In Charlotte, one thing is clear: people are active – and their outfits show it.
I swear, every time I turn around I see the same old Lululemon.
Most of us agree that yoga pants and a spandex top is a tired look that shows you just aren’t trying. That may be true by itself, but by adding layers and thinking outside the box, your athletic style can go from generic and weak to sporty chic!
Blame it on my obsession with Gigi Hadid’s off-duty looks or my love for all things comfy, but you can bet I’ll be sporting athleisure loud and proud.
Not only can it be trendy when done right, athleisure can also be convenient and versatile. When you need to work out, run errands, and meet friends all in one afternoon, keep your look fresh by making simple tweaks. Just throw a change of shoes, an extra top and some accessories in your gym bag in the morning and you’re ready to roll.
So, whether you’re hitting the gym or grabbing drinks, I’ve got you covered for all of your on-the-go moments.
Rise and Grind
Keep your ratty sweatpants and plain white tee at home. Instead, jump into these leggings with a matching top by Alala from Fit Atelier. Located on East Boulevard, the local boutique aims to bring “curated fitness and wellness programming and the chicest active fashion to Charlotte.” And that it does!
They host a Celebrity Trainer Series, already featuring Body by Simone and The Class by Taryn Toomey – all while dressing its participants in sleek, yet comfortable styles.
Here are a few other options so you can look good while you’re breaking a sweat:
And the best part? These elevated basics are cute enough to wear when you leave the gym!
No need to switch your entire look before tackling your to-do list. Just update your outfit post-workout by adding a structured jacket and a stylish leather backpack.
Mixing materials and textures in neutral tones helps to sophisticate your look by creating interesting yet cohesive contrasts.
I also love a head-to-toe black outfit! It’s form flattering and it’s easy to add a punch of color by wearing a bright scarf or a vibrant bag.
These looks are stylish on their own, but can be taken up a notch when stepping out with friends.
Topping off your afternoon with beers at Sycamore? Think Sporty meets Posh Spice!
Pair your leggings with booties and swap your white tee for a cropped hoodie under a leather jacket. By incorporating sporty elements that fit seamlessly with your wardrobe, you’ll feel cool and casual.
Or switch up your look by sliding into these.
From sunup to sundown, athleisure provides function without compromising style – or even breaking a sweat.