If you wear your gym clothes on the school run, or in the line for coffee or out to lunch with the girls, you’re probably an athleisure fan …
Thanks to celebrities, fashion designers and runway models looking great in your favourite sporting brands isn’t only meant for the gym or hitting the trails, it’s now completely acceptable to wear your gym kit almost anywhere! You don’t even need to be exercising to wear it.
Just look at Beyoncé’s Ivy Park line, Rihanna for Puma and the sought-after Adidas Yeezy by Kanye West. These celebrities and many more have helped fuel the athleisure boom and made it look very cool to wear your favourite sports brands all day long.
Carey Mol, MD of Commander HQ, an online sporting apparel and gear store says: “People are changing the way they live and are focusing a lot more on health and well-being. What they wear isn’t as controlled by social norms as it was a decade ago, which means it’s far more acceptable to wear your workout clothes outside of the gym.
“This being said, there are a few important rules to remember when attempting to work your gym wear into your daily routine.”
Carey recommends these top tips for getting the athleisure look right:
1. Keep up with seasonal trends
Active wear never used to have trends. Black is still the safe bet, and can be matched with just about anything. But more and more colour and bold patterns are being introduced which look amazing when worn with black.
2. Invest in pieces that mix function and fashion
The clothing needs to be made using performance fabrics so it’s not see-through, you can’t see cellulite and it won’t give you a muffin top. It must be quick drying, odour resistant and moisture wicking. Skins DNAmic Women’s Tights have an engineered waistband for a comfortable, precise fit and its exceptional moisture management keeps you dry and comfortable.
3. Accessorize appropriately
I’ve read that according to Los Angeles (USA) based stylist Rob Zangardi, who works with Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani, you only need one piece to take your athleisure look from gym to street. It can be a pair of mirrored sunglasses or a leather jacket or even a shirt tied around your waist. This gives you a sleek sporty look.
There is nothing like a great pair of heels to finish off a look. Dress up black leggings with a bright coloured heel, preferably a peep-toe or wedge, throw over a sequenced tank top and off you go.
5. When in doubt, stick to neutrals
If you’re over 60 it might be a bit risky to wear something too colourful or vibrant. But hey, if you love colour and you don’t mind making a bold fashion statement go for it. Blacks, white and greys are a great place to start and you’ll know you will blend in.
So whether you are working out or just shopping at the mall, workout wear is all about being comfortable and confident in what you are wearing. You can also make a statement with the colours and patterns you choose. This is your chance to be yourself and just get on with your day.
To check out Commander HQ please go to www.commanderstore.com