Mastering the Art of Athleisure

September 24, 2016

athleisure2If you’re as guilty as I am of following supermodels’ every move on social media, then you’re probably familiar with the Athleisure inspired look. Leggings, crop top, bomber jacket, you know the drill. But some of you might also be wondering what in the world kind of word “athleisure” is.

If the latter is the case, don’t be scared by the “athletic” part of the word if you haven’t been to the gym in 6 months, and let’s embrace the “leisure” part of the word. This trend emerged sometime in the early 2000s and has recently become the go-to street look for models and fashion bloggers everywhere, and now it can be yours. The whole idea of Athleisure is basically getting dressed for a workout, without actually working out. Yes, you read that right. Although it’s the perfect outfit for days when you’re crammed with school or meetings and need to find a work appropriate outfit that you can later wear for a workout, there is no physical activity required to wear this. It is a minimalistic approach to dressing comfortably without sacrificing style.athleisure1 athleisure3Despite its simplicity and comfort, Athleisure is definitely not a cop-out; dirty sweatshirts and hole-y leggings will never be socially acceptable. A coworker once told me my style is “sporty chic” and as a someone who is half French I was extremely offended and thought “is she calling me lazy??”. I thought she meant that I don’t look put together, but after observing the Athleisure trend I would definitely take that as a compliment.

Lululemon’s founder Chip Wilson says “athleisure is dead”, but I’m going to have to strongly disagree with that. With supermodels taking over this trend, and brands such as Beyonce’s new line Ivy Park emerging, fashion is taking a huge turn. Even brands such as Nike and New Balance have picked up on the Athleisure trend by adding “Lifestyle” categories to their brand. Athleisure has generated too much attention and praise for it to just be a passing fad, and honestly, I see it more as a movement. As we move into this technology-driven era where everything is fast paced, what better trend to complement the on-the-go lifestyle. Athleisure allows you to move around comfortably while tackling your busy schedule. Wear this trend wherever you want and however you want, whether that be to the grocery store or to a 5am Spin class.athleisureAt this point you probably understand the concept of Athleisure but maybe still aren’t sure how to style it. Models out and about in matching bombers or carelessly leaving a boxing class wearing a sports bra on the street can be pretty intimidating. Don’t let Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid off put you with their confidence and ease they wear their clothes with. There is not one specific body type that works best for the Athleisure trend, it’s about comfort, not looking like a supermodel. Athleisure is about being comfortable, so if wearing a sports bra in the middle of New York City isn’t for you, opt for something else.


Outfit Ingredients

Leggings – Lululemon

White Shoes- Adidas

Black shoes – Nike

Sunglasses – Rayban

Long White shirt – Banana Republic

Tied up white shirt – Project Social T

Green bomber – Pins and Needles


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Here are my staples, most of which you probably already have in your closet:

  • Leggings: invest in a good pair. Spending the extra money doesn’t just buy you a brand name, it can save you the embarrassment of unknowingly walking around in leggings covered with holes.
  • Sneakers: white sneakers have become a trend of their own, one I am a huge fan of, but make sure you take good preventative care. I made the sad, sad mistake of not buying fabric protectant and had to accept that the stains on my once-treasured Stan Smiths made them unwearable.
  • Your gym shoes: if they’re clean, I say wear them with some skinny jeans and a cropped jacket.
  • Bomber jackets: extremely flattering, even more comfortable, this trendy jacket pulls together virtually any outfit to make it sporty.
  • Slip-ons: those Vans you used to wear as an angsty middle-schooler are coming back into style. Plain colors are more versatile, but I’ve noticed a lot of Instagrammers such as Lauren Elizabeth rocking the checkered slip on Vans if patterns are your thing.
  • Ankle Jeans: the skinny jean is slowly evolving and its next move is the ankle crop. Something about the just-above-the-ankle cut has an elongating effect on the legs and adds a small touch to the look. Topshop has been following this flattering trend for some time now, and they also offer pant lengths in Petite and Tall sizes!
  • Baseball hats: you can find them online, on the street, or in your dad’s closet
  • Leather jacket: pleather or leather, if you throw this on over the outfit you plan on working out in later, it instantly makes it chic
  • Duffel bags: if you still have an old gym bag lying around, use it. I recently rediscovered an Adidas duffel bag that I used to pack my volleyball gear in and have been using it as a carry-on for travel or as a weekender bag.
  • Windbreakers and puffy jackets: these are not only good for chilly weather, but a sleek windbreaker can easily dress down

LOVE,

Annabelle

Style Contributor

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