ATHLEISURE. Ambiguous at best, in short, this term donates the landing place of where style, function and comfort meet.
It’s the pairing of your athletic wear with your general everyday wardrobe pieces. Not only is this “off duty” style at its best; it is a way of dressing that has adopted a place of permanency in our wardrobes.
What this is not is your lazy Sunday afternoon ‘go to’ where only your old hoodie and sweat pants will do, but rather a pairing worthy of your instagram highlight reel.
The lines are easily blurred though so follow our top tips on nailing athleisure style - you’re most comfortable and street style worthy look yet!
1. Just add sneakers (and we don't mean your running shoes)
We have been wearing ‘sneakers’ with everything for several seasons now and if you have adopted this for yourself, then technically you are already in the realm of athleisure. If not, it’s the perfect place to start. Keep it fresh with a pair of crisp white kicks and make sure you keep your laces squeaky clean too.
2. Choose your elements
Athleisure is about combing your athletic pieces with your everyday general wardrobe, so pick a hero and work around it. Why not take your high performance tight, pair it back with a cropped knit and complete the look with a leather bomber and a fresh pair of sneakers. If pushing the boundaries is your style mantra, take a street style inspired jogger with a zipped cuff and pair it with a stiletto…. #fashionpack approved and style on point!
3. Learn how to balance
Balance is a key to pulling any look together, so if you are choosing a bulky puffy jacket or heavy knit, choose a slim line pant or trouser or skirt and vice versa; a heavier pant or jogger on the bottom will work best with form fitting styles up top.
4. The devil is in the detail
Consider adding athletically inspired accessories; cross body bags, belt bags, (aka ‘bum-bags”) and backpacks and don’t be afraid to add a bold earring or statement necklace to take it up a notch. Remember your personal style is found in the finer detail so look for elements in your athleisure to make it your own.
5. Consider the classics
Blazers are a staple in any functional wardrobe and they are a great way to elevate your athleisure look; Style it back with your favourite denim, a slim line jogger or performance tight, with a crop top underneath #winning
For the boys, take your classic bomber or denim jacket and pair it back with your favourite gym inspired pieces for the ultimate cool guy style.
Team your outfit with a simple braid or to hit the top the Athleisure stakes go for a french braided pigtails or reverse braid with oh-so-cute buns! Our friends at Wow! Excellence in Hair can help finish your style with these creations.
Hairstyles by Wow! Excellence in Hair
To find inspiration for all the latest Athleisure wear trends visit the Digital Runway on Level 1 of the Retail Galleria featuring great brands like Bardot, Bonds, Bright Eyes, Cotton On, Country Road, Dissh, Florence & Marabel, Lorna Jane, Midas, Mimco, Myer, Rebel, Rockwear, Seed, Surf Dive n' Ski, Target, Universal Store and Wittner