The Other F Words

If you’re anything like us, you wear work-out clothes 95% of the time. Trillfit class? Leggings. Work? An inconspicuous, professional-ish pair of leggings. Out on the town? Those leggings with the sexy mesh inserts. And now that Katy Perry gave us the greenlight on wearing a sports bra to an elegant evening event, we’re this close to throwing out all our uncomfortable “going out tops” too.

So what is it about “athleisure?” Do we like the fashion? Or do we like the functionality? The two are becoming increasingly inextricable, with high fashion brands like Alexander Wang and DKNY making athletics-inspired clothing and traditionally sportswear oriented companies like Puma and Nike rolling out pieces with more contemporary silhouettes. And then there are new companies cropping up with both “Fs” in mind. Kit and Ace, for example, founded in 2014 by the wife and son of Lululemon’s founder, strives to create a realty where from work to work out you “never ever interrupt your day to change your clothes.” “Lounge, lunge or lunch – all in the same outfit,” preaches the company website. Sounds good to us.

Perhaps by welcoming the athleisure trend, we will also be inspired to incorporate more movement in our day-to-day routine. By the transitive property, looking good means feeling good, and feeling good means wanting to move your body, right? So looking good=moving more.  Or at least that’s our reasoning process over here. If clothes are cute and allow for easy movement, we’ll want to participate in that lunch hour yoga session, to walk home instead of taking the T, to break out in to a happy dance whenever the feeling hits.

Last month, we traveled to the Mecca of Dance Like Nobody’s Watching – Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. With many celebrity and high-profile attendees, the festival is also somewhat of a showcase for “free-spirited” fashion. However, in recent years, festival-goers seem to be less keen on elaborate outfits that include headdresses, flower crowns, and lots of dangly fringe that constitute a “boho” look in favor of more practical, sportswear-inspired looks. Is Coachella a representation of fashion on a larger scale? Are we too disposing of the frills of fashion in favor of only what moves with us, what feels natural?

Click through to check out the athleisure trends we’re loving for Spring and Summer 17.

Zorela Georgescu