The Rise of Athleisure Clothing and How to Incorporate it in Your Style - Guest Post By Claire Hastings
Let’s focus a bit on one of the most dominant fashion trends of today – athleisure. Even though this trend took the world by storm, many people don’t actually know what it is all about. By definition, athleisure is a fashion trend in which clothing whose main purpose to be worn in athletic activities is worn in other situations, such as going out, workplace or even school. However, why is it like that? Why is this trend one of the biggest of the previous, and more importantly, this year? Is it because of the fact that many celebrities, such as Rihanna, Kate Hudson or Chriss Teigen made them popular, or because it’s actually good? And after all, how to incorporate this trend into your own clothing? Take a look-
A casual and athletic wear hybrid
One of the most important reasons why athleisure is appropriate for many situations, and thus became quite popular, is because it fits perfectly with many other trends that are omnipresent at the moment on the fashion scene. Athleisure is a trend that is frequently described as a hybrid of casual and athletic wear, which resulted in creating a whole new fashion trend that we very much like. Because of this, the whole business dress code certainly changed, and now it’s totally appropriate to wear clothes that are made of materials such as spandex or lycra in the workplace. Even though it’s still not OK to wear all sports clothes at work, there are certain details that you can definitely rock – such as good sneakers, or a mixture of sweatpants and regular pants that is quite popular at the moment. The next time you have to wear formal clothing to an event but right after that you will hit the local café where formal clothes are a bit too much, you can wear athleisure clothes and still look a million dollars.
Fitness, style, lifestyle
If you think about the word athleisure, you will realize that it’s a combination of the words athletic and leisure, so it’s quite obvious that these clothes are meant both for working out and daily life. This is why there are many brands that encourage wearing sports clothes outside for activities other than exercising. For example, you can wear trendy sports uniforms that are custom made to your group training, and if you’re in a rush, you don’t even have to change – wearing those to a shopping mall, lunch or brunch is extremely fashionable. This is probably due to the fast pace of life that is ongoing nowadays, and our attitude towards wearing athletic instead of formal or casual clothing definitely changed. Moreover, having good athletic shoes is a must, and combining these with semi-formal style is considered the height of effortless style that everyone loves.
Embrace its versatility
If you’re a girl and go to yoga sessions, you probably wear leggings almost every day. And even though this was always very popular and comfortable to wear, nowadays it’s quite trendy. Not only because this way of clothing is super comfortable, but it’s also so widespread that you can find amazing pieces for quite affordable prices. Not to mention that it’s quite versatile. One of the biggest trends that 2018 witnessed, and it’s only going to be even bigger in the couple of years to come, is the suit-sneakers combination that was also very dominant on this year’s Australian Mercedez Benz Fashion Week. As you can see, wearing sneakers with a multi-layered fashion combination is the right thing to wear clothes now.
If you haven’t tried wearing athleisure yet, just know that there are certain rules that you have to follow. First of all, it would be best to start with the streets first, as you want to become very comfortable with the style. So if you had any plans to wear a suit-sneaker combination for your next wedding – drop that one for now. Make sure to feel the trend on your skin over a brunch or cup of coffee first. Moreover, don’t mistake athleisure with being messy – this trend is the exact opposite. A polished look is always advisable, so wearing your college t-shirt because “it’s sporty and seems effortless” is out of the question.
Times have changed, and fashion trends definitely with them. Even though we might raise an eyebrow or two at new fashion combinations, including certain instances of athleisure, sooner than not we’ll be indulging in everything this trend has to offer. After all, why not look comfy and trendy at the same time?
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