I’m finding it harder and harder to keep separate wardrobes.
Let’s me expand upon that.
The first thing I do at least five mornings a week is exercise. I love the way it makes me feel, and it helps clear the cobwebs that seem to gather across my thoughts overnight. I eschew coffee and morning TV for a spinning or yoga class, and when I’m done, I go on about my day.
That said, I admit that most days, I don’t really change after working out, or I wind up in some variation of that morning’s outfit as part of my day. This means that my athletic clothes have to look nice enough for press events and whatnot with a few simple changes. I believe the industry term to this phenomenon is “athleisure,” meaning that most of us are demanding clothes that makes us look and feel as good as our favorite yoga pants or beloved warmup jacket. So, when I say that I can no longer keep separate wardrobes, I essentially mean that I — and a large number of other women — are sort of planting our heels and demanding that clothes be more comfortable and versatile.
After years of schlepping a bag with a complete change of post-workout clothes, I’m into this particular “trend,” and I hope we see more of it. Obviously, it’s not appropriate to go to a board meeting in athleisure, but short of major business meetings, I’m inclined to spend my days in some variation of my morning workout gear.
This top from Territory Ahead is not intended for athletic activity, but it makes for the best pre-and-post yoga coverup ever. My instructor Vidya seems to have an endless supply of these soft, cotton, flowy tops, and I’ve always envied her ability to wrap a scarf around her neck, throw on motorcycle boots and look like a New York City chicster. I’ve just taken it one step further by pairing it with capri denim and heels and a little lipstick for summer, but I have my eye on a pair of thigh-high motorcycle boots for fall to stomp the city streets a la Vidya.
I know a lot of designers consider comfort a sign of surrender. If loving style like this is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Women have to endure enough discomfort in life. I’m all about embracing clothing and styles that love me back.
I’m making moves in life. New territory is, indeed, ahead. I’m choosing comfort and style for my journey.
What I’m wearing: Territory Ahead Go With The Flow Tee/7 For All Mankind Mid Rise Skinny Cropped Jeans in Dillon Medium Bright Wash/Ralph Lauren Collection Sandals/Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon/Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Nail Polish in Red Zin
All photos in this post: Giafrese