5 Tips For Pulling off Athleisure
Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as at the workplace, at school, or at other casual or social occasions
If you’re trying to live that athleisure life like me, here’s how to pull it off:
Tip One: Go Monochrome With a Pop
One of the easiest ways to pull off this look is to wear one color when it comes to the first layer – aka leggings and a top. So even if you really are going to the gym first, you can wear something like black leggings and a black workout top like I have on here. But the trick is to wear something fun on your feet, like a pop of color! This will come in handy once you leave the gym and want to look cute slash comfy. I freaking love these burgundy 24 New Balance Sneakers and have been wearing them non stop with all black or grey. I scooped them up at DSW and can’t stop wearing them. DSW has tons and tons of cute sneakers, but I’m really liking the New Balance vibe right now. Especially this burgundy pair that feel a little vintage yet styled. And I just LOVE this color for fall! Cute right?
Then, once you leave the gym and have places to be, you add another layer that blends everything together. It takes the outfit from workout to athleisure with one cute added element (like a jacket) and a pop of your feet. Easy!
Tip Two: Accessories Are Your Friend
Without accessories of some sort, you might just look like you’re wearing your workout clothes. Which is fine, but if you truly want an athleisure look that’s appropriate for brunch, errands, coffee dates, whatever (and yes I’ve made it work for all of the above), you’ll want to accessorize.
A hat that can hide a sweaty head of hair, cute sunnies, a bandana around your hair instead of a workout headband, etc. Add little touches that elevate the “workout outfit” look to grabbing drinks with friends, bible study, or whatever you have planned.
Tip Three: Break Things Up
This is probably one of the most important steps. You’ve gotta break the workout gear up with regular items! I find that denim jackets or chambray can do A LOT for this style, and really quickly. Either throw one over your shoulders or even tie it around your waist. An item that you wear outside of the gym will make this ahtleisure instead of a workout jacket that wouldn’t. Get what I’m saying?
Another quick tip is to knot the front of your workout shirt to make things look styled. I do this anytime I’m wearing high-waisted leggings and a regular white t and find it’s a simple ahtleisure combo. Then just accessorize!
Tip Four: Color Coordinate
I already mentioned monochrome above, but another way to look more styled in workout-ish gear is to color coordinate. I usually like to do this with my shoes and a jacket or my shirt. It’s a small step that makes things look more pulled together. Like these gray New Balance Fresh Foam Sport sneakers (another favorite from a recent DSW binge) and a gray sweater. See how being conscious of that pulls everything together? I think it does!
Tip Five: Spend An Extra 5
If I’m having a day where I just don’t want to wear normal clothes and instead opt for athleisure, I find spending an extra 5 minutes on my appearance helps. This way I don’t look like a total slob but still comfy (aka the entire point of athleisure). I’ll leave my hair down and will throw on some foundation and mascara, but that’s about it. Especially if I’m meeting up with people or have an appt, I just feel better about myself vs. like a total scrub (but also been there). If you’re working out, just keep a little kit in your car with the essentials to take you from gym-to-presentable in 5.
OK I think those are my main tips for this style. Lemme know if that was helpful!