5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend- Love the casual athleisure trend but not sure how to rock it? Head on over and check out the best tips for mixing casual + cute pieces for a super stylish look while on the go!

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

Happy Wednesday ladies! Raise your hand up real quick if you like looking good for running errands but don’t always want to spend a ton of time getting dressed in the mornings? (Raises hand up high)

Although I love getting dressed up in dresses and skirts when I want to look “fancy”, most days I’m all about low-maintenance looks that don’t require a ton of time or effort.

Super soft tees, leggings, sweatshirts, and sneakers are pretty much my jam on the regular, and that’s where the amazing athleisure trend comes into play.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

What is Athleisure?

Although athleisure is defined in the dictionary as casual clothing that can be worn for both working out and everyday wear, it’s basically the perfect balance between functional and fashionable and it was made for all us busy gals out there.

In case you’ve been wanting to try out some athleisure looks yourself, I’m sharing two, affordable styled looks from T.J. Maxx today plus my 5 tips for rocking the athleisure trend that will have you looking comfy+chic in no time!

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

1. Find Cute, Functional Pieces- Athleisure is NOT an excuse for you to pull out that ratty tee you always wear to do chores around the house. Instead it’s all about mixing function with fashion and finding those pieces in your wardrobe that can double as comfy and chic. Save the tired, worn out clothing for another time and put your best sporty pieces forward.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

(Outfit Details: Top- T.J. Maxx (c/o), Leggings- T.J. Maxx (c/o), Plaid Top- Wal-mart, Hat- T.J. Maxx (c/o), Sneakers- Burkes Outlet)

I simply adore this soft pink pocket tee I found at T.J. Maxx. Unlike a plain tee, this shirt has a unique braided rope neckline, which makes it perfect for pairing with casual leggings like these adorable distressed ones I also found at T.J. Maxx for under $8! You simply can’t beat that price and they’re so incredibly comfy!

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

2. Go for Neutrals– When choosing pieces for your athleisure outfits, aim for neutral colors like black, gray, white, and tan, which are versatile and can be easily styled multiple ways. Avoid bright colors and patterns that will overwhelm the look, but don’t be afraid to add in a pop of color or a statement tee to let your personality shine through.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

(Outfit Details: (T-shirt- Target, Jean Jacket- Belk, Leggings- T.J. Maxx (c/o), Hat- T.J. Maxx (c/o), Sneakers- Burkes Outlet) 

Any Mean Girls fans out there? πŸ˜‰

3. Layers Are Your Friend– This fashion trend is all about the layers, so feel free to mix tanks, tees, jackets, and sweatshirts depending on the season you’re in. I personally love how you can define the level of casualness simply by switching out the layers. Going for super casual? Throw on a zip-up hoodie or plaid button up. Want something a little dressier? Add in a jean or leather jacket for a more pulled together look.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

4. Accessorize– You can take an ahtleisure look from bland to amazing simply by accessorizing with the right pieces. Focus on simple, yet functional items like comfy sneakers, sunglasses, hats/beanies, watches, and crossbody bags.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

I’ve been really loving the metallic pieces in stores lately, so I just had to pick up this cute hat from T.J. Maxx to pair with my athleisure look. Of course no look is complete without some cute shoes, so white sneakers were the perfect choice for this casual, comfy outfit.

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend

5. Dress for the Occasion– Last but not least, one of the most important rules to keep in mind when rocking the athleisure trend is to remember that it isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. While it’s perfectly acceptable for dropping off your kids at school, running to the grocery store, or heading out for a casual lunch, it’s not going to be appropriate at a wedding, a business meeting, or for date night, unless of course you’re keeping it super casual. πŸ˜‰

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with T.J. Maxx, a brand I truly love! As always, all opinions are my own. 

5 Tips for Rocking the Athleisure Trend- Love the casual athleisure trend but not sure how to rock it? Head on over and check out the best tips for mixing casual + cute pieces for a super stylish look while on the go!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post on how to rock the athleisure trend and hope you’ll give this trend a try if you haven’t already. What are your thoughts- are you a fan of the athleisure trend? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!- Cara


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  2. I like what you say in the beginning – it’s mixing function with fashion. Great point and one I often forget because I just want to throw on my ratty tee and go! Also, I totally underestimate the cute functionality of my jean jacket and now I feel like it needs a place at the front of my closet!

    1. Thanks! I sometimes think we all forget we can still be cute when we’re wearing casual looks. Glad you enjoyed the post, Joy! πŸ™‚

  3. I really love the idea of athleisure wear!!! And the way you have styled those pieces is perfection! You look both comfortable and super cute!

  4. I LOVE the athelisure trend- especially at my son’s soccer games when I want to look cute still but be comfortable. Love the pieces you chose!

    1. Thank-you! I’m the same way! I don’t want to look like a bum when I pick my kids up but I don’t want to be wearing a prom dress either lol.

  5. You look so adorable in this outfit. I love the ripped leggings, denim jacket and hat. This is a more classic, trendy spin on athlesiure wear.

  6. I love the outfits you created. Super cute! I have been wearing this trend for quite a while. I live in yoga pants/leggings as they are super comfy.

  7. “Athleisure” I love it! That is my first time to hear that word. It makes perfect sense. I guess I have been living in Japan too long!! You are rocking your style, love it.

    1. Thank-you! Yep you definitely want to still be able to move and function which is why these are the perfect looks! πŸ™‚

  8. YES YES YES!! I love styling athleisure outfits. It’s so comfy and casual. But you can definitely make it look chic/girly as long as you have some good accessories.

  9. Super-cute look! I love how you paired the flannel and the denim jacket with your pieces. Looks so cozy and cute!

  10. adorable! i’ve always dressed up at work but now that I’m staying home with littles and working out more often finding the balance in outfit choices was hard! I’m in need of pieces that I can look cute in but also sweat a ton in!

    1. I was the same way. I had to dress up in dresses/dress pants everyday so now that I’m at home I want to be comfy yet still pulled together. Thanks so much!

  11. You definitely rock that look! I feel like I can never pull this off. It’s so adorable though and your really make it look cute. Plus comfy…yes please!

  12. I love athleisure. My most recent layered look on the blog is athleisure but with a skirt – come check it out. You rocked these looks with those fun distressed leggings – need a pair. Also, you look so cute in a baseball hat and I love the graphic tee.

    Happy Hump Day, Cara!

  13. You’re adorable! I’m sharing one of my go-to athleisure looks on the blog in a few weeks and I can’t wait. Athleisure is the best!

  14. I need tips with wearing athleisure because I usually end up looking like I’m in pajamas. You make it look sexy cool.

  15. You certainly did rock this trend..fabulous outfit! I am so into dressy mode and many times want to be more casual..so this is my insp to do so!

  16. Legit liveeee in athleisure! Its like all my husband and I wear, even to work lolol best trend everrrr

  17. The outfit with the blue jean jacket is one of my favorite outfits to wear! You look super cute with minimal effort! P.S. Love the pink shirt! <— Mean girls fan for sure!

  18. So cute!! I really need to take your advice, and invest in more neutral-colored items. I am always drawn to the bright-colored pieces, and then i have trouble putting together an outfit!!

    1. I used to be that way but I try to always ask myself in the store if I can style it at least 3 ways. If I can picture myself in it with 3 different looks I’ll get it, but if not I usually leave it on the rack. It really does help with both your budget and in finding versatile pieces! πŸ™‚

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