How to Upgrade from Athleisure to Athluxury

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When athleisure reached a vaunted place in 2016’s top fashion trends, it justified an everyday uniform of leggings, hoodies, crop tops, and sneakers. It wasn’t just the average girl who embraced athleisure – it was also the celebrity, the “It” girl, and the influencer. Suddenly, clothes that were out of fashion anywhere but at the gym were popping up on Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Baldwin while the fashion world rushed to keep up.

It may seem like 2016’s biggest trend has run its course, but it really has just upgraded identities from athleisure to athluxury. The foundation for athleisure was activewear brands like Under Armour, Champion, and Adidas. Under Armour then collaborated with leading menswear designer Tim Coppens, Champion became the streetwear equivalent of Supreme and started tripling the price of its wares, and Adidas partnered with Alexander Wang for an 84-piece unisex collection.

Out of these high-fashion partnerships grew an increased interest in athleisure on the runway and, suddenly, brands like Versace and Tory Burch started churning out collections that offered practical but stylish sportswear. This is where athluxury finds its roots: at the intersection of athleticwear and luxury. It results in chic, polished pieces that are versatile but still elegant enough to not be mistaken for your gym look.

Browse through the gallery below for tips on how to make athluxury part of your 2017 fashion vocabulary.

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