Since the majority of athletic-inspired pieces are soft, thin and breathable, layering is an essential part of the athleisure trend. Build your look around key athletic-influenced pieces (a t-shirt, a pair of leggings) then add in textures, patterns and lightweight extras like plaid shirts or soft knits. By adding soft, comfy pieces you create structure and attitude without adding bulk or discomfort so that you can style move. See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Nira Arora masters the layering game.
One Teaspoon Freebird Distressed Jeans
Every now and again, even hardcore athleisure lovers need a break from performance material. These distressed jeans from One Teaspoon are a great option for those who still want to look like they're ready to bust a move at any time.
Available at Below the Belt $145*
good hYOUman Graphic Tee
Another great thing about the athleisure trend is that it really lets you express yourself - literally. Sayings are popping up on everything from t-shirts to sweatshirts to bombers. Why not join in and spread some positivity while you're at it.
Available at Below the Belt $62*
The Giving Keys Necklace
Just because you're going 'sporty' doesn't mean you have to give up your jewelry. Originally inspired by a New York hotel key, The Giving Key necklaces are discarded and often one-of-a-kind keys that have been stamped with inspirational or meaningful words such as "LOVE", "CREATE" or "COURAGE". Keep it for yourself as a reminder or give to someone who needs a little pick-me-up.
Available at Below the Belt $50*
Noisy May Plaid Shirt
Oh plaid! It's so Canadian, so West Coast and so on-trend. Wear it under or as a jacket with demin or joggers or tie it around your waist and instantly take your leggings and basic tee from gym wear to street wear - extra points if you throw on a bomber.
Available at Hudson's Bay $49*
Aconcagua Down Vest
This versatile, responsibly-sourced down-filled vest with satin finish features diamond-shaped baffles to eliminate cold spots. Layer over your favourite sweatshirt, flannel or sweater.
Available at The North Face $139.99*
It really only takes a couple of pieces to move your active wear from the gym to the street - just make sure it's trend-appropriate (i.e. no fringe or fur here). A blanket scarf is a great way to elevate your outfit and it's oh-so-functional. Make sure to drape loosely or sling it over your shoulders. A perfectly tied scarf isn't very street...
Available at Dynamite $32.95*
This marled toque (a.k.a. beanie) which can be worn cuffed and fitted or uncuffed and slouchy...or something in between is the perfect finishing touch to any athleisure look.
Available at Eddie Bauer $20*
Keds x Kate Spade New York Triple Raffia Sneakers
Yes, you read that right - Kate Spade has partnered with Keds. Up your sneaker game with these beauties featuring a 1.5" platform for added height and unique raffia upper.
Available at Town Shoes $79.95*
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.