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 lingo as tricky as pulling off that socks and sandals trend. To keep you in the loop, 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.
Top $14, skirt $14
If you're stuck for ideas, it's easily composed of your gym gear, and your favorite 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 colorways (hello, jewel-tone velvet backpacks).
There is a selection of key items worth investing in, if you're looking to hit this trend up. Some of our favorites 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 used to color and embellish matching skirts and crop tops, to perfectly chic effect of course.
And we'd be crazy if we didn't tell you to get your hands on a luxury tracksuit, asap. These badboys are back in a big way, and cover just about every style preference and color 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.
Top $21, pants $18
The puffa jacket no longer conjures visions of soccer moms, standing on cold October fields, 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 dead on trend – metallic silver. Bliss!
Top $14, skirt $14
Think you've got it figured? 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...