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The Do’s and Don’ts of Athleisure

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Are you familiar with Athleisure Outfits? Would you love to find a trend that’s both stylish and comfortable? With athleisure, you don’t have to isolate your workout clothes to the gym. While there are some occasions where you need to pass on your favorite athletic leggings, there are plenty of things you can do with this style!

What is Athleisure Wear?

Athleisure Wear is a fashion trend where people wear their workout or athletic clothing outside the gym, such as date night, work, school, or while running errands around town. It is a growing market that is replacing typical work clothes in the office and decreasing the sales of jeans. Now that athletic clothing is so versatile, sales have increased from $35 billion in 2014 to $270 billion dollars in 2016, with an expected increase of 30 percent by 2020.

Athleisure Outfits

Now that we know what it is and how quickly it’s growing, let’s look at some fun trends coming from Athleisure Outfits!

Casual Outfits with Leggings

The combination of athletic wear and casual wear is sometimes a difficult balance. If you’re looking for a cool and casual outfit with leggings, pair some colorful leggings with a solid-colored tunic. When the weather gets cooler, try an oversized turtleneck with black leggings for a casual look that still feels warm and cozy. Leggings also look great when you pair them with layered tops, such as a t-shirt under a cardigan or unbuttoned flannel shirt.

What Not to Do with Leggings

Athleisure outfits are a comfy style for many occasions, but there’s a few things you want to avoid. When you put on your leggings, check the mirror to see if your undergarments are creating any embarrassing lines under the leggings. Don’t get too fancy with the tops, especially if your leggings are flashy or detailed. Keep the look casual and fun. Stay away from heels and flip-flops, as well. Leggings look best with flat bottoms, such as sneakers, loafers or flat boots. Dresses or skirts over leggings may have been a trend in the ’80s, but it’s not in fashion anymore. If it’s the coverage you need, try an oversized sweatshirt or a jacket that ties at the waist.

The Dos of Athleisure Outfits!

If you want to ensure that you’re looking stylish, make sure your sneakers are looking crisp and new. Ratty sneakers diminish the overall polished look. Another fun way to make an Athleisure Outfit is to break up a tracksuit with a pair of skinny jeans and a flannel tied at the waist. You can also pair a tank top with a cardigan or leather jacket to dress it up.

fashion faux pas

Avoid a Fashion Faux Pas

A major fashion faux pas is to go with a full tracksuit. The full tracksuit is outdated and not very attractive. Certain outfits are only appropriate in certain situations as well. Leggings and a leather biker jacket pair well for a great athleisure outfit you can wear for a casual day, brunch with your friends or a day of travel, but it wouldn’t be a good choice for attending a banquet or Broadway show.

Concluding Remarks

As you can see, it can be difficult to stay on trend, and knowing what piece compliments another is important. If you’re going for the athleisure look, stay away from full tracksuits and dig through your closet for sweaters, shoes and other items you can use to dress up your athleisure pieces. Don’t be afraid to experiment. This will keep you looking in style and feeling comfortable!

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