The growing popularity of athleisure wear has taught us all invaluable life lessons. For starters, we now know that designer sneakers are, in fact, the holy grail. But the après sport trend has also stirred up some controversy on its rise to the top. Are leggings really pants? We may never know. In the midst of all the hullabaloo, old school sartorial rules have been tossed out the window in favor of a more modern way of life. And by modern, we mean sweatpants in the office and jeans in the yoga studio. Confusing, right? Read on for some inspired ways to style your cute workout clothes, so you can go from barre to brunch without a hitch.
What would summer be without a round of tennis? After you’re done volleying, throw on a leather jacket, a pair of classic black sunglasses and a leopard clutch for a 90s-style outfit that’ll win every time.
Clockwise: Topshop Ribbed Crop Cami, $10 at Topshop; River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket, $200 at River Island; Sarah Chloe Rocha Ring, $89 at Charm & Chain; Miu Miu Round Acetate Sunglasses, $390 at Neiman Marcus; Clare V. Foldover Clutch, $275 at Steven Alan; Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum, $50 at Nordstrom; Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer in Pòurpre Défilé, $22 at Sephora; Adidas Originals Gazelle Shoes, $60 at Zappos; Lemon Tree Black High Waist Pleated Mini Skirt, $13.90 at Choies
Biking, Hiking or CrossFit
You don’t have to rely on polyester running shorts when you’re biking, hiking or getting prepped for your next CrossFit class. Try out a pair of Joe’s Jeans jogger shorts instead; they’re just as comfortable, but they’re made to look like denim cutoffs. That way, when you’re out and about you won’t have to take the time to change outfits. Just elevate your accessories slightly pre- or post-workout to bring the look together. A minimalist leather backpack and a colorful bracelet will do the trick.
Clockwise: Marni Rope Wrap Bracelet, $200 at Net-a-Porter; Topshop Leather Backpack, $105 at Topshop; Adidas By Stella McCartney Run Performance Tank, $63 at Stella McCartney; Joe’s Jeans Off Duty Groove Jogger Short, $128 at Joe’s Jeans; Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush Stain, $36 at Beauty.com; Nike Air Max Thea Joli Sneakers, $178 at mytheresa.com; Calvin Klein Underwear Sports Bra, $42 at Net-A-Porter
If you’re heading to yoga, consider swapping your basic leggings for James Jeans Twiggy Dancer leggings. They’re the closest thing to jeans, but they were designed specifically for yoga. After your workout, layer up on metallic accessories, a straw hat and a lightweight blazer.
Clockwise: T By Alexander Wang Striped Tank, $108 at Stylebop; James Jeans Twiggy Dancer Yoga Leggings, $167 at James Jeans; Armani Collezioni Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat, $244.39 at Selfridges; Valentino Aviator Sunglasses with Rockstud Temples, $346 at Neiman Marcus; Rag & Bone Blazer, $446.25 at Farfetch; Ancient Greek Sandals, $200 at thecorner.com; skinnyskinny Grapefruit and Cardamom Organic Dry Shampoo, $32 at skinnyskinny; Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint, $35 at Tata Harper