The future of dressing has always been in the hands of the young.
Cast your mind back to when the ‘mini’ changed the very classic styles of our mothers. It was embraced by us baby boomer young women because it represented freedom, rebellion against traditional rules and difference from our parents.
So today’s young women are changing the future of dressing again for the very same reasons that we did in the 1960s.
The difference today is that the older generation ie baby boomer women are refusing to disappear quietly into the conservative fashions that typified our mothers. We want to stay stylish. Not as ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ but in our own version of modern fashions.
I have taken FIVE dressing and retail fashion trends mentioned recently in my local paper and decoded them for you. Some you may be using. Some may interest you. And some will be a ‘let it pass me by’ thought.
Today I am writing my take on the Athleisure Trend for stylish baby boomer women as it is becoming a major direction in the future of dressing. It is Part 1 of two articles.
The Future of Dressing – Athleisure as Everyday Wear
Bit by bit the young have been dressing more casually for every occasion. I have watched as jeans have replaced tailored pants and shorts or skorts (ie a skirt front over shorts) have replaced knee-length classic pencil skirts. Recently I have seen women wearing gym gear to networking and no other woman batted an eyelid. (They did work in the fitness area.) So when The Sunday Mail Body & Soul magazine (3 April 2016) had an article on ‘Gym Tights to the Opera’ it was time to look seriously at the Athleisure Wear Trend and how you as a stylish baby boomer women can adapt it for your work and lifestyle.
Athleisure is about wearing gym or yoga active wear as your everyday clothes. The trend also incorporates substituting sneakers for shoes – colourful being more acceptable than plain white. (Read my comments on Neon Sneakers here.)
To separate Athleisure from plain leggings the rule is to ’Wear knee length, 7/8 or ankle length. Never ¾ length’. You wear a top or an Athleisure style shirt over it and never anything mid-thigh.
Here are alternatives to consider adding to your wardrobe.
The simplest one is the style on the left from Jacqui E. These are black or charcoal melange ponte ankle-length leggings. It’s a slim fit rather than being a ‘cling to every curve’ shape. This is more flattering if you do not have slim legs. Make it Athleisure modern by wearing a hip-length top and/or short jacket.
Country Road brand at David Jones has a wet-look jegging that gives the same flattering slim line.
Lululemon is a yoga wear company out of Canada who have a store in Indooroopilly, Brisbane. Most of their pants are high-rise. Lululemon has nice after-yoga-class layer wear. Do note that with Athleisure wear, the leggings are usually not a solid colour. They are patterned or have contrasting coloured or material insets. This distinguishes them from the plain leggings of old (see Enlighten Contour Tights on the right).
The middle picture above is from Lululemon. Adding a wrap makes Athleisure look more acceptable professional wear if you do not work in the fitness or health industry. For Australians add 4 to the Canadian size to get your Aussie size eg Can 6 = Aus 10. Lululemon also has anti-stink tops in lots of colours. Go straight from exercise to business without embarrassment.
On the right above I have included colourful tights from Tone Fitness Apparel. This is an Australian company with reasonably priced products. All tights have comfortable high waists. Their gear includes colourful as well as more subdued prints. Do not get hung up over their sizing labels (L = 10 -12; XL = 12 – 14 and some go to XXL = 14 – 16). Their site contains all gym wear; so you will have to find your own tops to make these everyday acceptable.
Tone Fitness has a Blog with an article on taking your gym clothes to the street (including looking smart on a plane and wearing tights to the office). Their office tights suggestion is fairly similar to the Lululemon Contour tights above.
Rebecca Minkoff which has free US and international shipping has an ‘Athleisure’ section. Most are more casual clothes.
Amongst it is this matching mesh fabric top to wear over your leggings. The mesh top is slightly see-through. Are you game to embrace the trend and wear a black athletic bra under it?
The top and leggings would be quite acceptable in some business and professional situations.
The Future of Dressing – Part 2
Next week I will continue my take on the future of dressing by introducing you to four more trends that relate more to the way we are shopping.
Dressing includes not only what we wear but also where we find it and how convenient it is to find the ‘perfect outfit’.
This article shows you modern dressing options. Read past it and I am really offering you ‘courage’ – the courage of permission to try something different; of permission to offer a compliment to other women who choose to dress this way; and of permission to believe that you deserve to always look your best.
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