Years ago, activewear was generally worn only when a person was engaged in a physical activity. For example, in the 1980s, leotards with legwarmers were commonly worn by people participating in an aerobics class. It was rare to find someone walking through a mall, buying groceries or running various other errands in activewear. Today, however, many people wear activewear throughout the day even when they have no plans to be physically active. For example, yoga pants are a staple in many women’s wardrobes today. Some people even wear activewear to lounge around the house. A closer look at why activewear is now a fashion staple for everyday living may be enlightening.
Activewear is designed to be comfortable to wear when you are moving around and participating in various activities, and it likewise is comfortable to wear while reading a book, working from home and more. Fabric is usually relatively soft and stretch, so it may be much more comfortable to wear than restrictive jeans, tight button-down shirts and more. This comfort level carries on to footwear as well. Running shoes are much more comfortable and supportive than many types of dressy shoes, sandals and other footwear options.
Because activewear is designed to be comfortable to wear as you move around in various ways, it is much more functional than many other types of clothes that you may choose to wear as an alternative. Many physical activities are performed outdoors, so activewear may be designed for comfort in various weather conditions. For example, a long-sleeve performance shirt may wick away moisture while keeping you warm.
Another reason for the growing popularity of activewear worn for leisure purposes is because of the style. Activewear tells the world that you are health-conscious and may intend to workout later in the door. More than that, the style options for activewear have expanded considerable. There are now more styles and colors to choose from than you may have had access to in previous years. Some activewear has such a bold style that it makes a personal fashion statement.
You understandably cannot wear activewear everywhere you go, but it is increasingly common to find people wearing activewear in retail areas, at casual restaurants and in other areas. If you have not already done so, adding a few activewear pieces to your wardrobe for use as leisurewear is a wonderful idea. Take time to shop around so that you can find comfortable articles of clothing that reflect your personality and sense of style.