Most of us live hectic, busy lives, and we don’t have the time – or patience – to get glammed up to the nines just to perform our daily tasks.  In response to this, people began to wear comfortable, practical clothing and the fashion industry sat up and took notice, turning what would traditionally be classed as gym wear into everyday wear.  So, whether you’re off to the shops or off to a dance class, one outfit can now do it all.  But how can you pull off the athleisure clothing trend?  Read on to find out.

What’s Classed as Athleisure?

The dictionary definition of athleisure is “casual clothing that has been designed to be worn both every day and for general use”.  While this is true, it sounds a bit boring – the best thing about athleisure wear is that it’s not only practical but also highly fashionable.  The trend blends athletic wear with ready-to-wear generic items, leaving you with an effortlessly-stylish outfit.  And when we say effortlessly-stylish, we mean it.  The athleisure trend is designed to be quick to pull on in the morning, and won’t require any maintenance during the day.

Mixing Function with Fashion

The problem with athleisure is that when many people hear the term, they instantly remember the 90’s and how everyone was wearing matching tracksuits.  Athleisure in 2019, however, is more about mixing and matching clothing items so that function is paired with fashion.  In order to pull off the trend, you need to search for clothes and accessories that are both fashionable and functional.  Take these Balenciaga sneakers from SSENSE.  They’re available in a variety of designs, they can be paired with jeans, yoga pants, or even shorts to create the perfect outfit.  You want to be looking for items and accessories that are not only suitable for an afternoon yoga session but are relaxed and stylish enough for an afternoon on the town as well.

Dress for the Occasion

Of course, it’s important that you know when athleisure wear is suitable and when it isn’t.  You probably won’t want to rock up to a job interview wearing an athleisure inspired outfit – unless the job is in the sports industry – and you also won’t want to wear it for a night on the town or a wedding.  But, athleisure can be the perfect option for a day at the shops or a relaxed coffee with friends.  It’s all about understanding the situation and what is suitable.  To make things simple – the more casual the location or occasion, the more suitable athleisure wear will be.


Finally, just because your outfit is casual, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t accessorize it.  A stylish baseball cap and a pair of aviator sunglasses can make your look stand out for all the right reasons.  Just don’t overdo it with the jewelry.  A thin chain necklace and a pair of hooped earrings are all that you need.

Are you a fan of the athleisure trend?  Let us know what you like about it in the comments.