Athleisure was my number one outfit of choice for 2020 and it shows no sign of slowing for this year, either. As I write this I haven’t worn jeans in about a month – and that’s saying something for a self-proclaimed jeans lover! Not familiar with athleisure? It’s sporty outfits that are chic and put together but not meant for working out and not sportswear per se. They are able to be lounged in but are also ideal for walks, running errands or doing pretty much anything. For today’s post I wanted to put together an athleisure capsule wardrobe that allows you to build a collection of versatile pieces that can be styled a myriad of ways.
Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe
Having a few key pieces to mix and match can allow you to develop a go-to athleisure capsule wardrobe that you’ll wear all year long and today I’m sharing key pieces that are part of my personal athleisure capsule plus some additional outfits to inspire you for styling. Each of these are easy to wear and have been tried and tested by me. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for even more outfit ideas and styling inspiration, too!
Not all leggings are created equal. But I spent a lot of last year buying, testing and reviewing leggings and this Athleta pair (size S) and this Lululemon pair (size 6) take the cake for the most flattering, most comfortable and most wearable ones I’ve tried.
Lightweight Down Jacket
A lightweight down jacket in a chic silhouette is the perfect addition to an athleisure capsule in winter. This Amazon Packable Down Jacket has nearly 4,000 positive reviews and for good reason. It now comes in 14 colors and patterns. It has contoured seams to give it a flattering fit and I love that it is water resistant. It comes with a drawstring back so you can easily pack and carry it without taking up much room. Better yet? It can be machine washed easily.
Chic and Sporty Sneakers
For athleisure looks your sneakers don’t need to be at the ready for a workout. They just need to be comfortable and stylish. I own two pair of the APL Techloom sneakers now in black and in white because they are far and away the most comfortable sporty sneakers I own. No socks are required which I love and I have gotten so much wear out of them They’re great for walks and hikes but also look stylish enough for running errands in an athleisure outfit. Nothing ruins an athleisure outfit like the wrong pair of sneakers IMO. They are absolutely worth the investment.
As a styling tip – keep to minimalist colors for your athleisure wardrobe – especially when it comes to your sneakers.
This fleece sweatshirt is one of my go-to pieces for athleisure outfits. It has a sporty style but cozy plush fleece. It adds some nice visual texture under jackets and looks great with leggings. I size up to a Large in it.
A Flattering Crop Top
The Athleta Conscious Crop is such a flattering top that can be worn outside of workouts. I love wearing it under a cardigan personally such as here but you can also use it as a layering piece under sweatshirts and zip ups.
Sporty but Comfy Joggers
This pair of joggers doesn’t sacrifice style. I wear a size 6. These were one of my best purchases last year and I wear them constantly. For a more lounge-y type of jogger that reads more sporty – check out the Vuori Performance joggers which have a cult following and were a bestseller here last year. I sized down to a Small in them.
What I call fashion sneakers are those you’d never workout in but are rather just to be styled. But they should also be comfortable! Life is too short for uncomfortable shoes in my opinion. My #1 fashion sneakers are these Common Projects. Followed closely after by Golden Goose sneakers. Both of these are of course investment pieces. But I wear them all.the.time because they are comfortable but also can be styled a myriad of ways in my wardrobe. They aren’t just for athleisure of course – I style them with dresses and skirts as well as jeans throughout the year.
Faux Leather Leggings
Of course faux leather leggings are great for dressing up but I almost always wear mine in a more athleisure capacity. Here is an example. This pair and this pair are my favorites and I wear them both in size Medium.
The Perfect Layering Tank
My favorite and super soft layering tank is the Energy Tank by Vuori. It has a flattering fit and is perfect for pairing under sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets or zip ups.
I have added a lot of hoodies to my wardrobe lately. I love their vintage vibe and they look great when styled in an athleisure look. Particularly layered under a lightweight jacket. (Or a blazer for more work appropriate outfits). I have this one and absolutely love it. It is plush but has a great lived in feel to it and a great slightly oversized fit (I wear a M). For more affordable options check out Old Navy’s selection of hoodies for women.
A Comfy Bra
I’ll have a hard time going back to underwire bras when normalcy returns because I am so in love with this supportive yet oh-so-comfortable True & Co bra. It manages to lift without underwire and feels like a second skin on. I haven’t stopped wearing it since I got it and know I’ll be buying more colors this year. It’s the perfect base layer for athleisure outfits when you don’t want to wear a more supportive sports bra.
A Cozy Pullover or Half Zip
For Fall & Winter, I live in sherpa and fleece fabrics. This sherpa pullover is crazy soft and super affordable and a great athleisure capsule addition. Not a fan of sherpa? Try this comfy and more sporty pullover / half zip. I also own this one in two colors. All size Medium.
More Athleisure Outfit Ideas
Super Sporty Athleisure Look
A go-to athleisure look for me: a sporty sweatshirt paired with leggings and a good sneaker.
Elevated Athleisure Look
If you want to dress up an athleisure look a bit – just add a more classic coat silhouette on top like I did with this look.
On the Go Athleisure Look
My favorite sleek joggers pair so well with a myriad of tops. I reach for them time and time again. I love how they look with my Golden Goose sneakers, too. (This full look is coming to the blog soon.)
Casual Athleisure Look
This is another look featuring a trusty pair of leggings and a sleek puffer + a beanie to top it off.
Sleek Athleisure Look
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Hope you find this post helpful & let me know if you buy anything from my recommendations!
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Water Resistant Packable Down Jacket (M) // Kyi Kyi Hat (c/o – use code meghan10 for 10% off) // Aerie Leggings (S) // APL Sneakers