Athleisure 101: A Style Guide to Picking the Right Activewear

Ladies, ditch the joggers and sweats—your wardrobe demands sleek silhouettes, edgy prints, and versatile garments that strike the perfect balance between comfort and chic.  

Is athleisure synonymous with fitness? Nuh-uh. As you may already know, sportswear has taken over street style and has crept onto runways, making it a celebrity favourite garment—Malaika Arora, Anushka Sharma, Disha Patani, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, and several others are often caught sporting the go-to trend on the streets of Mumbai and elsewhere.

To fill you in, athleisure includes clothes that fit a somewhat broad category of being appropriate for athletic or leisure pursuits, or both. Basically, it's all about incorporating sporty pieces into your closet, not solely for the purpose of working out. Think on the lines of pairing your favourite neon shoes with an asymmetric cut-out sports bra and sleek yoga pants (ah-mazing). 

If you're new to athleisure and seek guidance when it comes to picking statement pieces for your wardrobe, Myriad Activewear—the brainchild of Sunishka Goenka—has got you covered. 

 

Choose Lightweight Pieces

 

Listen up, workout wear must be light and breathable. So instead of reaching out for those thick leggings, opt for a pair made of a lightweight fabric that allows freedom of movement. The trick is to balance between style and comfort—and trust us, you can most definitely have both. 

 

Pick Quick-Dry Garments

 

Since you may be sweating it out (we only said *maybe*), you must ensure that your activewear is capable of drying up quickly. To enhance wearability, it is important that your attire doesn't soak up the sweat and feel heavy on your body. 

 

Check For a Four-Way Stretch

 

While it's all about the fit, it is also all about the stretch. After all, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than a fabric that won’t stretch and fit your body like a glove. When choosing activewear, make sure that the fabric comes with a 4-way stretch, giving way to greater mobility and comfort. 

 

Mix and Match Outfits

 

There's nothing better than having abundant versatile options to pick from. This way you have the liberty to mix and match and create unique outfit combinations for different occasions—to wear to Pilates or to hit the streets. Think lightweight power jackets, crop tops, zip pants, tie-up tees and a lot more, in the vibrant colours, patterns, and designs!

 

Leggings > Sweatpants

 

While slouchy, drawstring-waist sweatpants are tempting, leggings tend to be more suited to a workout. Not only are they fresh and stylish, but also stretchable, breathable, and sweat-wicking. PS. Chic leggings in contemporary designs are a wardrobe must-have, period. 

 

(Myriad Activewear's Range of Uber Trendy Athleisure available at https://myriadactivewear.com/)

 

Image: Courtesy Cosmopolitan Philippines