Culture. Style. Taste.
Culture. Style. Taste.

Breaking down Elevated Athleisure with Kimmie Sussman

Breaking down Elevated Athleisure with Kimmie Sussman

It’s safe to say that women’s clothing has not always been created with comfort in mind (corsets or heels, anybody?) And that may be why we are so excited about athleisure. Its lasting look of today is just the latest version of American sportswear, which began a century ago, when it included interchangeable separates worn by players and spectators. Fast forward to the 70s when these options were produced in Lycra, spandex, nylon, and other synthetic fibers. Lululemon took the look to another level in late 90s by turning “gym’ clothes into “out-of-gym” fitness status statement. But the real peak of athleisure’s virtues came during the pandemic when brands became more focused on material and function and every woman embraced the idea that casual can be chic. Today, the look is omnipresent though not always easily attainable. “From lunges to lunches, trenches are my “go-to” for looking pulled together in a fashionable flash and dash,” explains Kimmie Sussman, Aventura Mall’s stylist extraordinaire, who shows us how to put together an elevated and contemporary athleisure. “Layer over an easy and simple unitard and pair that with a designer sneaker and some oversized sunnies. There is nothing “locker room” about this look.” Here is how she goes from a downward dog to a lunch with the girls on the fly.

Rhythm jumpsuit

Rhythm jumpsuit by TnaBUTTER™ available at Aritzia

"This is a scoop-neck jumpsuit with adjustable straps. It’s made with TnaBUTTER™ — a barely-there, buttery soft sweat-wicking fabric that shapes to your body.”

Tabloid trench coat

Tabloid trench coat by Babaton available at Aritzia

“This is a fully lined, double-breasted trench coat with a removable self-belt. It’s made with an innovative vegan leather that looks and feels like the real thing.”

Exercise Mat by Louis Vuitton

Exercise Mat by Louis Vuitton, available at Louis Vuitton

“This exercise mat comes detailed with luxurious House signatures, including natural cowhide leather details and a monogram canvas strap and card holder. The mat itself is supple to the touch and features a nonslip finish for safety.”

Bottle holder by Louis Vuitton

Bottle holder by Louis Vuitton, available at Louis Vuitton

“Both luxurious and functional, this bottle holder draws its inspiration from the nomadic spirit that characterizes the Maison. It is protected by a Monogram canvas case enhanced with refined details in natural cowhide and a carrying strap.”

Rectangular mask sunglasses by Loewe

Rectangular mask sunglasses by Loewe, available at Nordstrom

“These frameless sunnies add just the perfect amount of drama to your fitness look.”

Gucci Sneakers

Rhyton sneaker by Gucci, available at Gucci

“Inspired by the retro logo trend, the Rhyton sneaker is presented in a playful mix of monogram fabrics. The vintage feel is front and center thanks to reflective trim and its oversize, chunky sole.”

Baguette Shopping Bag by Fend

Baguette Shopping Bag by Fendi, available at Fendi

“This tote folds, packs up and turns into a charm with a clip and is made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon pulled from scrap material such as fishing nets and can be endlessly recycled.”

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