The Boom of Comfort Clothes: Athlesiure at Work and at Play

Long gone are the days of formal workplaces and strict societal dress codes. A new form of fashion has quickly dominated the market in recent years: athleisure. The surge in telecommuting to work and school in 2020 only boosted the number of people donning sweats in the morning. But even before this, three distinct styles of athletic wear came to the forefront of fashion shows and streets around America. Obviously, these clothes can trace their lineage back to the functional fabrics of professional and amateur athletes, but now have diverged into forms of casual wear.

 

Probably the most common athleisure look includes joggers or leggings and a sweatshirt or tank top. Actual sports companies like Nike and Adidas do supply a great quantity of such clothing, but brands from budget lines to the highest of high fashion houses. Prada windbreakers and Burberry sweatpants are comfortable and give a new aura of style, just as any running shorts do from your local mall.

 

A newer pairing – and something that will be commonplace as people return to the office after working from home – is athletic clothing combined with more traditional attire. Cozy black leggings paired with a blouse and cardigan are perfect for employees who need to look professional but still have some freedom to address their own comfort. For a relaxed errand run, this style also works with more traditional casual combinations.

 

Finally, this last athleisure trend is returning to a more traditional sports look. Less physically active sports like golf and motor racing have embraced weatherproof and breathable fabrics to create sharp coats and pants. New brands such as Alpha Tauri serve as fashion houses for everything from form-fitting puffer jackets to pocketed leggings, as well as advertising through their very own Formula 1 team. Historical sports fashion brands also include Ferrari; their bright red fabric and stunning yellow logo stand out in a crowd. Each type of athleisure apparel serves different purposes, but the functionality and comfort remain constant.

 

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Look Good, Feel Good

Look Good, Feel Good

Our bodies are constantly changing; however, they can’t keep up with the rate of the latest fashion trends. Clothes come in and out style as the seasons come and go, but our bodies shouldn’t. I’d rather work on building a body that will last me a lifetime, not a season. Lifestyles shouldn’t be seasonal they should be sustainable. While we are working towards our realistic and time-consuming goals, why not look good doing it? Here are my favorite brands ranked from inexpensive to pricey, and casual to contemporary.

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ACTIVEWEAR ON A BUDGET

Do you want to get a workout in without spending tons of money on what you’re about to sweat in? If you don’t feel like wearing your same old extra-large T-shirts, you can shop for activewear without needing to sacrifice your style and look like a fitness guru without spending your entire paycheck. These are some of my favorite cheap cute finds in places you would never think to shop.

| Fabletics | Nordstrom Rack | TJ Max | Forever 21 | Marshalls | Amazon | Target |

STANDARD AND SPORTY

If you are willing to pay an average price for some high-quality athleisure wear, these are the places to go. Sticking to an affordable, but popular brand will leave you feeling comfortable in your skin and confident in your body. Versatility and comfort will have you more than ready to take on your workout.

| Nike | Adidas | Gymshark | Lily Bod | Do You Even | Under Armour |

SWEAT IN STYLE

Bandier is a fashion-forward brand reinventing the way women shop activewear. Their mission states: “ Its high performance, sweat proof, and trendy sets will have you itching to hit the gym. From sweats, to tanks, leggings and puffer jackets, Bandier has it all.

| Bandier |

IN IT TO WIN IT

Now for some of the most chic, lavish, and high-end brands out there…if you are looking for fit inspo this is it. From classic prints, to bold colors, to cutouts, you will be leaving your workout the best dressed. These upscale brands provide you with the most modern and contemporary looks. Every workout piece is sleekly designed, downright trendy, and uniquely extravagant in its own way. The activewear ranges from stylish sneakers, vibrant and radiant sets, to sporty tanks and tees. Whether you are hitting the weights, the treadmill, or the yoga matt, each brand has it all. You can now feel good in what you’re wearing, and look even better!

| Splits59 | Veronica Beard | Alo Yoga | Carbon38 | All Access | Alala | FP Movement | Koral | P.E Nation | Spiritual Gangster | Adam Selman Sport | Beach Riot | Lulu Lemon | Tory Sport |

‘70s Throwback in New Shoes

‘70s Throwback in New Shoes

How Nike Revamps Previous Designs with Modern Twists

Just as pop culture has begun to take great influence from years past, the shoe and clothing climates have as well. Movies and television shows such as Stranger Things and IT have been extremely popular for bringing out nostalgiia, and fashion manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike believe they can cash in on the retro hype. Adidas has rereleased popular tennis shoes such as the Stan Smith and Superstar, while modern Nike production runs have mainly focused on keeping the Jordan brand alive. Today, Nike holds a great reputation as basketball sporting goods giant, signing the top stars; legends, such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, to active idols like Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. But before the famous Nike Jordan series of basketball shoes enthralled shoe enthusiasts, Nike was well known for producing running shoes.

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These classics, particularly models from the 1970s, have been the focus of Nike’s reproduction runs. The Air Tailwind was a revolutionary marathon shoe, the first to feature Nike’s famous Air cushioning technology. After successful first runs, it was brought back to store shelves recently. Many colorways sold out quickly after launch – the fastest to do so were the collaboration models with retro-themed TV show Stranger Things.

This collaboration extends to other Nike classics. The Cortez was Nike’s first track shoe, an astounding success after the 1972 Olympics, and has received the “Upside Down” distressing treatment as a reference to the alternate dimension depicted in Stranger Things. In the show, the world is paralleled by this dark and foggy dimension, where human-eating monsters roam. It is only fitting for the Nike design to be a normal sail outer layer that reveals fringed dark wash denim underneath if torn.

This interesting design is available on the Air Tailwind, and also on the Nike Blazer, one of the company’s first basketball shoes. This shoe ended up launching George “The Iceman” Gervin into dunks and launching the new footwear company into commercial success. Just as the other shoes have been rereleased, Nike Blazer gets the same treatment so even today we can experience the styles and relive the hype from the 1970s.

Nike’s extensive use of collaborations also shows with Sacai, who brings bright and complex styles to the table, and reminisces of yesteryears. Sacai has modified the Blazer to result in a rugged and eye-catching product. One look at this patchworked mid-top and you’ll need to do a double take at the overlaid swooshes and duplicated stitching and other elements. Feet will be secured by a two tongues and two laces per shoe. This motif also appears in the Nike x Sacai LDWaffle shoes. These pay a massive homage to the Waffle trainers that influenced the growth of grippy-soled shoes. The originals were so significant in running culture that one of the original twelve made from an actual waffle iron sold for $437,500.

The ability of these shoes to sell out almost instantly and to be put up on the secondhand market for more than retail prices shows that these classic designs haven’t ever left our style – they were just gone for a few decades.