Styling the Next Athleisure Trend: Unitards

Remember the “leggings are not pants” movement? Good thing that didn’t work out! Athleisure has become a staple in women’s fashion, with new trends popping up all the time. The latest fad? The unitard. Here, we present some tips and tricks for styling one of athleisure’s hottest trends.

What Is a Unitard?

Think about leotards that dancers and gymnasts wear. Unitards are also one-piece athletic outfits, but instead of being shaped like a swimsuit, their bottoms are cut to resemble biker shorts or pants. Unitards have become popular for being flexible and cozy; the stretchy fabric makes for an easy outfit that goes from a gym session to street fashion in a snap.

The Basic Look

Your first option is to wear your unitard alone with a pair of sneakers. To break up the look, try styling it with a cardigan (an open cardigan will work, but one that can be secured in the front provides more separation) and some cozy boots. For a sportier look, tie an athletic jacket around your waist. Finish off the outfit with a baseball cap and some tennis shoes.

Unitards as Pants

To wear a unitard as shorts or pants, just add a cropped top or pullover, a hoodie, or an oversized tee over it. You can also style it with a jacket; try a denim jacket for a casual look or a leather jacket to make the outfit edgier.

As a Bodysuit

Your unitard also doubles as a bodysuit! If you want to dress it up, grab a pair of loose jeans, some heels, and some flashy jewelry. You can also dress it down with sweatpants. And that unitard might just be the solution you need to protect yourself from the wind while you rock your favorite skirt.

Our Picks

Onzie Biker Babe One Piece($66, shop here)

Mango Fitted Sports Jumpsuit(79.99, shop here)

Everlane Perform Bike Unitard ($68, shop here)

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