Lines between function and fashion

Athleisure emulates a change in lifestyle, it goes hand-in-hand with increased busy schedules, health consciousness, and eased standards of dress.

fashion and style
 Min read
May 10, 2022

Blame the branded athleisure boost or the gush of the annual resolutions to hit the gym for the exponential rise in functional fashion, you can expect to see more women than before wearing workout gear. Be it on the academy run, in the line for morning coffee, over a work lunch, or even drinks, functional wear as daily wear for women across ages is becoming fashionable. It appears wearing your gym outfit all day, every day is totally acceptable now, even if you didn’t work out.

Busy and hectic lives of the present day demand practical and comfortable clothes. Sure giving up on style is not a choice, so how does fashion and function marry to create a chic but totally wearable look? The answer is athleisure.

The term is included in the dictionary and is defined as “casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use.” Blurring the lines between outfits you’d wear to the gym and those you’d wear for an outing with friends or colleagues, athleisure has solutions aplenty. You may be off to the dance studio or hitting the streets, your garment can now do it all. With no need to carry around a change of clothes or battle in heels all day long, it’s no surprise why this thriving industry keeps getting bigger.

The true charm of athleisure is that it is practical as well as absolutely fashionable. The cool and relaxed style blends sportswear and ready-to-wear to build styles that are comfy and chic. In addition to a simple trend, athleisure emulates a change in lifestyle, it goes hand-in-hand with increased busy schedules, health consciousness, and eased standards of dress. Hence, this effortlessly stylish outfit movement is here to stay, so you can consider to invest.

Until about a couple of months ago, fitness did not have trends but majorly all black; now it’s seasonal. From once highly important mesh panels, now it’s color-blocking and bigger placement patterns. The revamped clothing made using performance fabrics are not see-through when you bend forward, so you can’t see cellulite through it.

Wearing your athletic wear throughout the day is more than acceptable. Designer brand devotees are notorious for attending class decked out head to toe inleggings, tanks, sports bras, and bandanas. Wearing workout wear all day now,women often pair leggings with a longer coat and a scarf, or may be a cropped T-shirt with a denim jacket and high-heeled boots. The idea while shopping for athletic wear now, is how can you wear it from the studio to the street. It takes one smart piece to take the athleisure look from gym to street or office.

To take your activewear out of the gym class, acknowledge when it’s appropriateto wear. Athleisure is the perfect style you want to rock to a lunch or evening drinks. The thumb rule is the more formal the event, the more fashionable your ready-to-wear should be. The more casual the location or occasion, the more functional you can dress.

A pair of sunglasses, a shirt tied around the waist, a baseball cap, or astylish backpack or a structured leather jacket, the idea is that the piece hasa sleek, sporty vibe to it. Adding a touch of your personal style remains a non-negotiable however. Remember that the high-rise legging is understated yet eye-catching. Leather tank satin duster coat thrown on over leggings would surely pass muster. Complete your all day active looks by accessorising right. It will add the perfect touch of street style to your athleisure look, but never overdo. A simple pair of hoop earrings or a thin necklace is all you will need.

In a color array of nudes, heather grays, taupes, dark blues, muted patterns, and charcoals, signature pieces now include a pair of high-waisted pants and corset bra designed to seamlessly integrate into your wardrobe. Thankfully, the latest crop of activewear labels are directing sincere efforts to blur the lines between the locker room and everyday closet.

 Let’s finally land on the golden rules for working your workout gearinto your daily routine:

-Mix function with fashion, in terms of the pieces you shop and how you integrate them into your everyday wardrobe.

-Create a well-balanced look by blending fashion veterans such as jeans, or heels with athleisure pieces such as sneakers.

-Keep an eye foractive pieces that are sports-inspired and comfortable yet stylish so you only invest in the best.

-Also high-performance fabric merged with a hot trending aesthetic is a great way to go about it.


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