Years ago the concept of Casual Fridays had everyone “talking,” some were welcoming to the concept and others…well not so much. Perhaps the reason being some did not understand it and felt as though work should be associated with traditional suitwear, always. We certainly have come a long way since then with the entry of Athleisure to our wardrobe and overall culture.
Comfortable and chic, with the ability to be curated ever so stylishly, Athleisure has graced us on the most coveted publications and catwalks. This said, there has always been a looming cloud over the phrased style choice as to whether it was “work appropriate” or not. Today, this is certainly not the case with our current ecosystem. Zoom meetings take precedence over all in-person coffee’s and meetings as well as an elevated importance towards conscience spending and multi-tasking wardrobes – more top of mind than ever before.
Enter yet another brilliant term (or is it?) ‘Workleisure, a term coined by mixing casual and Athleisure. Like anything in fashion (and life) it evolves – sometimes into something completely new and exciting and other times it is halted until it resurfaces with new nuances. In this case,
Workleisure was brought to our attention with comfort at the forefront of our society (and good luck getting it to go anywhere now!) while mingling with a more tailored approach. I always discuss how we want to relay the best version of ourselves to society and most importantly feel confident. A more polished look than the “too casual” image, insert the two-piece sweat pant version I wore to the gym is always preferred, especially in this Workleisure space. When stying this route, keep in mind the following parameters:
- A fabric that was developed to soak up sweat
- Bralettes or racerback tops
- Anything see-through
- Sweat pants/track pants (or two piece outfits) that are bulky and truly meant for the gym or yard work
- Anything overly distressed, tops or bottoms
- Sleepwear that is truly just that – you cannot transform that from your bed to the meeting virtual or not
- Footwear that is worn-out
- An athleisure/sweatpant silhouette transforms into the right look with the right fabric – wool, cashmere, silk or combination stretch fabric; even an elastic waist looks better with these fabrics
- Print or pattern that is not too busy
- Sweaters and t-shirts with some embellishment
- Jackets without drastic tailoring unless you’re comfortable with that; think cardigan, kimono style, wrap-around, zip-up
- Great sleeves which is always a statement without overtly trying too hard
Let’s look at a few options that work and that I would recommend.