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What Exactly Is Athleisure Wear? March 18, 2019

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What Exactly Is Athleisure Wear?, Manhattan, New York

Athleisure wear has become incredibly popular in recent years because it merges form and function perfectly. In other words, you’ll find it’s where total comfort and high fashion collide. If you want to design quality spandex garments that fall under this category of clothing, here is everything you need to know to get started. 

Defining Athleisure 

Athleisure encompasses everything from yoga pants and skorts to denim jackets and hoodies. In general, it refers to garments that are comfy enough to wear at the gym but stylish enough to wear when running errands around town. Virtually all demographics can feel great wearing it. 

Athleisure didn’t become popular overnight, though. In fact, its rise can be attributed to three distinct advancements and trends. First, synthetic fibers became more durable and forgiving. Second, society became fixated on prioritizing fitness and health. And third, the popularity of formal wear gradually started declining in the American fashion industry. 

Designing Athleisure

spandexThe perfect athleisure piece is easy to pair with other garments. Think solid colors or simple patterns. These items will undoubtedly be the most popular, but as athleisure wear grows in popularity, people are becoming bolder when it comes to things like pattern mixing. Every athleisure wear line should have at least a few standout pieces, whether they have vibrant patterns, design appliqués, ruching, or ties. 

As for sourcing materials, look for fabric that is forgiving and moves with the body but still holds its shape. Examples include stretch denim and blends like Cotton Lycra®. Pleather, velvet, and suede can also work, especially for accenting your more formal pieces. 


Once you've sketched your first few athleisure designs, head to Spandex House in New York City for the highest quality fabrics. Located in Manhattan’s Garment District, they are proud to be one of the world’s largest providers of durable spandex material. They've been in business for 25 years and have a long history of satisfied clients. Check out their website to view the newest spandex fabrics in stock, or call (212) 354-6711 to discuss your particular needs with someone on their team. 

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