Athleisure's Been Around For So Long, It's Now Entering Phase 2
In the beginning, when the buzzword "athleisure" was added to the dictionary in 2016, the look was very much about staying chic and comfortable. Monochrome separates, detailed leggings, and sports bras made for simple outfits that, most of the time, were meant to blend in. In stylized athleisure, you could hop from the gym to brunch without sticking out in either location — and you might even receive a compliment on your leather baseball cap along the way.
Make no mistake, athleisure is still in. In 2017, it just got a bolder update. With influence from a typical boxing uniform (think striped satin shorts and matching jackets), plus high-fashion brand collaborations like Victoria Beckham x Reebok, the athleisure look has come to center on keepsake style items that turn heads on the street.
Some of our favorite influencers like Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski have shared standout examples of ways to rock comfortable items in a very "look-at-me" sort of way. Oftentimes, it's all about accessorizing with a handful of jewels or a pair of boots. See how it's done ahead, then shop the newest form of athleisure.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak