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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!