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Working it: 10 local athleisure influencers to watch

So the athleisure trend isn’t new — we know that. But it’s still going strong, and remains a popular style in light of today’s fitness trends. Even former POTUS, Barack Obama loves himself a bit of athleisure. If you look at it, athleisure isn’t all that bad. After all, to be able to go out in public wearing sweatpants with sneakers and call it stylish is a welcome respite compared to rollerskating stiletto heels.

What exactly counts as athleisure? The word has even been added into Merriam Webster’s unabridged dictionary and is defined as “casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use”. Simply put, it’s anything that can take you from the gym to any other appointments you have for the day ahead. Examples include pairing a shirt with sweatpants, sports leggings with sneakers jazzed up with a denim jacket, or wearing a tracksuit set. Here’s a tip on nailing this chic yet sporty style: Keep your workout pieces to a maximum of two items in your ensemble, and pair these with one structured piece of clothing to look less sloppy.

If you’re still at a loss on how to work the athleisure look, take a leaf out of these 10 influencers’ books for some outfit inspiration. Fitness not included.

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Jane Lau

Who? @janechuck

If you’re out of ideas on how to pair outfits, always stick to monochromatic tones, like Jane Lau does here. She keeps it simple with black and white, but the focus is obviously on her Adidas track pants and Yeezys. She shows off a teensy bit of skin with a fitted cropped top so the overall look isn’t sloppy.

(Image credit: @janechuck)

2 /10

Brian See

Who? @mrbriansee

If you’re long and lanky like Brian See, there’s a good chance you can pull off a fully-printed tracksuit like this Adidas one he’s donning right here. The prints may be loud, but he scales things back with a black cap and striking white socks.

(Image credit: @mrbriansee)

3 /10

Ashley Lau

Who? @ash_lsl

If you need the ultimate guide to nailing athleisure, Ashley Lau is your girl. She’s not afraid of incorporating bold colours into her athleisure aesthetic, like this striking pair of red track pants. She gets extra style points for tucking in an oversized T-shirt to make her legs look longer.

(Image credit: @ash_lsl)

4 /10

Karen Kho

Who? @karenkh0

Glam up an otherwise slouchy hoodie-and-sweatpants combination with red lips and reflective Wayfarers like how Karen Kho did whilst on holiday. May we add that athleisure is the perfect style to take on your travels — not only are you on point, you’re also always comfortable.

(Image credit: @karenkh0)

5 /10

Veen Dee

Who? @deeecupps

Inject bits of colour into your otherwise monochromatic look like how Veen Dee does here with her Ivy Park leggings and plain black T-shirt. Her red sneakers are a refreshing pop of colour, and balance out nicely with the denim jacket. Bonus points for her super stylish Gigi Hadid x Vogue sunglasses.

(Image credit: @deeecupps)

6 /10

Vivi Soong

Who? @vivi153

Petite lady Vivi Soong always knows how to dress in proportion to make herself look taller. Take cue from her by pairing track pants with a teeny cropped top — the black cap matches the overall monochromatic look, while an oxblood bomber jacket offsets the all-black outfit.

(Image credit: @vivi153)

7 /10

Hanie Hidayah

Who? @haniehyd

If sweatpants or track pants aren’t your thing when it comes to athleisure, perhaps try your hand at a sweater instead. Make like Hanie Hidayah and pair a sporty sweater with some denim and the latest kicks in town. Cool weather optional.

(Image credit: @haniehyd)

8 /10

Cherrie Liong

Who? @cherriemun_

Style guru Cherrie Liong goes out of her all-black comfort zone with this bright athleisure ensemble. If you’re afraid of colour blocking, take a leaf out of Liong’s book by pairing red with navy, finished off with classic white Stan Smiths.

(Image credit: @cherriemun_)

9 /10

Lucas Lau

Who? @lucaseelau

You may be wearing workout clothes, but that doesn’t mean you actually need to sweat. Pair your outfit with shorts like how Lucas Lau does here. The all-black ensemble consists of a basic T-shirt, shorts, jacket and cap, and is polished off by a pair of silver sneakers.

(Image credit: @lucaseelau)

10 /10

Jasmine Suraya Chin

Who? @jasmine_suraya

Actress Jasmine Suraya Chin puts a sexy spin on the athleisure style with Puma. Take your cue from her and pair printed track pants with a loose basic sweater. Black high-top sneakers give the outfit some street edge, and a messy top-knot is the perfect finishing touch.

(Image credit: @jasmine_suraya)

PohNee Chin

Editor, Kuala Lumpur

Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.


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