Activewear is on the rise and according to a research report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the global market for Sports and Fitness Clothing is projected to reach US$231.7 billion by 2024. It's no wonder, then, that activewear is leading many trends in fashion both on and off the catwalk. We take a look at 5 big trends in activewear that you can follow to bring your activewear out of the gym and into your everyday wardrobe.
1. Men wearing leggings
A few years ago, you wouldn't have seen any man wearing leggings, but it's now becoming the norm both in the gym and out of it. In this new age of bending gender norms, men are saying yes to wearing what was once an exclusively female fashion item. Rewind to 2010 and there was an uproar as women started wearing leggings instead of trousers or jeans and it was seen as socially unacceptable. Now, we're actually buying more leggings than jeans, and this includes men.
It's no wonder really as men's leggings are so comfortable, and brands are catering to the fact they can be potentially unsociable by making them thicker, hardier, and more stylish. Men's running leggings can easily be worn under casual shorts for a fashionable and acceptable look whether you're at the gym or not.
2. Loose yoga top over a colourful sports bra
Wearing a loose flowing yoga top is nothing new, but by styling it over a colourful sports bra crop top, you create an effortless look which can be worn from the gym or yoga studio to lunch or coffee with friends. Yoga tops for women are getting their own identity and there is now more choice than ever. With the new eco movement in full swing with a rise in veganism and more people getting in touch with their spiritual side, yoga is no longer just a practice but an entire lifestyle.
Wearing a loose yoga top over a crop top is a really stylish look that can be pulled off by anyone. You don't need the ultimate beach body to feel comfortable in this outfit and that is one of the reasons why it is such a big trend.
3. Black high-waisted leggings
Women's black leggings are timeless, but it's now becoming socially acceptable to wear them instead of traditional trousers or jeans. High waisted leggings are here to stay because they cinch your waist, skim over problem areas, and hold everything in while looking wonderfully stylish. Wearing high-waisted leggings also means you can get away with not wearing a t-shirt or vest and instead just pairing them with a sports bra or crop top.
In a more practical sense, high waisted leggings are less likely to fall down and be annoying when you're wearing them. By opting to have your high waisted leggings be black, you're opening up limitless possibilities in fashionable activewear. You can style black high waisted leggings in many ways for any number of different occasions.
4. A denim jacket over a sports bra crop top
Taking your activewear out of the gym is a big trend and wearing women's activewear as casual wear is easier than ever with the stylish designs, luxury fabrics, and modern twists on old classics. Being healthy is desirable and one of the reasons why activewear has grown so much in the past few years is because being seen out in activewear shows you take care of yourself by exercising and have the time to pamper yourself.
You can make your fitness clothing look more casual by pairing it with a denim jacket. Wearing a denim jacket over your sports bra or crop top creates a totally effortless look and means you don't have to get changed between hitting the gym or yoga studio and going for coffee with friends.
5. Taking activewear out of the gym with a boyfriend hoodie
Layering is a timeless fashion trend and now extends into our gym clothes fashion. By layering a loose boyfriend hoodie over any women's gym clothing, you create a low-key fashionable look that can be worn anywhere and will transition from the gym to a social setting. It's easy to throw on a hoodie over tight gym clothing and can help to hide your physique if you enter a situation where you don't want to be wearing skin-tight gym clothes!