Dressing for comfort in athleisure + link up

Dressing for comfort in athleisure, badger jumper

The athleisure trend isn’t exactly new, but its recent surge in popularity has put it firmly on the fashion map. By some of the comments I’ve seen about, it seems to be a style that divides opinion, which is understandable. The concept of dressing in sportswear for other social settings is problematic for two reasons: firstly, when I workout I sweat A LOT! So as soon as I finish my run or weight training session I need to change immediately. Walking around in cold sweaty clothes for the rest of the day is not an option. Secondly, I Iike to differentiate between my gym gear and my work outfits. Otherwise, what’s the point of buying all those lovely skirts and dresses?

Mornings are often a mad rush (they don’t call it the school “run” for nothing!). So dressing for comfort in athleisure is practical while still looking like you’ve made an effort.

However, as any mum will know, you don’t need to get dressed up for the school run. By the time I’ve managed to get Isobel ready for school and remembered what combination of homework/guitar/PE kit we need for the day there’s little time for me to get ready. Mornings are often a mad rush (they don’t call it the school “run” for nothing!). So dressing for comfort in athleisure is practical while still looking like you’ve made an effort.

Dressing for comfort in athleisure

The red Stan Smiths bridge the gap between trainers and lace up shoes, and make the outfit look a bit more put together than chunky trainers would.

These Nike joggers are actually too heavy for me to exercise in anyway, so I can only guess that they’re not designed for the gym. Side stripe trousers are very much on trend at the moment so they tick all the boxes. Plus, they have very nice deep pockets and little splits on the leg. To make them look a little less casual I paired them with my red badger motif jumper. Those gorgeous stripey creatures need all the support they can get right now, but don’t get me started on that! The red Stan Smiths bridge the gap between trainers and lace up shoes, and make the outfit look a bit more put together than chunky trainers would. I was going to wear the Zara bag as a beltbag casually worn as a crossbody (which seems to be a thing right now) but I didn’t want to obscure the handsome badger. That particular micro trend will have to wait for another day.

Are you a fan of athleisure or do you prefer to keep sportswear strictly for the gym?

Dressing for comfort in athleisure, badger jumper

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Nike track pants | Asos badger jumper (old, I love this one) | Stan Smith trainers (similar colourway) | Zara bag | FourFit health band c/o (review coming soon)

 

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19 Comments

  1. October 2, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    The side stripe pants are so “in” this season. I would love to get a pair.

  2. October 2, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    You look great, the sweater pulls the look together without looking like you are going/coming to the gym. I don’t mind athleisure, but it’s harder to wear in the heat IMO.

  3. Jodie
    October 2, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I think you transitioned this perfectly Emma!! The whimsical sweater takes all the attention anyways because it’s so cute!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  4. October 2, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Emma, the side-stripe is a detail I’ve really taken a liking to recently and like the athleisure sportswear spin on it as an alternative to yoga pants. You’ve done a fabulous job of using it in a casual and yet stylish look.

    Rena
    https://www.finewhateverblog.com

  5. October 2, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    The side stripe on your pants is really a fun detail. I do like athleisure wear but don’t wear it a ton. It’s nice every once in a while to keep it casual though!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

  6. October 2, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I absolutely love this! Those pants look fabulous with your sweater!

  7. Liz
    October 2, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    You look amazing as always and pull this off perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing my look <3

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  8. October 2, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Nice look, I love the side stripes and Stan Smith’s. Didn’t know you could get red ones!

  9. October 2, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Hi Emma,

    The athleisure trend has been growing on me for the last couple of years, as there are so many cute pieces now! I love those pants–the stripes are so fun in red. And the sweater (i.e. Jumper! Lol!) is a super cute addition. Thanks for sponsoring the Link Up!

    xx Darlene

  10. October 2, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I love the side stripes on trousers. But I don’t wear a sporty look often. But I think you did a fabulous job,

  11. October 2, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    I am slowly easing in to the athleisure trend, wearing sneakers with dresses, and I have a pair of side-stripe pants too. I love how this look feels so true to your personal style with all the bold colors!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  12. October 3, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Totally love that outfit… and athleisure is what I actually spend most of my time wearing because it’s all housework and running the kids around.

  13. October 3, 2018 / 12:33 am

    Your jumper is so adorable, Emma! I love how well the pants match your jumper and love the red sneakers. I’m not really a fan of athleisure wear, but styled like you have, looks fabulous! XXX

  14. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    October 3, 2018 / 2:31 am

    I love that badger sweater! Good call on the Stan Smiths to keep this from being too casual. I live on the west coast of Canada – it’s like California casual…so much casual…and athleisure is EVERYWHERE. It’s just all the same, not fun outfits like this. Not a mum, so I am only casual at home – I love dressing up, so that it more my jam.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting, Emma. I really appreciate it.

  15. October 3, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    Yes, morning are always hectic here. I usually have my wet hair up in a bun in the morning. I just love this outfit and the pop of reds! Yeah, my actual workout clothes are way different than my athleisure clothes!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  16. October 9, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I like “Athleisure” I never knew there was a name for that style but I love it. In fact, I wore my workout leggings with a long sweater tank and flats to work yesterday and everyone thought I was dressed up. Ha.
    Lisa

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