From chunky sneakers to sleek joggers with heels, the athleisure trend has taken over—and its potential versatility has everyone wearing it. This trend—which dates back to the 1980s, but just officially earned it’s spot in the dictionary in 2016—is here to stay. The style takes athletic attire outside of the gym to create outfits that look both effortless and extremely stylish. You may have seen plus size athleisure on top models and influencers during fashion week or on social media.
You could be sporting athleisure right now and not even know it because the style ranges from full-on tracksuits to yoga pants and a moto jacket. Really, anytime anyone wears their gym attire after the gym is rocking the new trend, and that’s kind of how athleisure rose to prominence. The world is a lot more health-and fitness-conscious today, meaning people are spending more time working out than before, which correlates to how often athletic attire is being worn in and outside of the gym.
However, there is a certain “coolness” to the way athleisure is sported today that transcends beyond sweatpants and sneakers. That’s why we have put together a guide to help you navigate the athleisure trend so you can adapt it to fit your style. Here are the most highly-coveted athleisure trends you’ll find in plus size boutiques.
The Most Stylish Athleisure Trends
Faux Leather Leggings and Yoga Pants
This shiny material is having a huge moment in fashion right now—beyond the athleisure trend. But within this style, faux leather brings a certain edginess to your everyday gym look that makes it especially easy to wear outside of yoga class. If you don’t spend much time styling outfits, but still want a dramatic look, these yoga pants will get you there fast.
Slouchy Hoodies and Sweaters
Plus size hoodies are so versatile for any kind of style, but they work especially well for athleisure because they can turn any look into an athletic-looking one. You can also throw on a chic sweater for a more versatile look. Keep these on hand to pair with yoga pants and top the look off with a structured jacket for an edgy look.
Classic Structured Coats
One of the quickest and easiest ways to turn a gym look into elevated athleisure is to top off the outfit with a coat. Whether it is a cropped leather moto jacket or a minimalistic duster pea coat, these additions will have the paparazzi chasing you because this is the way the stars wear it! Topping off your look with a bomber jacket will also fit perfectly with the athleisure aesthetic, giving you a chic, put-together ensemble. Puffer coats also fall in line with this style and can be worn in any fit from cropped to oversized.
Tees That Make a Statement
Athleisure looks can be as monochromatic or as colorful as you wish, and the same goes for the amount of attitude you want to style into your look. If you want to pack the punch and add some emphasis to your athleisure look, prioritize plus size graphic tees. These T-shirts pair well with anything, and they are naturally casual, but they do add personality to any outfit they are mixed into.
Stock Up on Neutrals
While there is definitely a place for bright colors and statement pieces in athleisure, these outfits usually incorporate many layers. To maximize your looks, keep neutral bottoms, tops and outerwear on hand. For a more high-fashion look, create monochromatic athleisure outfits.
The sweatpant style of bottoms—now formally known as the “jogger”—has made it all the way to dress pants at this point. Our advice? Stock up on joggers in all materials and styles so you can embrace the athleisure trend to the fullest. These pair well with athletic shoes, fashion sneakers and heels. Yes, we said it: heels. Read onto the next style tip for more insight.
Heels, Sneakers and Everything In between
It might be a strange combination to think about: sweatpant style joggers and heels, but trust us, the two go together perfectly in the world of athleisure. Just ask your favorite celeb models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. If you want to dress up a pair of joggers, add a simple strappy heel to elevate. Of course, your everyday gym shoes and fashion sneakers will effortlessly mesh well with your new athleisure vibes.
Your athleisure style can be as muted or loud as you like it to be, but many athleisure looks include bold details. Keep one or two bold colors—like neon green bike shorts—and patterns—like a cheetah-print sports bra—on hand to add emphasis to any athleisure look.
While you probably keep your accessorizing to a minimum while you’re working out at the gym, when you take your look to the streets, you’ll need some bold accessories so everyone knows you’re a fashionista. The fanny pack is a popular bag for the trend, but you could also include your favorite statement crossbody. Finish the look with a pair of bold sunglasses that will give you the ultimate cool girl vibe. If you’re coming from the gym, you may want to throw on a minimalistic baseball cap to hide frizz, but don’t worry, with the athleisure style, a baseball cap is just as much a statement as a wide-brimmed fedora is to the bohemian niche.