Athleisure seems to be all the rage. Just like nude shoes, everywhere I look, I see women in ‘sporty chic’ all day, every day. Both Kate Hudson and Beyonce have launched their respective ‘athleisure’ lines.
This was all wonderful until I heard that some companies in the US will make it acceptable to wear sweatpants to work. One word: ridiculous. Please don’t get me wrong, I am all for being comfortable in what you wear but too comfortable = lazy.
It’s perfectly acceptable to wear yoga pants if you are in fact going to yoga or the gym, but wearing them all day long... why? Unless your closet got broken into and your only surviving piece of clothing are those pants, it’s not okay. Ladies, yoga pants are not pants, no matter what anyone tells you. There needs to be either a zipper or button to qualify.
I can’t say that it’s not tempting; elastic pants, tennis shoes and a T-shirt, how bad can that be? It’s comfy, stretchy and lastly easy. Isn’t this how we all want to dress daily? One day, I was heading out of home and my son said, “I thought you already went to exercise.” When I told him I was running out to get milk, he looked at me, bewildered and said, “Then why are you wearing exercise clothes?”
Yoga pants, as gorgeous and easy as they are, speak ‘lazy’. You are your own personal brand. When people think of your brand, is lazy/comfy your desired brand image? I doubt anyone wants to bag the award for the most comfortable dresser of the year. If someone nominated me for that, I wouldn’t show up for the ceremony, no chance. Most glamorous, most avant garde, most number of nude shoes, bring it on!
Beyonce has launched her own athleisure line
How you choose to present yourself says a lot about your relationship with you. What message are you giving out to the world? Laid-back or polished? Comfortable or glamorous? Put-together or dishevelled?
Dress for where the day may take you. You just never know. You also never know who you’ll run into, a lesson I’ve learnt the hard way.
Athleisure is a trend that is likely here to stay but I urge you to not make it your daily uniform. There are so many more looks vying for your love and attention. Think about how you would describe your style sensibility in three words. And finally, what is your personal brand?
When not working on leadership development for an engineering company, Priyanka Khanna scouts the mall for new buys. She lives in Dallas, USA. She's on Instagram @browngirldiaries. Read her posts on her Fashion101 Blog.