Athleisure has exploded onto the Fashion scene, and with so many athletic companies out there, it can be so hard to know what’s a quality piece of athleisure that you can wear day in and day out, and what’s just not going to cut it. Athleisure was born out of the need to downsize our closet - to find something that works for every occasion.
Athleisure was designed for me - I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t matter what’s in my closet, I always reach for the same pair of black leggings and a simple tank. The flexible, comfortable fabrics make it so appealing to wear everywhere - at the gym, at the store, heck, I even wear my leggings to work some days! Which makes it so important to know how to style athleisure when dressing up or dressing down.
In this post, we’ll cover:
What is Athleisure?
Athleisure is sportswear and active clothing you can wear all the time.
Combining 2 completely opposite words - “athletic” and “leisure” - fashion writers have loved reporting on the portmanteau since as early as 1979 where the word was used to describe clothes and shoes for people who wanted to look athletic, but not sweaty. The idea that’s traveled the most with athleisure is the concept of style made to resemble exercise wear, but not be the garments used to exercise in.
As time evolved, we start to see athleisure become more general use - from hoodies and sweatshirts to athleisure footwear, we’re starting to get the impression that people want to be comfortable in their clothing, and they want to look stylish while running errands, hitting the gym, or getting coffee (or all three in one morning!) In 2016, Merriam-Webster added athleisure to the dictionary as “casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use.”
Athleisure has multiple benefits, including:
- Athleisure just fits better and promotes comfort
- Compared to a heavy pair of jeans, athleisure leggings are some of the most flexible pants on the market.
- As athleisure has been modeled on activewear, one of their core design components is a sweat wicking/moisture redundant technology. Most athleisure can stand up to sweat, making it the perfect wear for everyday sweat.
You can read all the benefits in our Guide to Athleisure!
Where to Wear Athleisure
Athleisure at the Gym
Starting somewhere classic, the gym is the perfect place for Jofit athleisure! Our flexible, comfortable leggings and athleisure tops take what we know about sport clothing technology and blend it all together for a look that will work just as hard as you at the gym. All of our leggings have front and back pockets, perfect for those HIIT classes, and our tee’s and tunics are fashion-forward while serving the purpose of airflow and sweat resistance.
Athleisure at the Park
Whether you’re exercising outside or just taking the kids out for the day, Jofit’s athleisure makes sure you have exactly what you need for comfort. Every detail is meticulously engineered to sculpt and shape while providing optimal comfort and convenience. Our nylon blends make sure that our tights and athletic leggings last the test of time - and the test of grass.
Athleisure at Work
Don’t you just love a workplace that gets it? Some workspaces are perfect for athleisure leggings and shirts! With our printed leggings, no one will be able to tell the difference! If you’re walking around or on your feet all day, a pair of leggings would help your posture, lift and tighten your stomach, and keep you looking fresh and fashion-forward. Just ask Dana and Deb!
Athleisure at the Coffee Shop
Sitting at the coffee shop with your girlfriends and favorite pair of leggings is the reason “leisure” is in athleisure. Nothing says “active on a break” like a comfortable pair of leggings and an active tank. With Jofit, you can wear your sport-tech enabled athleisure to the gym and meet the girls afterward with comfortable, moisture-wicking technology, and a variety of fun colors to suit any wardrobe.
It’s finally the weekend, and there’s no need to dress up for anyone but yourself. Some days, it’s just all about the comfort and flexibility though. Pair any of our Jofit athleisure leggings with an active tank top and athleisure jacket for a weekend-long look that covers all bases - kids sport, family lunch, gym, volunteer work, and even sitting on the couch to catch up on Tiger King - yes I’m still way behind, nobody spoil anything!
How to Wear Activewear Everyday - Athleisure and Accessories
Accessorizing athleisure is a hotly debated topic, with so many people finding their own style for their athleisure look. At Jofit, our first and foremost rule is to wear your clothes with confidence - that’s what it’s all about. If you’re not confident in what you’re wearing, change it!
But now that you’ve got your Jofit leggings and athleisure top on, it’s time to talk about how you can wear your athleisure to any event with the help of some accessories.
The TrendSpotter says that “sleek, sports vibes work well with a touch of personal style” and go on to list the following accessories that may work best for you:
- A pair of sunglasses that you love
- A baseball cap
- A stylish backpack
- Simple jewelry pieces like gold hoops or a chain necklace
The key to athleisure is to not overdo it, so we created some guides to wearing your athleisure outside the gym:
- Stick to basics and neutrals when wearing athleisure outside the gym.
It can be overwhelming to wear your bright, patterned leggings outside the gym, so for beginner athleisure wearers, try a neutral black/grey palette, or a simple design. This way, you can wear your athleisure anywhere - even to work.
- Take care of your athleisure.
It’s harder to take care of our gym wear because we put them through the ringer! But when trying to wear our athleisure to work, or to a casual family lunch, it’s always a good idea to make sure your athleisure is in pristine condition.
- Don’t feel restricted to just athleisure!
We all like to wear matching outfits, but it’s not appropriate everywhere we go. A simple way to spice up your athleisure leggings is to pair them with a denim jacket and high heels - This elevates the simple black legging to an outfit you can wear day or night.
Athleisure Dos & Don’ts
- Do mix in athleisure with regular clothing to help you achieve a balanced look for day or night.
- Do mix and match your layering until you feel confident.
- Do mix it up with different fabric - from denim to leather, you can rock anything with your Jofit athleisure.
- Do bring your own personality to athleisure.
- Don’t wear raggedy old gym clothes as your casual athleisure.
- Don’t go overboard with accessories or bright colors.
- Don’t forget to regularly clean and protect your athleisure.
Wear Athleisure EVERYWHERE with Jofit
Athleisure is one of the most exciting and versatile fashion trends in the last decade, and it’s only growing. The Jofit athleisure collection is expanding, with a tonne of exciting styles for the gym and everywhere else you need to go. Our athleisure collection is designed by the same people who design our golf and tennis sportswear, so we know a thing or two about making our women’s clothing last physically, and be timeless classics your closet would be bare without. Start your athleisure collection today, and check back here for more information on tennis, golf, athletic fashion, and more!
Be sure to check out our guide to Athleisure Jackets too!