8 Streetwear Brands You Need to Know

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Over the past few seasons, streetwear has gone through a major transformation. When the athleisure trend first came on the scene, it was by way of full matching sweatsuits, leggings as pants, and the introduction of true athletic sneakers with everything from off-duty denim to party-ready dresses. As we’ve integrated the sporty pieces more and more into our everyday wardrobes, our style has become more refined, and designers have taken note.

Over the last year or so, when it comes to streetwear, we’ve become bolder in our choices, seeking patterns and colors that are more eye-catching than a basic gray hoodie (though still a favorite!). At the same time, we’re equally more elegant when it comes to tailored silhouettes, the introduction of less spandex-centric fabrics, and styling the über-athletic with the runway-ready. It doesn’t hurt that brands have emerged, changed, and grown to reflect the changing trends, and we, for one, can’t get enough.

From Nike to Gucci and everything in between, these are the eight best streetwear brands. But consider yourself warned: Once you start with the below favorites, you won’t be able to settle on just one.

Off-White

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Off-White makes the list not only for designer Virgil Abloh’s ability to create red carpet dresses and graphic tees with equal skill, relatability, and cool-girl style. It’s also for his innate skill when it comes to constantly tweaking and changing his aesthetic to stay relevant in every sportswear-wearing individual’s wardrobe.

Supreme

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Started in 1994 as a skateboard shop in New York City, Supreme is now so much more than that, collaborating with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, and more. It has, in fact, partnered with dozens of brands and designers since its inception, which lends itself to a continual spot at the top of the desired streetwear list.

Nike

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A true classic, Nike might be known for its running sneakers, but it has gone above and beyond in streetwear—especially in recent years. The brand is equal parts modernity and nostalgia, and for that reason alone, we can’t seem to get enough.

Adidas

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Much like Nike, Adidas’s roots run deep. That said, the brand has infused its classic tracksuits and pool slides with a modern whimsy that has kept the name relevant, especially with the rise in elevated athleisure over the past few years.

Fenty

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Much like Nike, Adidas’ roots run deep. That said, they’ve infused their classic tracksuits and pool slides with a modern whimsy that has kept them relevant, especially with the rise in elevated athleisure over the past few years.

Gucci

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Under Creative Director Alessandra Michele’s reign, Gucci has been infused with more streetwear than ever. With tees, hoodies, sneakers, and more, he shows us how to eclectically pair these sporty staples with everything from embellished jeans to silk skirts and vintage fur coats.

Thrasher

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Cult classic Thrasher is, perhaps, best known for its fan-favorite logo on tees, sweatshirts, and the like. In every color of the rainbow, they’re a streetwear favorite that the chic fashion set has learned to style with weekend jeans and cocktail skirts alike.

Balenciaga

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Balenciaga has gone through many personalities over the last few years, now settled comfortably among the streetwear greats. Mixing in tailored favorites like blazers and structured bags, the brand has recently caused us to call into question everything we thought we knew about streetwear.

With athletics so integrated with high fashion now, it's about time everyone gave the sporty trend a chance. Try out one of these brands above to get your sportswear collection started.