Athleisure—the buzzword of all buzzwords in the fashion realm. The once frowned upon act of wearing athletic clothes outside of the gym has upended the apparel industry, pushing designers to adjust accordingly. The trend toward casual is influencing even traditional categories like denim and workwear, steering style from the office to the workout studio to happy hour with minimal wardrobe changes. With athleisure here to stay (at least for the foreseeable seasons), we’ve put together your guide to 2019’s hottest trends in athleisure. New to the athleisure circuit, we have dresses, biker shorts, and office appropriate leggings while matching sets and ultra high-waisted leggings are sticking around for another season…or forever. Trends in celebrity collaborations are also continuing to find success, one, in particular, being Jessica Biel’s new studio-inspired collection for Gaiam. It might be time to move your workout clothes to a bigger drawer…we have a feeling the 10 trends to follow are going to be taking up a lot of closet space next season. Opening image: athleta.com
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December 31, 2018
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Gaiam X Jessica Biel Madison Top
COLLABORATIONS: As the competition is on the rise in the athleisure category, so are collaborations. Brands and retailers reap the benefits of exclusivity plus the added promotion they receive through a co-branded collaboration.
OUR PICK: We're living for Jessica Biel's new capsule collection for Gaiam, featuring soft neutrals and dance-inspired pieces.
Alo High Waist Biker Shorts
THE BIKER SHORT: Biker shorts haven't been limited to athleisure this season (we see you Kardashian sisters in your bike shorts and stilettos!), but we love the trend with an oversized t-shirt and on-trend chunky dad sneakers.
OUR PICK: Alo's high waist biker shorts give you major shape with a little lift and tuck thanks to its Airbrush fabric that also wicks away sweat.
adidas Running UltraBOOST
NEUTRAL SNEAKERS: Brightly colored athletic shoes are a thing of the past. Step into the new year with a pair of fresh, neutral colored kicks that are perfect for pairing with your new OV set.
OUR PICK: In lieu of traditional neutrals like black, white or gray, opt for Adidas fan fave, the UltraBOOST in a chic nude.
Outdoor Voices Tech Kit
MATCHING SETS: From fitted sets like this one by OV to the tracksuits of fashion's past, coordinated looks are officially back.
OUR PICK: OV is the OG in matching sets, initially gaining a cult following for their color block paneled leggings and matching crop top.
Apple Watch Series 4
THE SMARTWATCH: Smartwatches are on the rise, especially those that incorporate fitness tracking features into their applications, again blending fitness into your daily life.
OUR PICK: The series 4 Apple Watch not only has a bigger display, but it also has new and advanced features for yogis, hikers, and runners. Plus the Apple Watch gets major bonus points for its ability to stream Apple music and podcasts!
CARBON38 High Waisted Takara Legging
THE HIGH, HIGH WAIST: Say goodbye to the mid rise and hello to the ultra high waist! A super high waist elongates your legs, sucks in your stomach and slims your hips for a flattering fit that works with any top.
OUR PICK: We can't get enough of these flattering leather-look leggings that can go straight from the studio to the street.
Athleta Stellar Tight
WEAR-TO-WORK ATHLEISURE: This season, athleisure is taking casual Fridays to new heights with collections like Athleta's "Commute + Work," complete with work appropriate pants and button downs.
OUR PICK: A sleek ankle slit and trouser-like seams add an air of professionalism to these almost straight athletic wear leggings.
Athleta All In 7/8 Tight
UTILITY: Brands are finally getting smart with the functionality of leggings...and by functionality, we mean secure pockets to put your card, keys and phone.
OUR PICK: These Athleta leggings have light compression and plenty of pockets for holding all your goods on your run.
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Plush Upstate Sweatpants
THE SOFTER SIDE OF ATHLEISURE: Sales are on the rise for brands and styles that blur the lines between athleisure and true loungewear. Keep it comfortable but chic enough to wear out in public and you have a winner.
OUR PICK: The Lou & Grey brand describes their brand, and this trend, as "easygoing outfits rooted in comfort that look, and feel, amazing." Try the trend with their top-rated joggers, the Signaturesoft Plush Upstate Sweatpants, today!
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