Athleisure: Practical and Casual Classwear

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you just want to roll out of bed in your pajamas and never take them off?

I am talking about those 8:30 classes where you hit your snooze button repeatedly and regret the decision to take that specific class at that time. You contemplate not going but do not want to lose those participation points that always make a difference determining you grade at the end of the semester. Therefore, you get up, look in your closet and pick whatever article of clothing you spot first.

During my first year of college, I did not quite master the art of looking put together but also comfortable. I pretty much lived in my sweatpants and sweatshirt because I play lacrosse at Monmouth and found myself too tired to care about how I looked. However, as time went on I discovered “athleisure” wear and let me tell you that changed things for me.

You may be asking yourself what athleisure wear is. The dictionary defines it as “a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings.” This is taking clothes such as leggings and cute workout tops and wearing it in a non-exercise environment like class, hanging with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, etc. You can dress it up with some jewelry or some trendy sneakers.

This creates an illusion that you took time to get ready in the morning when really you are just as comfortable as you would be in your pajamas. This trend is booming especially with the college community, because no one wants to be uncomfortable in class. Athleisure is not only limited to the female population; many men have jumped on board with this trend. You can find so many boys wearing joggers or cool sweat suits to class.

The next time you are stressed about waking up late for class and are panicking about what to wear, think about athleisure. There are many places such as, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Old Navy that sell very affordable athleisure wear that are cute, comfortable, and trendy. There are also online companies, such as Fabletics, that offer deals on athletic casualwear.

Although athleisure is a fashion fad mostly worn by teenagers and college students, anyone can pull off the look. These comfy clothes can be worn when you go for a quick trip to the grocery store or take your dog for a walk.

Picking your kids up from their soccer practice does not require you to put on your “Sunday best.” Throw on some fun leggings or joggers with a soft-knit top and you are good to go. 

Finally, this trend fits to everyone’s needs because it does not just fit one niche group of people. Whether you are an athlete or have never picked up a weight, this trend is right for you.

Stop by your local shopping center or visit the various online athleisure websites to get the latest in the comfortable trend. This will make your college experience better because it will save you time getting ready, allow for more sleep, and make you more comfortable in class.

Go from lounging around your house, to class, to the gym, to dinner all in the same outfit. It’s comfortable, fun, and functional.

PHOTO COURTESY of Riley Brager