Amp Up Your Athleisure Without Looking Like You’re In Pajamas
Athleisure Outfits: Styling Tips
There are some simple ways to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed. Think function and comfort, but elevated.
“What I love about the athleisure trend is the ability to mix and match styles,” says Renee Fuller, lead stylist at Zulily. “If done right, it feels like nothing is off the table. Blazer and biker shorts? Cute! And throw on an oversized button-up to add a sophisticated element to any casual look. Think layering under sweatshirts or wearing one as a lightweight jacket.”
Pair your athletic clothes with your favorite accessories or jacket. You can run around and do all your errands, yet still look cute.
- Pick a flattering fit for your body type.
- Pair casual pieces with your athletic wear: Add a cropped hoodie, denim jacket, Birkenstocks, or a baseball hat.
- Work in higher-end pieces to elevate your outfit: Add a leather jacket or trench coach and a designer cross-body purse.
- Layer on jewelry: Add statement necklaces, hoop earrings or a stack of bracelets.
- Pair your look with sneakers that come in all shapes and colors.
Fuller’s favorite part about this trend? “Adding statement accessories like a cross-body fanny pack, bucket hat, oversized sunglasses, or bold gold jewelry to finish the look!”
Finish with fresh, fast 5-minute-makeup: Strobe highlighter, mascara, concealer, and a statement-making lip color.
Start With A Base Layer: Leggings and A Sports Bra or Tank
Think of your leggings and top as the base of your outfit, and then add on from there.
If there is one piece of clothing I could live in forever, it would be leggings and not just to work out in. With leggings, you can change your whole look depending on what kind of top or shoes you put on. They flatter every single body type, and they’re typically made of easy-to-keep-clean fabrics.
Leggings usually come in different rises and lengths like flared or cropped (or 7/8 length). Or maybe you prefer the tapered look of joggers? Seek out interesting details like pockets, patterns, mesh panels, or colorblocking. For warmer months, replace your leggings with bike or running shorts, depending on which inseam length you’re more comfortable in.
On top, go with a form-fitting sports bra or cropped tank in moisture-wicking fabric. Choose a supportive fit that can double as a tank or serve as a first layer. Match with your bottoms, or pick a contrasting color for a bold look.
Most importantly, find what looks best on you and go with it.
No-Brainer Athleisure Outfit Ideas For Every Day
Use these fashion formulas to style your own athleisure for everyday looks. Add statement accessories, play with colors, and of course, be you. Nothing is off the table!
From Drop-off to Coffee Shop
Go beyond basic black
Colorful leggings + contrasting hoodie + layering jacket + neutral sneakers
Chasing a toddler counts as a workout, doesn’t it?
From soccer fields to grocery aisles
An all-day look for all-day comfort
Comfy shorts + hoodie + sneakers + baseball hat
Be ready for anything the day throws at you, from out-of-bounds soccer balls to rogue shopping carts in the parking lot.
From the Dog Park To A Friend’s House
No jogging required
Joggers + crop top + crossbody bag + boots + hoop earrings
Pair your favorite dog park shoes with comfortable joggers and a crossbody bag (for dog treats, of course).
From yoga class to video meeting
Business on the top, lounge on the bottom
Bike shorts + sports bra + button-down shirt + sneakers + hoop earrings
Working from home but need to squeeze in a yoga class before your next meeting? When you’re done downward dogging, add a button-down shirt, earrings, and a pop of color on your lips for added visual interest from the waist up.
Upgrade Your Athleisure
From airport runway to sidewalk sightseeing
Joggers + tank top + vest or jacket + sneakers
This travel-ready look will be comfortable enough to wear on the airplane and at your destination without the need for changing outfits: Sneakers you can slip on, layers for the different temperatures on the plane and a tote bag with lots of pockets.
From Go-go-Go to Slow-Mo
Monochrome for minimalists
Coordinating sweats + layers + sneakers
Make yourself comfortable in a matching set for a put-together look in head-to-toe cotton, great for power errands or at home on the couch. Grab a fleece vest or jacket in a complementary color for cold weather days.
From Farmer’s Market To Backyard BBQ
Everyone loves a matching set
Coordinating sweats + button-up + sneakers + baseball hat
You’ll get compliments left and right in a coordinating outfit that also looks sharp and put-together. Play with a bright color for the set, then stick to neutrals for your accessories and button-up. Try a half-tuck for a more fitted, cropped look.