In the 21st century, the lives of women just keep getting busier and more hectic. This is precisely why so many of us are opting for outfits that are just as functional as they are fashion-forward. We need versatile looks that we can rock for a number of occasions, whether it’s for a family lunch, drinks with the girls, or a workout class. Step forward, athleisure: the style movement to answer all our prayers. If you’re new to this term or finding it tricky to get your head around, not to worry—I’ve got you covered. Read on for the ultimate athleisure trend guide.
What is Athleisure?
First things first, allow me to break down what the “athleisure” aesthetic is all about.
Whether you prefer to call it athletic, leisure, performance, active, or sportswear, this term has grown in popularity so much over the last few years that it’s now been added to the dictionary. It’s described as “casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use,” which makes it a pretty handy closet solution when you’re in a rush or want to put something on that’s practical yet stylish.
It’s About Mixing It Up
The rules of athleisure are rather simple: essentially, anything goes.
That said, if you truly want to nail this look, take inspiration from top designers like Stella McCartney, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton who blend fashionable pieces (such as a leather jacket, heeled boots, and jeans) with activewear pieces (such as sneakers, a sports crop top and sweatpants).
Be sure to choose a mixture of high-performance fabrics and the latest runway-inspired designs to create an ensemble that turns heads for all the right reasons.
However, you should also use layers to your advantage. Needless to say, a denim jacket looks super cute over a two-piece loungewear set and sneakers for running errands. Likewise, a plain red tracksuit jacket can stop traffic when paired with a black satin midi skirt and heels for a cinema date.
Dress for the Occasion
Even though this trend is currently dominating the style scene and is super comfortable, so it’s tempting to wear it all the time, make sure that you adhere to the occasion.
It goes without saying that heels wouldn’t be a great match for the gym or your workplace wouldn’t appreciate it if you showed up to a corporate office environment in yoga pants and a sports bra.
Opt for functionality, for sure, but be appropriate at the same time.
The athleisure look is best kept simple. If you go overboard with statement accessories, prints, and colors, then you’re going to attract the wrong kind of attention.
Promote a sleek sporty vibe with a pair of oversized sunglasses, a baseball cap, or a minimal leather backpack. You could even add an understated pendant necklace or small hoop earrings in gold or silver for a touch of feminine frosting.
Rocking Athleisure According to Your Personal Style
The athleisure aesthetic can be totally chic when it’s done right.
It’s important not to overthink it, but also make sure that you tie it in with your personal style for optimal results.
For instance, if you want to channel sports luxe, try a classic black and white ensemble with a couple of delicate jewelry pieces. Alternatively, if you have a fun and loud personality, inject life into your outfit with bold hues and styles.
Either way, be sure to experiment to find what works for you. After all, the athleisure trend shows no signs of going out of style.
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