This past year brought us more lounge time than we knew what to do with. A week of lock-down turned into semi-permanent work from home situations, and suddenly staying in our PJs seemed depressing and totally unmotivating. But sitting at home in high-waisted jeans also felt needlessly uptight. Enter: cute sweats.
Athleisure trends were already on the rise before the pandemic hit -- the pendulum swinging towards comfort after years of towering heels and binding skinny jeans. But once we were in full lockdown-mode, the need for comfortable clothes reached an all-time high. In 2020, the most successful brands were those that focused on comfort sets, stretch materials, workout wear that could double as loungewear, and sweatsuits. Brands found a plethora of ways to help us look and feel put together while remaining super comfy and cozy.
The options are currently limitless: from the softest luxe cashmere sets by Nadaam and Leimere, to simple affordable mix and match sweats by fast fashion brands Primark, H&M, and Forever21. Whether your goal is to look office-appropriate [er, Zoom-appropriate] or performance ready for the impromptu yoga sesh, see below for a range of athleisure for every mindset: