Athleisure has gotten some serious attention in recent years, and now it is very acceptable in many workplaces. Allowing employees to express themselves and be comfortable at the same time can only result in a productive atmosphere. According to HR Daily Advisor Robin Ghivan, a fashion critic for The Washington Post, the popularity of athleisure wear is the comfort level: “all the things we love about clothes.” If you are late to this popular trend and want to get on the bandwagon, check out the tips below for inspiration.
Determine how much athleisure you want to infuse
If you work in an environment that enforces a strict dress code, clearly athleisure pieces may not be your daily go-to options. Save these looks for after work or on the weekends. If however you have a more relaxed working environment, the sky’s the limit when it comes to styling options.
If you are looking for a simple way to test out this trend or start small, try swapping one piece at a time. For example, when it comes to layering instead of blazer or sweater opt for a slim fit zip up sweatshirt. These items look flattering on most body types and can be worn with just about anything.
Another small way to incorporate this style is by sporting a few simple base layers like a T-shirt. Sure you can go the traditional route with a basic white tee, but now there are a multitude of options that include mixed fabrics like faux leather either woven into the collar, trim, or pocket.
Complete athleisure makeover
If you really want to have your wardrobe be 100% comfortable and athleisure-inspired, it’s important to make sure that all your garments have a slim fit. Picking up a pair of sweats from your local department store may not make the cut. Including pieces that are too baggy can easily result in a sloppy appearance, and no one wants that.
Don’t know where to begin? When it comes to bottoms you can go with a faux leather pair of pants. Don’t worry, these are not like the pants from the ’90s. Most of these pants are either lightweight or lined with a soft material like fleece, making them super comfortable. If this is too fashion-forward for you, lean toward a pair of pants that have a cotton and leather mix — it is a more muted way to incorporate this look.
Another option is joggers. These pants are great because the design is true to the athleisure trend. The Zanerobe Sureshot Herringbone jogger pants are a perfect example of this look. When selecting footwear, this can be a bit tricky; most of the footwear options embody an athletic feel like a sporty pair of sneakers. Don’t be discouraged. You can definitely get away with wearing a pair of sneakers, but opt for luxe ones such as the Cole Haan sneakers or the Gucci sneaker. Stick to dark colors; these options are ideal for the work environment.