Ever since activewear became the new crossbreed of fashion and function in the name of athleisure, luxury is the most relaxed it’s ever been. Some would even argue it’s the best thing to happen to fashion, making dressing easier and definitely more comfortable. Born from a trend and now a full-blown lifestyle, athleisure makes it possible to go from barre to bar with versatile pieces and just a few minor outfit adjustments.
We’ve scoped out the best pieces from the latest collections to get you from a business meeting to the city’s best gym studios and then to happy hour. Whether for work, play or just life in general, here’s a list of the best athleisure pieces that can get you through it all.
Graphic Tank by Adidas Originals by AW
Perfect for: the gym or the night club.
In a sports and fashion partnership, Alexander Wang teams up with Adidas to bring ’80s retro style back into the gym. This athletic tank features bodybuilder graphics in the front and logo print in the back. The mesh fabric and deep racerback design is lightweight and offers maximum breathability. HK$599; buy it here.
Alphaedge 4D by Adidas by Stella McCartney
Perfect for: weekend wandering and light cardio.
Stella’s longstanding relationship with the sportswear brand has just seen a new launch for the world’s first 4D lattice sole footwear. The forge fibre reinforcement design offers stability without sacrificing breathability and stretch for maximum movement. Not to mention the cute logo internal socks that always match. HK$3,499; buy them here.
Laurel Embroidered Bra by Alala
Perfect for: intense or high impact workouts and your Instagram.
New York-based activewear brand Alala creates the perfect hybrid of sporty and feminine. The athletic cross back design of the Laurel bra offers high support while its delicate embroidery softens the feel with a sense of sophistication. HK$754; buy it here.
Icon Stripe Detail Swimwear by Burberry
Perfect for: poolside and beachfront lounging.
Just like the LBDs you have hanging in your closet, every girl needs the LBS (little black swimsuit, that is). Burberry takes a conventional silhouette and adds its personal touch with the Icon Stripe in its signature colours. The timeless design is available as a bikini with cut-out back panel or a one-shoulder one-piece. Bikini HK$3,000, one-piece HK$3,700; buy it here and here.
Pink Fabric Shorts by Fendi
Perfect for: kickboxing, Muay Thai and spinning.
With monograms making a comeback, Fendi has brought its classic print to its sportswear line this season. The lightweight, breathable exterior featuring the brand’s FF logo pairs against close-fitting undershorts for a unique colour contrast. HK$3,350; buy them here.
Floral Lace Track Bottoms by Gucci
Perfect for: off-duty, leisure and your Instagram.
Crafted from floral lace, these track pants are reworked into an intricate design with an intarsia weave. Using athletic-inspired shapes with soft, refined fabrics and delicate knits gives the classic sporty look a modern twist. HK$19,800; buy them here.
Sonic Boom Retractable Hood Track Jacket by P.E Nation
Perfect for: layering and wet weather.
Like the brand name suggests, P.E Nation is all about the throwback style that we remember from our physical education classes during our school days. The Australian activewear label’s track jacket comes in an oversized fit with a breathable mesh lining and optional hood, which comes in handy for our unpredictable summer weather. HK$2,150; buy it here.
Aura Seam and Seam Dream Leggings by Pure Apparel
Perfect for: yoga, pilates, dance and stretching.
Once deemed the lazy girl’s pants, leggings are now the most essential staple in the wardrobe — and why wouldn’t they be? Flattering and forgiving, they’ve become versatile enough for workouts and the workplace. These leggings from Pure Apparel are probably the closest thing to second skin you’ll find out there. The cut-seam detail enhances contouring and is super stretchy, allowing you to bend and move with the utmost comfort. Aura Seam Leggings HK$664, Seam Dream Leggings HK$695; buy them here and here.
VB Cropped Hoodie by Reebok x Victoria Beckham
Perfect for: going to and from the gym and casual weekends.
This season is the second year that sportswear and high fashion have come together in high-energy apparel inspired by the ex-Spice Girl’s journey as a trained dancer and her daily “no compromise workouts”. This cosy hoodie is made with premium French terry cotton and features an oversized embroidered Reebok x VB logo on the hood. HK$2,245; buy it here.
Willow Stretch Sports Bra by Vaara
Perfect for: weight and resistance training, spinning, everyday errands.
A Net-a-Porter exclusive, the Willow Bra is a twofer bargain. The longline silhouette of this sports bra also doubles as a crop top. The minimalistic design is accentuated with a contrasting terracotta and ivory stripe detailing in both the front (as a zipper) and in the back. HK$1,075; buy it here.