Chicago brims with life on every corner! From the tall, sculpted volleyball players speckled across Oak Street Beach, to the slew of neon-clad runners bounding up and down the Lakefront, the city practically doubles as a haven for the actively inclined. And what’s a city goer without their confidence…or for that matter, their fashion!
Take a simple walk down Michigan Avenue and you’re just as likely to spot a group of suited businessmen and women striding down the street, as you are a pair of shiny purple leggings or an orange highlighter jacket. Yoga mats are as frequent as briefcases, and sometimes it feels like Soul Cycles are sprouting as fast as Starbucks storefronts.
In this day and age, our world before us at the click of a button, our schedules achingly packed to the brim, we hardly have time to even change for the gym; and frankly, nor do we want to. But luckily, we don’t have to, because it appears that athletic wear has finally found its rightful spot as comfortably chic, and acceptably appropriate everyday attire. What was once reserved for fast paced walks from the gym parking lot to the weights and back, is now cause for fitness boutiques sprouting across the country. Now we live in a time where the word “lemon” is indisputably linked with “lulu” before the image of the tart yellow fruit even pops into our minds.
And when you’re constantly on the go, the practicality of being able to sprint to the subway in yoga pants rather than jeans, or jump across a puddle of rainwater in bright Nikes instead of a pair of heels is almost too good to be true. Because nowadays, the seemingly endless hustle and bustle of the city only presents itself as yet another opportunity to workout! And what’s more convenient than already sporting active wear when you and your friend decide on a spontaneous bike trip through Millennium Park?So now you may be wondering, what’s a typical fitness outfit of a Chicagoan look like? Well, like anything you wear, it’s all about two things. The first? Your own personality. Nike Pros in psychedelic prints; Forever 21 cut-out sports bras; Alexander Wang oversized cotton t-shirts; neon shoe laces almost as bright as the shoes themselves; seamless tanks as blue as Lake Michigan. In a city as big as Chicago, anything goes, as long as you have the second thing: confidence! It’s walking with your head up high, it’s striding down the sidewalk, it’s using that strength you’ve been gaining from your workouts and translating that to the street. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about what you’re wearing, it’s how you’re wearing it!