STYLED 4 WAYS: THE ATHLETIC AESTHETIC

Don’t call it a comeback trend: “athleisure” is here to stay.

The last few years have seen a slow-but-steady blurring of the line that separates activewear from streetwear, to the point that the two are now nearly indistinguishable. Menswear as a whole has treaded into more casual, sporty territory, while activewear continues to adopt an increasingly streamlined, minimalist, wear-it-anywhere aesthetic.

And here’s where it becomes clear that this shift is more than a passing trend: with it, we’ve ALSO seen a general shift in public perception. No longer is it considered “lazy” or “sloppy” to wear your workout clothes outside the gym, and now more than ever, it’s seen as totally acceptable to mix activewear into to your everyday wardrobe — in some cases, even your work wardrobe.

The bottom line: everyone likes to be comfortable and everyone likes to look good. So when the stars align to make those two things happen simultaneously, repeat after us: YOU. TAKE. ADVANTAGE.

How, exactly? That’s where Laura, our Lead Stylist, comes in. Below, she shows us four easy-to-replicate ways to incorporate activewear into your everyday looks — WITHOUT sacrificing your style.

 

LOOK #1: MINIMAL + MODERN

Go for a cool, tonal look with head-to-toe black and grey hues. Laura’s picks: these space-dyed grey shorts, a simple black hoodie (the grey trim is a small detail that does a lot to tie the whole look together) and black sneakers with a bright-white contrast sole.

At a glance, this look could pass as high-end streetwear (closer inspection reveals essential performance attributes like reflective trim, thumb holes and bonded zippers).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AEO Longline Crew T-Shirt | AE Active Side Stripe Jogger

 

LOOK #2: STYLE MEETS COMFORT

Believe it or not, this outfit features the same grey shorts from the first look!

Styled with a classic chambray shirt, an olive-green varsity jacket and simple white slip-ons, they take on a whole new vibe — casual-cool yet totally pulled together.

Shop the Look:

New Balance 530 Suede Sneaker | AEO Fitted Baseball Hat | AEO Canvas Sneaker

 

LOOK #3: RETRO SPORT

For our third look, Laura created a sporty, ‘90s-inspired feel by pairing slim-fitting joggers with light layers and a modern graphic hoodie.

Added bonus: the tapered leg and varsity-striped trim make these joggers the perfect modern-day replacement for those old, baggy track pants (but they’re just as comfortable!).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AE Active Reflective Colorblock T-Shirt | AE Active Drawstring Short | Clarks® Trigenic Flex Sneaker

LOOK #4: WEEKEND VIBES

Our final look is proof that a few minor tweaks can completely transform your aesthetic.

Laura took the layered tees and joggers from our third look and gave them a sport-to-street makeover by swapping the hoodie for a timeless denim jacket, adding crisp white sneakers and topping it off with a fresh baseball cap.

The result? A laid-back, put-together look that you could wear literally anywhere. (Well, okay, maybe not to that black-tie wedding. You get the drift.)

Shop the Look:

AEO Reversible Embroidered Bomber Jacket | AEO Indigo Chambray Shirt | Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker

Show us how you are wearing the athleisure trend with #AEOSTYLE and tell us your favorite look in the comments below!

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