STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Aesthetic Athleisure

October 25th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello Fashionistas/os! I hope that everyone is having an incredible semester and that exams have not completely taken over your lives. So far this semester, I have seen so many students rocking the #RAD athleisure look. Athleisure is a trend that has been popping since 2016 started. In a January article, Vogue said that the five rules of athleisure are as follows: keep up with seasonal trends, invest in pieces that mix function and fashion, accessorize appropriately, dress for the occasion and when in doubt stick to neutrals. Some people have difficulty mastering the trend of athleisure because they select items that fall too far on the end of looking like they’re going to SoulCycle, however this Fashionista found the perfect balance of sporty and chic.

When thinking of the trend athleisure the images of supermodels Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid instantly pop into my head. This duo looks incredible in their leggings, Nike sneakers, crop tops and designer bombers. They are so fantastic that it is hard to imagine someone replicating the look so effortlessly. Our base outfit for the athleisure look is sneakers paired with leggings or joggers and a crop top. In terms of layering ladies, you can wear a fitted leather jacket over the crop top, an athletic fitted zip-up worn open or you can wear the newest trend, the bomber. The reason that athleisure has been so popular this year is because it is both comfortable and trendy. This look can also easily be dressed up or dressed down.

To customize this look, accessorize as much as you feel necessary. Pairing the athletic look with a choker and layering necklaces and hoops dresses the outfit up a bit. It also adds more elements to the outfit and accessorizing truly does pull the outfit together. In addition, wearing an unconventional crop top also adds dimensions to the ensemble. This Fashionista wore a fitted gray top and tied it on the side to customize her look. For a more casual look one might stray away from accessorizing and they may also wear more athletic sneakers (such as Nikes) than this Fashionista did. She topped off her look by wearing all-white adidas Superstars, which pop against her dark color palette.

I hope that this helped some of you Fashionistas figure out ways in which to customize the athleisure look as well as dress it up and dress it down. There is always a way to make an athletic-looking outfit cute and comfortable for class or even for a night out if you accessorize appropriately.