A couple of seasons back, designers started talking about gym-to-office and après-sport, and we have to admit – nobody really took them seriously. Despite our skepticism, fashion finally managed to make peace with function, making athleisure the new casual. The incorporation of spandex, Lycra and other synthetic fibers into work-appropriate attire has contributed to creation of an entirely new fashion category.
Although it has been around for some time now, many are still struggling to combine their personal style with this new-age trend. Let us help you with that – shape up and suit up, with this spring’s most popular athletic wear separates!
Upgrading a Crop Top
Rumor has it women have finally found a classy substitute for the uncomfortable wired bras. In 2015, it was all about crop tops, however, this trend was quickly replaced with sport bras, paired with high waisted leggings and designer sneakers. Not to worry, the trend will still be present this spring, but will be spiced up with long sleeves and higher necklines.
Cutouts for Night-Outs
One of the most prevalent athleisure trends from 2016, cutouts, are bound to return to the stage. Big industry names are continually working on incorporating new techniques, experimenting with a laser to create strategically placed slits in both leggings and crop tops. The result? Fabulous and modern ladies gym wear which evolved into something sexier that can be taken straight out of the gym and into a night club.
I know we promised separates, but what BOSS has prepared for us this spring could not be so easily disregarded. A bold, short dress, elongated with another layer of elastin cut right below the knee, paired with totally casual flip flops – an outfit literally everyone can pull off. Looking to make your legs look a bit longer? Want to achieve slightly slimmer look? Or are you just looking to show off those runner’s calves? No problem, this dress does wonders for any figure.
Harem Pants, or Buddha Pants
…or as the Project Runway fans know them, poopy pants. Heidi loves them, and so do we! Buddha pants are somewhat of a blend between hammer pants and traditional Indian sari pants, ideal for everyday comfort. Most commonly made of non-crimp fabric, celebs are known to wear them when looking to travel in style. Full Moon Harem Pants are probably the most praised poopy pants of them all, due to their versatile pocket feature.
Despite a number of where did she go jokes regarding the camouflage print, this timeless fashion statement is not going anywhere anytime soon. Camouflage leggings are a big hit for the 2017 spring season, but that doesn’t mean crop tops and navy sports jackets will be pushed to the back of the closet. Oh no, to show you’re coming back as a winner from the war with calories, several of your athleisure pieces have to be in camo-inspired colors.
I wear black to the gym; it’s like I’m attending a funeral for my fat. Whoever said this not only has a bad sense of humor, but a bad sense of fashion, as well. For decades, women have been opting for black, because of this color’s slimming qualities; despite that, printed yoga leggings have been enjoying their growing popularity. The versatility of creatively beautiful and vibrant prints will make you stand out from the crowd of just another basic yoga pants.
So sorry to tell you girls, but doing your very best in the gym is only half the battle for good looks. A fit and healthy body is the best fashion statement, but incorporating a classic silhouette with a bit of punch to it can elevate any athletic girl’s style.
Guest Post by: Peter Minkoff
Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked from many local fashion companies as a trend forecaster. Beside fashion, he loves traveling and roaming through vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his own styling business.