Add an instant cool vibe to your everyday style.

There will always be a place for smart wear, but sports luxe and athleisure styles are dominating the fashion industry right now. Elevated casual wear took centre stage in a big way during the pandemic, and now it’s more relevant than ever – having been made hugely popular by high fashion and pop culture. Athleisure is ideal for wearing when you are working from home, running an errand or going to a casual event. Three key factors

– namely material, fit, and functionality – define this sporty trend as comfortable, versatile and practical to wear.

Some people think athleisure simply means wearing your gym gear – but that’s not it. Athleisure is a combination of sportswear and ready-to-wear items. Think high-performance fabrics and athletic detail paired with ‘weekend’ essentials like joggers, T-shirts, and coats. Just make sure that your sportswear pieces are clean and well presented (not crumpled joggers grabbed off the floor!) to guarantee a sophisticated casual look.

The key to pulling off athleisure is looking stylish, which is achieved by choosing high-quality, well-fitted pieces so you look intentional rather than last-minute. You want to look comfortable, but with a sharp edge. Opt for a bomber jacket instead of a blazer to add a sporty edge. Sneakers are your go-to footwear. Swap jeans with more casual alternatives like joggers and chinos – and don’t forget to inject some sports-influenced accessories into your look. Mix and match different colours and tones, and incorporate some interesting textures, patterns and prints.


Tailored joggers
Again, go for high-performance fabrics and functional fits. A pair of track pants, joggers or athletic shorts are key when pulling off this trend. Look for styles that feature a slim or relaxed fit with a tapered leg, and pair with a T-shirt and sneakers for a cool casual look – or a blazer and boots for a touch of sophistication.

Luxe sneakers
Sneakers are a mainstay of this trend, and give you a chance to add a bit of your unique personality. To make a statement, opt for a painted or brightly coloured pair, or keep it simple and stick to basics with a plain white or black pair.

Functional outerwear
Track jackets, bombers and coats make great outerwear pieces — remember that layers add complexity to your look. If you’re looking to splurge on any single athleisure piece, invest in a practical jacket you’ll use for years to come. For instant swag, wear a trench coat with casual pieces underneath like hoodies or sweatshirts.

Must-have tops
While you might be wearing casual pieces, you shouldn’t be wearing your old gym tee. Instead, go with relaxed sweatshirts, funky hoodies or lightweight tees in performance fabrics, and pair with tailored pieces.

Sporty accessories
A great way to add a sporty edge to your style is through accessories. A cool sports-inspired bag or cap are athleisure staples – and don’t forget about jewellery. A sporty watch or dog tags add attitude.

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