They say summer bodies are made in winter. Right now, fashion is here to encourage you to get moving: the new athleisure is about embracing the thrills of Formula 1 race tracks, mountain slope skiing, and conquering muddy motocross terrains. Bringing the look to life are the now famous ugly sneakers, sports goggles, and (brace yourself) colourful spandex shorts.
If the evidence on Instagram is anything to go by, it’s safe to say that both the late Princess Diana and the ever-influential Mrs Kardashian West have a lot to do with the return of this spandex shorts athleisure aesthetic.
Whether your goals this mid-July include recreating a complete Kardashian West (season appropriate) look, or a throwback off-duty royal vibe, we’ve got the inspiration as well as a store packed with goods to make it all happen.
This is the classic ‘90s aerobic bike short look of Princess Diana’s time that we simply cannot get enough of. So wrong but so right.
Kim K’s take on this ‘90s look is a relatively appropriate approach for mid-July temperatures in SA.
Say hello to the new era of athleisure (extreme edition!) demonstrated by the modern mother of bike shorts and first lady of Yeezy.
Regardless of whether you’re a die-hard ‘90s gal, or living for the Kim K Yeezy era, these looks are actually super attainable. Ready? Let’s start from the top.
Shade Style: Tortoise shell cat-eye vs boxy mirrored sunglasses
The throwback off-duty aerobics look only requires a few pieces to achieve ultimate success. The first of these is none other than tortoiseshell cat-eye shades. In 2018, however, this athleisure aesthetic takes on a futurist approach, making mirrored sports goggles or sunglasses the only suitable choice for the modern look.
Bag Style: Tote vs moonbag
Not many people can say where exactly Princess Diana was headed on the day the above image was taken. For our peace of mind, let’s assume she was snapped during a brief shopping excursion which required her to carry a tote. The era of the moonbag is now, so if you’re always on the go and the no hands package is your thing, this bag is for you: modern woman.
Top style: Oversized sweatshirt vs a skin-tight glossy bodysuit
The retro look says the larger the sweatshirt the better. 2018’s Yeezy look, on the other hand, is in favour of a shiny longsleeved bodysuit-and-short combo for the ultimate outta space kind of magic.
Shoe Style: Chunky white socks and sneakers vs slouchy knee and thigh high boots
The 90s aerobics style is sorely incomplete without the presence of chunky white socks and the exceptionally comfortable dad sneakers that make any set of legs look great. For the 2018 glam winter look though, it’s only the pre-approved slouchy over-the-knee boots that are set to do the trick.