The athleisure style is trending this season and I’ve been intrigued by the idea of wearing track pants for pursuits other than running or going to the gym. I’d been looking for a pair with the requisite striping along the outer seam and as soon as I spied this pair, I knew that my search was over. As with most garments that I buy, I began to wonder on how adaptable they might be in my wardrobe and that led to them becoming the feature item for this month’s Up Down All-Around post.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that is what you see below. When I first presented myself to my photographer, AKA The Husband, he thought I was nuts and predicted that I would lose some of my followers. I’ll admit that the idea of dressing up track pants into a work appropriate outfit is a bit out there if you’re not a millennial working for a sports related company but I was willing to take a swing at it.
Without the sheen that many real track pants have, mine would otherwise pass for regular trousers if not for the stripes. In an attempt to diminish some of the athleisure vibe, I paired the pants with my trusty black jacket and a white top that has a tie effect at the neckline. It’s my preference to wear my tops untucked and in doing so in this case, the drawstring and the elastic waistband that are the hallmark of track pants are hidden from view. I kept my jewelry simple, a bold silver chain, and for footwear, I chose my snakeskin sandals (definitely not athleisure).
Dressed For Play
Ideally, in a dressed down look, I’d be sporting sneakers but these pants are way too long and I haven’t figured out yet how to temporarily shorten them. The white eyelet top and cork wedge sandals in this outfit are the same ones that I shared in Does She Or Doesn’t She: A Modern Dilemma. My photographer was again a bit dismayed at my styling, especially with regard to the hat, and declared with absolute certainty that I was going to lose followers. Fine, whatever!
Dressed For Fun
I’d thought to try this boho style open-front kimono with the track pants because the colors of the stripes are also in the kimono’s floral pattern. Once I had the outfit on, I knew that I had a winner. Leaving the kimono open looked good but I wanted to try a “cinched at the waist’ look. A belt didn’t look quite right so then I tried tying in front like you might do with a blouse, and the outfit was instantly transformed.
Kimono – Mossimo Supply Co (exact)
Put a cigarette holder in my hand and I just might start saying “dahling, how gooooood of you to stop by”. Instead of track pants, I now see colorful tuxedos. A pair of black wedge sandals and a sparkly necklace finish off the rest of the details. I was so pleased with the look, I just had to twirl. You’ll be seeing more of this kimono soon.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from the last link up is Christina (and her daughter Amanda) from Amanda’s Books And More. Last week was the first time that this lovely lady posted in my weekly link up and I’m so delighted that she did. You must hop over to Christina’s blog and read about her family and her life.
What trends are tempting you this season? One train of thought says that athleisure is too casual of the workplace … do you agree or have I convinced you otherwise? How well does your wardrobe cross over from work to play to having fun?
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