Hot Stuff: 4 stylish must-haves for the active girl

Athleisure is a trend that’s not going away anytime soon, so here’s how to hit the ground running

United Arab Emirates, February 1, 2018

These days I’m spotting more and more celebrities embracing the athleisure trend, wearing yoga pants, sneakers and sporty tops out on the streets. Athleisure is basically when people wear clothing that’s designed for workouts and athletic activities in other non-sporty settings, like at work, at school, or at social occasions. The trend definitely has some haters. I get it… I personally wouldn’t be caught dead at social gatherings in latex pants, but I’ll still throw on my sports gear if I’m running a quick errand or enjoying a casual lunch. I’ve seen the UAE’s girls picking up on the trend. They’ll wear track pants to a fancy dinner and pair it with heels, I even spotted a sports bra here and there underneath an oversized jacket. If you’re like me, a bit of a novice with this movement, here are four pieces you can add to your wardrobe to get you started on wearing athletic gear outside of the gym.

1. Fashionable sporty sneakers

These days you can wear sneakers with basically anything; Jeans, dresses, shorts, skirts and even a classic pantsuit. I quite like the understated colour of this shoe, because it isn’t one of those fluorescent pieces that will make you stick out like a sore thumb. These super-light trainers are perfect for a busy girl on the run. The Lamar shoe from Carvela Kurt Geiger perfectly encapsulates the current sports luxe trend.

Price: Dh799 from Kurt Geiger

2. Black sweatpants

I am a huge supporter of wearing sweatpants (when appropriate) outside of the house. Have you ever spent an hour napping and then decided to jump out of bed and walk out of your house? Literally. The. Best. You can do that now. Just pick a pair of comfortable sweats, like these American Eagle lightweight fleece joggers. They are low-key enough to wear out of the house and not super-baggy and loose. I’ve worn these out to a restaurant and felt totally cool, confident and comfy.

Price: Dh146.83 from

3. Go designer with your workout top

I don’t love to wear designer to the gym, but if you’re someone who will stay in your activewear all day long, then consider buying this Fendi top. It will take you from barre to brunch in style and is super comfortable. Pair it with tight grey or black yoga bottoms for an effortless, ‘just got out of the gym’ look.

Price: Dh690 from

4. A stellar and sporty backpack

This colourful Stella McCartney backpack is versatile enough to work with athletic wear — and also with a cute leather skirt and white blouse. This packable bag is made for easy transport. You can twist it into a bum bag or strap to your back for when you are a busy girl out on the town. A great and lightweight runner’s bag.