What if I told you that you can wear comfortable and cooling, stylish and functional clothing across many different settings without having to change? Well, look no further than Athleisure – a fast-growing fashion trend/style that is taking the world by storm.
According to the Global Activewear Market Analysis & Industry report, the activewear market is growing at an explosive 6.8 percent each year and is set to hit USD 546 billion by 2024. Furthermore, stylish A-list celebrities like Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, and many others are also rocking this look.
So what in the world is ‘athleisure’? Well, I’m glad you asked. Athleisure is a popular clothing style that turns athletic wear into everyday wear. This blurs the line between what you wear to a workout and going out, as one outfit can do it all.
The word is a combination of the words ‘athletic’ and ‘leisure’, and it gives you a perfectly stylish excuse to be lazy and comfy. You might be even doing this now without knowing it!
Rocking the athleisure trend means you get to look effortlessly sporty and stylish while feeling comfortable and cool at the same time – which is a godsend in Singapore’s heat. Plus, you don’t have to lug around a change of clothes and shoes around with you throughout the day.
Here here’s how to do it right!
Blend Fashion and Functionality
Although it may be tempting to just throw out your wardrobe and replace it with activewear, don’t go full Marie Kondo at it just yet.
To nail the athleisure, you will need to blend fashion with functionality, and integrate athleisure pieces into your clothes. By mixing your regular wardrobe pieces such as hoodies, jeans, jackets with activewear such as jogger pants, sneakers or sports bras, you can create a more harmonious look without coming across like you’re trying too hard.
Be sure to invest a bit more into clothes with high-quality fabrics as you need to be feeling comfortable on top of looking stylish and chic.
An example of this will be the Women’s Jogger Pants and Men’s Jogger Pants that are made from quality soft cellulosic fibers. The material is highly breathable, quick dry, comfortable and durable as well. They also come in black which is a versatile color that is easy to match and complements the athleisure look to a T.
Fit is Still King
When it comes to clothes and clothing styles, fit is king and it’s no exception for dressing the athleisure style. Gym clothes are not necessarily always worn oversized. Pick up clothing that is proportionately tailored to your body. This means clothing that is not too long, loose or tight. It’s best that you go to a tailor to alter your clothes if you find that the clothes do not fit you, as well-fitting clothes trump ill-fitting pieces almost all of the time and you’ll want to invest in dressing well – and smart.
The exception to this, of course, are clothes that are designed and meant to be worn baggy, such as hoodies, oversized T-shirts and more.
Watch the Situation
This tip is important. Although athleisure is perfect for most daily activities, it won’t be for all of them. Sometimes it may just be too casual or just inappropriate. For example, you should not be wearing athleisure to a job interview or a wedding – unless that’s the dress code or theme. On the other hand, wearing an athleisure outfit is great for grabbing a meal or drinks with friends as you never feel overly-dressed.
A good rule of thumb would be to classify the event. Formal occasions would naturally call for more event-appropriate pieces in your outfit, and similarly, the more casual the event, the more activewear you can include in your ensemble.
Ditch the Non-Sporty Jewelry
Put the finishing touches to the athleisure look by complementing it with the right accessories. Look for ones that have a sleek, sporty vibe – they need not be over-the-top. Key pieces such as an easy baseball cap, stylish backpack, and sports watches are ideal.
Create a Style Moodboard
This trend is relatively new, but fashion brands have already approached athleisure in so many ways and you can definitely find one that speaks to your personality. People around the world have also taken strongly to this style of dressing, as it allows us to incorporate garments that we already own and love, without shopping for an entirely new wardrobe.
New to athleisure dressing? We’re setting you off to a great beginning. Start a style moodboard for yourself! It’s not difficult with the large community sharing their #ootds on Instagram these days. Simply head on to Instagram and search under #athleisure and you’ll find yourself down a rabbit hole of inspiration in no time. Moodboards are also great for days you feel less inspired to dress in the morning.
Alternatively, you can also head over to Pinterest and search for athleisure looks for inspiration.
In general, activewear is made out of performance fabrics that need a bit more care. Here are some tips to extend the longevity of your activewear.
- Gentle wash in cold water.
- Turn your activewear inside out.
- Do not use softeners or bleach.
- Do not tumble dry or iron.
- Use a laundry bag.
And there you have it – all you need to know about how to rock the athleisure trend right. You’ll be glad to know that you can get all the quality apparel mentioned here at a friendly discount.
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