Who doesn’t want to be comfy and stylish at the same time? That’s the whole point of athleisure, which first took over celeb street style in 2015. But since there’s a fine line between slaying and sloppy, look to the stars for the trend’s dos and don’ts. “Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, her sister Bella Hadid and Taylor Swift are the masters of this movement,” stylist and YouTube star Lindsay Albanese tells Stylish.
To follow in their cushioned footsteps, start by thinking beyond sweats. “Athleisure is implementing silhouettes, textures and fabrics that are synonymous with activewear into your daily wardrobe,” Albanese, who has styled Sarah Hyland and Shay Mitchell, shares.
Scroll through to learn exactly how Jenner, the Hadid sisters and Swift find the perfect athleisure balance.
The Vogue cover girl “flatters what’s clearly one of her favorite features — her stomach,” says Albanese, who just launched Weardrobe for Monrow, a three-piece collection for the celeb-adored clothing brand (Stylish readers can get a 20 percent discount with the code USFRIENDS on monrowattire.com). “She balances showing a little with covering up a lot, which keeps it sophisticated. Plus, there’s something about a messy top knot that adds contrast and style to an effortless outfit.”
“You don’t always have to wear your coat for warmth,” Albanese shares, noting that the Tommy X Gigi designer does it right with her overcoat. “It adds nuance, which is the ingredient that makes an outfit stand out.”
“Wearing shoes other than your gym trainers [is a do],” the L.A.-based stylist says. “[The Dior makeup brand ambassador gets that] there are so many fashion-forward sneakers out there that can further refine your look.”
“A cold shoulder always adds an understated sexiness,” Albanese explains of Swift’s style. “[Her ensemble] also creates a drape that follows the curves of the body.”
And, as with all styles from casual to formal, proportions are key. “If it’s a loose top, go for a form-fitting bottom and vice versa,” Albanese tells Stylish. “If you’re wearing coordinating shapeless pieces, a tiny half-tuck in the front or knotting of the fabric will create shape — otherwise known as a waist!”
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