Business-Casual is Taking Cues from Action Films
Most white-collar workers have faced the challenge of moving between business-casual and street-wear when the work day ends. Picking up kids, running errands, walking the dog, all require some level of movement that is so often lacking in a button down and sensible pencil skirt.
With the idea originating from classic spy films and action movies, manufactures who have perfected athletics and athleisure are now trying to take on the task of developing performance wear for professional. Dubbed workleisure by Well + Good, this trend is perfect for those who struggle from going from leggings and sweaters on the weekend to stretchless work pants on Monday.
According to developers like the Ministry of Supply’s Gihan Amarasiriwardena the goal is clear;
“We wanted to include moisture management, stretch, machine washability and combine all of that with a sharp aesthetic. We wanted something you could wear not only from 9 to 5 but all the way from morning coffee to drinks after work. We started with dress shirts, then launched pants and, more recently, expanded into womenswear.”
– Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Taking a Cue from James Bond to Design Performance Wear for Professionals, John McCurry
Modern consumers are always on the lookout for apparel manufactured to fit well, look good, and match the flow of their day to day life. We’ve talked before about athleisure being a rising trend in the workplace. That said, there are still plenty of holdouts in Corporate America, which is why it’s not surprising that a niche market has arisen.
So what can you expect to pay for this professional performance apparel?
Truth be told, it really depends on the manufacturer. For a quality piece you can expect to pay between $100 and $300.
There are multiple ways to incorporate athleticwear into your work wardrobe. With this in mind, we’ve pulled some simple rules to follow for those interested in pulling of this trend.
1: Pay the Extra
Beyond the Office Door; the Breakroom Blog suggests that you invest in your pieces. Initially it may seem expensive for apparel classified as “gym clothes”, but remember, you’re going to be getting a lot of use out of your purchase. Paying that little bit extra will ensure you get clothing that fits, washes well, and stays up during high intensity workouts.
2: Go for the Polished Look
Ask yourself, “does this outfit show that I take pride in my appearance and my job?” says Huffington Post’s Diane Gottsman. Avoid dressing with the least amount of effort in mind, and be creative. Athliesure has seen the revamp of some retro trends repurposed to meet the styles of 2018. By adding lace and mesh decorations and printing fruit and animal patterns, athleisure adds a pop of style and fun to your wardrobe.
3: Keep Up With the Trends
Vogue offers us a few rules to wearing your athletics to work. One of the most prominent ones is to keep up with what’s in style. If you don’t have the budget to shift seasons regularly, then look at pieces that are classic and neutral. Following athletic apparel manufacturers on social media is a good way to stay in touch with the latest trends – and it may provide some great inspiration for what’s already in your wardrobe.
4: Avoid Sheer Materials:
No one wants to get into a situation where there underwear is unintentionally on display – and in the office even a high fashion sports bra should be kept to low visibility. There have been a few stories in the news where outfit malfunctions have been the cause of some public embarrassment. Avoid the aggravation all together, and make sure no one is seeing anything that you don’t want them to.
5: Wear with Confidence:
The whole purpose of this trend is to provide comfort and ease during your 9 – 5. Wear stuff that makes you happy and confident, accessorize with a passion, and show the world style is not without comfort!