While fall often presents a host of new fashion trends and styles, it can also prolong trends that have been circulating through the fashion industry for a few seasons. Cue the athleisure trend, which has made its mark on the industry since last fall and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Likely the perfect trend for college students, “athleisure” refers to wearing pieces typically worn for sports or athletics as casual streetwear. What’s especially intriguing about the trend is that there is no one way to do it: there is no singular piece that defines the trend, nor is there one sole brand available to help you achieve the look. It can be as simple as pairing your favorite slouchy jogger sweatpants with classic Adidas sneakers, styling your go-to leggings with a v-neck T-shirt and a denim jacket or even wearing athletic-inspired pieces, such as a jacket with racing stripes down the sides. Though if you want to create a look that is equal parts comfortable and cutting-edge, there are a few brands you might want to check out.
Adidas: The athleisure trend breathed new life into Adidas, almost making it the face of the look. From their classic Stan Smith sneakers — named after the tennis player Stan Smith — to their jogger sweatpants, your athleisure look will surely not be complete until you add an Adidas piece. Girls and guys alike can get a taste of the trend by wearing one of Adidas’ signature sneaker styles with their favorite pair of jeans or leggings.
IVY PARK: Co-founded by Beyoncé, IVY PARK’s collection doesn’t just offer athleisure-style items; it is also an athletic wear brand, delivering stylish workout gear for women inspired by Queen Bey, herself. Sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweatpants and accessories all being readily available for women, you can craft your athleisure look in Beyoncé’s image — and then go work out like her later, too. Incorporating two trends at once is the new woven bomber jacket, blending the athleisure trend with the resurgence of classic 90’s looks.
FENTY Puma x Rihanna: The pinnacle of athleisure; the collaboration offers a wide range of athletic-inspired looks that are designed specifically with fashion in mind. Possessing a modern, almost futuristic, aesthetic at times, the FENTY line presents shoes and apparel for women — as well as men’s shoes — that will bring your athleisure look to the next level. FENTY leaves no stone unturned, offering everything from cropped track jackets to high-heeled leather sneakers to men’s platform sneakers. While the collaboration is surely worth a look, you’ll also need to watch your bank account: accessories start at $30 and the line tops at $1,800.
If the comfort of athletic wear and the style of streetwear is calling your name, be sure to check out these great options for all things athleisure.