Athleisure is one of my favorite growing trends, especially now that I’m primarily focusing on comfort while staying home. I hope you enjoy this guest post “3 Reasons Athleisure is Taking the South by Storm” and find a few of the tips helpful!
Athleisure is a great way to blend perfect comfort with effortless style. In this article, we’ll talk about what athleisure is, why it’s so popular in the South, and how you can incorporate it into the perfect athleisure look.
What Is Athleisure?
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Athleisure is all about looking great and feeling comfortable. Form-fitting leggings or tops help lengthen and smooth your silhouette, while trendy layers and accessories help elevate the look to something perfect for almost any occasion.
Why Is Athleisure So Popular?
The trend started just a few years ago, and it’s become especially popular among moms in the South. It’s easy to see why. For one, it’s flattering. Athleisure makes it easy to look effortlessly chic, even while you’ve got kids in tow.
It’s also versatile and functional. Athleisure makes a perfect everyday look for running errands, working, or even meeting up with friends later for a much-deserved break. It is usually breathable and even stain-resistant, which is perfect for handling anything from juice spills to chasing your toddler down the candy aisle.
How Should You Style Athleisure?
There’s a lot of ways to style a great athleisure look, but there are a few guidelines to follow to make sure it looks chic, not sloppy. Most importantly, keep it proportional. If you’re pairing a fitted top with fitted bottoms, add a looser piece to balance it out like an oversized jacket.
You should also mix colors and textures. Outside of the gym, avoid pairing matching tops and bottoms. You should mix up color schemes and textures. FInally, go for the unexpected. A knit scarf or a moto jacket on top of an athleisure outfit can really elevate your look.
3 Myths About Athleisure
There are a few common myths that stop people from rocking an amazing athleisure look. Some believe it won’t look good.
Athleisure flatters every single body type. There are so many options available that you can mix and match in a way that draws the eye to your best assets.
Some think it just looks lazy. While there are some mistakes that make athleisure look sloppy, as long as you follow the guidelines in this article, you’ll look fantastic.
Another myth is that it will show too much. Quality athleisure hugs your shape without revealing underwear or bra lines. If you still feel it’s too revealing, try throwing a dress or long shirt on top.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Athleisure
Getting that perfect athleisure look takes just a little bit of planning. First, don’t wear dirty pieces. White sneakers can be a show-stopper, but if they aren’t spotless, they’ll transform your look from effortless to thoughtless. The same is true of the rest of your athleisure wear.
Do mix it up, though. Keep your athleisure looks fresh by mixing and matching the different pieces in your wardrobe. The more creative you get, the more outfits you’ll discover. However, don’t be a rainbow. A pop of color looks great, but too much can look cluttered. If you want hot pink leggings to stand out, make sure the rest of your outfit is muted.
With the ability to create an effortlessly chic look that really is effortless, it’s no wonder the South is obsessed with the stylish yet functional athleisure trend.