Ways to wear: Athleisurewear

Style and comfort all wrapped into one… the athleisurewear or sports luxe trend is showing no sign of going away. For those who balk at the idea of the sport, there are plenty of ways to get the look that don’t involve head-to-toe lycra. Check out our five ways to wear below

Workwear appropriate

Everybody has a classic work suit, but why not bring it up to date with a touch of team spirit?

Tap into the varsity trend by swapping your button-down shirt for a varsity tee—the bold red lettering on our choice (Tommy Hilfiger, £40) matches perfectly with a red shopper bag (Primark £8) and bright white trainers (Nike, £60).

The key to this look is good clean lines. Keep your colour palette minimal and opt for well-tailored pieces. The nipped in waist of our Wallis jacket (£34) contrasts perfectly with the slightly cropped trouser (Marks and Spencer £19.50) for a fashion-forward edge.

 

Yoga class

Get zen ahead of a yoga class by opting for a gentle colour palette. Wearing pale colours has been proven to have a calming effect on your psyche, making this soft cotton t-shirt and jogging bottoms combination (Weekday £12 and Topshop £22 respectively) ideal for a low-impact exercise class.

There is a huge array of workout accessories on the market right now and choosing some in fun colours can often help with motivation.

We love Sweaty Betty’s high-grip Yoga socks (£12), a jolly green exercise mat from Yoga Matters (£14) and a pop of pink with some Gorilla Sports weights (£9.99), all tucked into a spacious and stylish sports bag (TK Maxx, £29.99)

 

Summer holiday

If you’re travelling for a dose of spring sun, you’ll need lightweight, breathable layers. The bomber jacket is a piece of athleisurewear that integrates easily into any wardrobe; orange (Uniqlo, £24.90) is perfect for livening up a look. Paired with a chic maxi dress (Next, £26), you can go straight from the bar to the beach in seconds.

Summery accessories ensure that the sports element isn’t the overall focus of the outfit. Hessian is still very much on trend this season, and both the Zara holdall (£29.99) and River Island sandals (£35) tie together the look without being too novelty in tone, making them a solid investment that works with multiple trends.

 

City casual

A day in the city means being prepared for anything, so build your look around a sturdy backpack. Kanken offer a huge range of colours and styles with their classic shape retailing at £99—you’ll be surprised at how long they last. The same goes for the Soma Water bottle (£30). Made of glass and silicon, it’s much harder wearing than a plastic alternative.

Elevate the tracksuit bottom by choosing a slim fit with a sporting stripe—H&M have an impressive selection including this sale pair at just £13.99.

Pair with a comfy slogan sweatshirt (River Island, £26) and trainers (Zara, £49.99). Don’t be afraid to mix up your colours, it’s all part of the fun.

 

Daytime comfort

If tracktops and jogging bottoms feel a little too low-key for your style, look to the humble polo shirt. The high street is awash with sporty versions this season, including the loose-weave of our Zara pick (£29.99) which looks great over a contrasting coloured vest or camisole.

Wide legged jeans add a touch of tomboyishness (Marks & Spencer, £29.50), but keep accessories feminine—a large bucket bag in a statement colour (£34, Topshop) and posh patterned trainers (Charlotte Olympia, £295) feed back into the image of sportswear as luxury dress.