Athleisure, a term and look familiar to many, isn’t losing any of its appeal. It continues to deliver what many women want and need from their clothing: a mix of athletic and leisure—with an emphasis on comfort—in an outfit that’s perfect for running errands after an hour at the yoga studio, or maybe just a favored go-to casual but stylish look that will never see the inside of a gym.
Early on, the term was used to describe clothing that resembled workout wear but wasn’t really functional for exercise. These days, athleisure can do double duty thanks to better performing fabrics that mix fashion and function, such as moisture redundant technology.
A big part of athleisure’s allure is that it’s easy to wear and the pieces mix well with many other players in the closet. Adding a leather jacket over a long tunic and a pair of stretchy, colorful leggings is a modern way of dressing. Consider flared yoga pants or joggers with a crop sweater. Wear a hoodie with, well, almost anything. And most definitely reach for a pair of athletic-looking sneakers that are elevated with metallic trim, crystals, studs, or quilting.
Whether relaxing at home or sweating it out on a court or track, this is the way many women want to dress—at least some of the time. It’s real fashion meets real life, with an urban meets street vibe. It’s effortless chic.
The term athleisure isn’t new. It was used in 1979 in an issue of Nation’s Business to describe clothes and shoes designed for those who wanted to look athletic. Two decades later, Lululemon introduced yoga pants with moisture wicking material that were a perfect fit before and after class. Since then, athleisure has increased in popularity year after year, but it can no longer be described as a trend. It has become a favored and acceptable way of dressing.
About the Model: Anastasia Webb is a celebrated former OU gymnast. Her titles and awards include Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year, Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Region 4 Gymnast of the Year by the Women’s College Gymnastics Association, Honda Sport Award Winner for gymnastics, and three-time NCAA champion on vault, floor, and all- around. She finished her career in 2021 with 20 All-American honors to her name to rank second in OU history.