With months upon months of worldwide stay-at-home orders in early 2020, everyone’s daily wardrobe seemed to shift from business casual to comfy casual, with the classic quarantine uniform consisting of sweats and a sweatshirt, with the occasional change into a nice shirt for the odd Zoom meeting. However, while the Covid-19 pandemic is still happening, the importance of fashion in day-to-day life has luckily reemerged, with a clear influence of the pandemic ‘fashion’ appearing in mainstream looks now.
One of the biggest athleisure trends that hasn’t gone out of style for the past two years now is matching sweat sets, which obviously factor in the comfort aspect of style while also looking put-together and cohesive. Rather than advertise matching items separately, many brands such as Princess Polly and ASOS sell sweatshirts or comfy bra tops already paired with matching sweats or shorts for the customer’s convenience. Adding the matching component to any outfit naturally makes anyone look more intentional with their fashion choices and even more formal, despite the extreme comfort you will have in one of these looks.
Matching sets are not exclusive to sweats, however, and for those who want to transition from an early morning tennis game or gym session to Sunday brunch can seamlessly do that with the variety of fashionable athleisure options that are tremendously popular at the moment. Whether you are a biker shorts or leggings type of girl, yoga brands like Lululemon and Athleta offer a plethora of styles to ensure that anyone can find a matching set that suits them best. The biggest fashion “secret” for women is the power that dresses hold, considering that they require the least amount of outfit planning, yet make anyone look incredibly well-dressed. Brands like Alo have perfected the chic, yet comfortable tennis dress that doubles as athletic wear and a staple wardrobe piece for strolling around the city and grabbing a coffee. Due to the high demand of athleisure, some clothing companies like Abercrombie that are not known specifically for workout wear have even dipped their toes into this comfy-casual pool of clothing.
Last but not least, one of the most signature athleisure styles of all must not be forgotten— the spandex rompers. Popularized by Kim Kardashian, celebrities and fans alike across the country have been seen donning these flattering and comfortable outfits. The Aritzia Divinity Romper is one of the most popular items on the market at the moment, serving as a solid base for any outfit that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.
While high-fashion and couture items will never go out of style, it is a relief that athleisure looks are also here to stay, whether you are out and about with friends or just want to feel cute in your own home.