Contributor: Amanda Martin – Oklahoma City Lifestyle Blogger
Long gone are the days of working out in baggy sweatpants and a ratty old t-shirt. The “Athleisure” trend has taken the fitness world by storm and it is here to stay. Being able to go from your mat to brunch or from the gym to running errands without having to change in between makes life that much simpler…and who doesn’t want that?
The art of athleisure style is simple to master but easy to overthink.Gym-only outfits are no-brainers but athleisure looks require you to get a little bit creative and intentional with your clothing choices. Of course, athleisure wear is supposed to be easy, comfortable and functional (which it is) but it can also be fashionable with just a little bit of extra effort.
1. Get Good Basics
A girl can never have too many pairs of black leggings and Lululemon’s Wunderunder tights are the best of the best. They are so versatile, they match anything and everything and you can wear them everywhere you go: work, gym, coffee dates, grocery store runs, you name it. The best part? They pass the squat test! You never have to worry about them riding down or being see-through.
You can never go wrong with a basic white tank, like this pleated Love Tank from Luluemon. Pairing simple, monochrome basics together makes picking out your outfit easy, plus, it leaves room for fun patterns and pops of color elsewhere…which brings us to tip number two!
2. Don’t be afraid to accessorize
Without accessories, you’ve got yourself a good workout outfit, plain and simple. Add a few colorful or casual pieces to the mix and you’ll make an athleisure fashion statement! Baseball hats (like this Lululemon Baller Hat), beanies, scarves, a good pair of sunnies, a cute tote bag…or all of the above! Each piece will help amp up your look in an instant.
The Lululemon Vinyasa scarf is a staple piece that can take you from a sweat-sesh to a coffee date in style and the sporty chic On My Level bag makes it easy to carry your wallet, keys and water bottle to and from a workout class! Toss on a hat to cover that sweaty hair and go on about your day looking both sporty and chic.
3. Color Coordinate
Matching a few select pieces of your outfit will help make it look much more put together. Color coordinating your top to a pattern on your leggings or matching your shoes to your hat is a small step that will go a long way! The whole outfit doesn’t have to be the same color, just pick certain pieces to help pull it all together.
4. Add something casual
To really achieve an athleisure look, it’s important to break up your
workout-wear with a more casual piece like a jean jacket, a bomber jacket or a cozy pullover like this Lululemon Hooded Define Jacket. You can tie the jacket around your waist, throw it over your shoulders or wear it like normal depending on the weather. Another idea is to tie a t-shirt or tank top in a knot to make it look more fitted and styled. Adding key pieces from
everyday life will put the “leisure” in athleisure!
5. Freshen Up
The most important step of all is to toss a little “freshen up” kit in your
gym bag to take you from sweaty to presentable in no time flat. A brush, a mini dry shampoo, a travel size deodorant, a body spray, some lip color and a little mascara will go a long way. You’ll feel better about yourself, and be ready to take on the day like the boss that you are.
The next time you’re om the go, give these five tips a try to simplify your day and achieve the perfect athleisure look. No matter where you’re headed post-sweat, you can go in style.