Athleisure picks that’ll take your athletic style from weak to sporty chic

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In Charlotte, one thing is clear: people are active – and their outfits show it.

I swear, every time I turn around I see the same old Lululemon.

Most of us agree that yoga pants and a spandex top is a tired look that shows you just aren’t trying. That may be true by itself, but by adding layers and thinking outside the box, your athletic style can go from generic and weak to sporty chic!

Blame it on my obsession with Gigi Hadid’s off-duty looks or my love for all things comfy, but you can bet I’ll be sporting athleisure loud and proud.

Not only can it be trendy when done right, athleisure can also be convenient and versatile. When you need to work out, run errands, and meet friends all in one afternoon, keep your look fresh by making simple tweaks. Just throw a change of shoes, an extra top and some accessories in your gym bag in the morning and you’re ready to roll.

So, whether you’re hitting the gym or grabbing drinks, I’ve got you covered for all of your on-the-go moments.

Rise and Grind

Keep your ratty sweatpants and plain white tee at home. Instead, jump into these leggings with a matching top by Alala from Fit Atelier. Located on East Boulevard, the local boutique aims to bring “curated fitness and wellness programming and the chicest active fashion to Charlotte.” And that it does!

They host a Celebrity Trainer Series, already featuring Body by Simone and The Class by Taryn Toomey – all while dressing its participants in sleek, yet comfortable styles.

Fit Atelier

Fit Atelier Michi Avalon Bra in Black $110; Fit Atelier Alala Captain Ankle Tights in Black $110; Fit Atelier Sugarmat $89, Off Broadway Nike Women Tanjun Sneakers $64.99

Fit Atelier athleisure

Left: Fit Atelier Michi Avalon Bra in Black $110; Right: Fit Atelier Alala Captain Ankle Tights in Black $110

Here are a few other options so you can look good while you’re breaking a sweat:

Fit Atelier Alala Captain Ankle Tights

Fit Atelier Alala Eclipse Dolman Hoodie in Black $145; Fit Atelier Alala Kea Crop Sports Bra $75; Fit Atelier Alala Captain Ankle Tights in Slate $110

Fit Atelier outfit

Fit Atelier Sugarmat in Pink Succulents $89; Fit Atelier Alala Mesh Tank in Blue Tide $65; Fit Atelier L’urv Twist and Turn Bralette $63; Fit Atelier L’urve Get Glossy Short in Navy $64

And the best part? These elevated basics are cute enough to wear when you leave the gym!

“Running” Errands

No need to switch your entire look before tackling your to-do list. Just update your outfit post-workout by adding a structured jacket and a stylish leather backpack.

Mixing materials and textures in neutral tones helps to sophisticate your look by creating interesting yet cohesive contrasts.

athleisure outfit plus jacket

Fit Atelier Michi Avalon Bra in Black $110; Fit Atelier Alala Captain Ankle Tights in Black $110; Fit Atelier Varley Flint Top in White $65; Blank NYC Suede Grey Jacket $198; Off Broadway Nike Women Tanjun Sneakers $64.99

Rebecca Minkoff backpack

Nordstrom Rebecca Minkoff Convertible Mini Julian Backpack $195

I also love a head-to-toe black outfit! It’s form flattering and it’s easy to add a punch of color by wearing a bright scarf or a vibrant bag.

Poole Shop athleisure outfit

Poole Shop Veronica Beard Scuba Hadley Jacket $650, Poole Shop Veronica Beard Cashmere Turtleneck Dickey $250, Poole Shop Live the Process Seamless Long Sleeve Knit in Black $238; Poole Shop Live the Process Geomteric Leggings in Black $148, Poole Shop Clare V. Midi Sac Crossbody $335; Poole Shop Lemlem Adia Scarf in Violet $160, Poole Shop Common Projects Achilles Retro Low White and Silver Sneaker $454.

These looks are stylish on their own, but can be taken up a notch when stepping out with friends.

Water Break

Topping off your afternoon with beers at Sycamore? Think Sporty meets Posh Spice!

Pair your leggings with booties and swap your white tee for a cropped hoodie under a leather jacket. By incorporating sporty elements that fit seamlessly with your wardrobe, you’ll feel cool and casual.

athleisure outfit for brewery

Nordstrom Topshop Cropped Hoodie $45, Oliviaceous Faux Snakeskin Leather Jacket $65, LuluLemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise in Black $98, Steve Madden Booties (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff Regan Leather Crossbody $98

Aldo Larissi Black Booties $100

Aldo Larissi Black Booties $100; via

Or switch up your look by sliding into these.

Fit Flop Leather Criss-Cross Slides

Capitol Fit Flop Leather Criss-Cross Slides in Black $250

J/Slides NYC Audra Slip-On

Nordstrom J/Slides NYC Audra Slip-On Sneakers $134.95

From sunup to sundown, athleisure provides function without compromising style – or even breaking a sweat.

Want more ideas on how to look sporty (even if you never set foot in the gym)? Here are few game-changing looks that blur the line between the locker room and your everyday closet:

Nordstrom athleisure outfit

Nordstrom Veronica Beard Carolyn Jeans $298; Nordstrom Rag and Bone Black Top $325, DV by Dolce Vita Marana Black Suede Open Toe Booties $129; Blank NYC Suede Grey Jacket $198

Revolution Clothiers & Co. Skirt

Revolution Clothiers & Co. Current Air Stripe Rib Side Skirt in Black $65

Revolution Clothiers & Co jacket

Revolution Clothiers & Co. Hudson Gene Puffy Bomber in Metallic Sunset $325.00; David and Young Velvet Hat $30

What’s your off-duty look?

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