The Rise of Athleisure

In recent years, a fashion trend has swept through the streets, perfectly embodying the Kiwi spirit of adventure and laid-back sophistication. Athleisure blurs the lines between athletic wear and everyday fashion, making it a versatile and comfortable style. Let's dive into the essence of athleisure.

What is Athleisure?

Athleisure refers to clothing designed for everyday wear with a touch of sportiness. The word combines two seemingly contradictory terms, "athletic" and "leisure."

The term “athleisure” was first used in 1979 to describe clothing and shoes designed for people who wanted to look athletic, but it wasn't until the early 2000s when activewear brands like Lululemon revolutionised the perception of workout gear as something that can be worn every day. Nowadays, athleisure is more like a movement, with the style becoming socially accepted to wear out to coffee, to run errands or even to work.

Essential Pieces for an Athleisure Outfit

Creating a chic athleisure look starts with key pieces that effortlessly blend sporty and casual elements. Think sleek leggings or joggers paired with a stylish tank top or a cosy hoodie. A sports bra can double as a stylish crop top. Footwear is crucial too—choose sneakers that offer both comfort and flair. Accessorise with a backpack, tote, or crossbody bag to complete the ensemble.

The beauty of athleisure lies in its versatility. Mix and match your athleisure pieces with everyday staples to create a balanced look. Experiment with bold colours or subtle neutrals to express your personal style. Don't be afraid to accessorise with minimal jewellery or a sleek watch to elevate your outfit.

Athleisure at Zebrano

We at Zebrano love to stock styles that can be used to put together elevated athleisure outfits. Our labels Moke, Dref By D, MM Sohn, Bamboo Body, Cashews, Deeanne Hobbs, Bittermoon, Lemon Tree, and Adine And Co are some of the labels that frequently come out with sporty styles. Contact one of our Style Gurus in-store for a style session or if you are looking for anything specific.

Some of our favourites include the Moke Indiana Pants, an elevated sweat pant with a contrast stripe on the leg, and the Moke Billie Coat, a fun rain jacket. Our Bittermoon tops are an easy choice for an athleisure look, especially the Side Car Top, which features a sporty striped trim. Lastly, it has to be a bomber jacket. We can’t choose between the sleek Argento Bomber by Dref By D or the funky Lily Jacket by M A Dainty.

Athleisure has transcended its origins as mere workout attire to become a lifestyle staple embraced by fashionistas worldwide. This trend isn't just about looking good—it's about feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. Whether you're hitting the gym, running errands, or meeting friends for brunch, athleisure offers a perfect blend of functionality and fashion.


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