Look Cool, But Not Sloppy: How to Completely Nail the Athleisure Trend

In our modern world, where being ‘too busy’ is a constant state of being, impractical or uncomfortable looks rarely make it off the runway.

But that doesn’t mean we want to forgo style altogether. As such, it makes perfect sense that athleisure, which combines fashion and function, has become such an enduring trend.

Athleisure blurs the lines between activewear and everyday wear, making it perfectly acceptable to wear the same outfit to lunch with the girls as you’d wear to Pilates.

But, it’s the versatility of athleisure that can sometimes make this trend hard to nail. After all, the look you’re going for is sleek and sporty, not sloppy and sweaty. So how do you work the athleisure trend without looking like you went to the gym and forgot to pack a change of clothes?

Keep reading to find out how to make athleisure clothing work for you.

When Function Meets Fashion

Mixing function with fashion is the very essence of the athleisure trend. This combination enables us to pull together sporty looks with a smarter piece, and to make smarter looks more accessible and comfortable with the addition of athleisure wear.

If you’re not sure how this works in practice, consider your regular wardrobe and how you could combine some of your favorite items with athleisure pieces. For example, black leggings and a simple white tank looks gym-ready. But add a white blazer and your ensemble becomes intentional and fashion-forward.

Likewise, a white tank over a sports bra is ideal for a high-intensity workout. But pair these items with tailored pinstripe pants and your functional pieces now look cutting-edge. Or for summer, pairing cycling shorts with a long and slinky silk top makes a dressy item more accessible for the daytime.

These kinds of athleisure ensembles don’t have to be so well-considered or planned out either. Making athleisure work can be as simple as swapping your heels for sneakers or throwing on a camel coat over a hoodie and leggings. It’s these kinds of simple touches that turn your gym-ready pieces into part of a well-balanced and classic yet sporty look.

Understand the Power of Accessories

You might be following a popular fashion trend but it’s important to stay true to your personal style too. Adding accessories can really help with this. Plus, combining athleisure looks with jewelry or a leather handbag makes it clear that you’re headed to the bar rather than a yoga class.

That said, you shouldn’t go overboard with the jewelry. A simple pair of hoops or a chunky chain necklace are more than enough to add a hint of polish to your look.

Likewise, quirky or unexpected accessories such as a bold-colored bag, cat-eye sunglasses, slick high heels, or chunky ankle boots can also help make your look more put together than thrown together.

Dress for the Occasion

Still hesitant about wearing your gym clothes on the street? If so, knowing when it’s appropriate to do so will help you ease into the athleisure trend.

Weddings and job-interviews are obviously out but athleisure can be work-appropriate for more relaxed office environments and creative industries. Or you might be able to add some sporty clothes to your casual Friday look if your office is a little more corporate.

Working athleisure clothes into your weekend looks is ideal for more active pursuits such as shopping or running errands. And, the beauty of this trend is, you won’t even need to change before a lunch date or evening drinks!

That said, more formal events might not be the right place for sportswear. If you’re not sure, play it safe with paired-back basics and leave your sneakers at home.

Get the Right Fit

An old t-shirt and baggy leggings might be comfortable but they are far from chic. And, while we’d hope that you wouldn’t even wear this look to the gym, these kinds of items are definitely not appropriate for channeling the athleisure look.

Athleisure is sporty, but it’s also sleek. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping for key pieces and you’ll find it easier to nail this trend. Sure, you can go for a loose-fitting hoodie or a relaxed pair of track pants, but you’ll need to pair these items with something tighter to ensure you get the proportions right.

A well-fitting pair of leggings is a key item for many athleisure ensembles. But nothing looks worse than loose leggings that you need to keep pulling up. Getting the right fit for your leggings can be tricky but it’s worth putting in the time to find the perfect pair.

Make Your Leisurewear Luxurious

Your sporty clothes will have to work twice as hard if you intend to wear them for socializing as well as working out. As such, it pays to invest in chic, high-quality pieces in the style of activewear that will look great and last longer.

That means looking for elevated versions of athleisure basics. These might include control leggings that shape you in all the right places, supportive sports bras and crop tops that look and feel great, or the perfect cashmere hoodie for layering.

High-performance fabrics, flattering cuts, balanced proportions, and attention to detail should all be on your radar when choosing athleisure clothing. It’s these kinds of hints of luxury and style that will ensure even a top-to-toe athleisure look is anything but sloppy.

Making the Athleisure Look Work for You

As with any new fashion trend, making athleisure work for you means finding your own take on it rather than completely overhauling your whole look.

But we’re sure that once you get used to the sheer comfort of this functional and fashionable trend, there’ll be no looking back. Just remember to keep things stylish by mixing looks, adding accessories, and opting for luxurious pieces over sporty basics.

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