Athleisure: The Key Pieces You Need to Own
This season, comfort takes on all new style with women's activewear. These styles go from the gym to everyday activities with equal ease, letting you maintain a casual vibe and still look polished. We've found five essential pieces to make the most of the athleisure trend. Wear one or mix them up for a head-to-toe look. Either way, you're sure to find renewed ease with gym-inspire attitude.
Athleisure Essential 1: Jogger Pants
These aren't your ordinary sweatpants. Joggers makeover the classic sweatpants look by taking the ease of a soft knit design and giving it an updated silhouette. Instead of a baggy, shapeless look, joggers take on a streamlined shape. The stretch waist typically has a lower rise, and extends to a slim leg that tapers slightly to the ankle. Wide banded cuffs allow for slight billow without bulk.
How to wear them: Balance the relaxed look with a cropped top. Aside from workouts, you can easily dress your jogger pants up for work with almond toe ballet flats or wedge booties.
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Athleisure Essential 2: Printed Leggings
While solid black leggings are always in style, this season printed leggings are having a major moment. There's a pattern to match every mood. Geometrics and neon colors fashion a sporty look that's not just for jogging, or try a floral pattern for something more feminine.
How to wear them: Opt for a high waist. In addition to providing coverage, the high waist offers a more modern look with versatile style options outside the gym.
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Athleisure Essential 3: The Layering Tee
Forget heavy knits and fitted shapes. With athleisure, the t-shirt is all about a relaxed cut and breezy slub knit. We love the tops with dramatic open backs or tulip hems – the detailing adds interest and flowing drape that flatters every figure.
How to wear it: Pair your lightweight tee with a sports bra, lacy bralette or fitted tank. The idea is to let your layers show through, so look for styles with color, cage backs or other embellishment.
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Athleisure Essential 4: The Track Jacket
Pull together your casual ensemble with this sporty classic. A track jacket is characterized by its banded cuffs and hem, which keep the look fitted. But that's where tradition ends, because the modern track jacket is all about the detail. For a more functional look, choose a fleece jacket with zipper pockets and contoured seams. If you're looking to make a chic style statement, don a jacket with a bold pattern and contrast trim.
How to wear it: Watch your hemline. It should hit right at your hips to ensure a fit that is just as comfortable as it is appropriate for any setting.
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Athleisure Essential 5: The Sneakers
Your feet will thank you, we promise. Modern sneakers and trainers work in and out of the gym with functional comfort features like padded collars, responsive foam midsoles and contoured footbeds. Turn to the outsole to determine your look. Treaded soles maintain your sporty vibe, while flat vulcanized soles can create a more refined style.
How to wear them: Show your kicks off. Pair your favorite sneakers with cropped ankle pants.
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