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How to Wear Athleisure in Manila

From the gym to the streets.
How to Wear Athleisure in Manila From the gym to the streets.

What started as an obsession with sneakers that eventually lead to a team cozy aesthetic, has now grown into a full on trend of its own: athleisure. Whether it’s the boom in the number of designers launching their own activewear, numerous sportswear designer collabs, or personalities taking their gym looks straight to the street, there is no denying the fact that this has sprung from the idea that being fit is the new It lifestyle. Now more than ever, the lines between your gym locker room to the streets have blurred, causing our sartorial choices to change along with it. But how exactly does one pull off the trend? Surely you guys listened when Blair Waldorf said tights are not pants?

Below are a few things to remember if you want to nail that sportif look in hot, hot Manila.

1. Gym apparel is slightly heavy on the wallet but we say go for pieces that exude both quality and style. Look for ones made from performance fabrics that resist odors, are quick drying, and built with technology to ensure maximum performance. Maximize the cost per use by taking the look to the streets. 



Cousins Kiana Valenciano and Ella Pangilinan sporting three-piece gymwear. (@ellapangilinanx)

2. Monochromatic sportswear always looks chic. 

Kendall Jenner out and about in her gym clothes. (

Nylon Bomber jacket, P2595, Zara;  Zalora Basic Ribbed High Neck Tee, P749; LCP Forge Legging Koral; Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit in Black and white

Tip: If you’re pegging Kendall’s look, a high neck crop top is a cooler alternative to the sweat-inducing turtle neck. 

3. The denim and bomber jackets are your new BFFs, but as seen on Jess Connelly, a blazer totally works, too! Layering instantly makes it street-ready, sans the fuss. 



Look at how Gigi Hadid’s simple addition of a coat added a luxe feel to her sporty look. ( 

Long pinstripe waistcoast with slits, P1590, Stradivarius; Iron Strength stretch-jersey soft-cup bra, Calvin Klein; Dark Blue Mom Jeans, Topshop; adidas NMD running shoes in suede, Sole Academy

Tip: Who says we can't sport waistcoats in Manila? Opt for a long, sleeveless piece instead and match it with your sports bra and running shoes with high-waisted jeans.

4. It’s all about mixing and matching your gym clothes with everyday wear, be it a jacket, jeans, or in the case of KC del Rosario, her combat boots. 




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