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3 Tips for Becoming an Athleisure All Star

My personal style is really one of two things. I'm either in full on glam w/ a look to match or (more often than not) I'm in toned down glam in an on-the-go easy to wear athleisure look. Keep reading to find out all the details on this awesome athleisure ensemble from JD Williams plus my tips on how to dress down with polish!

My "9-5" is unique in that every day is different and I don't hold the same restrictive schedule as others may. As a stylist, my schedule changes often - something I absolutely love! But one thing that doesn't change is the hustle and manual labor that goes into the job. What most people don't realize,I think, is that 75% of my job as a stylist just really means that I'm running around the city from showroom to showroom, store to store, parking garage to parking garage lugging garment bags and trunks of clothes, accessories, shoes and more. There is lot of "putting your back into it" moments, and because of that my daily wardrobe needs to rise to the occasion. And, if I'm being completely honest, on the days I'm not shooting I'm usually shuffling my nieces to/from their day to day activities. So, all in all, my daily looks need to be easy, comfortable, versatile and non-constricting. Read: Heels and Dresses are reserved for special events and weekend dinners.

All that basically means I've had to create somewhat of a "work" uniform over the years. Lucky for me, with the ever popular athleisure trend here to stay, its become easier to put together comfortable, simple, chic looks that will take me anywhere I need to go!

Here are three tips to help you take on the athleisure trend!!

1. It's all in the details

This look, for example, from JD Williams was the perfect outfit to tackle a long day of errands. And while it was doing it's job being super comfortable and easy to run around in, it was also a number of details tied into one look that made this ensemble effortlessly chic. I mean, it's no surprise leggings are the comfiest of comfy, but when you find a pair with cool design details like moto-inspired ribbing or a mesh panel, it elevates the look!

2. Add a touch of polish.

It's all about balance with the athleisure trend. Pairing a simple white tee with a detailed legging is a great look, but it's when you add polished pieces like a leather moto jacket or a great pair of kicks that really brings it all together. Try a long-line cardigan, a denim jacket, a leather moto as trendy toppers to add a bit of polish to your otherwise casual and laid back look. Looking for another way to add that bit of flair? Try my number one go-to: a red lip and a pair of hoops. Instant polish with little to no effort!

Tee Shirt | Leggings c/o JD Williams

3. Confidence is Key!

You didn't think I forgot about the most important part of getting dressed, did you? CONFIDENCE! It doesn't matter if you are translating runway to real-life, if you are wearing a sweatshirt and a pair of leggings or a red carpet worthy gown - if you aren't comfortable and confident in what you have on, you aren't going to shine. Stand tall, keep your head held high and be proud of who you are and the style choices you make! We're all unique in our personal style - and THAT is what makes any trend, on any person beautiful :)


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