How to Look Sporty Chic in Athleisurewear

Sweatshirts, numbered tees, tennis shirts, and meshed tops, sports shorts – They seem like something you’d wear on the courts or in the gym, but they’re not.

Designers have taken inspiration from the sporting world and created game-changing, dressed-up of versions of athletic wear that are meant to be worn in everyday life. These looks are ideally suited for women who spend casual weekends on the go, in the sun, or just lounging around and still want to look put-together all at once.

sporty-chic So, how do you wear this luxe athletic wear trend without looking like you walked out of grade eight gym class? Very subtlety! Here are some no-fuss options to consider.


From the runway to reality, the best mesh options are light, airy, and stylish – sporty, chic staples. Enjoy the spring breeze by wearing a layered mesh top or a top with perforated inserts for a subtle athletic look. Then pair your top with sleek ankle grazing or cropped pant.

Sneaker Glam

A weekend on the go calls for a comfortable shoe. Embrace the sporty trend with fashionable-meets-functional footwear. A chic sneaker is a versatile go-to option to complete your athletic-inspired look. If lace-up sneakers isn’t your thing, try out a sporty slip-on or a mesh wedge.


Nothing says sporty like Neoprene, which is turning up on clothing and accessories, especially shoes. Wide, flat sandals are part of the new athletic look.  A bit of neoprene on your footwear will make you look current, and it’s pretty darn comfy too.

Sporty Dresses

This is an easy one for most anyone to wear. A shirtdress is sporty, feminine, and a great weekend go-to piece. Choose a dress with an athletic silhouette such as a tennis-inspired dress. A shirtdress with zipper and buckle detailing has also scored this spring. Leggings work well with these dresses if you want to cover your legs. Shirtdresses can be easily dressed down for a casual brunch or dressed up for a date.

Sporty Jackets

A sporty jacket can easily be paired with a colorful tee and cropped pant or jeans to add a chic, effortless element to your outfit. Look for jackets with athletic details such as exposed zippers, stripes, and mesh. A cropped or rolled sleeve will keep the look casual and weekend appropriate. Super stylized bomber jackets score big this spring too.

Track  Pants

If you secretly wish you could wear track pants outside of the gym, now you can because this season they’re cool. How do you wear them without looking frumpy? Choose a pair that tapers slightly below the knee, or has banded cuffs at the ankles. This touch of fit ensures the shape of your legs is not lost.

To dress up the look, try track pants made from a more luxurious, silky material and pair with a set of pumps. Just be mindful of what you wear on top. Avoid anything baggy. A more fitted blouse will balance the look.

Are you ready to score in playful and tomboyish athletic-inspired pieces? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

* Guest Contributor: Fashion Stylist Chantelle Collier.

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6 thoughts on “How to Look Sporty Chic in Athleisurewear

  1. Thank you! I recently realized my wardrobe was on the very dressy side and was needing a way to spice it up. I’ve started working out more so why not incorporate that into my style as well sometime.

  2. Yes I love all of your ideas about the sporty trend. I will definitely be incorporating some into my wardrobe as they are stylish, colourful and comfortable.

  3. Looks more fun than the constant stream of dresses you’d wear to dinner and nothing else. Fashionable and functionable … I like it!

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