You go to the gym to look good, but the process is usually less of a joy to look at. A sweaty body and a matted head of hair isn’t exactly the look of an urban gentleman. Which is why we’ve put together some gym bag essentials that might help.

Nike Training’s snugly fitting compression tee is great for showing off those pecs you’ve been working on. Meanwhile, get your grooming game on with D R Harris’ decadent tortoiseshell comb for that impeccable quiff, and opt for a reliable and quality deodorant from Penhaligon’s. Here are five products to help you start in building your own gym bag worthy of an urban gentleman.

Nike Training Pro Mesh-Panelled Dri-Fit T-shirt

If you’re all about functional training, better apply the same philosophy to your gym apparel too. Cut from the same sweat-wicking Dri-fit fabric, but blended with plenty of stretch, this T-shirt acts as compression-wear to aid in muscle recovery while allowing you to train without restriction. Besides, this is a great way to show off those cuts.

S$36, Mr. Porter

D R Harris tortoiseshell comb

You’re going to want to look dapper even after a gruelling session of the gym. Re-erecting that skyscraper of a quiff requires good skills and even better products. D R Harris’s tortoiseshell acetate comb is done the old-school way; classically detailed, with two rows of teeth of varying widths to tame that mane. The gold printed emblem of the company only adds to its vintage touch.

S$47, D R Harris

TAG Heuer Connected 45 Modular black rubber strap with red aluminium bezel

This might be the brand’s second Android Wear smartwatch after the Connected, but it’s the brand’s first ever Swiss-made smartwatch, so you can expect a lot of finesse. It’s also possibly the most customisable watch ever created, because you can swap out just about anything on the watch, including its head. A mechanical head from the Calibre Heuer 92T or Calibre 5 can be replaced should the connected module run out of battery midday. Of course, buckles and straps are interchangeable too, and lug options include rose gold or diamond.

S$2,305, TAG Heuer

Penhaligon’s Quercus deodorant stick

No respectable gentleman will step out of the gym smelling sweaty, so this calls for a good deodorant. Created in 1996 and named after the Latin word for British Oak, Quercus boasts a light burst of citrus and basil, with notes of jasmine, cardamom and muguet. Expect an invigorating mix of sweet and slightly spiced fragrance that will last all day.

S$45.10, Penhaligon’s

Takahiromiyashita TheSoloist Allen Square Frame Sunglasses

Known better as the face behind cult underground label The Soloist, Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita’s off-duty staples are known for their exceptional attention to detail. Here, he gives the typical square-framed sunglasses a twist with silver-toned trims that are slightly out of the ordinary. Perfect for when you want to stand out when heading to, or stepping out of the gym.

S$1,195, Haven

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.