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Rachel Spedding

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October

03/2016

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Primark Womenswear Athleisure

The Anatomy of Athleisure

Fashion terminology is often as transient as the seasons and trends we follow, which can make keeping up with the latest phrases and vocab as tricky as puling off that socks and sandals trend. To keep you in the know, we’re defining the latest portmanteau on the lips of fashion folk everywhere: Athleisure.


A hybrid of athletic and leisure, this trend is about blending gym-ready activewear with casualwear classics, for an outfit that strikes the perfect balance between downtime and workout.

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Top €12, skirt €12

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Jacket €25

If you’re stuck for ideas, it’s easily composed of your gym kit, and your favourite loungewear pieces – think glammed-up tracksuits, layered with technical sports crop tops. There’s a plush side too, as mainline apparel trends permeate and crossover, hailing metallic trims, luxury finishes, and a focus on fashion over function.


Accessories are also infused with an up-specced edge, as sports-relevant accoutrements are recast in rich fabrications and opulent colourways (hello, jewel-tone velvet backpacks).

Primark Womenswear Athleisure

Hoodie €8, jacket €30

There is a selection of key items worth investing in, if you’re looking to hit this trend up. Some of our favourites include knitted cords, which lure the look into more ‘traditional apparel’ territory – we can’t get enough of these! Expect to find racing stripes, contrast trims, and zips use to colour and embellish matching skirts and crop tops, to perfectly chic effect of course.

Primark Womenswear Athleisure

Jacket €14, trousers €12

And we’d be crazy if we didn’t tell you to get your mitts on a luxe tracksuit, asap. These badboys are back in a big way, and cover just about every style preference and colour palette possible. From soft blush with metallic threads, to primary blue, and head-to-toe black, these track ‘n’ field classics all boast one thing in common: a slightly old-school vibe.

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Top €18, trousers €16 

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Backpack €12

Hoodies are a natural fit for this trend, except ours have grown in length, presenting the long-line silhouette as a key player when it comes to achieving this look. They’re also decidedly ‘grown up’, as firmer fabrics present sturdier shapes for a less slouched appeal. Kudos to those layering hoodies under puffa jackets – the final key piece we just HAVE to call out…

Primark Womenswear Athleisure

Hat €5, jacket €15, crop top €9, leggings €11

The puffa jacket no longer conjures visions of rugby mums, standing on cold October pitches, cheering their kids on – it’s MUCH cooler now. This utilitarian piece will keep you super snug and chic, simultaneously, just keep it layered and laid back to nail the look. Head to stores to find ours in futuristic – and bang on trend – metallic silver. Swoon!

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Top €12, skirt €12

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Backpack €14

Thing you’ve got it sussed? We can’t wait to see all our Primanians getting their athleisure on! Be sure to keep us up to date with your freshest looks, over on Primania. In the meantime, stay on top of the ever-changing fashion landscape, with our style hacks and shopping tips…

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Rachel Spedding

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03/2016

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