How To Style Activewear Outside The Gym

Yes and it’s fabulous.

Activewear is my default weekend getup, a stark contrast from my weekday business wear. But I do take a fabulous spin on it as I would love to be able to stroll around town, accomplish tasks, and not look like a gym poster child eyeing for recruits. I mean, to each their own and you can totally don whatever makes you feel comfortable but if you’re looking for ways to extend the wear of your leggings (or capris) outside the gym, here are my practical tips to help you get started.

Stick with neutral leggings. Black or anything dark is a no-brainer and refrain from loud prints; reason being, they’re easier to dress up and more or less reasonably acceptable for any occasion.

Pair your leggings with a statement top. I like black on black or anything earth tone for a more cohesive look. For my outfit above, I paired my leggings with a black cotton long sleeved shirt with low v cut at the back.

Wear your leggings with your non-gym shoes. Just because you’re feeling sporty doesn’t mean you will go all out from top to bottom. Wear sandals, espadrilles, ankle boots or walking shoes similar to what I am wearing. By the way, this vegan pair of sneakers are from Veja. Read: are your shoes vegan?

Switch to a dressier handbag. The power of purse, mind you! Leave your sporty backpack at home and opt for a shoulder bag that’s classic and timeless, style-wise. This vegan shoulder-crossbody bag with chain strap is from designer Alexandra K (review coming soon).

Wear makeup. You’re not going to the gym, right? or even if you will go afterwards, I say switch it up by wearing makeup. Looking put together while in leggings communicate one thing “I mean business so get out of my way”, haha!

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  1. January 8, 2019 / 10:46 am

    Great ideas that make perfect sense. You don’t look like your wearing athleisure clothes at all. And you can never go wrong with black!

    • thefabzilla
      January 8, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Thanks a lot. I did workout after this 🙂

    • thefabzilla
      January 8, 2019 / 11:25 am

      Many thanks.

  2. January 8, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    Dying for your leggings, Kath. I want them and they are such a good price but I seriously cannot spend right now. This is killing me! LOL

  3. Ehmkay Nails
    January 8, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    Love your outfit. It doesn’t even look like gym clothes!

  4. My Nail Polish Obsession
    January 8, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    I used to avoid black, but it goes with everything and always looks good. So yeah, I wear it a lot more often now, and practically live in workout tights.

  5. January 9, 2019 / 6:37 am

    You look great, Kath! I love your leggings and handbag!

    • thefabzilla
      January 9, 2019 / 9:50 am

      Thanks so much

  6. 25 Sweetpeas
    January 9, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    And your active wear is always super cute!

    • thefabzilla
      January 9, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks so I

    • thefabzilla
      January 9, 2019 / 9:21 pm

      I mean thanks so much

  7. January 11, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    I really like to wear leggings and yoga pants with riding boots!

    • thefabzilla
      January 11, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      That’s so chic!

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