It’s time to stop judging the girl who wears gym clothes to class -- either she’s going to the gym afterwards (unlikely), or she is taking part in this new fashion trend (very likely). Forget the haute couture brands (although they too have started to make their own athletic lines); it’s not about the high-end items anymore, it’s about the overall look of comfort.
Instead of buying heels, we’re buying sneakers. Instead of buying twill pants, we’re buying yoga leggings. I honestly think it’s a win-win. Brands are catering to the desires of their audiences and people get to stay comfy. Who likes sitting in jeans in class? Talk about too tight. My lifestyle sneakers are my favorite pair of shoes -- there’s no need to wear my actual running sneakers, TBH they’re smelly and not that pretty, sneakers have actually been made to just wear around, with absolutely no support to workout in.
The athleisure looks I’ve seen include basic gym sets to colorful pants and those not-real sneakers I mentioned. But don’t worry, a lot of girl's and women's jewelry costs a lot more than your last shopping spree -- people aren’t giving up on expensive things, only expensive-looking things. But, honestly, an entirely Lululemon-put together outfit definitely makes you think of big bucks. So many fashion brands have branched out into this new fad, realizing the needs of their markets. Nowadays, you could easily find a pair of Chanel sneakers.
Or a sports jacket from Lilly Pulitzer’s Luxletic line.
Brands like Fabletics and Yogasmoga have the brightest and most fun patterns and colors printed on their clothing.
Forgetting about the strictly sports related items (i.e. tennis, running, yoga, swim etc), you can find “to-and-from” items in Tory Burch’s Tory Sport line. Just something easy to throw on while you live your day-to-day life.
Sometimes, this trend doesn't work well for me because I love the idea of getting dressed up and being fancy, but some times call for casual measures.
Athleisure is also a reflection of everybody's mindset. I know it sounds a little general saying "everybody," but all of my interactions with people over the past few years has led me to one conclusion: the world (at least the U.S.) is going casual, and will be seen dressed casual more often than fancy.