by MARSHALL BONE
In 2022, we have seen new athleisure trends rise and have watched old classic fashions be revived. Today’s active girls need outfits that can take them from the gym to a day filled with shopping and dining without having to go home to change clothes. Complete your wardrobe with some of these popular athletic fashions.
Leggings, Jeggings, and Yoga Pants
They can be called different things, but leggings are a trendy new style of pants that are a far cry from the 80s version of stretch pants. Your classic stretch pants with the old stirrup heel bottom could, at times, not be too flattering, whereas today’s leggings are made from materials that help smooth out your shape and have high-rising waists. Leggings act almost like shapewear, making you look slimmer while feeling comfortable when you’re out and about. Leggings come in all sorts of colors, patterns, and materials. You can even get jeggings (leggings that look like tight-fitting jeans).
We thought bike shorts were going to go the way of tracksuits, but they have stuck around and are gaining popularity. Like leggings, bike shorts are tight-fitting and can include high waists to help you contour and shape. Wiggle into a pair of bike shorts and go for a run! They are great for an active lifestyle.
While athleisure dresses are most commonly thought of for tennis players, these cute and trendy dresses are also great for lots of other activities, like playing volleyball with friends, jogging, or working out at the gym. Keep this point in mind: if you’re going to use the inner/outer thigh workout equipment at your gym, you may want to add a tight pair of shorts underneath.
Tank tops are a classic and basic part of your wardrobe that will never go out of style. From form-fitted, deep-U neck cut tops to flowy, loose-fitting tanks, tank tops are a workout’s best friend. They are perfect for layering, so when you are done with your workout and have cooled down, you can throw on a stylish cardigan or jacket for some extra comfort.
Crop tops are definitely in right now. You can find a bunch of photos online of celebrities sporting crop tops and showing off their abs. If you want to rock a crop top, go for it. You can find crop tops in the usual t-shirt style, or ones that look like sweatshirts and jackets. Add a pair of high-rise leggings and you’ve got a spot-on look for today’s fashion.
Some sneaker styles come and go, like the classic air pumps, but canvas style sneakers have held their popularity. Adding extra flair, like bright colors, patterns, and platform soles kicked up the appeal of wearing canvas sneakers. Unlike some specialized sneakers that are clearly for running or other activities, canvas sneakers are a part of the athleisure trend that can take you from a casual outing to a hike in the country.
Leading an active lifestyle doesn’t mean you are confined to only wearing baggy old sweats. Athleisure is a new trend that has been rapidly gaining popularity. New styles and new activewear fashions are available in shopping outlets near you and in all sorts of online clothing stores. Add these pieces to your capsule wardrobe or help someone else get started with a more active lifestyle by gifting them some leggings or a cute crop top today.
Marshall Bone is a writer, copy strategist and all-around stylish guy who has been following trends in GQ for more than two decades. Voted best-dressed both his junior and senior year, Bone has continued this legacy and can be found covering various topics from men’s fashion to self care and grooming. He enjoys reading and is based in the greater Los Angeles area.