20 Fun Athleisure Pieces to Work Into Your Everyday Wardrobe

With clever, stylist-approved tips.

by | Aug 18, 2021

It’s 2021, and styles that keep you comfy working from home and hold up to all your at-home workouts are here to stay. And I’m here. for. it.

Of course, we don’t mean those old gym-class T-shirts and daggy trackies. Instead, we’re talking about Instagram-approved joggers, Zoom call-ready wraps, cute crop tops, and, of course, stylish leggings that show off your curves—basically anything you can dress up or down, depending on what kinda lewk you’re going for in the moment (even if, hey, no one sees what you’re wearing except your pet). With so many brands designing clothes with the athleisure lover in mind and at various price points, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

These 8 ridiculously versatile athleisure-wear looks will make you feel both comfortable and chic.

THE SPORTY DRESS

“This sports-luxe style can be mixed into your Monday to Friday wardrobe by layering a crisp white shirt underneath and pairing with
cute flats.” 

Aje Athletica Signature Logo Neoprene dress, $245, and Classic Neoprene bomber jacket, $275; Country Road Modern shirt, $119 

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE TRACKPANTS

“Dress this casual style up by teaming with boots rather than trainers when you’re not on your way to the gym. Add extra polish with a casual blazer.” 

COS cotton blazer, $290; SIR. Audrey crop top, $180; Calvin Klein Pride asymmetrical bodysuit, $119; Venroy women’s trackpants, $140; Stripey Lululemon Power Stride socks, $19; Dr Martens Jadon boots, $319.99

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE WINDBREAKER

“For an easy everyday go-to, this statement piece looks great tucked into high-waisted jeans and zipped low to show some skin.”

Tommy Jeans Colour-blocked Tommy Vadge windbreaker jacket, $249; Aje Freecycle jeans, $295.

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE SNEAKERS

“Give your tailored pieces a sporty edge by adding a statement sneaker. You get much more done in kicks than
a killer heel.”

Aje Fortuity blazer, $495, and Fortuity pants, $295; Running Bare Power Up longline sports bra, $79.99; Lululemon Power Stride socks, $19; New Balance 327 trainers, $140

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE CROP TOP

“This season’s versatile knitted dresses are great dressed up for dinner, or dress them down by layering your statement crop tops underneath for an effortless sports-luxe look.”

Bec + Bridge Luka knit maxi dress, $380; The Upside Miramar Candice sports bra, $99, and Miramar Spin shorts, $109.99; Asics Cricket Elite socks, $30; Veja x Rick Owens Runner Style 2 trainers, $405 

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE YOGA SET

 “Team this super comfy set with an oversized denim jacket on the weekend or after the gym so you can just get on with your day.”

Calvin Klein 90s  denim jacket, $199; Nagnata Colour Block bralet, $200, and Retro shorts, $225; The Upside Montay Cropped Alena crew jumper (worn around waist), $149.99

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

THE LEGGINGS

“While it’s cold, get more wear our of your statement skirts by layering over leggings. Make sure they’re long enough to be seen and work back with other
sporty pieces.”

Jaggad Palisades Batwing Spray jacket, $189.95, Essential Aurora Pink sports bra, $69.95, and Palisades Reflect 7/8 eco leggings, $139.95; Mes Demoiselles Luxor skirt, $317, from H&B Fashion; Veja x Rick Owens Runner Style 2 trainers, $405

Photography by Steven Chee, Styling by Charlotte Stokes

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As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.