Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:30 AM

Definition of athleisure

casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use

  • In the world of fashion, 2014 has become the year of “athleisure.” The term, if you haven't already heard it, has been used in recent years to describe a rising and broad category of apparel that is basically clothing which can work for athletic pursuits, leisure time or both. Think yoga pants and hoodies with a bit of elevated design that looks good in or outside the gym. The trend may have started with the fleece and nylon tracksuits in the 1980s …
  •  —Nedra Rhone,  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  13 Oct. 2014

I'm not going to lie, I was never a lover of workout clothes outside of the gym or working out. I know I may get some negative feedback here, but I thought it was almost lazy to stay in yoga pants all day. Don't you just feel better when you are dressed?  I am not sure when that shift happened, perhaps when my weekends were occupied with running from sport to sport with my son, that I wanted to be comfy.  

With the popularity of athleisure wear on the upswing the past few years, brands like Adidas, Nike, and Under Armor, Alo are being sold in boutiques, and fashion sections of department stores as well as sporting good stores.  

Athleisure isn't really about a workout look either.  It is throwing on a denim jacket, cool sneakers or leatherette leggings on with a workout look.  A look that can take you throughout the day.  

This Adidas hoodie is seriously my most favorite article of clothing right now. It is so cozy and of course black, I wear it constantly. 

What are your favorite athleisure pieces? 

xx, Elise


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  1. Really loving this oversized sweatshirt of yours.

    xo Corina

  2. Could you be anymore cute and cozy?! I love this trend easy to throw on and go on a weekend or even out to meet girlfriends for lunch. LOVE!


  3. this is one of the cutest athleisure looks I've ever seen. No negative feedback here. I am totally with you! I don't understand why women want to wear this stuff day in and day out. I get it's comfy, but it also gets boring. I actually tried it for awhile, because it's the hippest thing in Chicago to wear athleisure everywhere, and I couldn't stand it. HOWEVER, I think it does have it's place. I recently went on a vacation to South Dakota which involved a lot of time in the car and a lot of physical activity, and I wore athleisure everyday and loved it!

  4. You know how game I am for athleisure- but it's definitely not an every day look for me! My office won't allow it, haha. :) I love this oversized sweatshirt- adidas is the JAM!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. I hear you! I love athleisure when people combine their casual items with items that have an athletic vibe. Your leather leggings are perfect with this!

  6. The athleisure style is really nice and comfy.
    The combination is so perfect and ideal for so manny occasions.

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  7. You are adorable and look so snuggly!!! Just love the way you Athleisure!!

  8. Being comfy is so important! Love that sweatshirt!
    Love how you styled this look!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  9. Such a cute athleisure look! I love those leggings!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  10. These leggings are so chic! I wear some of the athleisure trends and would definitely wear this whole look!

  11. Love the loose fit hoodie! I used to think that gym clothes are only for the gym, but now they make such cute designs that you want to wear even outside the gym.

  12. such a comfy stylish look! LOVE it x
    have a wonderful day!

  13. Such a cute outfit! Love your sweatshirt!

  14. This is the perfect athleisure look!


  15. I love how chic athleisure looks have become, I mean check out those leggings - LOVE <3
    Green Fashionista

  16. You look awesome in this outfit. I really like it.

  17. Loving this look and you look awesome!


  18. My athleisure pieces and my workout pieces are separate. But, I def. don't wear it everyday! I LOVE this Adidas oversized sweatshirt and that you can wear it with leggings! I'd def. wear this!


  19. Love the sweatshirt Elise! Really, you look great in it all. I would love a cute pair of leggings for working out and another pair of sneakers.,
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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