At Your Athleisure

Chicago-based wellness lifestyle expert Karina Heinrich shares her favorite sporty looks to tide you over until spring.

By Karina Heinrich

February 22, 2019 10:00 AM

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Athleisure isn’t a here today, gone tomorrow trend. As more and more Chicagoans make the cultural shift to focusing on wellness and our overall long-term health, our wardrobes are adjusting, too. And now that it’s stylishly acceptable to wear your athletic clothing just about anywhere—waiting in line for an early morning coffee, dropping the kids off at school, meeting for lunch and even joining friends for happy hour—women want options that boast a blend of fashion-meets-function to match our modern, multitasking lives.


— Accessorize with designer booties or sneakers if you’re running around town or taking your look into the evening. Or layer with a leather jacket or chic hoodie. 

— Opt for neutral hues so that you can mix and match for repeated wear and maximize your look options.

— Invest in high-quality fabrics that feel delicious on the skin, breathe well and won’t fall apart after more than one wash.

Here are three of my favorite, fashion-forward athleisure looks for spring dressing on the go from brands that are pushing the envelope on performance and style.

Aspen crop top by Year of Ours, $90, at Ultra high-rise Galaxy performance leggings by Ultracor, $198, at Marcus. Metallic high-rise Mid Star sneaker by Golden Goose, $550, at Intermix.
Fireball dyed multi-fox zipper sweatshirt by Jocelyn, $300, at Shine muscle tank by Spiritual Gangster, $48, at Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue. Takara Leggings by Carbon38, $98, at Wonderland Ranger boots by Louis Vuitton, $1,450, at Louis Vuitton Michigan Avenue.
Berkeley snake-print performance bra, $70, and Bedford snake-print leggings, $110, both by Varley at Equinox Michigan Avenue. Berenice leather and velvet hiker boots by Moncler, $840, at Moncler Oak Street. Jacket also by Moncler (styles and prices vary). Black Fur Gloves by Bari Lynn, $55, at Frankie’s on the Park.

Karina Heinrich is an international certified integrative nutritionist and accountability health coach who achieves unmatched success in helping clients reach optimal wellness and weight loss through her breakthrough nutrition movement, The Karina Method.