OK, guys, deep breath. The athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere—if anything, it’s picking up steam for the year ahead.
Some might rejoice at this news: What? I get to wear my comfy gym clothes to brunch and even to drinks? Yahoo! There are others, however, that will shudder at the thought: Seriously, Glamour? You want me to wear my gym leggings on a date? Just, no.
But like all good things, this trend is best pulled off at a happy medium. The sportswear-meets-street wear blend is tricky, so when it comes to athleisure, it’s all about balance. For instance, you can mix slouchy cashmere pants with a cropped jacket; add a sporty jacket to a work look; or slip into a pair of sneakers when headed out on a date. To get specific, let’s turn to athleisure pros, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and athleisure OG, Gwen Stefani to see the Dos and Don’ts of pulling it off.
Do: Like Kendall Jenner, add a pair of crisp white ultra sporty kicks with a black minidress and chic, tailored coat.
Don’t: Wear ratty or beat-up sneakers. It will tone down your overall polish.
Do: Break up the traditional tracksuit, like Gwen Stefani, who paired her Adidas zip-up with skinny jeans and a plaid flannel shirt.
Don’t: Go head-to-toe tracksuit. Because frankly, it’s not 2001.
Do: Dress up your cashmere sweatpants with a leather biker jacket and bright blue felt hat, like Cara Delevingne. It’s a great look for traveling and casual days.
Don’t: Wear this to an event or something special. It’s a casual piece that can get you to brunch and back (and sure, some shopping in-between).
Do: Dress it up, à la Hailey Baldwin, who added a dose of athleisure to her look by pairing a silk blouse, miniskirt, and heeled booties with a baseball jacket. This outfit works for a casual office environment or even a date night!
Don’t: Wear anything too oversize. Baggy fitting pieces will end up looking messy.
Do: Throw on a pair of booties with your track pants! We love how Gigi Hadid mixes track pants with a tailored coat and heeled ankle booties for a casual and sporty wintertime look.
Don’t: Wear high-heels, pumps, or dressy sandals. This is about being chic and comfy—it’s not about trying too hard.