If you're a friend or a client, you've probably heard my advice on the "athleisure" trend, specifically the workout-pants-as-regular-pants phenomenon. I have clients with drawers full of beautiful, bright, fun workout pants...you know, skin-tight, spandex leggings.
|Adidas Floral Burst Tights|
I LOVE that designers are motivating us to workout more often and to look and feel good doing it. I was one of the first in line to buy these crazy, printed pants for boot camp! But after boot camp, I came home, showered up, and got dressed for the day, leaving the leggings at home to be washed for the next workout. (Full disclosure: There are definitely days when I simply don't have time to change, and I can be found in my sweaty workout gear all day. Ew. But, such is life). In my opinion, workout pants don't count as regular pants, so my clients with drawers full of them generally get the following advice: "Those are cute. But they are for working out, and you didn't pay me to come help you put together workout outfits."
Recently, I've been challenged on that advice by a couple of super-stylish clients and friends, and I figured I owed it to them to open my mind a bit and style some workout pants for non-workout looks. So, I headed over to my client, Morgan's house last week to work with her extensive and adorable collection.
|Superfun Yoga Pants|
|Teeki brand from Superfun Yoga Pants|
It wasn't hard to come up with a "formula" for styling leggings:
1. Add a tunic-length top to cover the crotch and bum. Keep it pretty toned down and let the pattern on the leggings do the talking.
2. Put on cute accessories.
3. Add another layer for interest or to keep warm.
4. Boots seem to look best to finish off the look, but sneakers and flats could work, too.
If anyone can pull this off, it's Morgan!! She's no slouch, this one, and those legs would look good in most any fabric. She had just the right additions in her closet to take these looks from athletic to athleisure. I see a lot of girls at my daughter's school wearing leggings-as-pants, making a creative statement, and I love it! I also think that if you're a fitness professional or someone who markets and sells this type of pant, it could be a lot of fun to wear them and style them in fun, new ways. Otherwise, though, I'm still not convinced. To me, the look is a bit too unpolished for the age-range of my typical client. I'm all for creative expression through clothing, but I think there's a more sophisticated way to show your flair.
HAVING SAID ALL OF THIS -- One of the things I love most about fashion, is that it is so creative and so subjective. I have, on many occasions, worn clothing that most everyone else thought was weird or ugly or unflattering, but I really loved it anyway. (Many of you would question the "polish" and "sophistication" of my distressed jeans!) I've also been known to change my mind about whether or not it's "ok" to wear certain things. Self-expression is what it's all about!! So, if you hire me for a Wardrobe Revival, and you really want to create some outfits around your workout pants, let me know! We can do that. I'll keep an open mind if you do! (Also, check out Richmond's Superfun Yoga Pants for more really cute looks!)
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