Have your cake and eat it too with Athleisure! Hitting that sweet spot in between comfort and style, who knew rocking up in gym wear and the likes could be so chic? Comfy enough for everyday errands, the hybrid of lounge and workout bags plus accessories is the ultimate versatile staple you need in our world post pandemic.

Fuelled further by the burgeoning demands of form, design and function, athleisure style is here to stay more than ever.

Don’t get left behind in the race, and push through in style with our latest Athleisure trend guide – full of fashion inspiration and statement-making pieces to make you look and feel like a winner!

The Organiser

Do away with the stress of always fumbling around your bag for your wallet. Look good, feel good and get organised! Follow our lead to spark joy with form and function by attaining these bags.

Homegrown brand Lee&Tee hits another home run with its Menta Unisex Backpack – a sleek, roomy smart casual backpack that will take you from the office to the gym. Made of microfiber leather, the bag fits A4 documents and features multiple compartments to separate all your necessities for different daily activities.

A stable of Nordic designers, PROJECTKIN, specialises in creating classic, sustainable and functionable goods for the mindful consumer. Clock brownie points for Mother Earth with its award-winning collection by Thomas Bentzen, featuring a classically designed end-to-end packing system – from The Kin Laundry Bag, a carry-all Kin Wash Bag to Kin Packing Cubes.

Each item is made with sustainable materials such as hemp, or flax fibres – highly durable materials which are naturally biodegradable and planet-friendly!

Inspired by the hardiness of Hunting waxed canvas used during World War II, Taiwan’s HOOPSWAX melded the durable and waterproof material with genuine leather to produce retro-styled and long-lasting bags. Snag yourself the Doctor Backpack with its wide top clasp opening and multiple pockets, for easy access and overview of all your items at a glance!

Hailing from the same country as Marie Kondo, Japan’s clueto – Hike40 Canvas Backpack is build-to-order and might take up to 1 month to deliver. It’s a well-worth wait though for your very own handcrafted, quality bag that is full of nifty pockets for your odds and end.

The Workaholic

There’s no rest for the wicked – wickedly good at being on-point with style that is. Fret not about bringing two separate bags out for work and gym, as you can easily pull off athleisure styles with crossover dress codes.

Best-selling MARHEN.J is known for its minimalistic, functional designer bags that blend in at any occasion. Such is the case for their new stylish laptop bag Milly – made out of recycled nylon, the water resistant bag can comfortably fit a laptop and several other knick-knacks securely and fashionably.

Creating tripwear for the everyday explorer in you is Australia’s Stitch & Hide. Meander through the concrete jungle comfortably and in style with the Willow Backpack – Dusty Rose. Featuring a vegetable-tanned exterior, the bag opens up to generous compartments to stash away your essentials.

The Minimalist

Function over form is the way to go for you, but not a total abandonment of aesthetics please. No problem, the Sift & Pick curators hear you loud and clear, and they literally have got your bag.

The ever-versatile Vietnamese TravelME bags are extremely lightweight, durable and made of eco-friendly materials; easy on the shoulders and on your conscience! Pick the large size Maree backpack for a roomy travel companion while on the go. With a quick access panel at the back for essential items you may need in a hurry, this bag is a blessing for every busy commuter!

The Beam Bag in Milky Pink from Thailand’s KATJI looks like a deceptively simple two-compartment bag upon first glance. Explore further to discover its numerous pockets, zippered compartments and multi-functional convertible designs.

Try the following options to feel a spring in your step as you head out to the city – without the feeling of a heavy bag pulling you down. Enjoy the security and freedom that the LWL‘s Waistbag Herringbone gives as you carry it as a chest sling or on your hips. Its solid fabric material gives it a sturdy structure, while its dark Herringbone patterned material complements any colour – elevating the entire waistbag’s look.

Prefer an option that is closer to your side? Try the flat Belt Alba from Portugese brand Maria Maleta – a sleek, slim bag on a belt that adheres to your hips, making slipping in and out of the crowds much easier.

The Gym Bunny: Work it Out!

Working out is like a daily ritual to you, hence the need for a good bag that will contain your gym needs is high. Yet, you don’t want to conform to the usual gym duffel bags or separate shoe bags. Search no more, we have your answers below.

Large enough for a 17-inch laptop, South Korea’s unionobjet Ultra Violet Backpack is the rare, large sized bag that can comfortably fit a larger laptop along with miscellaneous items. Not compromising on the style factor, the bag also features several separated compartments to ensure your items are organised and stay put whilst on the move.

Want a lightweight bag to head for dance or barre classes? Consider the Mesh Layered String Bag from Korean brand – FUN FROM FUN. A versatile, pliable drawstring bag with ballet dance terms printed on it, this bag is effortlessly chic for a day out to the studios.

Made of waterproof nylon material, Japanese brand FREDRIK PACKERS420d Bloom Pack is extremely lightweight and features both a drawstring purse opening and size zipper for easy access. This pack is definitely a daily go-to bag.

AZERO’s Any Bag Back Pack is a simple, minimalistic and lightweight drawstring bag made of sheepskin. Strong, durable, roomy enough for A4 documents and weighing less than a canvas bag, this bag is a keeper which can easily be brought around anywhere.

Make a Statement

Amidst the sea of solid or dark coloured gym garb, stand out from the crowd with a statement-making bag. Be it a bright pop of colour or a unique design, go crazy and have fun elevating your entire look.

Well-known for their bright and unique items, South Korean ESTODUS. does not disappoint with its Vessel Bag Small – a signature design piece. It can be carried as a shoulder bag, or a tote bag depending on how you fold the opening at the bag’s top.

An abbreviation of ‘Sweet & Switch’, Korean brand SWSW truly embodies their namesake in their Rainbow Summer Tote – sweet candy striking linings with prominent stitching! The eye-catching see-through piece is sure to turn heads with its subtle colourful edges.

The Tour de France of Fashion

Cycling is a tricky activity in Asia’s tropical weather when you need to find a way to carry your cycling essentials or stay cool and protected from the sun. Lucky for you, the Sift & Pick team have identified a few sporty-chic arm candies or accessories to be your best cycling companion.

British brand Goodordering is the answer to fashionable and functional bags for cyclists. Take their Classic Handlebar Bag for example, it can be fixed around the handlebars or attached to the rack of a bicycle, and also converted to a sling with a detachable strap.

Singapore’s UV levels all year round is one of the world’s highest UVI scores. How about a lightweight, 100% natural raffia New Lazare sun cap by WHITE SANDS? It offers your face much needed sun protection – all while making you look pretty. Score!

Need protection for your scalp too? Try a Vintage Cycling cap by Brick Lane Bikes from UK brand, Brick Lane Bikes. These cycling caps are making a come-back as a hipster streetwear fashion accessory; useful and low-key trendy – what more can you ask for?

A London cycling brand, Chapeau hits the mark with its quirky Midweight Cotton Blend Socks in Purple Moon. A delightful tapestry of hues and a padded sole to give a good balance between performance and comfort for the cyclist, this pair of socks does it all.

Cooling down is essential in our perpetual humid heat. Try a MINUS DEGREE SOFT SPORTS Cool Touch Towel from Japanese brand 100percent. Made in Imbari, Japan, the towel’s unique thick gauze fabric boasts a cool touch when dry, and an even cooler temperature when wet – perfect for cooling down your temperatures when wiping off perspiration.

Did we ignite your curiosity on the endless possibilities of athleisure chic styles for your wardrobe? Head over to the curated Athleisure Style Guide that the Sift & Pick curators lovingly pieced together, just for you and get your game on!

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