Athleisure: the name for athletic wear that is distinctly fashionable. Good for working up a sweat or going out to happy hour with friends. Fit fashion has risen in popularity in recent years, and it isn’t going away any time soon.
Curious what athleisure will look like in 2021? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a list of 11 athleisure trends to wear in 2021.
1. High Waisted Leggings
Leggings are not new by a long shot. But they have been going through a renaissance this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As more and more people stay home, they embrace more comfortable clothing choices; leggings included.
But in 2021, look for high waisted leggings. Many leggings already incorporate a high rise, but this year’s leggings go clear up to your waist. They provide extra skin coverage and a little bit of tummy support.
Many brands are now choosing to emphasize sustainable materials. More leggings in 2021 will be made from organic, Earth-friendly fabrics.
2. Versatile Bike Shorts
Bike shorts: no longer used for just bikes. More and more people are finding that bike shorts are a warm-weather alternative to traditional leggings.
Look for bike shorts in bold patterns and bright colors. Our Activewear Trends 2021 list wouldn’t be complete without bike shorts in eyebrow-raising patterns.
Everyone has always understood that hoodies are great for working out, or for lounging around. The perfect day off wear.
But for looking nice? Forget about it.
But in 2021, hoodies are becoming more of a fashion piece than ever before. The biggest stride forward for hoodies is the inclusion of fabrics nicer than just plain old cotton. Non-pilly, soft, and sleek materials are becoming the new hoodie of choice.
Also, be on the lookout for hoodies with creative cuts. We are talking crop top hoodies and even sports bra hoodies. Whatever top you are looking for in 2021, it can have a hood.
4. Pocketed Leggings
Leggings…they are comfortable, versatile pieces of clothing. But they have always been missing one crucial thing: pockets.
The most common gripe about leggings over the years is that they include zero storage. Not for your phone, your wallet, or even your house keys.
In 2021, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to find leggings without easy storage options. Sewn carefully into the outside of the pant legs, these pockets add texture, but no bulk, to your leggings.
5. Bigger T-Shirts
Large t-shirts are making a comeback. Shirts that come down past your hips or even knees are a fashionable choice in 2021.
Also, be on the look for shirts with a rounded drop tail. Short in the front, longer in the back. As a plus, they look great on everyone. T-Shirts with a shape like this are perfect for your 2021 athleisure wardrobe.
People generally either love bodysuits or detest bodysuits. Love them or hate them, they will be a big part of the athleisure industry in 2021. These full body items come in a variety of styles, depending on what you’d like to wear.
Buy a true “suit” that will function as a top and underwear. Or, look for bodysuits that include shorts or full-on leggings. You’ll enjoy a full range of motion without having to wear more than one item of clothing.
Because of the versatility of this clothing option, you can transition seamlessly from working out to going out. Pairing a bodysuit with a cute skirt or wrap means that you never run out of style choices. Many celebrities have popularized this look.
Joggers look more like pants than leggings and are more stylish than sweatpants. Usually, with a tied top and cinched legs, joggers are the best of both worlds.
While the style appears put together, the truth is that joggers are just as comfortable as your favorite pajama bottoms. Having a few pairs of these in your closet for 2021 is a good idea.
8. Seamless Clothing
Go seamless in 2021. While many designers have focused on making seams as invisible as possible, some have decided to just remove the seams altogether.
Getting rid of seams is more than just a style choice. It removes the vulnerable spots from a piece of clothing. It can also make it less itchy, depending on who made it.
9. Longline Bras
It’s no surprise that this item made it onto our Athleisure Trends 2021 list. It is an activewear gamechanger.
The longline bra was created based on the need for something as supportive as a sports bra, but with the skin coverage of a tank top. Longline bras make it so that you don’t have to wear two separate items to get everything you need.
Look for these bras as individual items or as parts of matching leggings sets.
10. Printed Leggings
For so long, a staple of athleisure has been the standard black legging. 2021 is going for a bolder look.
Look for leggings in prints and bright colors. These items become more than just comfortable. They draw the eye and are a fashion statement.
As printed leggings become increasingly popular, watch out for fast fashion. It makes more sense to look for better-made leggings and companies that pay their workers fairly. Do your research whether shopping in person or online.
Athleisure Trends that Will Make You Look and Feel Good in 2021
Athleisure is a style choice that has amazing longevity because it appeals to multiple crowds. It is perfect for working out, lounging around, or going out into the world. While these athleisure trends are perfect for 2021, athleisure, in general, isn’t going away anytime soon.
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