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 extremely 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? 😉

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. 😉

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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91 Comments

  1. Jessica wrote:

    That’s a cute tee you got there dear! I love athleisure too, it’s so comfy to move with, and yes, I get to layer it with jackets or cute cardigans.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Posted 11.3.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I love mean girls so that tee is a fave of mine! 🙂

      Posted 11.3.17 Reply
  2. This is one of my favorite trends! You look amazing!

    Posted 10.30.17 Reply
  3. Alexis wrote:

    This trend is my favorite! Girl, you are rocking this look!!

    Posted 10.30.17 Reply
  4. Joy wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.29.17 Reply
    • Thanks! I sometimes think we all forget we can still be cute when we’re wearing casual looks. Glad you enjoyed the post, Joy! 🙂

      Posted 10.30.17 Reply
  5. 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!

    Posted 10.28.17 Reply
  6. jessica wrote:

    Okay that shirt with the Mean Girls reference is epic! I love that one so much 🙂
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    Posted 10.27.17 Reply
  7. That Mean Girls tee is THE CUTEST. I’m totally obsessed with TJ’s…and this reminds me, I’m overdue for a trip to buy way more than I need. Ha!!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 10.27.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I am too, every time I shop there I always leave with so many cute items! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  8. Emelia wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.27.17 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  9. Brittany wrote:

    I’m obsessed with the athleisure trend, sooo comfy and cute! Love all the outfits you put together babe! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
  10. 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.

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
  11. 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.

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
  12. Lynda H wrote:

    “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.

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
    • Thank-you Lynda! 🙂 I lived in Japan for awhile and loved it!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  13. Sierra wrote:

    Loving these looks on you! I love a relaxed look especially on the weekends to run around after the kids. xo, Sierra ~ Beautifully Candid

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! Yep you definitely want to still be able to move and function which is why these are the perfect looks! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  14. 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.

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
    • Agreed! You definitely don’t have to look like a mess if you style it right lol.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  15. Thena wrote:

    You look awesome. Fun and happy in this outfit for sure. I like the bright top and darker pants, great outfit!

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
  16. Super-cute look! I love how you paired the flannel and the denim jacket with your pieces. Looks so cozy and cute!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s all about balancing out casual/chic pieces. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  17. justine wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • 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!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  18. I love love love the athliesure trend! It’s so comfortable which is my goal every day 😉

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Agreed! Nobody has time to feel stuffy and not comfy when running errands lol

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  19. Madison wrote:

    I’m definitely loving both of these looks! I’m all about comfy and fashionable!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  20. The first look is my favorite! Can’t get much comfier than a flannel and leggings.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thanks! I agree. I love a good flannel this time of year too!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  21. Felicia wrote:

    I love this trend! I’m constantly wearing it. Plus neutrals are my go too!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  22. Nancy wrote:

    I love this trend. So comfy!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  23. You’re definitely rocking this! Love those leggings and shoes 🙂

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  24. Jennifer wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! You definitely could rock it too girl! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  25. Stephanie wrote:

    Great looks! Love athletic wear.

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  26. Ada wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  27. SMD wrote:

    I’m into the athleisure trend, especially footwear.

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  28. Danielle wrote:

    Functional is so key! Love your layers here.

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  29. summer wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! That’s awesome and I can’t wait to see –it is one of my fave trends! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  30. Clara wrote:

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

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s all about balancing out casual and chic. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  31. 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!
    xo
    Valerie

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thanks Valerie! It’s nice to dress up but some days it’s good to keep it casual! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  32. Mistle wrote:

    I love to wear me some comfy clothes through the athleisure trend. Love all of your looks!!!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  33. Legit liveeee in athleisure! Its like all my husband and I wear, even to work lolol best trend everrrr

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Agreed! Lol like I don’t understand the people who are against this trend.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  34. Lily wrote:

    I’m obsessed with the athleisure trend, one of my favorites! I love both looks girl, you are rocking them!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thanks Lily! I love the look you recently styled with the hat! It was so cute too!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  35. The pink top is awesome! I love the quote. 🙂 You look adorable in everything!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  36. Tania wrote:
    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  37. 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!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  38. Jenn wrote:

    Love your looks! Athleisure is the best because it’s so dang comfortable!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • I agree! And nobody wants to wear a dress everyday lol

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  39. Kate wrote:

    Athleisure is my fav because you can look cute while still being comfy! And I need that Mean Girls tee <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  40. Athleisure is so my jam! I really love your tee and that leather hat!!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! That leather hat was so adorable I just had to get it!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  41. 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!!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
    • 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! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  42. Leslie wrote:

    This is such a great style. Love the layering. Super cute!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  43. Jaymie Ashcraft wrote:

    Love this!!!
    Jaymie
    http://www.jaymieashcraft.com

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  44. Both of these looks are so cute! I absolutely love athlesiure with a jean jacket. So fun and comfy! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  45. Andrea Nine wrote:

    You look super adorable! I especially love Athleisure in the fall in this outfit is perfect!

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply