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Fashion is at its best moment in the current time. I am going to share some amazing trends with you as a part of my series on new fashion trends in western outfits. One of the biggest 21st century contributions to fashion has been athleisure. A fashion movement that enables me to wear sportswear in public? A big fat yes to that! Athleisure is one of the newest fashion trends in western wear that we have been seeing everywhere in the last 4-5 years and it does not show any signs of slowing down.
So what exactly is this athleisure? Let’s discover!
Athleisure, put simply, is a merge of the words Athletic Leisure. And rightly so. It basically means wearing athletic or sports appropriate clothing to non-sport or casual and leisure occasions.
Wearing athletic clothing to casual occasions was first seen in the 1970s when the popularity of fitness grew. Fast forward that to the current time, atleisure has emerged as more than a fashion trend. It has become a part of our lifestyle. Or rather, it is a lifestyle we are loving!
What is it?
As mentioned previously, athleisure is wearing athletic clothing to casual occasions. But what provoked the rise of this trend? The sheer functionality of it!
Athletic clothing is comfortable. It allows you to move your body freely and partake your daily routine with ease. With our daily lives becoming increasingly busy, it makes sense that our fashion frees us instead of binding us. Athleisure clothing allows us all the freedom in the world while carrying about our daily lives.
This trend has emerged to be such a huge success as athletic clothing is being accepted as fashion that can be worn to any occasion like casual, social or even formal occasions! That’s right, you can carry that striped joggers to work as well.
What are the kind of clothes?
Anything and everything sporty. After all, the main aim of athleisure clothing is to provide functionality along with fashion. Right from your tank tops to yoga pants to jackets and shoes. Heck, it is even okay to wear a sports bra with a jacket thrown on top to a casual outing.
Usually athleisure clothing has accents of bright colours against a dark background. Though we are seeing all kinds of colours in activewear fashion currently.
Why is it popular?
Athleisure clothing is versatile, comfortable and durable. You can carry it from your gym to work with ease. And look stylish while doing that.
Athleisure gained popularity in the early 2000s with women wearing yoga pants to non-sport occasions. The functionality of these clothing items was realised and many leading fashion brands started producing athleisure clothing. This popularity increased more due to a global shift towards health and fitness. People started taking more interest and participation in sports & fitness related activities.
While the athletic wear in the yesteryears was quite simple, it has reached a different level currently. Athleisure clothing is built better with fabrics that are comfortable and last long. The designs of the clothes are also more trendy. Something you can easily wear to social occasions, and look stylish while doing so.
All the leading sportswear brands came out with collections of high performance athletic clothing that stands the test of time. Highly durable, functional and above all, fashionable clothing took over our wardrobes.
Here are a few runway looks that showcased athleisure:
Spring 2017 (left Fendi, right Paco Rabanne)
Knitted material used in the clothing to ensure you are at the right temperature and always on trend.
Resort 2018 (Emporio Armani)
Mixing feminine with athletic wear.
Spring 2018 (FentyXPuma)
Neon bright colours with off shoulder styles
Also, your favourite singers Beyonce and Rihanna embraced the athleisure trend early on, are are partly responsible for introducing it into mainstream fashion.
Watch my video below to see how I have styled my Athleisure looks!