Paula Burns


Keeping it casual: Why you should incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe

Want a relaxed Christmas party look? Then incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe, writes Paula Burns

Keeping it casual: Why you should incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe

Want a relaxed Christmas party look? Then incorporate athleisure into your festive wardrobe, writes Paula Burns

The Christmas party season can be deluge of countless nights out that demand constant wardrobe changes filled with glitzy dresses and skyscraper heels. While it is the season to get dressed up sometimes getting dressed down for a night out can let your Christmas sartorial style stand out for all the right reasons. Last month Emma Thompson did just that by breaking with protocol with her outfit choice as she accepted her damehood. Confirming that athleisure can be worn for almost any occasion, Thompson opted for an oversized Stella McCartney suit matched with a pair of Stan Smith trainers. While this may have been daring for an event at Buckingham Palace, Thompson’s look would not look out of place this festive season.

While many of us still think of athleisure as being that trend of wearing your workout gear for brunch instead of a gym session it is in fact so much more. Now we’re not suggesting taking the Kim K approach of matching the tightest of Yeezy biker shorts with heels. Instead, we recommend subtly introducing the athleisure trend into your party wear style.

But what constitutes as athleisure wear? Comfort is key here. It’s all about bringing luxurious fabrics such as cashmeres and 100% cottons that would once have been associated with your downtime wardrobe. While back in the early noughties velour was the queen of fabrics for the Juicy Couture pack it has been modernised to create a sleek silhouette in these Cos leggings.

Match with a draped silk shirt and this season’s must-have kitten heel for a luxurious Christmas party look. Since the eighties the sweatshirt has been synonymous with everyday casual style.

No longer banished to the bottom of a gym bag the sweatshirt is key to keeping up with the athleisure trend. In recent seasons it has found itself the ideal partnership with the midi-skirt. Now an office style staple, the midi-skirt and sweatshirt combo is the perfect day to night Christmas party special. While the sweatshirt brings a delicate touch of athleisure it is offset by the glam of the midi-skirt.

Match with ankle boots and tights by day ditching both for a smidgen of bare leg and heels for a seasonal party look. With comfort being the essence of athleisure it’s no surprise wide leg trousers are making a comeback. A utilitarian jumpsuit style like that of the Zara piece is in keeping with the athleisure theme. Its slouchy long trouser length creates an oversized silhouette from the waist down. Despite its casual appearance the jumpsuit serves well for any festive night out.

Follow Emma Thompson’s lead by matching with a chunky trainer.

This style is not just about the width of a trouser leg. The drawstring pant has seamlessly slipped over from tracksuits to smart modern trousers. It may be just a piece of string but it is these comfortable details that bring athleisure to everyday style. It’s the versatility of the athleisure trend that has given it its longevity in an otherwise frivolous fashion world.

The juxtaposition of matching trainers with a suit or leggings with a blazer and t-shirt is why taking on the athleisure trend is an exciting way to dress for the season.

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