Petition to make athleisure the new business casual

Petition to make athleisure the new business casual

Hey there,

Thanks for joining me again! Just going to give myself a quick pat on the back because this is the second post going up this week, and I done did the damn thing. This one is a good one too, because as my title clearly implies… who in the heckinbob doesn’t love a little athleisure wear (I’m currently trying to stay calm as my spell check so kindly underlines “athleisure” each and every time I type it – I’ll get through it, don’t worry). But as I was saying, life is better in leggings. You and I both know we can’t deny that.

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I love me some jeans and a cute top, along with a dress and some thigh highs, just as much as the next gal, but I am here to make a confession – I, Ciera Farley, do not wear real pants at least 85% of the time. Now if you quote me on that, I will deny it, but it’s the truth. Most days I cannot be bothered to put on real pants, let alone pants at all?? But ya know, to go out in public, pants are more or less required (or is it more of a recommendation?) So my go-to is always the good ‘ol faithful.. LEGGINNNNSSS.

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Top | Jacket | Leggings | Shoes | Curling Iron

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For one, they slide on much easier than a pair of jeans. I know I can’t be the only one that has at least a pair or two of jeans with ripped belt loops because they don’t pull up like they’re supposed to (it’s the jeans fault, not ours, I just know it). Second, they make the booty look real good. I mean girrrrllllll, you do not do 87 sets of squats and 45 hip thrusts while avoiding the gym creep for that backside to be covered up by some poorly fitting denim (while we are here I also just want to point out that quad workouts are just as important as glute exercises ;)). That’s not to say that all jeans fit poorly, because the right pair can really do wonders, but my next point is that you surely cannot attempt the bend & snap straight into the splits and then jump up and do some squats in those jeans you like so much… if you can, teach me your ways.

And by far the best part of rocking thems tight pants… you leave everyone wondering about your exercise status at all times. Did you just come from the gym? Probably not. Are you going to the gym later? Probably not. Do you even have a gym membership? Nope, never will. But honey, no one needs to know that. Your secret is safe with me. <3

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Now that I have made my case for the bottom half, I am here to defend the fact that athleisure looks cute just about any way you style it. So take this quick little styling journey with me here, because I am about to simplify the way you look comfy-cute. I would say close your eyes and really imagine it for me, but then you wouldn’t be able to read this and that kind of defeats the purpose.

Please enjoy these photos of me showing you just how functional this look can be also. 😉

Alright, back to it..

So imagine your favorite outfit for a night out in November, the one with your dark wash or black denim and the top that makes your collarbones look good (other girls care about that, right? Nope, just me again. Great :)), and the shoes that make your calves look like you raised the roof with them. Okay, now that you have the image in your head… restart entirely. Just kidding. A few quick swaps and we are there, swearsies.

Swap out those jeans for some simple black/navy/gray leggings (Aligns from Lululemon are life-changing). Trade the blouse for a cropped tank or cozy sweatshirt. Throw on a fuzzy jacket or go fancy with leatherrrrrrr. And then take off those heels because we both know they were gonna hurt you anyway and throw on some casual sneakers. Toss on a hat if you want and you are so beyond good to go, it’s crazy!!

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Here are some of my faves from my recent online browsings to get you started on the perfect athleisure look 🙂

Stay comfy out there, my friends. And ALWAYS remember, pants are not necessary… just a VERY strong suggestion. 😉 Until next time.

Xo, Ciera

Yes, you must wear pants

Yes, you must wear pants

Hi pals,

We all know I am a fan of not wearing pants.. in the sense that I would prefer a dress or romper. (like I said, no pants are the best pants) But since this is a fitness post on this fine Thursday, I think it is important for me to tell you that it is required for you to wear pants at gyms.. so don’t you be getting any weird ideas.

Now I had no idea what I was possibly going to write this post about as of yesterday.. but I was then presented with fitness blog post gold while doing my leg workout yesterday. Okay, maybe not gold, but I think it’s a pretty good thing to discuss. Now before I get into the actual content of this blogpost I would like to give you the backstory to my pants party post.

So yesterday I was at Fitness Connection, workin it out ya know, and I was using the leg extension machine.. And suddenly a large man walks in front of me wearing leggings and a cutoff crop top. Now I’m not a judger, you do you boo, but I was pretty taken aback by possibly the tightest pants I have ever seen on a male or female. I really wasn’t even sure if I should look or cover my own eyes.

There is a point to this, I swear.. The main thing was that I knew the leggings he was wearing weren’t made for the type of workout he was doing. I was impressed that he was rockin’ a pair of Lululemon Align pants, but light gray is not your friend while sweating, and those guys are not squat proof so most of the gym ended up with a free show. The whole point of this post is for me to tell you all about the different types of workout/athleisure pants and their intended use. I am a self-proclaimed workout pants expert, and I do have a little experience as I am now a Lululemon sellin’ gal and was once a Scheels expert in women’s fitness wear (super official, I know), and I wear workout gear for 95% of my life.

I am going to make it easy by starting at athleisure and working my way to heavy duty leggings. And now it’s time to get this pants party started!

  1. Lululemon Align Pant

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    These come in a bunch of different colors, three different lengths and are perfect for everyday wear and light workouts (yoga or walking). As close as you can get to not wearing pants without being fully naked.
  2. Zella Live In High Waist Legging

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    Comparable to Lululemon with a lower price point. Many color options but slightly thicker & heavier in material. Perfect for lounging or light workouts.
  3. Under Armour Studio Leggings

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    Soft cotton blend with fun designs. Perfect for barre & pilates. Studio leggings are meant to be stretched in, but are not great for high intensity.
  4. Nike Epic Lux Flash Running Tights

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    Lightweight and fun designs (mostly reflective for outdoor running). Running tights are made for that purpose and are often thinner than training tights due to the specificity of the running motion.
  5. K Deer Sneaker Length Legging
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    Love love love the crazy stripe pattern. Inner thigh ventilation is also a real plus on those tougher workouts. Great for cardio and most training activities.

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    Here’s my super cute pink pair and Seager when he was still cute & little. 🙂
  6. Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise 7/8 Tight

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    Thicker material than the Align, so more squat and HIIT-proof. Lots of patterns! The “Full-on Luxtreme” version feels especially soft and silky compared to the regular fabric.
  7. Gymshark Seamless Energy High Waist Legging

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    These seamless leggings are super cute, and I am dyinggggg over the laser-cut detailing on the sides of these cutie pies. I already have the red versions of these , and just ordered these, so I am (not so) patiently waiting to get them. Great for all workouts, and they do not show sweat.
  8. Lululemon Train Times 7/8 Pant

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    Mesh detailing in the back, which I know you can’t see in this picture, but I love. Thick and stretchy with a high waist. These are my favorite to wear on leg day because they are squat-proof.
  9. Lululemon Speed Up Tight
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    These are by far the best pants for cardio because the pockets are top-notch. You can put your phone, keys, candy to sneak during your workout, anything really in there. Squat-proof and thick for all sorts of movement.

    Always test these pants to make sure you are in the right size, color, fit, all of that good stuff. Keep workin’ on that fitness and for the sake of yourself and everyone else at the gym/studio, get yourself some cute pants designated for the type of workout you do.

    See you lovely people next week!

Xo, Ciera