How to Athleisure

Your easy athleisure how-to; because there’s a fine line between looking smart-casual and looking like you’re wearing your house clothes…

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What is ‘Athleisure’ anyway?

According to our friend Google it’s “casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear”. It’s a fashion trend that’s been strong for the past few years, but we’re not here to tell you what to wear… for us athleisure is the busy person’s style of choice. It means you can get a workout in before going out to dinner without being denied entry at a nice restaurant. So, read on for some top tips.

Athleisure maths

Let’s take the hard work out of the equation. These outfits just work.

  • When you’ve got yoga at 9am and brunch at 11am

    You can namaslay in and out of the yoga studio. Simply start with your base of super-comfy yoga leggings and sports bra, then add some cool slides, an oversized jumper and some earrings to go to that bottomless brunch place.
  • When you’ve got the gym at 6am and a breakfast meeting at 8am

    Time is of the essence and if you can only book onto a crack-of-dawn class then so be it. Ditch the shorts, keep the trainers then you can add smart trousers and a jacket to your activewear to take your look from fitness king to CEO in a jiffy.

When you’ve got a playdate at 2pm and a date date at 7pm

If you’re running around after the sprogs you want to be comfy and also wear something you don’t mind getting a little grubby. But what if you have date night straight after with no time to change? Simply add a nice jacket, red lippie and statement necklace.

  • When you've got five-a-side at 5pm and the pub at 8pm

    If you can’t dress down with your pals, where can you? Having said that, it never hurts to smarten up. Football shirts and men’s activewear have been all over the catwalks, pair it with jeans and cool kicks and you’re bound to score.

How to elevate your gymwear

For the sporty ladies

  • Add some bling

    Diamonds are a girls’ best friend… or a set of silver bangles. Whatever jewellery you’re into, it’ll posh-up your sportwear perfectly.
  • Tame your 'do

    Tie your hair back into an elegant bun. Messy, sweaty hair is a dead giveaway that you’ve just been to bodypump.
  • Blaze(r) a trail

    Add a tailored jacket over women’s activewear. This is a supermodel staple look. Who knows, you might get mistaken for a Hadid sister.

For the gym-buff lads

  • Sneakers for the win

    Trainers can be smart too. Choose the right pair and you can get away with wearing them to the gym, the office and socialising.
  • Spritz 'n' spray

    Everybody sweats, it’s healthy and a side effect of being active… but if you’re going to do athleisure, invest in a good deodorant. Stat.
  • In the bag

    Forget the gym bag, who says you can’t take your smart leather satchel to your weights class. It instantly elevates your look (plus, lowers your cost per wear).