The Best Athleisure for your Ample Lounge Time

by | Fashion, Lifestyle

This past year brought us more lounge time than we knew what to do with. A week of lock-down turned into semi-permanent work from home situations, and suddenly staying in our PJs seemed depressing and totally unmotivating. But sitting at home in high-waisted jeans also felt needlessly uptight. Enter: cute sweats.

Athleisure trends were already on the rise before the pandemic hit — the pendulum swinging towards comfort after years of towering heels and binding skinny jeans. But once we were in full lockdown-mode, the need for comfortable clothes reached an all-time high. In 2020, the most successful brands were those that focused on comfort sets, stretch materials, workout wear that could double as loungewear, and sweatsuits. Brands found a plethora of ways to help us look and feel put together while remaining super comfy and cozy.

The options are currently limitless: from the softest luxe cashmere sets by Nadaam and Leimere, to simple affordable mix and match sweats by fast fashion brands Primark, H&M, and Forever21. Whether your goal is to look office-appropriate [er, Zoom-appropriate] or performance ready for the impromptu yoga sesh, see below for a range of athleisure for every mindset:

Updated Sweatshirts

These options make it easy to jump from your “quick Netflix break” to a work call and feel utterly professional. Looking polished and feeling comfy are no longer mutually exclusive: sweatshirts got a makeover. Now available in pretty textures, turtlenecks and bell sleeves, these options are a fun way to WFH. Pop on a pair of hoops, and you’re ready for that last-minute meeting with your boss.

Workout sets

Sometimes the best way to motivate is to look the part. Whether you’re dragging yourself to the hiking trail or your living room for a virtual HIIT class, an adorable outfit is guaranteed to give you the mojo you need. Wearing cute workout wear has never been easier- from Target to Outdoor Voices, you’re sure to find great options at every price point.

The Coziest Knits

Knit sets are the best way to feel your fanciest while perched on the couch. From luxurious cashmere to chic ribbed sets, there are a ton of brands that have elevated options for your at-home style. Zara makes a sweet affordable version of Khaite’s knitted bralette, and we love the colorful cable knit shorts from Fashion Nova.

Retro Sweatsuits

Nothing feels more timely than a retro sweatsuit. It’s easy to thrift gems such as Champion, Reebok or Russell; but modern brands also have fun versions. Splurge on Off-White or snap up a set at H&M.

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