A Guide to Athleisure in Korean Fashion
Athleisure continues to be one of the biggest fashion trends in Korea. But what exactly is athleisure, and why is it so popular?
Read on to find out more about this trend, as well as how you can be a part of it too!
What is ‘athleisure’?
Simply put, ‘athleisure’ is a combination of ‘athletic wear’ and ‘leisure wear’.
Athleisure means clothing items meant for athletic activities are being worn as casual daily outfits. This blurs the line between fashion and function.
Thus, you would see more people wearing leggings, joggers and running shoes on the streets now.
This is different compared to several years ago, when these clothing are kept to the gyms.
Why is athleisure so popular?
The biggest appeal of athleisure is comfort. After all, soft cotton joggers are definitely much more comfortable than denim jeans, no matter how soft the denim is.
Over time, athleisure fashion has also become a hallmark of streetwear. Brands such as Nike, Adidas, Champion, Fila (and more) also started to include more colors and patterns in their clothing and shoes.
Now, Nike is no longer a plain color shoe with a swoosh tick, it has become the epitome of innovation in the sneakers industry.
Likewise, Fila is also no longer known for their logo T-shirts. Their platform Disruptor 2 shoes, Fila bumper mules are items released for the athleisure fans in mind.
How to style an athleisure outfit
It is not difficult to pull off an athleisure look.
Typically, the must-have clothing items when putting together an athleisure outfit are sporty bottoms (sweatpants, leggings, even basketball shorts) and sneakers.
But that doesn’t mean athleisure-styled outfits all look the same! Part of being a fashionista is the ability to use trends to create your own unique look. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, let’s take a look at how some korean idols have styled their outfits.
Jennie in athleisure outfit. Image: twitter
Jennie’s (Blackpink) outfit is simple. She pairs her yellow green sweatpants with a basic white top, which she wears it as a cropped tee.
She completes the outfit with a small shoulder bag, white sneakers, necklace and a pink scrunchie.
Check out her handbag - it is the type of bag that you would bring out on a weekend date. But she makes it work when matched with the color of her sweatpants and the different accessories.
This is well the leisure component from athleisure comes in.
You can tell straightaway that she is wearing this outfit for a casual day out instead of a dance practice.
Complete the outfit with Nike Air Force 1 07 SE Hearts Sneakers in pink for a clean sleek look, and top it off with a Wingbling Korea Tarot Collection Necklace
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Naeun in athleisure leggings and cropped hoodie outfit. Image: thegoo.net
Naeun (Apink) is known as the Queen of Leggings not for no reason!
Leggings that she’s worn have sold out on more than one occasion, and it’s no wonder because she looks absolutely stunning in them.
Leggings fit tighter than sweatpants, allowing her to show off her long legs while still staying comfortable. As her leggings are high-waisted, she chose to pair it with a loose fit cropped hoodie.
Jungyeon in cargo sweatpants and crossbody bag athleisure outfit. Image: twitter
If you’re not a fan of feminine athleisure style, just look to Jungyeon (Twice) as your model! Note: Twice is also the model for ADLV clothing !
The pocket detail of her sweatpants is reminiscent of cargo pants, giving it a more masculine vibe, yet retaining the comfort of an elastic waist band.
The ends of her sweatpants are also tucked into her socks, which is not very practical sports-wise, but definitely very stylish.
She completes her outfit with a large crossbody bag that is both practical and stylish.
Go for a similar style with the I Am Not A Human Being Pocket Detail Sweatpants and Kangol Korea Canvas Shoulder Bag Zippi Medium Black.
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Baekhyun in matching set outfit and statement sneakers. Image: twitter
Baekhyun (EXO) goes for an overall light gray outfit to match his blonde hair.
Matching set outfits are back in fashion. But if you’re not a fan of bold prints or tracksuits, Baekhyun proves a basic hoodie and sweatpants set looks just as good!
His shoes are definitely the highlight of his outfit. The vibrant red color draws people’s attention and works well as a statement piece against his basic outfit.
For a similar style, choose the Dominant Rainbow Logo Embroidery Oversized Hoodie and Jogger Pants in light gray. The Nike Air Force 1 07 SE Hearts Sneakers in red would be a nice fashion statement for the outfit.
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Athleisure is one of the many streetwear trends that are popular in Korea.
Since athleisure outfits can be simply created with clothing that are already in most of our wardrobes, it is very easy for anyone to pull off the athleisure look!
The important point about athleisure is the combination of athletic wear and leisure. Leisure would mean including more stylish or colorful accessories like bags or necklaces or even a pair of fashion statement shoe.
That being said, athleisure is still all about comfort. Some people might choose to go full comfortable style, while others may want to be a little more stylish.
Either way, there are a lot of different ways to ride on this athleisure trend.
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