In the past, we’ve all wondered how it’s possible to go out and about in comfortable clothes without looking like a bum. Luckily, the fashion world is always evolving and one of the latest trends may finally bring us a worthwhile solution.
Enter, athleisure. The athleisure trend undoubtedly masters the mix of comfort and style…if it’s done right.
Doing athleisure the right way takes a little bit of fashion skill. The look is all about transforming your fitness apparel by making it appropriate for general, everyday wear. So, how do we successfully achieve the look? We turned to Athleta for expert guidance on the athleisure trend and how to style it the right way. Here’s what we learned:
1. Find the Balance & Substitute.
When it comes to getting the athleisure look right, your main objective is to combine your normal fashion items with your fitness clothing. Sometimes, all it takes is the addition of one or two pieces. Swapping out your sweatshirt for a denim or leather jacket can dress up your sportswear and create a balanced look (that’s not at all lazy). Leggings, joggers, and sneakers are your athletic essentials. Start with the basics, then add your favorite fashion items to complete the look.
2. Stay Neutral.
When you mix fashion with sportswear, you’re already establishing a unique look. Try to avoid overdoing your ensemble with a plethora of neon colors or bright, flashy patterns. Keep it simple by sticking to your basic, neutral colors: white, black, gray, navy and tans. BUT, don’t be afraid to add a pop of color here and there. A bright red clutch or a shiny bomber jacket can help create a sophisticated, unique look!
3. Get Creative.
A hint of fashion sense and a little experimentation go a long way. Your up-to-date knowledge of what’s trending in the fashion world will make it easier to plan and put together the perfect athleisure ensemble. You can easily dress up your athletic wear with simple style hacks that work every time! Consider the following:
- Try leather or gleam leggings instead of regular cotton. The leather look will allow for a chic, street style outfit that makes a classy statement.
- Wrap a button down around your waist. It seems simple, but this addition will instantly dress up any casual, sporty look.
- Don’t forget your sports bras and bralettes. Layer a strappy bralette with an oversized sweater for a simple, spot-on athleisure style.
4. Switch It Up.
You don’t always have to play it safe. Instead of sticking to an athleisure look with high-performance leggings, swap them out for a comfortable dress, or rock a pair of casual sandals instead of sneakers. This will add variety to your athleisure style, not to mention, it proves you can master the look with different clothing items!
Accessories can take any outfit to a new level, but they’re extremely valuable and versatile when it comes to athleisure. Try adding sunglasses, bangles, hoop earrings, baseball caps, clutches and crossbodies to your outfit to step up your look and really make it your own.
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