Art of Style

5 Easy Ways To Elevate Athleisure

We’re all familiar with those days when you just can’t face wearing anything but leggings or sweats, but what do you do when you need to look more pulled together? There are several styling tricks that will immediately add polish to your trackpants, sweatshirt and sneakers, ensuring you won’t feel scruffy in these sporty staples

Words Emma SpeddingFashion editor Hannah Cole
Hailey Bieber masters the high-low mix with an oversized camel coat over an all-black athleisure look – accessorized with sunglasses, of course

Athleisure has been an off-duty staple for years, but it was the pandemic that really saw it accelerate as dress codes softened and, overnight, it became an entire section of our closets that was suddenly worth investing in. These are items that can be a solid foundation for your everyday wardrobe, not just reserved for a yoga class – and the likes of Hailey Bieber (pictured) and other stylish tastemakers show that athleisure can be elevated to so much more than exercise kit. Spoiler alert: an oversized, sweeping coat and a pair of sunglasses are your best friends here.

Embrace high-low dressing and pair your tracksuit with your smartest items

The base of your outfit may well be a comfortable and very casual tracksuit, but if you contrast it with the smartest items you own, your look becomes instantly more luxe and considered. The three items that will elevate a tracksuit beautifully are as follows: an oversized wool (the boxier the better, as proportion is key here), followed by a beautiful leather such as this tote, finished off with a simple baseball cap. This look is lunges-to-lunch at its finest (or lie-in-to-lunch if that’s more your vibe).

The humble fleece has had a fashion upgrade

Some trends take even the most seasoned fashion experts by surprise, and the luxe fleece has been an unexpected but much-loved addition to our There are myriad stylish iterations of the practical fleece, such as this plush green zip-up jacket by in collaboration with fashion tastemaker Emili Sindlev. The number-one tip when selecting a fleece is to seek out fashion-forward details, such as bold colors, statement collars and directional pocket placement.

How to style out a hoodie

A hoodie and leggings might sound like the kind of outfit you’d wear to WFH or run errands in and little else, but if you select your pieces carefully, this is the perfect weekend look. Firstly, you want to pay close attention to the proportions – the flared leg of these leggings updates the silhouette, while the oversized fit of this hoodie makes it instantly cooler, not to mention an ideal layering piece over everything from crisp shirting to cozy thermals. Simply add timeless, elegant accessories – glossy boots, gold hoop earrings and a leather backpack will ensure this look is perfectly put together.

Model Malika el Maslouhi elevates a pink hoodie and deep-purple puffer jacket with smart navy pants for an effortless off-duty look

Accessories are the secret to elevating any athleisure outfit

When in doubt, focus all attention on the accessories, as these can be the key to adding fashionable flair. These sage-green sneakers are guaranteed to garner plenty of compliments and have very quickly become a cult buy among fashion insiders. Don’t overlook the basics, either, as a baseball cap or pulled-up white socks are small details that can really transform the overall feel of an outfit.

Team sporty trackpants with an oversized cashmere sweater for a low-key-luxe look, like Yoyo Cao

Nothing lifts your look quite like cashmere

Another popular way to elevate athleisure is to take a pair of retro-style trackpants, such as these electric-blue ones, and a pair of equally standout then add an unexpected twist to give it a modern feel. Temper the vibrant hues with a neutral, classic cashmere sweater and elegant shearling coat, and layer on top. This look is all about the unlikely contrast.

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