From Studio To Street: How To Style The Athleisure Footwear Trend

From the morning spin class to post-work drinks with friends, we explore the athleisure style taking you taking you from dusk til dawn​

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This content has been created in collaboration with Clarks.

Whether it's the brisk walk to work in the morning, a last-minute meeting with colleagues or post-work drinks with friends, it's rare to find fashion that tick the boxes of style, comfort, versatility and both the smart and casual aesthetic, let alone avoids the daily ritual of cramming a handful of outfit changes into your handbag. 

But thanks to off-duty athleisure fashion from the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, we can now go from a brunch with friends to a client meeting with minimal effort and without having to compromise on style.  

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Performance wear as everyday wear is officially de rigueur.

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'Athleisure is massively on trend at the moment, particularly in big cities as society is starting to realise that being practical and comfortable doesn't necessarily mean being slobbish,' says ELLE's fashion assistant Roberta Hollis.

But, how do you incorporate athleisure into your daily style? 

The best place to start is with footwear. After all, Marilyn Monroe did say: 'Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.'

'You need a trainer like Clarks' Tri Abby that not only meets expectations of practicality and comfort but one with minimal design, meaning it can still look stylish and presentable with everyday clothes,' adds Roberta.

For day-to-day athleisure styling, focus on the shape and minimalism of the outfit. 

Roberta says: 'Look smart in a court shoe-inspired trainer with tailored culottes and a white shirt, keep lines clean for maximum effect.'

Transition the look into evenings and weekends by experimenting with varying textures and loose-fitting layers for added comfort and style. 

'For nights out, pair trainers with bare legs and a slip dress over a t-shirt, or boyfriend jeans and a duster coat for a lazy Sunday,' she continued. 

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