Fashion: How to nail the athleisure trend

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Up until recently, you wouldn’t catch me in anything vaguely sporty but with the new athleisure trend, I’ve found that I’m swaying more towards trainers than my Doc Martens and I’ve also started to get quite a collection. This trend is great, it officially puts comfort first – now you can leave the house in your joggers and trainers and nobody will bat an eyelid because it’s in fashion. Brilliant! Even if you’re not a gym goer, you need to seriously try some yoga pants because they’re amazingly comfortable. It may take a bit of work to look stylish when following the trend, but I’ve got a few tips for you.

Athleisure essentials

  • A bomber jacket — these were a massive trend in 2016 and are set to be even bigger this year, the loose-fitting, bulky shape of a bomber is a must for creating this look. I have a black one and a pale pink one in my collection.
  • Leggings or joggers — you don’t need to start digging out your gymwear, instead invest in a pair of branded leggings or jogging bottoms that are tapered and cuffed for a close fit.
  • Sports tops — cropped tops and hoodies are perfect when paired with a pair of leggings or jogging bottoms and bomber jacket and Primark currently have a great selection for under £10. I’ve picked up a couple of hoodies in pastel colours and they’re great for everyday wear. If you’re not quite ready to show off your tum, opt for a loose-fitting sports jersey with mesh detailing.
  • Trainers — forget heels or anything formal, this trend all about a great pair of trainers. Ash trainers are the perfect choice, with a selection of sports-inspired styles to help you effortlessly conquer this look. I’ve been wearing my trainers everywhere recently!

You don’t need to wear all of these items together, just work parts of them into different outfits and you’ll be mastering the athleisure trend before you know it! I love wearing my trainers with a pair of skinny jeans and a shirt, it gives a bit more of a casual look to my outfit.

Key atheleisure tips

  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! — sportswear is generally quite plain, so make your outfit pop with jewellery — think 90s throwback gold hoops and choker and delicate gold necklaces but try not to make it look like you’ve raided the Elizabeth Duke section at Argos.
  • Wear a coat — one of the easiest ways to take your look from gym to street is to wear a coat. Whether it’s a loose-fitting, vintage-inspired denim or a longer, open duster coat, they’ll add to your look on cooler days. I like to wear a leather jacket or my denim jacket which I’ve been customising with patches.
  • Cover your bum — if the thought of wearing leggings fill you with dread, tie a checked or denim shirt around your waist. Acting as a super-cool, bottom-covering skirt, it will tie in with your look without cramping your style.
  • Keep your workout clothes separate — if you are going to the gym, keep your workout wear separate to your athleisure wear so as to not to cross-contaminate fashion with fitness.
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