How to Build the Perfect Athleisure Wardrobe

Text by: Stephanie Mercier Voyer

. How to Build the Perfect Athleisure Wardrobe

Athleisure, the comfortable aesthetic that blurs the line between the clothes you’d wear to the gym and those you’d wear to the café has become completely embedded in the fashion world and our wardrobes. In a matter of years, athleisure has gone from a trend to a lifestyle. Whether you’re new to athleisure or your daily uniform consists of leggings and a bomber jacket, here’s how to build the perfect athleisure wardrobe that’s packed with pieces from some of our favourite brands.

Pants

Alo Yoga

High-Waist Airlift Legging

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Lolë

Parisia Leggings

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The North Face

Aphrodite Motion Pant 2.0

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In a world where wellness is the ultimate luxury, cool is no longer synonymous with partying until the sun comes up. It is now much more fashionable to wake up early and put on workout gear before heading out to hot yoga. Or as it’s often the case with me, skip the workout altogether, and head to work sporting my most stylish athletic wear. 

The foundation of a perfect athleisure wardrobe is a great pair of leggings. Keep things simple with Alo’s black high-waist legging engineered with a fabric so light it feels like a second skin. Elevate your look while keeping your environmental impact in check with Lolë’s printed Parisia leggings whose sweat-wicking technology is made without harmful chemicals. Invest in a versatile pair of pants that can transition from a rugged mountain hike to an office- or campus-ready look in a flash. The North Face’s Aphrodite Motion pant is made from light, quick-drying material that is breathable and repels light rain. Thanks to a slim fit and cinchable ankle, this design turns performance wear into everyday wear.

Tops

Kari Traa

Maria Tee

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Arc’teryx

Phase AR Crew LS

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Smartwool

Seamless Racerback

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Reebok

Perforated Cover-Up

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Continue building your athletic wear wardrobe with neutral essentials like Kari Traa’s moisture-wicking short sleeve t-shirt, a sustainable and breathable zip-up layer from Indygena and a quick-dry long sleeve by Arc’teryx that you can layer under Reebok’s sweat-wicking perforated t-shirt. In the world of athleisure, sport bras can be worn on their own or layered under a jacket. The detailed design of Merino’s seamless racerback bra offers added texture while delivering high performance with knit cups and wide straps that promote stability.

Jackets

Adidas

Must Haves 3-Stripes Hoodie

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Adidas

Athletics Padded Pull On Puffer

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With the temperature steadily dropping, selecting a few pieces of outerwear will help you transition your athleisure look through the seasons (and finally embrace sweater weather). A classic zip up hoodie like the Adidas Must-Haves 3-stripes hoodie made with soft cotton and recycled polyester (because the last thing you need holding you back from a workout is your environmental impact) will go a long way between the gym and work. For a more polished and timeless look, layer your outfit with a cozy cardigan by Lolë (also made from recycled fibers). When the temperature reaches the single digits, reach for something that can truly block out the chill like this puffer jacket by Stella McCartney for Adidas that is both water-repellent and wind-resistant. The British designer’s ongoing collaboration with the sportswear giant continues to wow with pieces that are both technical and fashionable making the brand a must-buy for athleisure lovers.

Co-ords

Champion Reverse Weave 

Slim Fit Joggers

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Champion Reverse Weave 

Oversized Cropped Raw Edge Sweatshirt

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A bolder way to rock the athleisure look is to wear coordinated suits. For a monochrome look, opt for Champion’s Reverse Weave cotton joggers teamed with the oversized cropped raw edge sweatshirt (a cropped version of the brand’s classic Reverse weave sweatshirt).

Shoes

Adidas

PulseBOOST

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The North Face

Trail Escape

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No athleisure closet is complete without a few pairs of sneakers. Shield yourself from the cold weather with the Stella McCartney for Adidas PulseBOOST, a mid-cut running shoe made with water-resistant yarns, perfect for winter runs in the park. Make your shoes the focal point of your look by choosing a design with bold colours like The North Face’s Trail Escape Peak sneakers that double as a trail running shoe. 

Bag

Trade your purse for the classic Vooray duffle. The award-winning design keeps all of your belongings safe and in place with designated compartments like a ventilated shoe pocket and a padded phone pocket.

The New Athleisure

It’s become clear that wearing athletic wear no longer means you’ve given up on style. Sure, athleisure has been touted as lazy at times (haven’t we all?), but athletic brands have heavily stepped up their game when it comes to the style and technical benefits of fitness wear in order to stay at the top of this multi-billion-dollar industry. A perfect athleisure wardrobe offers the style, tech and comfort you need to confidently transition into the new season.

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