“It’s hard not to feel like you can take over the world”: FOR Athleisure
Moizza Ul-Haq, Contributor
Athleisure has been on the rise for the past couple years, and it seems like there’s no end in sight. Combining style, comfort and function, it makes it easy for one to incorporate athletic-wear into everyday life. I’ll be honest; any fashion trend that allows me to wear sweatpants and still be considered fashionable is a winner in my books. In fact, the most appealing aspect of athleisure is the comfort it provides. It’s refreshing to have a fashion trend that lets me feel at ease, but still have some style. Everyone has a different sense of comfort, and a versatile and expansive trend like athleisure allows people to curate own expression of style.
Another appealing aspect of athleisure it the lifestyle it often encourages. By attaching the notable persons such as Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas to their campaigns, companies like Nike attach narratives of struggle and triumph to the athletic-wear they sell. Athleisure is then associated with inspiration and motivation, so it’s hard not to feel like you can take over the world in a sports bra and yoga pants.
Since brands such as Adidas and Lululemon have capitalized on athleisure, it’s easy to see it as an inaccessible and over-priced luxury trend. Most of us can’t afford the $80 dollar Lululemon yoga pants or $1000 Yeezy’s. But the beauty of athleisure is that it can be can be replicated without the crazy price tag. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M have begun to market similar clothes at much more affordable prices.
Fashion, to me, truly succeeds when people are able to create their own interpretations of what they see on the runway and red carpet. The versatility of athleisure makes it easy for people to put their own spin on the style and truly make it theirs. You can create your own version of athleisure to suit your lifestyle, from how you go about your day to how much money you’re able to spend on clothing. When people can incorporate popular fashion trends into their own lives, that’s when fashion can become universal and inclusive. Athleisure’s continuous rise permits people to do just that.
“I have been cringing in my acid washed jeans”: AGAINST Athleisure
Hanna Nes, Contributor
Luxury sweatpants? Cashmere crop tops? Velour Paris-Hilton-called-and-she-wants-her-signature-outfit-from-2003-back tracksuits (oh Juicy Couture, what have you done)? Really? Is this what our world has really come to? I’ll be honest from the get-go: I am not a fan of athleisure. Ever since the luxurious active wear trend took over the mainstream with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid strutting around in their Adidas kicks and Alo leggings, I have been cringing in my acid wash jeans.
Every day, as I make my way through the McGill campus, I am surrounded by a sea of white Nike runners, suspiciously unscuffed as if they have never stepped foot in a gym (which I assume they haven’t). In my opinion, athleisure isn’t really about wearing active wear clothing that will take you from gym to class to a night out on the town. Nor is it a trend that has had any effect in motivating people to become more physically active. First year student Sasha says “It doesn’t endorse a physically active lifestyle, nor does it endorse an unhealthy one. People don’t wear trainers because they’re going to work out in them, they wear them because it’s cool”. The athleisure trend is centered round wearing sport chic designer brand clothing because of the label. It’s a trend that benefits from the popular names of high street designers with fans of the craze paying upwards of a hundred dollars for the most basic of athletic wear. What personally bugs me about athleisure is the lack of individualism with the clothing that doesn’t range in fun colours, patterns or shapes.
In my opinion, athleisure doesn’t support a creative and imaginative outlook to dressing oneself and the use of clothing as a tool of self-expression. With the arrival of athleisure on the scene as the It-trend for the past two years I feel that all the fun of putting together an outfit has flown out the window. Where are all the crazy colours, textures and styles of yesteryear’s trends? I understand some people wear athleisure to feel comfy during their day but one doesn’t have to wear athleisure clothing in order to be comfortable! I must say I feel quite nice and relaxed in my loose fitting high waisted pants and a yellow turtleneck (which coincidentally is also Arthur the Aardvark’s signature outfit). Comfort and creativity can be found in any kind of clothing, it doesn’t have to be trendy $200 leggings from Net-A-Sporter!