you don’t want to spend hours researching. 

That’s where we come in.

Athletes need pants that provide unrestricted movement, support, and comfort. Your pants should be lightweight, breathable, and flexible so that you can move freely while also staying supported and focused. 

The pants should also be moisture-wicking to keep you cool and dry. Lastly, the pants should be stylish, so you can wear them as part of your active lifestyle and keep looking good.

So, what types of athletic pants fit this profile best? We’ve got some great options loaded up for you, along with broader descriptions of what you should be looking for in a pair of pants suited to your body type.

What this article covers:

The Athletic Body Type

Different types of athletic pants

Those with an athletic body type typically have a muscular build, well-defined muscles, broad shoulders, and a low body fat percentage. While this build sets you apart from the average joe, it also makes it difficult to find clothes.

If this describes you, TAILORED ATHLETE knows you’ve worked hard to get there. You’ve spent countless hours in the gym, only to be faced with the problem of clothing not fitting you properly.

Before we present the solutions that will change your life, we’ll go over what you should be looking for in a pair of pants for your physique.

Pants for Athletes

There are so many different styles of pants available these days. From classic jeans to chinos, to joggers and leggings, the possibilities are endless. It all comes down to what kind of look you're going for and what's comfortable for you. 

Athletic pants are supposedly designed to help people like you from sorting through hundreds of items on a shelf just to find something that fits. Unfortunately, like with everything else in this world, you get what you pay for. Inferior brands trying to cut back on costs are going to aim for the lowest common denominator, meaning they leave a lot of people out on the peripheries.

You could try out tailored trousers or dress pants for a more formal look. For something a bit more casual, you could go for jeans.

The options sound great, but as an athlete, it’s not that simple. Buying pants can be a nightmare because sizing is always an issue.

The most common types of athletic pants

Either your waist is too small, or your thighs and calves are too big. Going for clothing off the rack, you’ll find yourself needing to size up or down to be able to fit into clothing. When you find something that fits over your thighs, you’re likely left with excess material around your waist and a baggy look. 

So, if you’re comparing classic-fit pants to athletic ones, where do you begin?


Being comfortable in your pants is crucial to looking good. After all, confidence is key. Poorly-fitting pants can be distracting and make it hard to focus on your tasks. 

What's more, comfy pants keep you warm or cool depending on the temperature, so you always feel your best. Ultimately, wearing comfortable pants makes your day more enjoyable.

As we mentioned earlier, comfortable pants should fit you properly without being too tight or too baggy. You should have enough room to move around and the waistband should be snug but not too tight. 

When the waistband is the incorrect size, you’ll find yourself fiddling to keep your pants in place throughout the day.

Additionally, it’s important to make sure the length is just right. Your pants should reach the tops of your shoes when standing, but not be so long that they drag on the ground. If they’re too long, you’ll always be trying to avoid standing on your pants to keep them from wearing out too quickly.


The different types of pants fit

If you’ve put the time in at the gym, it’s likely that you’ve worked your body to the point where it’s quite flexible, and your pants should reflect that. Beyond being flexible, you likely move around a lot during the day, and need your pants to move with you. 

Flexible pants are a must-have for anyone looking to stay comfortable and move freely. When your pants are too stiff, it can be hard to bend, squat, and stretch, resulting in discomfort and an inability to move properly. 

Additionally, stiff material can irritate the skin, causing chafing or rashes. Lastly, flexible pants offer a more flattering fit, giving you the freedom to look your best. 

Whether you're out for a run, practicing yoga, or just going about your day, wearing flexible pants is the key to staying comfortable and looking great.

The Right Fit

The above factors all contribute to your pants being the perfect fit for you. 

Finding the right fit in terms of pants can be tricky, but there are some tips that can help. First, you should consider the fit of the pants: whether you’re looking for a slim fit, relaxed fit, or something in between. 

You should also consider the material, as some fabrics may be more forgiving than others. Finally, make sure to measure yourself before shopping to ensure the best fit. With these tips, you can find the right pair of pants that fit you perfectly.

popular athletic types of pants

This brings us to the beauty of our True Muscle Fit design. When you shop with us, you don’t need to size up to ensure the pants fit over your biggest leg muscles, only to be left with pieces of excess material elsewhere.

You only need to determine your measurements once and choose your size using those measurements. From there, you can purchase as many pairs of pants as your heart desires, in as many different styles as you’d like.

They’ll always fit. 

Pant Styles For Athletes

Our line includes the best pant styles for athletes. 


If you're looking for joggers specifically designed for athletes, we have a great selection of performance joggers that are perfect for running, training, and other sports. 

TAILORED ATHLETE’s Muscle Fit Joggers are made with breathable fabric that provides superior comfort and support. They’re also designed with features like pockets, reflective elements, and adjustable drawstrings for a tailored fit that’s as functional as it is fashionable. 

Different types of athletic pants for men

Our joggers have moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating technology, so you can stay cool and dry during your workout.

They’re available in a few different colors, too. Did you know that different color pants fit differently? The fit itself remains the same, but lighter and darker colors look different when they’re on your body.

Dress Pants

Dress pants, sometimes called slacks, are trousers made from a variety of fabrics, such as wool, cotton, or polyester, and designed to be worn in more formal settings. 

They’re usually tailored to fit the waist and hips, and often have pleats or cuffs. Dress pants are usually worn with a dress shirt, a blazer or sports coat, and a pair of dress shoes.

We took traditional dress pants and made them in our True Muscle Fit. This means that you can finally access dress pants for those special occasions that are made specifically for your body shape. 

Dress pants are a timeless wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or dressed down, making them incredibly versatile. 

Some of the perfect places to wear dress pants include office settings, special events like weddings and anniversaries, religious services, and casual dinners. 

To create a classic look, pair dress pants with a button-down shirt, or to dress them down, a simple t-shirt. 

Different types of athletic pants for all body shape

For a more elevated look, accessorize with a tailored blazer and stylish shoes. No matter where you decide to wear them, dress pants will always give you a polished, timeless look.

Lucky for you, TAILORED ATHLETE has created a range of shirts in our True Muscle Fit as well, and they pair perfectly with our men’s athletic-fit dress pants.

Everyday Trousers

Our Everyday Trousers are made from comfortable material blends containing cotton, wool, and synthetic fibers. They’re designed to be both stylish and practical. 

They come in a wide variety of cuts and styles, and they are usually designed to be easy to care for and long-lasting. Ours are made specifically in our True Muscle Fit to fit your athletic legs perfectly.

They feature 4-way stretch to ensure maximum comfort and flexibility. We want our everyday trousers to work with you and your lifestyle. Of all the different types of pants fits, this one is the most versatile.

They feature reinforced seams and perfect color and shape retention. This means they’re not only the perfect fit, but they’ll last you for years to come.

Tops To Pair With Athletic Fit Pants

Different types of athletic pants for different activities

A great top to pair with athletic pants is a lightweight, breathable casual top. It’ll keep you cool and comfortable while you're working out or running errands. 

You could also opt for a fitted t-shirt or tunic. Both of these look great with athletic pants and provide a bit more coverage than a casual top. They’re a good option for those events where you need to look a little more put-together.

Finally, a long-sleeved hoodie is perfect for cooler days, and can be dressed up or down depending on your style.

At TAILORED ATHLETE, we’ve created a range of tops that pair perfectly with our athletic-fit pants. Have a look through our range, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

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