I’ve always been a fan of getting maximum use out of our clothes by wearing them for varying occasions. After my last trip through the athletic department, I’ve discovered many of their items can do the same thing so I’ve put these on heavy rotation. Today I’m showing how I level up my athletic pants. They’re sort of perfect for walking because the air keeps my legs cool, but I’ve discovered I almost prefer them dressed up for nice casual.
You’d expect recycled polyester pants to be hot, but these aren’t and feel very cool. The wide legs flow and let lots of air in so even on sweltering days, these feel airy. These have side pockets which I love, and a paperbag waist you could choose to show, or cover. They come in black or gray XXS – 16W and have a nice high waist. I’m wearing black in XS. Because of the fabric they pack like a dream, take up no space, and come out looking fresh as new.
In fact, I’m thinking these may be the perfect pants to travel in ( perhaps not a road trip ) because they don’t bind anywhere, and when you stand up you’re unwrinkled.
I couldn’t resist this tank top. V necks are super flattering on all women (especially me with my broad shoulders) and this is one of my favorite colors. In fact, it’s the sort of color that will take me right into fall. They also happen to match my Labradorite earrings ( very similar) perfectly, so there is that:)
LEVEL UP ATHLETIC PANTS WITH YOUR SHOES
Sneakers would have dressed this whole outfit down. My sandals are the simplest design and surprisingly comfortable. They have a low block, woodgrain heel, and square toe that has been on trend for a few seasons. My feet are pretty square so I’m surprised I didn’t embrace this trend before now:) They also come in gorgeous coral or blue. And also in brown or blush suede here.
I topped it with this simple pima cotton cardigan which is so much handier than I expected. I’m usually a v-neck fan but having this in simple white has proved to be one of the most useful purchases of the season. It’s available in 4 colors, sizes XXS-16W. I’m wearing a medium.
MORE ATHLETIC WEAR TO LEVEL UP
And about that drawstring waist tie that I and most women hate? I usually just snip and pull mine out because the elastic of the waistband holds the pants up without it.
I decided to leave this one on because it looks right with the paper bag waist. If I was wearing my top untucked, it wouldn’t matter because I’d simply slip the tie inside.
Have you tried wearing your athletic clothes for nice casual?