I think we can all agree that the ONLY saving grace of this pandemic was the fact we didn’t have to wear proper clothes for 90% of 2020, and no-one bat an eyelid if you so happened to end up at the corner shop in said loungewear/pyjamas – truly simpler times. Whilst the ability to go to the pub/club/shop till you drop is wonderful in many ways (except for our bank balance, RIP), getting dressed every day might feel like a chore if you’re still longing for your beloved loungewear. Introducing: athleisure. You’re dressed as if you’re going to the gym, everyone around you thinks you’re going to the gym, but are you actually going to the gym? No siree. This stylish hybrid between gym wear and ‘grabbing coffee and running errands’ fashion is here to stay and we’re not mad about it. Workout clothes just got cool.
Gone are the days of PE kits you’d rather be seen dead in than wear for a second longer than necessary, #health is wealth and having a fitting outfit to translate that is everything. Brands such as TALA, Sweaty Betty, Girlfriend Collective and ASOS 4505 are ones to keep on your radar, and make actually having to leave the house the teeniest bit more comfortable.
Princess Di inspired cycling shorts 4ever.
Comfort + expandable waistlines …. yes please! Whilst the gym isn’t my most natural habitat I sure do have a thing for leggings/cycling shorts/oversized tees and anything that feels a little like pyjamas outside of the house. I’m living for the neon trend so these shorts are right up my alley for a fun summer look, and paired with a casual, toned down tee it makes for the perfect running errands look. Very Princess Di vibes! Paired with some black Converse- my most worn trainers- it’s a ‘fit I know I’ll be reaching for often.
I’m such a sucker for biker shorts and an oversized t-shirt, not only to release my inner off-duty Princess Di, but also because it’s SO comfy. I’m excited about the new SKIMS outdoor range so I’d put these malachite biker shorts to the test. Crisp white Nike tee with a sporty vibe and I’d wear that with some Arizona Love sandals. Throw on a lil baseball cap and I’m good to go.
I love a sporty look with no intention of doing any actual sports! I recently got this tennis skort and top from Sophia & Cinzia X Slazenger collection and it is suuuuper cute. Paired with a big tote bag and some trainers you look prepped for the tennis court, but really I’m heading for brunch and a big iced latte!
Sports Direct, SLAZENGER x Sophia & Cinzia Court Skort, £11 | Sports Direct, SLAZENGER x Sophia & Cinzia Crop Top, £10 | *Future Self, Slogan Oversized Tote Bag, £22 | *ASOS, New Balance 530 trainers in white and peach, £80
I never thought I’d be here for sportswear outside of the gym but I’ve done a full 180 since lockdown. I love how you can throw on some trainers, an oversized sweatshirt or baggy slogan tee, shorts and sunnies like the OG of 80s bike short outfits, Princess Diana, and be done for the day. It’s a top tier ‘just running few errands’ easy-going ‘fit in my eyes.
*Footlocker, New Balance 530, £79.99 | *Weekday, Standard Sweatshirt, £25 | *Arket, Seamless™ Yoga Shorts, £25 | Hannah-Michelle, Unisex Organic Fair Wear Green is Groovy T-shirt, £26 | Organic Basics, Organic Cotton Socks 2-pack, £14.00
I can’t say that I’m really one to wear sportswear as daywear, the only thing I think I would ever do would be to pop to the shops in cycle shorts and an oversized tee/jumper. Put on with my favourite trainers and you have ultimate chilled out comfort.
Skinny Dip, Anne Marie x Skinnydip Take Care T-Shirt, £20 | H&M, Seamless biker shorts, £9.99 | London Sock Company, LAVENDER SOCKS, £12 | Sports Direct, NIKE Star Runner 2 Big Kids’ Running Shoe, £32.99
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