First, grab some MC Hammer pants- WAIT! Where are you going? COME BACK!!!
No but seriously. I do love these pants. So. On days I find myself stuck in workout gear all day long, here's what's working:
1. Slouchy pants + sneaks = urban chic
Sneakers are having a huge moment, but the key to chic sneaker styling is to pair them with something other than yoga pants. However, if you are actually trying to work out...then what? Leggings are good, but I'm kinda loving the slouchy pant. Not only do they give your whole look an urban vibe, but they are perfect for layering over those tiiiny little tight shorts I love to work out in (but would rather not walk around in).
2. Layer a Flannel Shirt and Soft Jacket Over a Workout Tee
Do you remember our old article about the Rule of Three? Apply it here. Wearing three tops makes for a more interesting outfit and gives you an easy pop of color (not to mention the practicality of layering in general).
3. Don't Forget The Hat
Add a hat. Or some cool gloves. (You know I love lipstick.) These little things finish the look. The vibe is still effortless, but effortlessly cool, rather than I-used-up-all-of-my-effort-wiping-butts-this-morning. (Which...yes totally I get that.)
Want to recreate? I've teamed up with Nordstrom to do this little series on workout gear, and found some ah-mazing stuff. Here are a few outfit ideas, based on my very favorite pieces from their activewear collection.
Option 1 - Stripes and Plaid
Extra points for mixing prints. And the shiny mesh baseball hat really knocks it out of the park. (BTW - the exact pants and shoes I'm wearing above are pictured below.)
Option 2 - Lighten Up
I tend to workout in black with a slight pop of black, but there's no reason one couldn't add in some softer tones...right? And I'm willing to bet that the chic gray jacket, hat and sneaks would look great paired with anything. (I'd wear orange lipstick.)
If you are interested, you can see the first post in this series here.
Any other tips for styling workout gear all day long? What do you Mamas do?
ps. While Nordstrom is sponsoring this post, all thoughts, opinions, recommendations and product choices are my own.
Here are a few more pairs of slouchy pants that would work for this look.....