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

My Crazy, Loud Clothing

When I was about nine years old, I decided that the only pants I was going to wear were leggings.  Probably because I was homeschooled, I had no sense of style (leggings were not like super cool then), and because I liked to run around outside, they were so much more comfortable than jeans or skirts.  Now here’s the kicker.  Because it’s me, you know those leggings weren’t just regular old black leggings.  Oh heck no.  One pair was lime green, and shockingly so.  The other pair was this massive oversized black and white herringbone pattern with giant purple flowers on it.  Yep.  I have ALWAYS worn weird clothing.  I wore those leggings pretty much exclusively till they just died of overuse.  And I loved every minute of them.

Even though those leggings were pretty dang ugly, I remember loving how crazy they were.  They weren’t boring to me…they had so much personality and they were loud.  Probably a lot like me.  Loud and definitely not boring.  I’m a lot of things, but I’m definitely not quiet and I’m not boring.  When I found this shirt from AA Vintedge I was so excited.  It’s from the 1970s, fringed, and kind of loud. I could actually have worn it with my scary lime green leggings now and been totally in style!

 

I’m wearing them with these amazing stretchy bells from Crazy Jays that I can’t stop wearing!  I probably will always wear loud clothing.  Some of it will probably be by some people’s standards, ugly.  But it ain’t gonna stop me from wearing them.  I owe it to my nine-year-old crazy legging loving self.

Happy weekend!  Get your crazy pants on and party!

Katy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leggings. My Way.

Leggings are just not my thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually LOVE them.  They are so cute, so comfy, and just so versatile.  Here’s the thing about them that makes them, well, not my thing.  I wore them for two years straight (or what felt like that) while I was pregnant, losing weight, then pregnant again, then losing weight again.  So even the thought of putting them on makes me feel like I’m instantly back in that spot where nothing fits me…except my leggings.  I mean, nothing ruins a perfect article of clothing like wearing it while you’re pregnant or even just feeling overweight.  Hence, my difficulty wearing them now.

Despite my bad association with leggings, I feel like as a mom, there are times in life when I just need to be comfortable, able to crawl under a car to reach a toy, or be in some other strange compromising position that makes a dress or a skirt or even nicer pants just all wrong for the scenario at hand.  When I saw these leggings at HumanKind SLO (our local and amazing fair trade store), I knew these were just the ticket to breaking myself out of my legging rut.  I figured that since I wore the same old black leggings over and over again for a few years, maybe a new and fun patterned pair could help make me feel like I was wearing something brand new instead of the same old same old.

Of course, I wanted to style them as much as I could in “my style”…so wearing them in ways that feel more like ME.  Here’s what I came up with.

 

I got this really awesome tunic from Target with all that fringe down the sides…and it actually has a slit on either side so it hangs really nicely.  You can see I just put a long black tank top under it.  With the black booties and the Child Of Wild necklace, it’s definitely kind of a fun, dressier way to wear them.

 

Hippie leggings.  Headscarf, orange tunic (from Forever 21, but this reminds me so much of Halston Heritage!) and Sam Edelman sandals.  I think this’ll be my “I forgot to wash my hair” day outfit.

 

I got this AMAZING vintage lace duster jacket from Curio SLO and I’m just so excited to pair it with stuff.  I think it could totally be a fun thing to put with these leggings and a long fitted tank.  It’s a way to show off a super vintage piece without adding a ton of bulk underneath it.

 

I think this is my favorite way.  With a vintage distressed tee, some gold jewelry, and sandals.  It’s so casual, but I feel so cool in it.  I don’t often feel cool personally, so when I find an outfit that makes me feel cooler than I am…I wear the heck out of it!

Okay, okay.  I think I’m getting used to the thought of wearing leggings again.  Thanks HumanKind for selling a pair that I just couldn’t resist… :)

Katy