Whether it’s swapping skirts for bike shorts, or pairing blazers with leggings, style icons have been sporting athleisure wear BIG time this year. While WFH life is still going strong, one perk (I guess?) is the rise of stylish sweats that combine form and function. Enter the co-ord tracksuit. High-fashion fits’ adapted for your lounging comfort.
While tracksuits are usually reserved for lazy Sundays, or judging the Met Ball Gala from the comfort of our couch, much to our delight they've surprisingly become 2021's biggest fashion trend. The current global shift to flexible working and working from home has paved the way for increasing demand for easy-moving ensembles. Just like putting on a podcast or mood-boosting playlist can instantly uplift, wearing a matching tracksuit helps us feel that much more put together (even if we're anything but).
New Zealand brand Outrè serves to provide stylish, yet comfortable essentials that effortlessly slot into the modern man and woman’s wardrobe. The current nostalgic collection is inspired by trending Y2K fashion, a contemporary take on the iconic Juicy velour tracksuit or Adidas three stripe set, yet much more refined, practical and doesn’t require the use of a bedazzled flip phone. Outrè designer Zoe Kerr takes inspiration from her own love of matching sets. “Loungewear and matching sets are an easy feel-good outfit without requiring much thought," says Kerr. "The new Nostalgic collection invites you to look and feel good, whether it's on the couch, working from home or going for a walk."
The Nostalgic range is available in sky blue and pine green in both men and women's styles (hello matching with bae…) and sport an oversized fit for maximum comfort factor. Similarly, the women’s Terry Towelling sets feature a cropped, zip hoodie and are available in trending earthy brown and baby blue, perfect to transition from self care at home to running errands or lunch with friends. Pair with an Outre trucker hat or their hand picked range of Nike Jordan’s for the ultimate comfy-chic look. What's more, Outrè has a 'shopping with a purpose' initiative where $1 from every sale is donated to Starship Children's Hospital.
While a co-ord tracksuit is a match made in heaven, don't underestimate its cool factor. Fashion aficionados have stamped their style elevating the monochromatic look with blazers, trench coats, chunky jewellery and matching slides or totes. There's no question about it: the tracksuit is this year's hottest street style trend, and there's no sign of it retiring anytime soon.