Whether it’s caused by the general feeling of laziness that we all feel at the start of a new year, or a general resolution to start hitting the gym more often, the chances are you’re likely to see more people wearing their fitness apparel out and about this month. Most of the time, this isn’t an indication that everyone but you is heading out to run on the treadmill for a few hours. In fact, whether they’re going on a morning run, picking up coffee, or taking the kids to school, more people are wearing their fitness clothing out on the street!
A designer approach to fitness
In an effort to capitalize on the overall desire to put comfort first, designers across the world have now begun to produce incredible collections of fitness wear, and many style-savvy people are beginning to see going to the gym as more of a fashion statement than an insight into how much time you spend sweating, or working out.
It’s no surprise that the love of fashionable fitness wear is growing across the US if you take a second to look at the numbers. In fact, research from the NPD Group found that consumers in the US spent around $2 billion on workout apparel during 2014!
Part of the new craze is definitely connected to a rise in fitness-conscious consumers who want to think about adapting a healthier lifestyle into their regular routine. However, a lot of people are taking to the fitness-friendly fashion craze because they want more comfortable clothing. After all, Yoga pants, supportive shirts, and jogging pants are all much more comfortable than restrictive dresses and suits.
What can you expect to see this year?
Those with an eye for the latest fashion trends are likely to see a diverse range of clothing on the market this year. After all, the fitness faze isn’t just for adults – children are also getting into it – with a range of new clothing lines coming out in the athletic/leisure section. Though the facts about copper for kids and compression clothing have meant that comfortable compression solutions are now available for kids who want to be stylish and active, there are also plenty of other items out there that don’t focus on fitness at all.
Besides carefully formulated items that not only look great but also help you to perform better on the track, in the gym, or wherever you head for your workout sessions, expect to see some of the following items:
- Yoga pants
The Yoga pants craze has been around for a little while now, thanks to their ability to look great, enhance your natural assets, and feel incredibly comfortable. The chances are that we’ll continue to see plenty of people wandering around in their Yoga apparel out of the gym, now that fitness wear is more socially acceptable.
- Sweat pants
The more casual option to Yoga pants, sweat pants are practically everywhere you look these days. With a range of new styles, colors, and materials being used by a number of designers, you are certain to find something that gives you the benefit of comfort, while still allowing you to look cool and professional.
- Sports bras and tops
Women around the world rejoice! Sports bras and supportive tops are becoming a fantastic fashion statement for those who want to have more comfort and less restriction as they go about their daily tasks. Sports bras are no longer just for laundry day!
- Athletic leggings
If you prefer clothing that is a little more slim-fitting than a standard pair of Yoga or sweat pants, then leggings could be the perfect way to draw attention to your stylish nature, and a pair of very shapely legs.
- Slim-line shorts
These are perfect for when the weather starts to get hot. This summer, we may see more people sporting their fitness shorts than designer items made out of restrictive denim and other uncomfortable materials. These shorts could be perfect if you want to change effortlessly between workouts and relaxing on the beach.
A more comfortable approach to fashion
Performance wear has pretty much become everyday wear for people of all ages, offering a comfortable, supportive, and highly fashionable solution for people who don’t have the time or the inspiration to get dressed up for work or nights on the town. If you’ve been waiting for a moment when your comfy clothing could have the chance to shine, 2017 might be the fashion year for you!