Street to Gym Activewear

Activewear

When it comes to picking clothes for the gym, you need to ensure that you will be as comfortable, and as flexible, as possible, but this can often mean opting for an outfit that you would not normally want to be seen in. Fortunately, there are a number of activewear brands that have decided to tackle this dilemma, creating practical yet stylish lines that can easily be worn straight from the street to the gym.

Street to Gym Activewear

 

//OUT Incorporated
While some of the pieces from //OUT Incorporated may look too gorgeous to sweat in, this is exactly what they were designed for, crafted from fabrics that are not only extremely breathable, but also shape-smoothing. From an asymmetrical tank top with ruched detailing at the sides, resulting in a fashion forward look that is so comfortable for the gym, to an asymmetrical layering bra that can be worn in so many different ways, these pieces have all been so thoughtfully designed, resulting in a line that perfectly emulates the concept of high fashion activewear.

Crane & Lion
The activewear pieces from Crane & Lion are extremely functional and look great both on the go as well as at the gym. Their Jogger Pant has quite a masculine quality to it, almost seeming as though you have borrowed them from your boyfriend, but moulds itself to the female form in a beautiful way, while their Capri Tight features back and side seams that are flattering and slimming. While their Long Sleeve Tee may not be suitable for this summer, it is another great piece to invest in for when the weather starts to turn cooler.

KiraGrace
KiraGrace is a yoga line, creating pieces using fabrics that feature a four-way stretch, so while these are great for all of your yoga positions, they are also super comfortable to wear on the street. The brand’s Warrior Tough Cut Leggings embrace the cut-out trend that has been seen everywhere recently, bringing some contemporary fashion to your workout session, while the Boot Camp Camo Pocket Tight are tights that feature a stunning print and an earth tone palette, making them easy to style with other pieces.

Move
Move by Alternative Apparel is a line that has included some really useful features into their garments. Their Flex It Tank Top boasts two pockets with zips, meaning that you now have somewhere safe to store your locker key and any other valuables when at the gym. The brand’s Lean Into It Leggings are great for those who feel that traditional yoga pants are just slightly too tight, as these are tight enough to allow your body to properly flow, but not too constricting either.

Staying stylish at the gym can definitely be tough, which is why these activewear brands have really managed to stand out from their competition with these fabulous street to gym pieces. Not only are these pieces fashionable, functional and comfortable, but they are also easy to style with all of the other gym clothes you already have in your wardrobe.

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In for Spring: Strong Shoulders

This spring is going to be all about exposed shoulders, giving any outfit a sexy and playful edge. Whether your style is romantic and bohemian or classically chic, this is a trend that will be seen in so many different forms this spring.

In for Spring: Strong Shoulders

Shoulder Cut-Outs
Shoulder cut-outs are a great way to show some skin this spring, without having to bare too much. The beauty of shoulder cut-outs is that they are so versatile, and have been seen on a diverse range of garments. From Nicole Miller’s stunning navy jumpsuit to a tailored Vera Wang coat to a Jonathan Simkhai crop top, all of these garments may boast shoulder cut-outs, but they have each incorporated them in a beautifully unique way. Whether you prefer smaller, graphic cut-outs that show just a glimpse of the shoulder, or larger ones that expose a large portion of the arm as well, this is a style that just about everybody can embrace.

Off-the-Shoulder
Off-the-shoulder looks can be traced back to many centuries ago, giving them a distinctly vintage feel. However, designers have been bringing this style back into modern times by adding contemporary touches to off-the-shoulder outfits. Salvatore Ferragamo and The Row is where you will find off-the-shoulder tops with romantic billowing sleeves, creating a gorgeous bohemian silhouette, while Michael Kors, Chloe and Francesca Liberatore all have off-the-shoulder tops that feature ruffles and frills, giving the garments an ultra-feminine feel. For something more fitted, take a look at Prabal Gurung, who has a cord knit midi dress that cuts a sleek and flattering silhouette.

Asymmetrical Necklines
Asymmetrical necklines tend to only reveal one shoulder and are a stylish way to show just a small amount of skin. Versace, Christopher Kane and Antonio Marras have paired their asymmetrical necklines with vibrant prints, while Stella McCartney’s asymmetrical necklines are all black and very sleek. Vivienne Westwood, Mugler and Sonia Rykiel also have designs featuring asymmetrical necklines that are definitely worth checking out for those who love the style.

Halter Necks
Halter necks have been embraced by a number of different designers for this spring. Rag & Bone opted for spaghetti strap style halter necks, while Andrea Jiapei Li emphasized the sport elements of the halter neck. Other designers who have their finger on the pulse of this trend are Brandon Maxwell, who pairs halter necks with skirts, Oscar de la Renta, who designed some quirky plaid printed ruffled halter tops, and Givenchy, with a stunning halter top champagne evening gown that would be perfectly suited to the red carpet.

Exposed shoulders are set to be one of the biggest fashion and style trends this spring, and it would seem as though the majority of designers out there have at least one garment that exposes the shoulders. Whether you want a romantic billowing off-the-shoulder silhouette, or a sexy, floor-lengthed exposed shoulder evening gown, this trend works for so many different body shapes, giving an outfit a sexy yet flattering edge.

Christian Dior’s Fashion Influence

Model walking a Christian Dior runway

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We all know the name Christian Dior, but not many fully appreciate the major influence that this individual has had over the entire fashion industry. Born in 1905 in Granville, a seaside town on the coast of Normandy, Dior was always passionate about art, and, after he had to close the art gallery he owned, Dior began selling sketches to haute couture houses, soon landing himself a job as an assistant couturier. This was interrupted in 1939 when World War II began, but Dior continued developing his skills, creating dresses for the wives of the German and French soldiers. Once the war was over, new opportunities for businesses, including fashion, started to arise, and this is when Dior’s influential ideas and designs started to take the world by storm.

The New Look
Once the war ended, Dior strongly believed that the public was ready for a new style, and, in his first couture fashion show in 1947, the New Look was born. Dior delivered excitement at a time when the French couture trade was faltering, giving the public a look that was reminiscent of the Belle Epoque ideal. With long, full flowing skirts, tiny waists, soft shoulders and luxurious fabrics, the New Look was a huge success.

After The New Look
Dior’s subsequent collections after the New Look were developments of the original style, with the collections named after the silhouettes that the garments had. From the A-Line to the Zig Zag Line to the Arrow Line, all of Dior’s collections were created with the finest tailoring and the most luxurious fabrics. Each collection consisted of around 200 pieces, with new collections contradicting many elements of past collections, bringing a rate of change to the fashion industry that had not been experienced before. Dior himself would release style statements along with each collection, informing the public that there was to be “no yellow” that season, or “no hats with clean and tailored style”. The press would pick up on this and repeat it to the wider public, giving the industry a force that it had not seen before.

Dior’s Influence on Upcoming Designers
Being one of the most highly respected couture houses in Paris, Dior had his pick when it came to talented assistants, and it was some of these lucky few that were able to learn from the master, and go on to become significant fashion influencers themselves. Pierre Cardin was one of these, as was Yves St-Laurent, who contributed a number of outfits to Dior’s collections.

Sadly, in 1957 at the age of 52, Dior died after suffering from his third heart attack. At the time, his fashion house was bringing in over $20 million a year, and his financier decided to appoint Yves St-Laurent as artistic director, allowing the label to survive its founder. To this day, Christian Dior is still one of the most well respected, as well as famous, designers in the world, and the brand continues to produce designs that are synonymous with Christian Dior’s original standards of taste, elegance and luxury.