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Monday, October 30, 2017

fallin' for athleisure

i have a confession: despite the many
blouses, boots, dresses, and skirts in my closet, i spend
the majority of my free time (i.e. time spent away
from the office) in leggings and a sweatshirt. 
i am perpetually cold, so layers (such as a sweatshirt,
vest, and thick socks) are seemingly essential.

two years ago, when athleisure became 
increasingly popular, this girl was thrilled.

athleisure: a trend in fashion in which clothing
designed for workouts and other athletic activity
is worn in other settings, such as the workplace,
at school, or to other casual engagements.
disclosure: brooks running graciously provided me the top, tights, 
and shoes pictured in this post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

a sunny afternoon spent lunching and shopping
in snohomish was the perfect opportunity 
to style my newest athleisure wear, graciously 
provided by brooks running

while i greatly enjoy dressing up, there is
something special (or perhaps exciting?) about the
ability to wear comfortable, casual pieces in
public (without fear of looking or feeling
too casual). printed leggings and a sweatshirt for
lunch? yes, please!
i cannot tell you how soft and stretchy
my brooks running 'greenlight' tights are! they are 
high waisted, so i don't have to fuss with 
them (surely you can relate -- that persisent 
yanking on and pulling up of leggings to keep them
in place on your waist -- #notimeforthat).

my 'dash' hoodie and 'purecadence 6' shoes 
kept my feet (and the rest of my body) happy
throughout the day. despite a great deal of walking,
i felt comfortable, energetic, and supported!
how can you style athleisure pieces while 
striving to look presentable? it can often
feel like a balancing act, but it is simple, i promise!

here are three ways i style athleisure items
outside the gym:

1. pair your hoodie with jeans.
whether you prefer boyfriend, distressed, or skinny 
jeans, a hoodie is the perfect top to pair with denim.

2. don't forget a purse!
a chic bag is critical to your look, so why not 
include a fun bag with your running shoes?

3. makeup and/or hair can be a fun (but
not required) addition.
what makes you feel beautiful? your favorite
red lipstick? a dusting of blush? curls?
mascara and loose waves make me feel prettiest!
photos by jenn from hello rigby

hoodie: c/o brooks running (exact here), 
tights: c/o brooks running (exact here), shoes: c/o brooks running (exact here),
purse: swap with my favorite, ana luiza from northwest blonde

are you a fan of the current athleisure trend?
how do you style gym-inspired
pieces? i cannot seem to get enough!
in case you missed it, here is another post in
which i styled brooks running tights. 
xoxo.