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What is Athleisure?

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Lower half of woman in blue athleisure leggings indoor

Athleisure is one of those new words you’ll likely find in the dictionary soon. We can break it down to simply mean athletic clothing that can be worn for working out as well as any leisurely occasion. It is an outfit that is versatile yet stylish. It can take you from a jog around the park to a lunch out with friends. The athleisure trend is for people who want to be active like a pro cyclist, but don’t want to wear the pro cyclist professional get-up.

Leggings, or yoga pants, are the most popular example of the athleisure trend today that you will see everywhere if you look around. The idea stems from the old style stretch stirrup pants that were popular in the 80s. However, stretch stirrup pants were made of a material that showed every lump and bump the body had to offer and featured an awkward “stirrup” of material that hooked under your feet. Leggings, on the other hand, are often made of a mix of cotton, polyester, and/or spandex that hugs your body tightly and smoothes out the bumps for a slimming look. Lots of people are ditching even the go-to blue jeans for the all day comfort and look of leggings.

Bottom half of two women stretching in blue athleisure leggings

Tank tops are another widely popular and versatile piece of athleisure trend wear every woman should have in her wardrobe. Athleisure wear tank tops can be tightly fitted or loose and baggy, but they are always a great, light and airy choice for a workout or summer activity. You can easily wear a tank top when you need that breathability and then dress it up with a cute cover up for your leisure activities. For example, you could throw on a track jacket, light denim jacket, a button up flannel shirt, or a nice cardigan. Mama was right when she said dress in layers! Though we can do it with a lot more style these days.

Onesies are the perfect one-piece outfit for workouts that require a lot of movements like dancing or jazzercise. During your activity, they hold you in place with ultra compression materials much like shapewear does. You may be surprised how easy it can be to add to your onesie to make it a fashionable outfit. Throw on shorts or a skirt and add some boots and you are in business!

So what is athleisure?

The athleisure trend is attire that screams cool, laid-back style in your everyday activities.

Go ahead, pair leggings with heels and a blouse for a dinner out after your workout. Or add a graphic tee and canvas sneakers to go straight from the gym to the mall. Wear that tank top with bangles and jewelry. Add a short skirt and a long jacket and you are ready for a night out. There are so many styles and colors available that you can create tons of personal, unique looks for any occasion.

Check out the selection at Grit & Zest to get started with your athleisure wardrobe! You can view current athleisure trends, best sellers, and take a peek at the newest arrivals in workout clothing.

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