- Category: Rain in Style
- Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018
- Written by Lorraine Serbinski
Y'all I have a secret... I have a crush on a pair of blush Adidas, and one day soon they might just become mine. I know you are probably thinking, "That's great, Lorraine, and where exactly will you fit them in your closet?" At least that's what my husband said. Regardless, I still love them, and eventually they will come home to me. In the meantime, let's chat about athleisure inspired outfits.
You might be wondering what exactly athleisure is, and is it a word I just made up. Well, no, I didn't make it up, it is an actual thing. In the style world, athleisure is the term given to athletic attire (think gym clothing) that is worn while not working out, or being otherwise athletic. It's a fun term, and the style is rather trendy. So, to help get this party started, I have worked up a few outfits using my current white Adidias and a pair of black sneakers that found their way to me by some sort of magic. I'll talk tips and tricks along the way. (Push ups and jumping jacks are optional.)
Often, when we think athletic wear, we think about matching sets and running shoes. Well, I would like to encourage you to think outside of the box. Let's start with black leggings. I have a few different ones, and they all have a bit of "extra" to them, like mesh panels or stars...because OF COURSE. Put a t-shirt or tank top on that's long enough to cover your butt and front...it's a general rule of thumb. Don't choose the matching top. Tie one end of a looser fitting shirt up on side; this helps create shape and keeps your proportions balanced. Just be sure it still covers your butt and front.
Our goal here is to take this out of the gym and onto the streets. So change your shoes from workout shoes to fashion sneakers, like my Adidas, or even booties. Just worked out and you don't have time to change? Totally fine. Throw on a jacket (think jean or annorak style) and some accessories, like a really cool bag.
Changing shoes, grabbing a cool bag, and putting on big earrings is about all it takes to bridge the gym to street gap. Don't like booties? A different pair of flat shoes would work well too. These black ones came from Target, here. Sneakers don't have to look like work out shoes. Search for a "fashion sneaker", there are tons of options! From these to Converse... all the choices! I also love having options in black workout leggings. All of mine are by 90 degrees from TJMaxx, and, as I siad before, they almost all have a bit of extra to them. Solid black would work too, or if you are more adventurous than me, try colors or patterns with a solid neutral top.
Don't forget to grab accessories, big earrings or a casual necklace (my choker style necklaces came from Target). Adding jewelry will separate gym wear from street wear...because who works out in jewelry? Not this girl.
Ready to give it a try? Awesome. Here's the plan, we put on our workout gear, head to the gym, then we say "let's get coffee". So we make a few changes to our outfits and style them to go out on the town. From gym to street...and whoever does it the best buys the coffee. Sound good? Game on.