Trendsetters have managed to make athleisure a thing. The beauty of this look is that it’s laid-back and edgy at the same time. Here’s our guide to making athleisure work for you, plus how to make it office-friendly.

Athleisure stage one: start with accessories

If you’re a beginner, start by adding simple sporty elements to your daily aesthetic, for example a bucket hat or a bum bag. This ties into the driving force behind athleisure, which is to add a casual touch to whatever you are wearing.



Athleisure stage two: white sneakers with everything

The next step to committing to this trend is to introduce classic white sneakers into your wardrobe. Stan Smiths or Converse will work perfectly, especially with slim-fit trousers and flowing dresses. If you work in a very corporate environment, pair your white sneakers with tailored silhouettes.


Athleisure stage three: make layering your mantra

We are (finally) moving towards spring, though the weather is still a little chilly. Sportswear makes layering simple without looking like you’ve tried too hard. Wearing a hoodie or crew neck over a long summer dress is very fashion forward. This style can be intimidating to jump into at first, but once you nail it and find balance in your layering, the look can be a true winner.


Athleisure stage four:  cover-ups are key

Sporty cover-ups are literally the easiest to pull off and people rock this trend daily without even realising that it’s athleisure. Wind breakers and cool rain jackets are the greatest cheat because they add dimension to your outfit while maintaining warmth.


Athleisure stage five: you’re ready for cycling shorts

These ’90s workout tights have been dominating Instagram and fashion-week street style. This could be thanks to pictures doing the rounds of the OG royal fashion influencer, Princess Diana, rocking them. More recently, Kim Kardashian West has made cycling shorts look boardroom-friendly by wearing them with a long, boxy blazer and statement court heels. Now that you’ve reached stage five, you’re ready to give this a try.


You’re now an expert in the athleisure trend! Go forth and pull it off.

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