Upscale Athleisure

Not sure if it’s driven by working from home, my regular use of Citibike for transportation, or my love for sneakers, but all I want to wear right now (and forever, really) is athleisure wear. However, because I work in a client-service industry, I found a way to combine glorified sweatpants and professionalism. Lucky for you, I am here to share the secret. I call it… upscale athleisure. Below are a few of my favorite ways to dress up your loungewear:

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Tip #1: Swap cotton for a dressier sweatsuit material
I’m partial to velvet or satin right now, but the options are endless.
(Above: Forever21 Knit Velvet Jogger Set)

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Tip #2: Dress up the sneakers a bit
Leather, suede or even velvet elevate a look. Bonus points for non-white soles.
(Above: Prada metallic sneakers)


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Tip #3: Throw on a satin bomber
A satin or embellished bomber is the dressier version of a track jacket, with all the comfort. I especially like this double-zip, patterened satin bomber.
(Above: Sweaty Betty Sublunary Bomber)


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Tip #4: Avoid too-casual tees
A basic t-shirt can look fresh and clean, just make sure it’s well-cut and a nicer
material than your standard athletic ones.  I really like Rag & Bone’s t-shirt material,
and can usually find it at discounted prices.
(Above: Rag & Bone The Vee T


Psychic: Juicy

It’s recently been confirmed that I’m psychic, because I’ve been predicting a Juicy Couture comeback for the past couple of years. My hopes were high that its inclusion at last summer’s Paris Fashion Week meant I was ahead of the game, but alas, the brand needed a bit more of a boost (i.e.: Jamie Mizrahi). Now, finally, I think we can say my prediction came true, and Juicy Couture is really back.

Unfortunately, I am clearly not a super psychic, because my intuition also involved the OG velour tracksuit, a navy version of which has been sitting unworn in my closet for many moons. While the Spring 2018 Ready to Wear Collection does fantastically incorporate some velour tracksuits, this revamped line is certainly a long way from the 2000’s Juicy butt suit. Check out some of my favorite looks from the nostalgic brand below, with the full collection here, thanks to Vogue.