Let’s face it, your running shoes and trainers are so comfy and cute they deserve to be worn other than just to the gym. Not only is it a great look—celebs and bloggers are styling sneakers with anything these days, but it’s also an effortless way to be comfy and trendy.
The challenge: styling your sneakers so you give off the “workout-chic” vibe and not the “frumpy” vibe. If you’re used to keeping your gym clothes, work outfits and weekend wardrobes separate, this look can be somewhat awkward to throw together at first. We’ve asked bi-coastal fitness expert, Shay Kostabi for some tips and advice on wearing sneakers and fitness-inspired apparel outside of the gym. Shay spends time equally between both LA and NYC teaching various workouts and setting fashion trends.
Here’s her advice on mastering the fitness fashion look:
NB: Talk to us about how wearing sneakers and fitness inspired apparel is becoming more and more trendy outside of the gym.
Sk: Fitness fashion is TAKING OVER and every high end designer knows it. Seeing unlikely (lifestyle) brands launch active wear lines is exciting and refreshing. It goes both ways, athletic brands have started collaborating with high end fashion designers and department stores now have entire fitness/lifestyle sections. I love it! It means people are embracing an active lifestyle and want clothes that move with them throughout the day.
NB: Assuming you live in workout clothes, how would you describe your style/fitness fashion?
SK: I’m a pretty typical studio-to-street girl. I love edgy, funky clothes with detail and character. I like the looks and styles that make me look both feminine and strong.
NB: What tips do you have for perfecting the fitness fashion look outside of the gym?
SK: The ultimate trick is layering. Throw a mesh pullover over your sports bra and put on some sneakers. A leather jacket always takes a studio look to street chic. Cropped jackets and hoodies are also coming back in style. I love a colorful sneaker with a black or grey casual cotton dress. You want to mix pieces.
NB: What are the staples everyone should have in their closet for the days their either running to the gym or running errands?
SK: Good leggings! Basic black will get you through anything but fun colors that pop are also great with a basic hoodie or a loose, long tank—my favorite go-to. Find a sneaker you can both train in and hit the pavement in. Most of my New Balance sneakers are versatile and comfortable enough for both.
NB: The 811 is a super-soft cush+ training shoe that performs in the gym but looks great anywhere. What’s your favorite way to wear your 811’s?
SK: The 811 is one of my favorite sneakers! I think it looks great with black crops or capris, a loose white tank and with a colorful sports bra and a cool jacket—I always go with leather.
Get this studio-to-street look:
En Route Jacket (top)
Fierce Flare, anthracite (top right)
The Shapely Shaper, bright cherry with fiji (bottom left)
Fresh Foam 822, coral pink with cosmic coral (top right)
New Balance 811, black with silver (bottom)
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