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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend

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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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AROUND 2014, A NEW FASHION TREND emerged: Athleisure, the notion of buying athletic apparel (sweat-wicking, stretchy, comfortable clothing made for workouts and other athletic activities) without necessarily the intent use to them for working out. What began with a rather unfashionable surge of Millennials running around in yoga pants and windbreakers at grocery stores would eventually evolve into attempts at fashioning these pieces (see below) -- running pants with chunky knits and kitten heels; full-on sweats with plaid trench coats and strappy heels. Nevertheless, by the second quarter of 2017, Business Insider heralded the end of athleisure, stating that Millennials had officially fallen out of love with yoga pants.

Top image: Kaia Gerber via @newyorktimesfashion

Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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And just when we thought the Athleisure trend was over (along with Norm Core, for that matter), a new fashion trend (that seems to be an offshoot of the first, or both): the Ugly Trainer (or Sneaker) has quickly and quietly appeared everywhere. On the feet of street style influencers and fashionistas alike, monstrous trainers with thick soles and too many seams, some a riot of colours, while others a little more understated in white, have been de rigueur on the streets of Fashion Weeks, whether in New York, Paris, London or Milan. Some blame the trend on an inability to leave the Nineties behind, while others blame Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga and head designer of Vetements -- after all, it was he who created the beastly Triple S. We're still undecided on pairing "Dad Shoes" with our chicest outfits -- white pantsuits and pink satin skirts -- but do love the idea of being comfortable as we rush around on a busy work week, moving easily about without the pinched toes and tired legs after a long day in impossibly high heels, as lovely as they look. And that, perhaps, in this time of movements and #metoo, might just be point.

Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend

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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
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Style 2018: Athleisure Wear Endures & Spring’s Ugly Trainer Trend
Olivia Palermo via @stylesightworldwid

More ways to style the trend with slightly less aggressive trainers, although if you're after the full affect, here are three more options to shop: Ash / Stella McCartney / Vetements x Reebok



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2 Notes
  • Trainers: yes, yes, YES. Do men wear shoes that deform their feet and prevent them from being able to walk quickly or run?
    Ugly trainers: NO. Why? There are already too many of these worn in non-athletic settings, and not in an ironic way.

  • Ahhh, Roseline, how we needed to hear these words from you. I am shocked at the photo of the woman with white socks with ankle strap high heeled shoes. The white trainers are OK, I understand the need to be able to MOVE, however, are the girls wearing these all day every day>? I’m in Texas, where we don’t often have hideous weather, and all the 30-something’s look beautiful !!! So happy you posted on this. I love Olivia and it would be tragic to see her get sloppy,

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