Ath-Leisure: How To Rock The Sporty-Chic Trend

Workout clothes have been getting sexier and sexier lately, but sometimes it seems like a crime to spend a ton of money on cute sports bras or bright yoga leggings only to sweat all over them at the gym.

Thankfully, the ath-leisure trend (ala Stella McCartney x Adidas, pictured above) is picking up steam, meaning that when paired with casual or formal-ish clothes like blazers, dresses, and jean shorts, workout gear goes from lazy-day-bound to work appropriate and night life ready. Here are the 5 best ways to rock this comfy yet perky trend.

Athleisure is all over the runways, red carpets, and streets.
Athleisure is all over the runways, red carpets, and streets.

Choose One Statement Ath-Leisure Piece

While it can be tempting to throw on all of your workout gear and call it a day, there is more effort required to pull off this sporty trend. Pairing workout pieces, like intricate sports bras, yoga leggings, or running shoes, with more formal or business casual outfits are simple ways to be on-trend while remaining comfortable and office appropriate.

Be Wise, Accessorize

If you’re still feeling like your athletic pieces are toning down your look too much, accessories are a quick fix. Bangles, statement necklaces, and chunky earrings add a little extra oomph to otherwise plain looking outfits. Just remember to make sure all of your colors coordinate and avoid too many distracting, contrasting colors or patterns.

Play Up Your Makeup and Hair

Sometimes the difference between going on a jog and heading to a meeting is a little makeup and hairspray. A daytime smoky eye or bright lip will help your workout clothes pair seamlessly with your casual or formal wear. Just like the accessories we mentioned before, make sure not to go overboard with your colors or designs. Less really is more!

Opt For Colors and Patterns

Colors or patterns are certainly not a bad thing when used in moderation. Floral patterned sneakers, strappy sports bras, and colorful leggings can add some life to otherwise boring blazers, dresses, and pants. If you are using loud workout gear, tone the rest of your look down with solid colors.

Just Add Sneakers

Let’s call this version of ath-leisure “commuter chic.” When wearing gorgeous dresses and skirts, some working women can be found wearing sneakers to work and saving their heels for the office. Instead of doing a quick swap during your elevator ride from the lobby to your desk, pair some bright sneakers with your work outfits. Patterned and bright colored kicks are an especially great way to spice up dark colored looks. Long live the world’s comfiest trend!



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Brooke Schuldt

Brooke Schuldt is a freelance writer interested in fashion, beauty, lifestyle and feminism topics. Her work has been featured on various print and online outlets, including Parents Magazine,, Ed2010, and Deux Hommes. When Brooke is not focusing on her magazine career goals, she can be found knitting, teaching herself French, or updating her personal blog. Her bucket list includes traveling around the world, a shopping spree at Kate Spade, and writing a New York Times Bestseller.

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