This Trend Is Replacing Athleisure as We Know It

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If you had told me a decade ago that in 10 years, people would be dressing like country club tennis pros, boxers, and ’80s Jazzercise instructors, my response would feel been, Huh? Why? But alas, here we are, and everyone is wearing retro sports attire like it’s normal (which it basically is now). Over the past few years, we’ve come to think of athleisure as leggings, the latest It sneakers, sports bras, hoodies, etc. But in the past year or so, the concept of athleisure has evolved.

Because everyone wants to be comfortable and fashion is cyclical, athleisure is here to stay, and these days, it looks a lot like the activewear and sports gear from the ’80s. The decade has been an ongoing source of trends as of late, with plissé pleats, shoulder pads, and ruching making a comeback. So the fact that people are dressing like they’re going to play racquetball, golf, or rugby in 1985 isn’t all that surprising considering the state of fashion right now. Brands like Sporty & Rich and Rowing Blazers continue to lure in all the cool kids, and many other brands are getting in on the action. If you love the look—which I admit I do—read on to see how fashion people are wearing it, and shop some of my favorite retro sportswear to add to your own collection.

All Access Center Stage Stretch Shorts ($68)

If these don’t scream ’80s aerobics instructor, I’m not sure what does.

Rowing Blazers '90s Green and Pink Tee ($60)

Ordering this to wear with the aforementioned shorts is recommended.

Outdoor Voices Flow 7-Inch Shorts ($58)

Sign me up for pink-and-purple bike shorts.

Sporty & Rich 80s Fitness Cotton Sweatshirt ($145)

The faux-retro sporty brand that started it all.

Sporty & Rich Printed Cotton-Jersey Shorts ($90)

Might as well complete the set.

New Balance Boxing Shorts ($85)

Boxing gear could be the new tennis-gear trend.

Sleeper Tender Fighter Silk Set in Navy ($165)

Who knew "boxing gear" could be so pretty?

Russell Athletic Fleece Boxer Shorts ($39)

We love a comfortable trend.

Recreational Habits Black Active Bra ($75)

This brand is on the rise.

Rowing Blazers Racquets Polo ($88)

Nike Court Victory Dri-Fit Tennis Skirt ($55)

Tennis skirts are practically a basic at this point.

Athleta Ace Tennis Skort 13.5-Inch ($69)

Another great option.

Staud New Balance Tommy Beaded Bag in Sunshine Silver ($295)

A fashion person's version of a tennis ball.

Adidas Originals Off White Tennis Luxe 3-Stripe Shorts ($35)

At just $35, why not?

Adidas Golf Adicross Retro Spikeless Golf Shoes ($90)

Not just for the golf course.

Nike Golf Boxy Polo ($65)

Polos are trending in so many different categories.

Tory Sport Checked Tech-Jersey Track Pants ($228)

Caddyshack vibes.

Nili Lotan + Champion Appliquéd Stretch-Jersey Track Jacket ($395)

As good with jeans as it is with sportswear.

Zara Retro Sport Shorts ($13)

Strictly ’70s.

Sporty & Rich Volleyball Embroidered Cotton Hat ($60)

Sporty & Rich strikes again.

Nike Bliss Luxe Training Dress ($90)

Nike really got it right with this dress.

Additional sizes available here.

Solid&Striped x Sporty & Rich The Gemma One-Piece ($178)

We love it when our favorite brands collide.

Reebok Club C 85 Classic Lace Up Sneakers ($70)

A classic in every way.

Next up, the rising summer trend that's as comfortable as a bathrobe.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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