Comfortable yet chic, athleisure is a fashion trend we can all get behind. The form-fitting, athletic-inspired garments of athleisure are ideal for busy schedules and active lifestyles. They can effortlessly take you from the gym to your next outing, whether that’s brunch with friends, a doctor’s appointment, or a shopping spree – no change of clothes required! As this is one trend that’s here to stay, it’s time to stock your closet with these six staples.
by Mary Beth Wallace
Joggers are sweatpants’ more polished cousin, communicating sophistication rather than sloppiness. These lightweight pants taper at the ankle and are great for travel, a lunch date, or a brisk run on the treadmill. Or, you can dress them up at night with a pair of heels or cute wedges! Textured waistbands, wide cuffs, and edgy side stripes are just a few ways to put your unique spin on this athleisure must-have.
Fitted, long-sleeved hoodies are a post-workout necessity. They’re practical, easy to slip on and off, and add dimension to your outfit – they’re the ultimate layering piece. Experiment with different styles, and don’t be afraid to mix it up with graphics, mesh paneling, high collars, and accented hems. Just be sure to stick to a lightweight, breathable fabric to help you stay cool in the summer months.
Performance bras are the perfect example of athleisure’s form-meets-function approach. They’re highly functional if you’re headed to spin class, offering coverage and support, all while boasting style and flattering cuts. Look for sweat-wicking and quick-dry fabrics if you’re a regular at the gym, and have fun with different designs – companies are offering diverse selections with adjustable back straps, mesh panels, cut-out detailing, exotic prints, and more.
A racerback tank is the versatile clothing piece that can help you nail the athleisure trend! A form-fitting tank acts as your base, waiting to be layered with an unexpected jacket or a sweater around the waist. And the racerback silhouette unlocks your mobility, allowing for greater movability both at yoga class and the grocery store. So go ahead, pick up a tank in every color.
The athleisure shoe of choice, a pristine pair of sneakers should be your go-to footwear. The right sneakers (read: not old and ratty) make the perfect accessory and will elevate even the most casual of looks. Plus, they’ll keep your feet comfortable as you run errands around town. We recommend choosing solid, neutral colors and a slip-on design to encapsulate the sleek athleisure vibe.
A well-rounded athleisure wardrobe starts with leggings. They’re cozy enough for lounging around the house and durable enough to make for acceptable streetwear. Not only will the right pair of leggings accentuate your legs, but high-waisted designs can help reduce the appearance of bloating! Try out fun patterns and prints like camo, floral, or leopard, and pair with a solid tee or tank for a classic athleisure duo.