Last year, Business Insider forecasted that “young americans may have fallen out of love with yoga pants” and to put it plainly – athleisure is dying. Athleisure is the ubiquitous term that has been officially added to Merriam-Webster’s lexicon that refers to athletic-inspired sportswear that can be worn for both working out or hanging out. The return to casual wear may have been three-fold when the idea first hit the fashion scene in 2014. First, the denim market was slowly declining, athletic brands were recruiting celebrities to promote their brands, and influence behemoth Beyoncé had announced that she would collaborate with Topshop to create Ivy Park, an activewear brand.
In 2016, Vogue proclaimed that “athluxury is the new athleisure.” It went on to explain that Tory Burch was ushering in a new dawn with her country club-chic and après golf aesthetic that stepped up the sneakers and black leggings look for the bourgeoisie. It is also the term we most prefer. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Valentino and Celine all sent their version of athluxury down the runway for Spring 2018 including athletic-inspired hooded jackets, tracksuits, shorts and sneakers thus keeping the trend going into the new year.
So, why athleisure when you can athluxury? The volatile weather may make some of us a little less excited about pulling together a fashion-forward look in favor of comfy separates that keep you comfortable, dry and stretch with your every move. However, it’s possible to keep your look luxe and pulled together with a few sportswear-inspired but elevated pieces. The easiest way to stay on-trend without looking sloppy is to start with one key piece.
The Spring runways suggest that it’s the perfect time to opt for bags with utilitarian vibes, according to WWD. “Multipacks and mulitzippers seemed fitting for the multi-hyphenated women of today.” Backpacks are the perfect way to add some sporty utility to your look without looking like you’re going back to school. Opt for a light, nylon Prada backpack, a canvas Fendi backpack, or a quilted lambskin backpack from Chanel. Consider a belt bag if you are traveling light.
We aren’t saying that yoga pants should make a comeback. However, activewear separates can be comfortable and cool. Reconsider the jogging pant, for example. Try paring your favorite joggers, like this pair from Chanel, with your favorite heels, t-shirt and bomber jacket. Having a bad hair day? Add this Balenciaga baseball cap to top the look off. You can also take sweater weather to the next level. Throw on a sporty top like a terrycloth pullover or a zip-up sweater that looks perfectly chic post gym or pre-brunch. Either can be paired with a fitted skirt for a night out.