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April 5, 2017

Athleisure aesthetics

By: Luke

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It’s your first day off in weeks…

The school-run is at 8, you’ve got to take the dog to the vets at 9, you need to visit your nan and nip to the supermarket to do the dreaded ‘big shop’. You’ve only got time for a quick cuppa then it’s time to fetch the kids again.

If you were thinking about that evening jog, forget about it.

You might not be able to fit that daily dose of exercise into your jam-packed schedule, but you can pretend you have. (And look incredible while you’re at it).

The answer is athleisure aesthetics.

The best of both worlds

Athleisure describes clothes that are ideal for exercise and everyday wear.

Casual and super comfy, look the part throughout the day even if you didn’t manage to make it to the gym and somehow ended up in Starbucks with a caramel latte…

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Take pleasure in leisure

With so many brands boasting their active wear edits, where do you begin? This style trend has become so popular that Vogue created their own set of rules to achieve that effortless look.

The key point to consider is that you should feel comfortable and confident to be able to attempt a killer HIIT session, eat a lush dinner and hit the shops too. It’s all about balance.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? Take a look at the brands that are doing athleisure right:


Fashion and functionality collide in the latest range from Adidas, perfect for an uphill treadmill trek or a casual weekend stroll around IKEA.

Create the look yourself by pairing simple, muted primary colours with contrasting bright white swing tickets.

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New Look

Who says you can’t wear a red halter neck to the gym and on a night out?

Take inspiration from New Look by mixing eye-catching high street fashion with efficiency. Think quirky off-the-shoulder cuts and loud lycra prints.

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Blow away the cobwebs on a morning jog or enjoy an evening wander to the pub with these fresh, vibrant tones from Puma.

Not a lycra lover? Keep warm with cotton fabrics and be sure to customise your wash care labels. For something a little different, add a scoop neckline or front logo print.

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Whether you’re bouncing to the gym or going to the cinema, Nike’s latest range is perfect for work or play.

Make your joggers comfortable to wear everyday by using a soft-touch jersey material. Try a charcoal or khaki colour scheme to make them easily customisable.

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River Island

Keep fit with added flair. Don’t be afraid to experiment with clashing colours and patterns like River Island – you’ll be sure to stand out while you squat.

You can create this simply by incorporating vibrant shades and prints into the lining of your garments. For extra energy add a brilliantly bright zipper pull. Don’t sit back, make this range loud, proud and focal.

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Inspired to try out this look? Or are you currently creating your own leisure wear? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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