The Ultimate Guide to Athleisure Fashion

Hey guys,

This week’s blog post is going to be a guide to athleisure fashion. In this blog post, I am going to go over what athleisure is, ways to style it in a classy way and what the trends for 2023-2024 are going to be. I hope that you enjoy it!

First of all, what is athleisure?

Athleisure is a hybrid between sportswear and every day clothes. It is about combining fitness, comfort and style.

Wearing athleisure is less about the exterior and how you look and more about how to feel your best with an emphasis on comfort.

“The explosion of [athleisure] is even more relevant today as most of us are working from home and the demand for a comfortable, stylish aesthetic has increased,” she tells InStyle. “It’s more common to see people wearing athleisure while running errands, grabbing a bite to eat, and even hopping on a Zoom.”

Athleisure makes fitness, comfort and style synonymous. It is also a purely modern look although it became largely popular in the early 2000’s.

“It translated to pairings such as ‘joggers’ (re: sweatpants) and heels, sneakers (re: Nikes) and dresses, and designer leggings (re: anything by Lululemon) with a leather jacket or under a dress. Essentially, the idea was to be comfortable and slightly sporty, while still adhering to the societal expectation of dressing to impress.”

Athleisure fashion was popularized by off-duty fashion models.

“Models, in particular, loved amping up these active essentials, and the look coincided with another trend that has seemingly lost all meaning, “off-duty style.”

Here are 8 ways to look classy in athleisure fashion:

Tip #1: Make sure to keep it balanced.

If the top is tight, make sure the bottom is loose. Conversely, make sure that the top is loose if the bottom is tight.

For example: Wear a crop top with joggers or a baggy hoodie with leggings.

Tip #2: Wear a tight bun or sleek ponytail.

Tip #3: Keep it neat and sleek!

Tip #4: Mix textures.

This provides a great visual contrast. Think about mixing leather with cotton or other textures. You don’t have to overdo it with this one.

Tip #5: Invest in good quality pieces

This is also important for those of us who want to really give off a classy or elegant vibe. Ditch the fast fashion and tacky fabrics and invest in a few good quality pieces every few months.

Make sure that the pieces that you choose are tailored for that extra classy touch.

Tip #6: Enhance athleisure with jewelry (gold, silver, pearl earrings, sunglasses)

Make sure to enhance athleisure with gold, silver bracelets, necklaces or earrings. Pearl earrings or hoop earrings are great for this aesthetic!

Sunglasses, caps and hats also add a nice visual frame for the athleisure look.

Tip #7: Keep color palette simple (neutrals, black, white, beige and grey).

Another way to make athleisure look more classy is to keep the color palette simple. Stick to neutrals, black, beige, white or grey. Try to avoid too many different colors as well.

If you are going to add colors, try adding one or two of these:

Purple, pink, blue, green, red and corals

Tip #8: 2-3 shades of color is enough.

Try not to mix too many colors together by sticking to just 2-3 in your outfit. 

Tip #9: Don’t wear your athleisure outfit to a formal event.

The final rule of classy athleisure has to do with context, don’t wear your outfit to any formal or business event.

Guide to 2022-2024 athleisure trends:

Trends to look out for:

1) Cottagecore

2) Athleisure jewelry

3) Dance-inspired athleisure

4) Eco Friendly material

5) Color contrasts

6) Layering

More trends to look out for:

1)Active dress

2)Dance-inspired leotards

3)Novelty neckline

4)Flared leggings

5)Improve basics

6) Minimalism as a mindset rather than simply an aesthetic.

7) How a product is made will be just as important as what is made.

Even more trends:

1) Ribbed fabrics

2) Y2K silhouettes

3) Yoga pants

4) Cat suits

5) Beautiful embroidery

6) Enduring elegance

7) Tartan and sequins

8) School girl and micro minis

9) Head to toe black and oversized tailoring

These athleisure trends are taken from the 2022-2023 Louis Vuitton, Balmain and Balenciaga collection.

More trends:

11) Bright pink everything

12. Pearl jewelry and giant sequins

13. Futuristic silhouettes

14.Feminine tailoring and futuristic accessories

15. Sporty elegance

Check out these athleisure looks inspiration for this fall:

Look #1: Black and white/school girl

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work.

Look #2: Classy/monochrome

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work.

Look #3: Layered/cozy

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work. While running errands, traveling and shopping.

Look #4: Laidback vibe

When to wear:

During the day at home, school/university or at work. While running errands, traveling and shopping.

Look #5: Smart/Baddie

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work. While running errands, traveling and shopping.

Look #6: All White/Clean

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work. While running errands, traveling and shopping.

Look #7: Smart/Old Money

When to wear it:

During the day at home, school/university or at work. While running errands, traveling and shopping.

Look #8: Summer biker shorts

When to wear it:

During warm summer days. At home, school/university or at work. While running daily errands, traveling and shopping.

I hope that you enjoyed this Ultimate Guide to Athleisure Fashion, please let me know what you thought about it in the comments section below!

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