Rock the Athleisure Look — Without Sacrificing Style!

Rock the Athleisure Look — Without Sacrificing Style! |

From the locker room to the boardroom (and beyond) – athleisure clothing has become a totally mainstream staple in many wardrobes. And who can argue? Made from stretchy fabrics and cut in flattering silhouettes, it’s hard not to reach out for your favorite workout tights over a pair of stiff jeans. Plus let’s face it: Sometimes you’re too busy to get changed between activities or you’re not really feeling that fussy outfit after working up a sweat. Athleisure can bridge those gaps.

The question is whether athleisure gear is super appropriate for everyday life. While we wouldn’t advocate for a sweat top at a formal gathering, the short answer otherwise is – yes! Whether you’re hopping from the gym to whatever’s next on your agenda or simply wanting to find more ways to feel comfy vibes all day long, here are some awesome multi-purpose athleisure pieces plus tips on how to rock ‘em without looking like you live at the gym.


Hurley Dri-Fit Captain Dress – $45


We get it. The last thing you want to do some days (especially after a sweaty spin class) is to put on that stiff suit or pencil skirt. Luckily there are athleisure pieces that can be made uber classy with a few tweaks. This minimalist performance dress has a breezy silhouette you’ll feel totally comfy in. Add heels and a blazer for a work-ready look, and swap it for sneakers and a fun bag for a post-work smoothie break.

Nike Power Legendary Women’s High Rise Training Tights – $95


As this Vogue article points out, your athleisure wear should be “made using performance fabrics so it’s not see-through when you bend forward, you can’t see cellulite through it, and you’re not going to get a muffin top.” Invest in a good quality pair of black workout tights that will literally go with everything. Wear them with a tunic or a sweater and chic booties for an office look that meets the dress code.

Women’s adidas by Stella McCartney Run Floral Pull-On – $92


British designer Stella McCartney and adidas have been producing eye-catching athleisure wear for years now. With an emphasis on ripped-from-the-runway trends and fresh prints, a breezy pullover with dramatic kimono sleeves looks crisp when paired with white or dark blue straight leg jeans and a stiletto heel.

Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Tie Waist Bootcut Pant – $14.99 at Target


Imagine the cushy feel of yoga pants while you’re sitting at your desk. Total bliss can be yours with these lounge pants. Rendered in neutral hues and an office-ready bootcut style, when worn with a classy blouse no one will be the wiser that you’re rocking athleisure!


Converse Essentials Lightweight Jogger – $65


Joggers have been trending for awhile now and are totally acceptable for streetwear. To keep things polished, balance them out with a trendy, form-fitting top – a Bardot-style or off-the-shoulder shirt keeps things from looking slouchy. Popsugar noted, “Will people even notice that you’re basically wearing sweats? Probably. Will they think it looks cool? Definitely.”

Calvin Klein Performance Lattice-Detail Cropped Leggings – $49.99


Not convinced athleisure is for you? Take a cue from Vogue and “stick with black, white, and gray and the move into brighter colors as you get more comfortable with it.” These classic leggings are spiced up with a fun lattice detail at the calf.

adidas Studio Patterned Tote Bag – $45.99


If you’re tired of lugging a separate bag for your gym gear, simplify things by nabbing a bag that’s chic enough to pass for your purse. This patterned tote has plenty of space for your sneakers and sweaty gym clothes, as well as your daily essentials like your keys, phone, and wallet.

Mossimo Women’s Long Sleeve Hoodie with Side Split – $27.99


Athleisure looks luxe when layered. A loose-fitting hooded top can easily be thrown over a sports bra and leggings for an on-the-go outfit, but also works just as well with your beloved skinny jeans and a casual tank or tee.


Nike Dry Women’s Long Sleeve Training Top – $49.97


Should you hit that fitness class or hang out with friends? Why not both? This sweat-wicking top can be worn over any sports bra for a brunch-appropriate ensemble in a flash. Bonus: It pairs just as well with any lacy bralettes or funky bras you’ve got with neat back details.

UA Charged Pivot Mid Metallic – $139.99


The trick to making athleisure clothing feel appropriate for any occasion is to pair your actual athletic gear with sporty-meets-chic items. These cushy sneakers are inspired by basketball kicks, but come in fun metallic hues to give your ensemble a little sparkle.

Women’s Under Armour Tech Capris – $39.99 at Kohl’s


Cropped joggers are 100% an athleisure creation; they’re generally too slouchy to wear in the gym, but still have a sporty-casual vibe. They’re the perfect thing to wear for a chilled-out event with friends. If you want to dress them up, try a loose, spangly top and platform sneakers.


adidas Supernova TKO Jacket – $45


This sporty coat is designed for runners, with ventilated panels and a wind-breaking material. But its super lightweight fabrication makes it an ace pick to pack when the forecast looks rough. It’ll take up next to no room in your luggage but still provides protection from the elements.

Women’s Champion French Terry Shorts – $18.99 at Kohl’s


Cozy sweat shorts can be repurposed many ways when suitcase space is tight. Wear them to sleep, marry them with a tank on a sunny day, or layer them with leggings and a cropped sweatshirt when it’s cloudy out.

Gaiam Graphic Racerback Tank top – $34


An easy breezy tank top that’s a triple threat is the perfect pick for your next holiday. Wear it on the plane to stay totally comfortable. For daytime, rock it for an impromptu oceanside yoga session or during a particularly hot day cruising around a marketplace. Add a beaded necklace and pair it with a maxi skirt for a perfect evening look.

New Balance Women’s 515 Casual Shoes – From $59.99


Comfort is key when you’re exploring a new city – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Try these classic sneakers by New Balance; they’ll go the distance after a day of walking, plus they come in new color combos every season.

Rock the Athleisure Look — Without Sacrificing Style! |