Leggings Are The New Jeans: The Athleisure Obsession

Dressing like you’re on your way to yoga has become high-fashion, and leggings have become the uniform of young girls in high school and colleges everywhere. Millennials and teens are creatures of comfort, and their preferences are making the athleisure trend huge business.

Want to dress and act like a teen? Put on your leggings. Young consumers are choosing leggings over denim, and “athleisure” is in full swing. Piper Jaffary’s most recent teen spending report reveals that activewear a is now more popular than denim among these young consumers, their top clothing brand is Nike, and Lululemon is becoming increasingly popular among teen females. Google’s first ever Fashion Trends Report analyzes the most popular fashions for Spring 2015 based on billions of recent style-related searches. Thanks to the athleisure phenomenon, jogger pants were at the top of the list. Millennials and teens are slipping into comfortable gym-class inspired fashions even when they don’t plan on breaking a sweat. As Style.com put it, “It’s never been cooler to be seen looking like you’ve been working out." Whether you call it athletic wear, fitness streetwear, activewear, or athleisure, it’s huge.

In retrospect, it isn’t all that surprising that the “I just worked out” look has become so incredibly popular with young consumers. They have been telling us that they are creatures of fashion comfort for years now. In 2013, we surveyed Millennials 14-29-years-old about their fashion preferences, and 55% of males and 67% of females surveyed said they prefer comfort over style. Both genders selected “simple” as the word that best described their style. In 2014, when we asked about fashion priorities, 82% of 13-32-year-olds  agreed “comfort is my number one priority in what I wear,” compared to 42% who agreed “style…


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