How to wear the athleisure trend in 9 comfy outfits with grey sweat shorts

All items are described as accurately as possible and where available, linked in text. "Shop the look" sliders display exact and similar items. These are affiliates where I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase. See full disclaimer here. Thanks for your support!

Comfort is queen and that is why the athleisure trend is here to stay.

Athleisure is a mix between lounge wear and active wear. It’s been trending for a few years now and began with the fitness movement.

Athleisure is now basically everyday wear, and frequently worn while:

  • walking your dog
  • having post-yoga brunch
  • at festivals
  • working out
  • hiking
  • shopping
  • running errands

I’ve even observed non-fitness-related workplaces adopting athleisure as their uniform. It’s casual, comfortable and practical.

I don’t really go out of my way to dress in athleisure, but I am all about comfort and practicality, so naturally I’m drawn to certain styles of athleisure wear.

Sizing and Details

These Original sweat shorts in original grey marle from Bonds and I got them in size S (see FAQ for my measurements for reference).

They’re my most comfortable pair of track shorts and a classic style of grey drawstring sweat shorts that’s frequently spotted at Coachella.

As you might already know, I usually like to mix casual and dressy together.

These shorts however, are maxed out casual.

Light grey being a casual colour, the casual sweat material, and casual relaxed fit secured by a casual drawstring. They’re just way too casual to dress up even the slightest.

Below I share 9 totally casual outfits and athleisure styling ideas for these super comfy sweat shorts.

Basic long sleeve tops

I like pairing shorts with long sleeves to balance out the outfit.

Following on in the style of relaxed fit, this turtleneck has a wide funnel neck which adds to the casualness of this look.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with oyster grey funnel turtleneck top
Mushroom wide funnel neck top from Kookai. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Stripes are also very casual and tend to dress down an outfit, which is perfect for the casual vibe we’re going for here.

Baseball caps are the ultimate casual style of headwear that can be added to any athleisure outfit.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with grey baseball cap, grey V-neck long sleeve relaxed fit striped top and white sneakers
Grey baseball cap from Superdry.. Grey V striped long sleeve top from Kmart. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Grey is very easy to style, and looks especially good in monochrome with white, black and other shades of grey.

This balloon sleeve sweater is quickly becoming a favourite due to its cropped but not too cropped hem.

If you’re not sure what hem length works best on you yet, it’s definitely worth trying different hem lengths to find your most flattering fit. This, in my opinion, is key when shopping for athleisure.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with oversized white sweatshirt and white sneakers
Darted sweatshirt in oyster white from Zara. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Technical long sleeve tops

If you’re actually going to be a bit active, you can opt for a technical top, which basically means the fabric has been designed to wick away sweat and has increased breathability for exercise.

This top below has an open back and is made of a super soft rayon fabric, which feels dreamy on the skin but can also crease like crazy.

I usually fold all my active wear but this top gets a hanger.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with pink camo high neck sports bra, relaxed fit open back indigo top and white sneakers
Pink camouflage high neck sports bra and indigo open back long sleeve top from Rockwear. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

This bright purple half-zip shirt is one of my favourite tops to do light activities in. My boyfriend’s currently trying to teach me golf and this happens to be the perfect top for it.

It’s form-fitting but not restricting, and provides decent warmth while still being highly breathable if I do start to break a sweat.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with grey baseball cap, magenta half-zip pullover and white sneakers
Grey baseball cap from Superdry. Magenta half-zip pullover from Lorna Jane. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

TEA BREAK!

  • Rest your eyes
  • Take a deep breath…inhale peace & exhale happiness
  • Make a small wish for someone you love
  • Get up & stretch your legs
  • Hydrate & energise
  • Set an intention to live your best life

Thank you for reading my blog. If you’re enjoying this content, consider subscribing to never miss a post.

CONTINUE READING

Cropped hoodies

Cropped hoodies are super cute and great as an outer layer post-workout.

I only have a couple cropped hoodies and boy are they cropped!

I opt for longer line sports bras as I find them more comfortable and appreciate the extra torso coverage.

I like the aesthetic of the sports bra being the same length as the hoodie.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with plum longline sports bra, cropped mauve hoodie and white sneakers
Mauve pink cropped hoodie from Gymshark. Plum longline sports bra from Lorna Jane. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

I also really like cropped vests but they’re difficult to find. Most vests are far too long for my liking and I find it uncomfortable to have all that fabric bunching in the crotch area.

This one’s my favourite puffer vest. I love the cropped length. It has massive zipper-safe pockets and keeps me toasty warm even though my arms are exposed.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with oyster grey Gymshark sports bra, cropped black vest hoodie and white sneakers
Black cropped hoodie vest and grey sports bra from Gymshark. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Basic short sleeve tops

Of course, you can always keep it simple with basic tops and colours.

If you haven’t caught on already, I love pairing light neutral colours together.

Another key point to shopping for athleisure is being able to assess colour and if it has a brightening or dulling effect your skin tone.

For example, this sage green has just the right amount of saturation and brightness for my skin tone. Any more saturated it would risk looking artificial, and any less saturated it would risk looking old and worn out.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with sage tank top and white sneakers
Kinnersly tank short length in herbal from Black Pepper. Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers.

Navy is another colour you need to be careful of to avoid looking old and worn. This top has a slightly more vibrant shade of navy that is just right for my skin tone, which is why I bought it in the tank style cut also.

Athleisure in grey sweat shorts paired with navy t-shirt, oversized hoodie and white sneakers
Kinnersly scoop neck tee in ink from Black Pepper. White-lilac zip up hoodie and Nike Air Force 1 sage low sneakers from Nike.

Summary

  • It’s easy to style athleisure when all pieces are casual.
  • Grey is a very casual colour and goes well with most colours.
  • Be mindful of colour saturation and brightness, especially with casual fabrics that can end up looking old and dull.
  • I like to balance out shorts with long sleeve tops.
  • Technical wear might be a good idea if you’re actually going to be active.
  • Don’t forget your outer layers and headwear.
  • Super cropped hoodies are very cute with longline sports bras when the hems finish at the same length.
  • Find out what hem length works best on you to find your most flattering fit.

Casual style is the easiest to get right and if you’re struggling with it, then it might have something to do with the selection or quality of your basics.

Spend time finding basics that you love and you’ll have no trouble putting together casual outfits.

I hope you found this post useful and I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Minimalist style 7 item capsule wardrobe curated from Zara current season Summer/Fall '21
How to style mini denim skirt in light wash
How to style the basic white shoulder pleated tank top
Outfit inspiration for styling white sneakers

COMMENTS

** Linking up with similar fashion and style blogs listed here **

4 thoughts on “How to wear the athleisure trend in 9 comfy outfits with grey sweat shorts”

Leave a comment