From athletes and models to fashion editors and the girl on-the-go, it seems as though everyone these days is rocking the athleisure look—and who can blame them? Thanks to this sportswear-meets-streetwear trend, you can officially wear your comfiest gym clothes anywhere, whether you plan on working out or not (we’ll leave that one up to you).
While many thought athleisure was simply a passing fad, the so-called “trend” doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, providing all the reason you need to add another pair of yoga pants to your ever-growing collection. For the perfect balance of sporty and chic, follow these quick styling tips to transform these workout wardrobe staples into the ultimate cool-girl athleisure look.
1. Bodysuit + Denim Cut-Offs
It’s official: the bodysuit is back. Equal parts flirty and aerobics-inspired, this throwback style is one of the most versatile athleisure pieces. Even better, it comes in a wide range of colors and designs, from strappy V-neck numbers to patterned styles with sheer long sleeves and sexy mesh designs. V Magazine notes that the bodysuit functions as the ultimate summer uniform and can easily be paired with your favorite kicks and baseball hat. Rock yours with denim cut-offs or distressed boyfriend jeans for a breezy finish.
2. Track Pants
If you love the athleisure trend but aren’t quite so thrilled about wearing curve-hugging yoga pants outside of the gym (or even your house), try the soft, comfortable, and less constricting workout bottom alternative: the track pant. According to Mode, the secret to getting away with wearing activewear everywhere is to skip the head-to-toe spandex. Instead, go for a mix of different textiles—the same way you would in a typical outfit—for a put-together look that would seem just at home in boxing class as it would at brunch. The material of track pants offers an ideal textural contrast when paired with a simple cotton tee or cropped leather jacket, ensuring a sporty ensemble that’s both interesting and chic.
3. Leggings + Bomber Jacket
The basic athleisure outfit usually involves a sports bra, fitness leggings, and sneakers. From there, the sky is the limit when it comes to styling your look. You can add pops of color, bold prints, and eye-catching design details to create a one-of-a-kind finish. But to take the typical athleisure ensemble to the next level, try topping your ensemble with a trendy bomber jacket. Lyst suggests opting for a style that’s sleek and sophisticated with a sports-luxe vibe—think rich silk or satin with a contrast collar. Not only will the bomber’s silhouette pair nicely with the sleek cut of a sports bra and leggings, it will also offer a bit of extra coverage when you’re dipping in and out of air-conditioned stores while running errands.
4. Sports Bra / Crop Top
Since the summer season is all about rocking your favorite crop tops, swapping in a sports bra is a no-brainer. Not to mention, it’s one of the best ways to nail the cool-girl athleisure look. The key to getting this particular sporty staple just right is a mix of proportions. As Teen Vogue writes, by pairing a shorter top with slightly high rise bottoms, you’ll be able to easily balance your look and highlight the smallest part of your waist. However, if you aren’t comfortable exposing that much stomach, opt for a cropped cami or tank in lieu of the sports bra. You’ll still get the same sporty, flattering effect but will only show a few inches of skin.
Now you’re ready to pull off a cute sporty look without sacrificing style. Let me know which of these clothing pieces you guys would rock! I’d love to know. 🙂
P.S. I’m totally obsessed with that bomber jacket. ?