How to Rock the Athleisure Trend

Athleisure has gained considerable popularity in the last few years and, according to Forbes,  it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. With a few simple guidelines, you too can rock this trend in whatever lifestyle you find yourself. 

What Is Athleisure?

Athleisure is simply clothing that is suitable for both athletic and leisure activities. The trend was born out of a newfound focus on health and wellness in mainstream culture. It’s particularly appealing to moms because it provides comfort for an active life without sacrificing style. It’s the perfect solution for busy moms on the go, working moms, and even moms with one on the way that want clothing that is durable, cozy, and fashionable. Athletic shoes, stretch leggings, performance fabric tops, and lightweight joggers are some of the staple pieces. 

Busting the Myth of Athleisure

It’s tempting to think that sporting your leggings or athletic shoes to a social event automatically puts you in the lazy and unkempt category, but athleisure done well should look sleek and put together. The key is to not wear all of the trends at once. Choose one or two athleisure items, and mix them with other clothing styles. Try pairing leggings with classic ankle boots, a knit cardigan, and hoop earrings for a girls’ night out. Athletic shoes with fitted jeans and a button-down top is perfect for running errands around town. 

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!

Accessories are the key to taking the athleisure look from active wear to street wear. Add pieces to your look that you wouldn’t wear to the gym, like a colorful headband or a long layered necklace. Footwear is also one of the essential elements that can take athleisure wear from casual to chic. More and more companies are focusing on footwear that is versatile for active and busy lifestyles. You can sport athletic shoes and black leggings while chasing your kids down at the playground and easily switch out your footwear to ankle boots or a classic flat for a look worthy of date night in the city. 

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Athleisure

The most important rule for mastering the athleisure look is to not use it as an excuse to be sloppy. Make sure your pieces are crisp and clean and work for your body type. The most important thing for any style is to feel confident and beautiful in your own skin. If the leggings-as-pants trend fills you with dread, try pairing them with a knee-length swing dress for a look that’s flattering on almost any body type. Be creative and be yourself! Always mix designs, materials, and colors for a look that promotes your signature style.  

Whether you’re at home taking care of toddlers, driving the big kids to soccer practice, or just trying to get a minute to yourself at a coffee shop, athleisure can work for you. Its versatility will save you time and money, and its style will keep you feeling fresh and hip.

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