When a new trend hits the runway, (which is basically all year ‘round) fashion enthusiasts like us rush to the malls to be one of the first few to bag the fresh pieces. We love the timely wardrobe update, and we can’t deny that! Flaunting these on social media, or giving ourselves several once-overs in front of the mirror is a regular habit now. What happens to the heaps of clothes we already own? They’re pushed back further into the darkest pits of our closets, never to be seen again.
Our workout clothes share a similar fate, especially when we buy the coolest ones to kickstart our fitness routines. But once the routine falls apart, the cutest sports bras and the leanest tracksuits become much like the friends we lose touch with. When the designers of the world took notice, they gave us a genre that married comfort with fitness & style and also became a hit on the streets. Wanna know what it was? Read on!
The word ‘athleisure’ is quite literally a hybrid of the words ‘athletic’ & ‘leisure’. Maybe, at one point in time, wearing your sports bra outside the gym was considered a fashion faux pas, but athleisure is the genre responsible for cutting out that BS! It is all about clothing that can be worn when you’re perfecting your squats, and also when you’re out & about! Even though the concept came into existence as early as the 70s, its full-fledged revival took place rather recently.
But it wouldn’t be right to call athleisure just a genre anymore, since it is a booming industry and the demand for its products has touched the skies. Fashion isn’t just about wearability in the current day & age. It also isn’t just about making a statement everywhere you go. Fashion now is more about functionality. And what better way to up the utility of a garment than to make sure it ticks off more than just one thing on your daily routine?
Athleisure adds the ‘all-rounder’ badge to your clothing, and that’s why it has managed to not just sustain itself but also become a must-have for the quintessential city girl’s closet.
Let’s take you through all the reasons for its popularity, and why athleisure demands a special spot in your closet.
Everyone right from influencers to celebrities have surrendered to this chart-topping trend, so of course, the rest of us had to follow suit. Athleisure garments have taken over all our feeds, and we can’t say we don’t love it.
A little style inspiration never hurt anybody, especially when it’s about what’s ‘in’ right now. Below are some of the most trending pieces in athleisure, and tips to put them together.
We’re all too familiar with the trousers that offer the same comfort as our beloved PJs - but not just when we’re required to stay curled up in bed. Whether it’s a grocery run or a simple errand, track pants are THE dress code for it all. But their appeal is now beyond menial tasks, as they can be worn for that day-out with your squad, or an intimate social event.
Leggings have earned quite the reputation over the years, one that makes you believe that they’re a major ‘no-no’ for the outdoors. But with athleisure, this myth has been busted. Ladies, flaunt those skin-tight, shaped-right pants and get ready to take over the day. Allow us to tell you how!
From the running tracks to the streetside, joggers can do it all, and they can do it well! Extremely popular in the athleisure scene, joggers have seen tons of experimentation. They easily sync with whatever you choose to don, whether it’s a t-shirt or a blouse. With a stylish makeover, joggers for women are here to stay!
Now we know that we said athleisure clothing was seasonless, but when it comes to sweaters, you’re better off saving them for the colder days. This might be the only exception to the gym + street-style rule when it comes to the genre, and we’re still here for it despite it all. Anyway, nobody likes sweating all over a beautifully knitted garment right?
Ah, we have finally arrived at our all-time favorite clothing item - the HOODIE! Whether it belongs to you or your boyfriend (although we always prefer the latter), hoodies are no less than a hug. They’re the real-life version of the incognito mode on our browsers, because they let us hide away in their embrace for as long as we prefer. But if you’re planning to use your hoodies to stand out rather than blending it, all you really need to do is style them up real nice.
Make all your layering dreams come true, but without the fuss. Womens jackets of all kinds are big in athleisure, and you can just slip out of them before hitting the weights. But if you’re scheduled to make an appearance before burning those calories, then jackets will be your best friend. You don’t even need to add jewellery if you don’t wanna - your jacket will be enough to up the fashion quotient for you.
Women dresses are a popular pick! But they seem like the most unlikely choice of clothing for the gym, no? Well, thanks to athleisure, you can totally wear them to the gym too, and your chosen dress code won’t make your trainer bat an eye either!
Did you know that these are having a moment right now? We didn’t either! But as we dug deeper into athleisure, we saw that biker shorts were EVERYWHERE. The last time we wore them with confidence was probably back in the school days, but now? All the cool kids are doing them! Celebrities, supermodels, influencers, or the fashion people - nobody is immune to the shorts that were once deemed fit only as a preventive measure in case our skirts somehow managed to ride up.
Now that you know the it-pieces in athleisure, all that’s left for you to do is give the genre a go. Don’t forget to bookmark this article for later - you’ll need it to be on the top of your game!