By definition, athleisure is apparel that’s suitable for both exercise and casual wear. Its recent rise to popularity can be attributed to large brands such as Balenciaga, Vetements, Gucci and staples such as Nike and Adidas branching out into more appealing and fashionable activewear.
The days of saggy nylon pants that made a terrible noise with each step and plain hoodies adorned with nothing but an old logo are no more. Modern athleisure is stylish, functional and, well, let’s admit it, pretty exclusive.
A standard tech jacket from Nike will cost you no less than a hundred dollars. Anything with Adidas Primeknit technology will see you dropping a few hundred dollars as well. Let’s not forget the main advantage of owning athleisure pieces though: Once you’re done at the gym, you can wear them out as well. Assuming you know what you’re doing anyway.
If not, read on as we discuss just how you can rock athleisure without committing crimes against fashion.
The trick is finding pieces that are both functional and stylish. Regarding color, muted and monochrome tones work best. This allows you to draw the focus more towards texture and silhouette. With most athletic clothes, especially leggings being slim fitting and flattering on your body, it’s only natural to take advantage of this and draw the focus there.
With most pieces being fairly reserved in terms of color, you can easily add less athletic pieces into the mix, especially jackets and coats. A leather jacket can look surprisingly good with a striped shirt and leggings. The same applies to coats, parkas, and bombers.
Sleek, low-top tech runners like the Nike Vapormax, Adidas NMD, and Puma Tsugi work best for your feet. If they aren’t running shoes, it isn’t really athleisure. Monochrome tones work with footwear as well due to the usually striking designs of the shoes that let the silhouettes speak for themselves.
Don’t be afraid to elevate your outfit with some higher end pieces such as handbags, sunglasses, and jewelry. Gold bracelets and necklaces will look especially striking against a monochrome ensemble. If you’re in one of the Athletes USA sports schools, your friends will envy your new style.
Brands To Look Out For
Depending on your budget, there are a ton of brands to choose from. For more feminine athleisure pieces, check out names such as Allo, Sweaty Betty, Zella, and Outdoor Voices. Staples such as Nike, New Balance, Adidas, and Puma shouldn’t unnoticed either. The pioneers of athleisure are still putting out some kickass pieces.
For more budget-conscious buyers, considered names like Gap, J.Crew, Old Navy and Abercrombie & Fitch for affordable quality pieces. Regardless of which brand you go for, be sure to pick up at least one shirt, jacket, a pair of leggings, and trainers for your first outfit.
Depending on what you do for a living, its possible to go full-athleisure and enjoy the benefits of wearing some of the most comfortable and easiest to maintain clothing you can buy. The best part? Most pieces are made of fabrics that don’t need to be ironed!