Wish you could just wear yoga pants everywhere? Well, you can! In this edition of What to Wear, stylist Jamie Yarbrough of Style By Jamie Lea put together nine fabulous outfits for three upcoming February events. She lets us in on the styling secrets for taking the trendy “athleisure” look from the yoga mat to a night out on the town. So you’ll not only look chic, but also feel comfortable as you tackle this month’s social events. Take it away, Jamie!
Casual wear has taken the fashion industry by storm in the past several years. And with celebrities like Kate Hudson, Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson and more launching their own “athleisure” lines left and right, it seems the trend is here to stay. Athleisure is clothing that is intended to be worn while working out, but can also be worn for other daily activities, such as work and social events. Who would have ever thought athletic wear would become the everyday norm?! Of course, appropriately styling your athleisure wear is key to making it a chic, everyday look, as opposed to a gym uniform. Cover what needs to be covered — y’all know what I mean! — and add the right shoes and thoughtfully layered accessories to make your outfit complete.
To prove how savvy styling can make athleisure suitable for almost any occasion, I’ve created some outfits from Hot Yoga Plus, Chocolat and Heather Boutique and Spa, along with some fabulous accessories from Eclectic Eye and Joseph! Our models this month are Hot Yoga Plus manager and instructor Rachel Russ and instructors Laura Gray McCann and Margaux Bolton. These fabulous yogis show us how easy it is to go from studio to soirée in style, while also impressing us with their astounding yoga poses!
The Event: Power Yoga Class at Hot Yoga Plus
- February 1, 2017
- 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
- Hot Yoga Plus – Memphis studio at 416 Grove Park Road, Memphis, TN 38117
- First-time students free; $20 one-time drop-in fee; and other price packages available.
- For more information, visit hotyogaplus.com.
What better way to put these athleisure looks to the test than with a power yoga class? In the Power Yoga class at Hot Yoga Plus, instructor Margaux Bolton takes you through a smooth, continuous set of movements that deepen the breath, develop core strength, increase endurance and challenge balance and flexibility. You will leave these classes sweaty, but soul-nourished, and with renewed mental and physical energy. Namasté to that!
What to wear? The yoga studio will be heated between 80 and 90 degrees, so pure workout-level athleisure wear is key, and there is a surprising variety of choices around town with great options. Hot Yoga Plus, of course, is a great place for yoga clothing and accessories, and while you might not think to look for athleisure at Heather Boutique and Spa and Chocolat, both boutiques have great options to take you from your workout to other activities throughout your day.
The Event: The Memphis Open
- February 11-19, 2017
- See the Memphis Open schedule for match times.
- The Racquet Club of Memphis at 5111 Sanderlin Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
- Tickets for single matches range from $11 to $120, depending on the game; and finals weekend packages start at $206.
- For more information, visit memphisopen.com.
Tennis fans will be in heaven as the Memphis Open is in full swing February 11 through 19. It’s one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States. A list of past men’s champions reads like a “Who’s Who” of the tennis world: André Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras.
What to wear? You’ll want to be comfortable yet chic, so an everyday-worthy athleisure look is the way to go. Transforming your workout clothing to everyday wear may seem like a daunting task, but if you follow some simple style tips, it will be a snap! Your greatest option for achieving a stylish look is layering. There are endless options, such as a jacket, cardigan, sweatshirt or scarf from Chocolat or Heather Boutique and Spa, some stylish sunglasses from Eclectic Eye, a cute tennis shoe and a fabulous bag.
- February 17, 2017
- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- $10 suggested donation
- For more information, visit meritan.org.
Don your beads and head to High Cotton Brewing Co. for an evening of Big Easy-style fun! For a suggested donation of $10, you get one of High Cotton’s complimentary on-tap brews, a cool pint glass, koozie, all the beads you could possibly wear and even some authentic King Cake! Funds raised at this Mardi Gras bash will go to support Meritan’s mission of improving well-being and promoting independence through home health services, foster care for children, intellectual and developmental disability services and job training for senior citizens.
What to wear? Kick your athleisure outfit up a notch by coordinating the perfect pieces together to make an outfit worthy of a night out on the town. Just by adding some booties or heels, you can make these athleisure outfits blend into your everyday life, and they will take you wherever you need to go, including a Mardi Gras soirée at the brewery! See how we elevate athleisure to pure elegance with these garments and accessories from Hot Yoga Plus, Chocolat, Heather Boutique and Spa, Eclectic Eye and Joseph.
Thanks to Micki Martin for the awesome photos!