10 Stylish Ways to Wear the Athleisure Trend

With top designers including sportswear in their runway shows, and everyone from fashion bloggers to your favorite celebrities wearing leggings and tracksuits just about everywhere, we can declare it official — athleisure is a major fashion trend to know about now. From the coffee house to a business lunch, picking up the kids from school, and even at cocktails, wearing workout gear outside the gym, and even mixing it with more polished wardrobe separates, is a major trend for women who want to look fashionable and current. But if you're used to carefully putting your outfits together, how do you know what to wear with workout clothes to look chic, without veering into sloppy? We're here to help, with inspirational outfits and fashion tricks from street style on how you can wear the athleisure trend now.

 

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Wear Track Pants Instead of Slacks

Woman in track pants and blouse
Wear track pants to brunch with this styling trick. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Track pants are so trendy right now, you can actually wear them in place of slacks, when you have some freedom to play with your fashion. (It's basically the same concept as wearing skinny jeans instead of more traditional trousers). We might not wear this outfit to work, but slim track pants styled with a pretty blouse and classic high heels pumps is a fashion forward outfit for wearing to brunch or gallery hopping.

 

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Elevate Sweats With Accessories

Street style woman in sweatsuit and Gucci purse
A Gucci purse elevates sweats in a snap. Timur Emek/Getty Images

A slouchy grey sweatsuit can be surprisingly stylish (for real) with the addition of fantastic accessories. Here, furry cuffs, oversized sunglasses and a glamorous designer handbag (this one is Gucci) take grey sweatpants and a baggy matching gym top, and turn them into an actual outfit you could wear for running errands.

 

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How to Wear Leggings All Day

Street style woman in leggings and jean jacket
Layer a cute jean jacket over your gym leggings. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Wouldn't it be great if you could wear your workout outfit from home to the gym, without worrying about looking sloppy? Here's a great example from street style of what to wear with leggings to make them look stylish, so you can cut down on changing room time (and turn heads on your commute). Leggings are a perfectly fashionable choice to wear for daytime, anytime, when you style them with a cute denim jacket, stylish ankle boots, and a trendy backpack for toting your gym beauty products.

 

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Wear a Sweatshirt on a Date

Street style sweatshirt and mini skirt
Street style in a sweatshirt and mini skirt. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Here's a date outfit that strikes the perfect balance between chill and fierce. A basic black hoodie brings a laid back vibe to a metallic mini-skirt and high heel sandals, for a going out look that's sure to earn you envy.

 

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Everyday Outfit in Jeans and a Sweatshirt

Street style woman in jeans and sweatshirt
Layer a hoodie under a structured blazer or coat. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Layering a hoodie sweatshirt under a more structured piece is an easy way to work this trendy closet item into your outfits now, and participate in the athleisure trend. Here, a classic pea coat with pretty detailing makes a basic sweatshirt and jeans outfit look instantly more stylish.

 

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Track Pants and Blazer Outfit

Woman in track pants and blazer
Wear a blazer over track pants. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

We love the go-to fashion editor trick of layering a great blazer over more casual wardrobe pieces, to dress up an otherwise basic outfit. Here, a blue boyfriend blazer adds polish to an otherwise super casual look in burgundy track pants and a simple tank top.

 

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Wear a Hoodie for Easy Daytime Chic

Street style woman in hoodie coat and leather skirt
Wear a hoodie with a leather skirt. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

A hoodie sweatshirt can be styled in your wardrobe now, much like you'd wear a sweater. Here, an olive hoodie (and fishnet tights) helps to dress down a long leather skirt and sophisticated checked coat, making them feel more relaxed and effortlessly chic. This is a great outfit idea for shopping trips with your girls.

 

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Weekend Style in Stirrup Leggings

Street style in leggings and faux fur coat
Wear a great coat with leggings to dress them up. Georgie Hunter/Getty Images

Stirrup leggings are not only stretchy and comfortable, they can actually be styled to look polished for daytime. Don't believe us? Just take a look at this smart street style outfit, that matches "stirrup pants" with a pullover sweater, and a chic faux fur detailed coat that pulls the whole outfit together. Pulling your stirrups over the soles of your heels, as pictured here, to make them part of the outfit's appeal? Pure fashion genius.

 

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Wear a Leather Jacket Over Track Pants

Street style woman in leather jacket and track pants
A leather jacket dresses up wide leg track pants. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Baggy striped jogger pants used to be strictly limited to the gym, but not anymore. Track pants are a major women's fashion trend this year, and you'll see this wardrobe staple cropping up in street style photos, fashion blogs, and your favorite celebrity Instagram feeds now. Here's one way to add polish to track pants for daytime wear, by styling them with high quality leather pieces. A black leather motorcycle jacket, high quality leather purse and shiny black loafers dress up track pants enough to wear to lunch, picking up the kids, or coffee dates with friends.

 

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Wearing Sneakers With a Dress

Street style woman in striped dress yellow coat and sneakers
Wear sneakers to dress down a polished daytime look. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

It's a thing, and it's not as hard as you might think to pull off. Simply add basic white sneakers to any outfit in a dress, when you want to create a "not trying too hard" vibe. We especially love the way this move adds a fresh and youthful vibe to more ladylike or preppy outfits, as seen here in this street style fashion photo.