I've cherished activewear for some time now. The irony is, I've always sucked at sports.
With all the bench warming I did for my soccer team in high school to the countless balls I've lost over the fence trying to "master" my swing in tennis, I knew early on I wasn't going to be the athlete in the family. But if there is one thing I always did have, it's speed.
I realized that this has been the cause of my dire love for all things active. I was buying all this activewear to fuel my raging need for speed. I would wear it and automatically enter into active mode, running around the concrete jungle for no real reason like a crazy person. Eventually, these guys started making their way into my everyday wardrobe, blending in with my normal shirts and trousers and thus was the birth of athleisure. I quickly became known as the "active" or the "sporty" girl. And it's been cool. Up until now.
There's two reasons why I'm going to step away from athleisure for a bit. The first has to do with my age. It makes me look younger. Well, that's a good thing, we all want to look young for our age, you would say. Not quite. This has never been the case with me. It's been a bit of a complex I've had growing up. If I told you I was given my last kids menu at the age of sixteen, it might help get my point across. Or how is it that twenty-four year old Jennifer Lawrence and I are the same age? I would look like a child standing next to her. Nineteen year old Kendall could probably pass as my hot aunt for crying out loud. This doesn't go to say that I won't ever have a pair of sneakers on my feet anymore. I just plan on taking this whole athleisure thing down a big notch. I'm short and I'm asian. And athleisure I've learned, makes me look younger than I'd like. At least for now.
The second reason has to do with the concept of slowing down. If all this activewear on my back has had me running around like a maniac all the time, I wonder if I would slow down in different attire. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming athleisure for anything; there's a time and place for every garment category. But I do believe wearing it so often has made a contribution to this meaningless hurry I've developed over the years, that's only appropriate for the gym really. After all, heels control us so why not athleisure.
So with that, here's my last ode to athleisure. A little on this outfit -- I've literally taken the Nike x Sacai sport skirt and tied the waistband all the way up my ribcage as to refrain from looking like a sad pilgrim. It's the only way I can wear this thing anyway so that the hem doesn't fall past my knees. I paired pleats back to pleats for a carefree day at the park last weekend. And what did I do in them? I ran around. Like a crazy person.
#DeathToAthleisure. Til we meet again.