Wearing leggings to class in college isn’t exactly revolutionary, but doing so in a way that doesn’t make you look like you actually just left the gym can be. Sure, the basic uniform of black leggings and a t-shirt never lets us down, but why settle when you don’t have to sacrifice comfort? Lately there have been so many trends that pair perfectly with this simple foundation. All you have to do is swap out your athleisure and add on some accessories to make sure the fact that you just rolled out of bed stays a secret. With these simple changes, you will be looking great whether you’re heading to the gym or just meeting up with the girls for a bite to eat.
1. The Shoes
It seems as if the white sneaker trend is never going to die and we aren’t complaining. One easy tip that will keep your outfit looking refreshed though is to apply that same word, refreshed, to your shoes. Nothing ruins an outfit faster than muddy, scratched up tennis shoes. I like to keep an inexpensive or old pair for the nights out when you know they might get a little banged up and a newer and cleaner pair for when I want to look a little more polished. And if this sounds like too much maintenance for you, then don’t be afraid to lean towards some of the other sneaker trends that pair great with that perfect pair of black leggings. Recently, blush tennis shoes have been popping up everywhere. Combine this with the slip-on trend and you’re ready to hit the town.
Click to shop a few favorites:
Gigi Hadid in Reebok Classic Leather
Kendall Jenner in Adidas Stan Smith’s
Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker on Zappos
2. The Jacket
Nothing takes black leggings and a white t-shirt to the next level like a cute jacket. It’s so easy that you’ll actually mean it when you say, “Oh this? I just threw it on.” From a cool bomber jacket to an updated denim one, you’re adding so much more than just an extra layer. The biggest bonus is that you can swap your athleisure for nicer pants or jeans later in the week and still get use out of that outer layer.
Bagatelle Women’s Bomber Jacket from Bloomingdales
Women’s Twill Biker Jacket from H&M
Women’s Short Pile Jacket from H&M
3. The Accessories
Buying basics and splurging on the accessories is how women seem to have endless outfits. The trick is to embellish and add to what you already have instead of buying a ton of trendy clothes you’ll just have to throw out as the trends change. A few simple accessories that pair great with athleisure are sunglasses, hats and bags. Rotating these items around will make your look feel brand new even if you’ve been wearing the same leggings all week. The best part is you can even get these pieces on a budget. Say goodbye to that smelly old gym bag and hello to a new tote that could just as easily double as your purse or laptop bag. Oh, and messy hair? Nobody will be able to see it under that cute new cap. Versatility is what we’re all about.
Sunglasses from Nordstrom
Tote from Nordstrom
Ivy Park Baseball Cap from Nordstrom
Harding Lane Baseball Cap from Nordstrom.