If you’ve ever heard the term “athleisure” thrown around in conversation, there’s probably a good reason for it. After all, it is a $44 billion industry that has easily become a top fashion trend within the past decade. Thanks to savvy designers who realized that being athletic can also be fashionable, athleisure has changed how people dress on a daily basis. Now, we can easily dress for the gym and also look good enough to go to brunch afterward. While athleisure wear has certainly become more stylish over the last decade, here’s how to make it even more stylish in 2020.
Just how athletic you have to be in order to wear athleisure is completely irrelevant. It’s all about the lifestyle, and that involves leading a healthy, well-balanced, and somewhat active life. Even simply going for a long walk can justify the need for stylish athleisure wear. A T-shirt dress is great for throwing on before heading out for a walk or slipping over a swimsuit as a cover-up. Just make sure it is made of a material that keeps you cool and comfy should you work up a sweat.
Leggings come in so many cool styles these days. There’s no style or color that you can’t find–and some even have pockets! But buying any old pair of leggings won’t cut it if you’re trying to look stylish while also being active. You need to make sure you get a pair that fits right and doesn’t roll over at the waist. You also want a pair that you can’t see through. And, of course, you’ll want leggings that make you feel good when you wear them. Try on a few pairs to see what type of style works best for your body type. You may prefer a high-waisted pair of leggings, or you may prefer a low-rise pair. You may prefer funky patterns, basic black, or both. Embrace your style and don’t be afraid to let your leggings show your fun side. Just make sure they’re thick enough to wear out in public confidently.
If leggings are a big part of your wardrobe, it’s nice to have something on hand that you can cover up with or use to effortlessly transform your wardrobe. Tying a flannel shirt around your waist can take a tank top and leggings to a whole new level. Plus, you can throw it on and button it up properly if you get chilly. Pack one in your bag when heading to the gym, or wrap it around your waist when jogging to Sunday brunch. You’ll look stylish and be able to move freely as well.
A T-shirt can make or break an outfit. If you’ve been wearing the same handful of T-shirts for years, you may not even notice how misshapen they’ve become since you first bought them. Find a great short-sleeved women's shirt that you can use to work out in or simply lounge around in. If it’s made of good material (like Supima®, which only uses the best American cotton), it will not only feel good on you, but it will also resist fading and losing shape.
A great outfit won’t look good if the shoes you wear with it are dirty and raggedy. But the solution isn’t simply buying new shoes; it’s about buying new shoes that are both functional and fashionable. Sneakers and athletic shoes are more stylish today than they ever were, so take advantage of that when updating your wardrobe. You may want a pair of sneakers that’s flashy (like in a rose gold color) or a pair of kicks that are simple in white or black. Above all, make sure they fit well. They should make you want to get out and get active, not make you fear blisters or achy feet.
What athleisure means to you may be different than what it means to someone else. For example, it might mean skorts and a tank top to one person, while it could mean leggings and a sweatshirt to another. Either is totally fine! The goal of athleisure attire is to make it easier to dress for your active lifestyle. Whether that means dressing for the gym or work, there are so many more options available now than ever. Don’t be afraid to check them out and see what helps you look and feel your best in 2020.