How many of you graduated from all day pajama wear to at least some new loungewear or matching two-piece co-ord sets last year? I’m raising my hand to that as they certainly were everywhere. I finally got myself into what one of my friends calls “daytime pajamas”. At least I was changing into something new for the day that made me feel like I was making somewhat of a transition from the bedroom to the home office in style. And I was still comfy.
For some women yoga pants were the go-to. Although I have many pairs of those, for some reason I have always reserve workout wear for, well, working out. Nothing wrong with yoga pants. I think I’m just used to having that separation since I’ve always worked in an office. But yoga pants are considered a component of athleisure (a combination of the words “athletic” and “leisure” for anyone that’s been living under a rock). I think of athleisure as more elevated workout wear that can transition from the gym to more leisure activities. There are some higher end brands that have created some really interesting looks with fabrics that have traditionally been reserved only for exercise.
New Year, New Style
Who’s ready for the latest and greatest? We’re in a new year and many people are still working from home. If you’re not quite ready to cleanse your closet and go back to your pre-pandemic style there’s a new trend in town. Athflow. Yes, that’s a word. A combination of “athleisure” and “flow”. Here’s how Pinterest defines it- “When athleisure meets elegance – that’s athflow. Flowy trousers, casual jumpsuits and oversized outfits will replace athletic clothes as the new go-to loungewear. Athflow is professional enough for the ‘office’, stretchy enough for the yoga mat and comfy enough for the sofa.” I’ll give you a minute to digest.
So, to recap, athleisure is more sporty while athflow offers more of a softness and unstructured look. Personally, I feel athflow ups your style game and is closer to casual clothing that you’d wear in public or on a work Zoom call. The oversized look can also help to camouflage those extra few pounds you may have gained over the holidays. Or could just be from this pandemic we’re in the middle of. Either way, I encourage you to give athflow a try. Here are some key pieces to add to your wardrobe ASAP.
Soft and cozy and cut for a relaxed and comfortable fit.
A long, loose cardigan will keep you warm.
On theme with baggier fits that don’t look frumpy.
I love a good jumpsuit- so comfy and easy breezy.
And there you have it. Some new styles for the new year! Stay cozy and on trend and tag us @genxwoman
Megan Fox is a co-founder of GenXWoman and a Style Coach. She loves empowering women to break through barriers, find their signature style, and glow with confidence.