Saturday, April 16, 2016

How to wear: Athleisure

Because my weekday wardrobe consists mostly of structured, tailored pieces, I absolutely relish in wearing the softest, drapey-est, comfiest outfits on the weekends. This means cotton tees, breezy dresses, loose stretchy pants. But gym clothes? That's where I draw the line. 

Or so I thought.  

While I have always been opposed to rocking gym clothes to anywhere but the gym, the onset of the athleisure trend has inspired me to find a way to incorporate it into my everyday closet. And after some experimenting, I must say I'm starting to understand its appeal.  Not having to pack an additional set of clothes and lug around an extra pair of shoes (hello bag lady)? Now that's a win in my book. 

So today I thought I'd share my take on the athleisure trend, which is just a fancy way to describe hiding your gym outfit under a chic jacket rather than a hoodie. I've learned that the best way to approach this is to pick a sports bra and leggings in a neutral palate (black/grey/white) and top it off with a denim, bomber or army jacket. Extra points if you pull your hair up in a top knot or rock it down with a baseball cap. But the most crucial part to looking on trend? Show a little midriff, the athleisure trend is nothing without the crop top. 

Top: ASOS (similar here)
Cardigan: Elie Tahari (on sale now! They also have a beautiful dress version here)
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Nike
Cap: Club Monaco
Sunglasses: Dior

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