Advice in Style: Rebellious Athleisure

I know what you’re thinking right now.  “What on earth is rebellious athleisure?” No, this is not a new trend that you’ve never heard of or a new movement happening on Instagram.  This is just what I’m calling my look for this post.  It’s more of a…”state of mind” than it is a trend.  I will explain, naturally.

Athleisure is this new, and for me, kind of semi repulsive, movement where girls wear yoga clothes all the time.  I love/hate this.  Here’s why.  I LOVE CLOTHES.  There is something SO incredible about watching movies set in the 1950s when women dressed for EVERYTHING.  They dressed for dinner (not like, dinner out, but simply dinner at home at their own table), they dressed for bed, they dressed to go outside and get the morning paper.  Yes, times have changed.  I love all this…however, I do have two toddlers and honey, ain’t nobody got time for all that fussiness.  Enter athleisure.  Part of me rejects this trend because it feels like it’s laughing in the face of women actually owning their own style, or even HAVING a style for that matter.  But the other part of me absolutely loves being able to throw on clothes and chase after my kids at the playground.

With all these conflicting love/hate feelings, I have come up with my OWN brand of athleisure wear that gives me better “feels” about this convenient trend.  “Rebellious athleisure”.  I have decided to participate in this trend, but with my own twist.  I wear my athleisure, with a touch of dressed up style.  Because this means I can be comfortable AND express my sense of style to all those judgmental kids at the playground.  (kidding.)  And they said you can’t have it all…

I’ve got my leggings, on trend for athleisure.  Mine came from Zara…my other “rebellion” you could say against the norms of athleisure is to buy my pieces at places that are more about fashion than about actually working out.  Then I’ve got my vintage fur cardigan.  (I believe the designers of this coat would probably have some choice words for me about wearing it like this!) and I’ve got my slip on loafers…kind of a sandal/loafer combo!

Mimicking this is easy.  As I’ve talked about in previous posts about track pants and the like, mix in athleisure pieces with things that are higher fashion.  A nice jacket or sweater goes a long way to balance out a pair of leggings or some track pants.  Gold tennis shoes or fringed boots add a nice element of surprise to this look.  Either way, express yourself with your athleisure in your own unique way, and THAT is having great style.

You see what I did there?  I managed to not reject an entire trend based on principle and also…to embrace the necessity of mom-wear while taking care of young children.  And being rebellious in the process, because all good styles start with some rebellion :)
Katy

Switch It Up: Track Pants

One of the biggest trends it seems that is everywhere I look is athleisure.  I mean, everywhere I go, it seems like there’s a woman who looks like she just came from yoga.  Did she come from yoga class?  Probably not.  That, it seems, is besides the point!  Obviously, yoga pants, leggings, and tennis shoes are the usual staples of this trend, but I thought I’d like to play around with something a little more 90’s reminiscent…track pants!  I actually really like track pants because they’re sort of the fancier older sister of the sweat pant.  They’re comfortable, but can be a little chicer, sleeker, and more flattering.  This trend is kinda 90’s inspired (especially if you think about adding chunky Adidas tennis shoes and a black choker) but it can go in a lot of different directions if you have un with it!

Here’s some couture track pant inspiration to start with:
Of course, I want these GORGEOUS Chloe track pants, however, spending $1,200 on a pair of track pants is not really something I’m about to do right now! So I went down to the Goodwill and grabbed a pair of Adidas pants for under $5!  I looked for the kind with the ankle zipper, because that gives the bottom of the pant leg a little bit of a flare which is super flattering.

Here’s my trick for athleisure.  I choose one piece that’s TRUE athletic wear.  Only one.  So, yoga pants, leggings, track pants, tennis shoes…I choose ONE of those.  Then I balance the look out with other pieces, typically I choose things that are lacy, satiny, or basically anything that you would never wear to the gym, ever.  That way, the look is intentional and no one wonders where your yoga mat is.  I took a cue from these looks and tested out a few of them with my own pieces:

A Kimono…to Keep You “On Track” (pun intended) 

I love this whole kimono/track pants look…it’s really is the true definition of ATH-LEISURE right?  I got these espadrille slides from H&M and my favorite thing about them is that they’re sparkly!  It kind of ups the class factor of the casual trend!

Off The Shoulder, Still On Track (my puns get better and better!)

Here’s a combo of two trends that are everywhere right now…off the shoulder ruffle tops and athletic wear!  It’s kind of a fun and interesting style mash up!

LACE Up and Hit The Track (I am on FIRE today!)

The easiest way to just throw on an outfit and go, is to add a lacy cami top to a pair of track pants.  It is a little bit sexy, and not at all like you just hit the gym.  It’s a good balance of sporty and girly.

Wanna give it a whirl?  Here are some pieces for you to test out: these pants are SO couture, and um, I think I need them.  Here are some super chic slides, and as for a cami, this one is amazing.  This off shoulder top would be amazing with some track pants and this kimono is on sale right now!

How do you wear your athleisure?  I want to see!
Katy