Athleisure: Getting The Sports-Luxe Look

So I thought the whole athleisure thing wasn't for me but it seems I can't get enough - but let's be honest, any trend that comfy was always going to be a winner.  Here's some tips on how to achieve the look yourself (it's way more chic than chav!) 

Athleisure: Getting the sports-luxe look 

Are you ready for fashion to be comfortable? For years, we’ve longed for a trend that puts comfort first — and it seems all those years of wishin’ have paid off! Kick off your heels girls, because we can now step out in trainers, leggings, loose-fitting tees and even jogging bottoms all in the name of Athleisure, officially our favourite EVER trend.  

Now, we aren’t saying you can crawl out of bed, throw on our trackies and look like a supermodel. While the basics of this look are comfort classics, you’ll need to style it right to create a perfectly polished look.  
Here, we look at the staple items you’ll need in your wardrobe to take your sports-luxe look from slob to sass: 

Staple items: 
To nail this look, make sure you’ve got: 
  • Sports tops — cropped tops and hoodies are perfect when paired with a pair of leggings or jogging bottoms and bomber jacket. If you’re not quite ready to show off your tum, opt for a loose-fitting sports jersey with mesh detailing. 
  • Leggings or joggers — we’re not talking your old gymwear here. Instead, invest in a pair of branded leggings or jogging bottoms that are tapered and cuffed for a close fit. 
  • A bomber jacket — HUGE in 2016 and set to be even bigger this year, the loose-fitting, bulky shape of a bomber is a must for creating this look. For a feminine look, choose fresh pastel shades.  
  • Trainers — forget heels, this trend is all about a great pair of trainers. 

Your Athleisure essentials are key to making this look work, whether you wear them together for the ultimate sports-luxe combo or work them into other outfits.  

This trend is fabulously versatile – who knew a pair of Ash trainers could be the perfect accessory to your favourite flirty, feminine dress? The juxtaposition will cement your status as the ultimate fashionista! But you should also keep our golden rules in mind: 
  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! — sportswear is generally quite plain, so make your outfit pop with jewellery. Think 90s throwback gold hoops and choker and delicate gold necklaces. 
  • Wear a coat — one of the easiest ways to take your look from gym to street is to wear a coat. Whether it’s a loose-fitting, vintage-inspired denim or bomber jacket or a longer, open duster coat, they’ll add to your look on cooler days. 
  • Cover your bum — if the thought of wearing leggings fills you with dread, tie a checked or denim shirt around your waist. Acting as a super-cool, bottom-covering skirt, it will tie in with your look without cramping your style. 
  • Keep your workout clothes separate — if you are going to the gym, keep your workout wear separate to your Athleisure wear so as not to cross-contaminate fashion with fitness.


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