The fashion industry is going through a major transition. Various new looks are being introduced and existing ones are being drastically modified. What is acceptable fashion in various social settings, is also undergoing a change simultaneously. One very noticeable change is that sportswear has slowly become more integrated into various social settings. The big question is how do you dress sporty without looking like you’re heading to the gym?
What constitutes sportswear?
Sportswear, or active wear, is essentially clothing and accessories that are designed especially for working out, training physically and keeping yourself comfortable while doing so. It includes things like sweatpants, sneakers, headbands, wristbands, sweatshirts, breathable tops, and jackets.
Sportswear is designed to be extremely comfortable to wear over long hours of activity. It keeps you cool in warm weather, and keeps you warm when it is cold outside. So it’s no surprise that more and more people are ditching the gym, but keeping the clothes to stay comfortable.
How to use sportswear as casual wear?
To keep up with the trend of sportswear as everyday wear, the fashion industry has been incorporating athletic elements into their designs. This ‘sports minimalism’ trend has elevated the familiar comfort of sportswear to a style that can be casual but also dressy.
Sports minimalism is one of the easiest and smartest looks you can carry off, but you need to know how to go about it. What exactly makes a casual, yet sporty outfit? How do you make this style work? What are the settings where casual sporty is acceptable?
What is the sports minimalism look all about?
This look is about not compromising on comfort to look good in casual everyday social settings. The idea is to combine elements from both sportswear and casual wear to create a well-balanced fusion look that looks and feels great.
How can you make sports minimalism work for you?
You can make this look work for you by learning how to balance the two styles and coming up with outfits that make you look and feel good. The outfits you create should have elements of both active wear and casual wear such that they blend in with each other. Think mixing sports elements like drawstrings, zip details, bold yet simple coloured designs, racing like stripes, lace up details, and stylish fashion elements like distressed jeans, blazers, print dresses and heels.
In what kind of social settings is it acceptable to wear casual sporty outfits?
Social setups have been undergoing a slow but steady change. What is acceptable in social settings is also getting altered. The fact that sportswear is no longer considered to be restricted to the gym is proof of this change. Many office spaces are becoming more casual and relaxed, and what constitutes formal wear itself is undergoing a major change.
You can incorporate this look into almost any social setting:
- Sneakers with jeans or skirts for university, casual Fridays, or a day out with friends.
- A warm sporty jacket with zip or drawstring details for a day out when it is cold.
- Lace-up shoes in fun bright colours for party wear.
- Tank tops and short sleeves featuring colour blocking, stripes or zip details with jeans, skirts or shorts for various occasions.
You can use accessories like bags, shoes and jewellery to make sportswear, especially pieces of clothing, less conspicuous. These elements can help you blend the active wear into everyday outfits with ease.
Tips to dress casual sporty
- Incorporate just one or two elements of active wear with casual wear at a time.
- Do not be afraid to play around and experiment with colours.
- Try unconventional combinations of clothing, shoes and other accessories to create a unique look.
- Look for active wear with interesting detailing and elements like extra zippers, offbeat cuts and fun graphics.
- The aim is for an appearance that looks great and feels comfortable.
Incorporating sportswear into casual wear is relatively easy, but you should get a basic idea on how to balance the two elements and not overdo either. You want to look cool but not overdressed. The key here is to get the mix just right and create a look that makes you look stunning without any discomfort, a look that makes you feel confident about yourself. Oodles of confidence can make almost anything you wear look better than it is.
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