I think we all know that activewear is built for being active. Walking, yoga, crossfit training, ballet (why not?), pilates, running - whatever you do to stay fit, you should be complimenting it with clothing that helps you do it (and do it better). But what about when we want to wear activewear even when we aren't doing out fitness stuffs? I think that's just fine. Sporty pieces from Old Navy are designed so well these days that they work just as great integrated into my day-to-day "life" routine as they do when I'm sweating. Which I happen to do a lot of. But more often than not I'm just playing around - doing a mix of things for work, running errands, hanging out with Blue, and seeing my friends. I love mixing one piece of active clothing with non-athletic stuff for an easy, super wearable look. Hopefully some of you can relate to my desire of wanting to style sport-chic outfits...and hopefully some of you can related to the three "wearing-activewear-when-not-being-super-active" ensembles I've got here.
Look One: neon is still my friend and the neon orange of these running shorts are pretty vibrant. Here’s a not-so-secret, secret: I can’t run unless I’m chasing after Blue. But running shorts are some of the most comfortable things around and I think the light, performance fabric brings a great contrast when worn with more structured tops – like the polo I’m wearing with mine. Even if I had swapped my sneakers for sandals, I still think the look would work!
Look Two: this trench coat is still one of my most beloved things. Mostly because it seriously goes with everything. Case and point proven when throwing it on over compression capris and an easy high-neck tank. Stretch pants with a nice top? Um, yes. In my book the longer length of the cami and fun olive color of the capris makes the look totally work. I could easily join girlfriends for a happy hour drink in this whole outfit and it would be obvious that I didn’t come from the gym.
Look Three: racer-backs should not only be reserved for gym-appropriate tops. I feel so strongly about this that I chose a bridesmaid dress for Sally’s wedding that was a racer-back style. I’ll often wear tanks like the go-dry stripe version you see here with a lacy bralette with either jeans or shorts – loving the smocked-waist gauze shorts here (the tassels!) – for a different take on a sleeveless shirt style. The best part? The straps never slip off my shoulders.
Easy movement, comfort, durability – all things I want when I’m getting dressed for life and not just my fitness activities. I try not to wear things that are too “precious” and since I know everything from Old Navy’s activewear collection is designed for hard performance (trust me, I’ve put the wearing and washing to the test many times!) it’s only natural that I reach for my fave sporty pieces and put them on with my other separates.