I’m not one of those girls that can get on a long flight without being comfortable first. After all, the journey is a precursor to the destination. Jeans, a tee, and the occasional track pant, was the comfiest I’ve ever gotten in transit and in a new place because they’re so low maintenance. So naturally, when I pack, that’s what 90% of my suitcase is full of. The rest is something a little more glam for a night out on the town or dinner at a high end restaurant.
There is a downside though. My clothes usually crease and wrinkle easily, they don’t really keep me cool and we all know that denim isn’t the most breathable fabric in the world. You know what I mean?
Let’s get to the point! We’ve all been hearing the term ‘athleisure’ for a while now, but like many of you, I’ve been restricting it to gym-wear. However, active wear has become a lot more versatile and you can wear it when you sweat, when you lounge around, when you catch up with friends AND when you travel. Not bad at all in terms of flexibility!
Athleisure is the new kid in town and in fashion vernacular, it’s a fusion of athletic and leisure wear. The word conjures up all kinds of fantasies about workout wear that’s still appropriate, yet glam enough to take on the city in. It’s kind of brilliant – and perfect for travel, be it on long treks, walks around the city, or in planes, trains or cars when satorials don’t make the cut. It’s practical too, and when you arrive at your destination, you can hit the ground running… literally!
Zelocity by Zivame sent me a whole bunch of clothing to try out on my recent trip to Canada. Although the -35 weather in Canada didn’t really allow me to sport them out in the open, I practically wore them all the time, below layers of woollens and down jackets.
The Zelocity by Zivame collection takes technological fibres and materials from the active world and marries them with sportswear styling. They stretch and move with your body, keep you cool and allow your skin to breathe. The best part, it’s practically creaseless so you can pull it out of your backpack and throw it on, without having to bother about ironing it. Oh, and when it comes to packing the clothing in your suitcase, it is SUCH a space saver. These racer back tees literally take up the space that a scarf would have! This makes it great for just stuffing into your handbag/backpack in case you need an emergency outfit change or lose your baggage.
The biggest problem with active wear is that it is usually seen on par with travel gear, which, let’s be honest, can be quite ugly. But with athleisure, bright prints and classic ‘staples’ make it perfect for mixing and matching – ideal for a travel wardrobe, even if exercise isn’t on the cards.
It’s hard to break the thought process of wanting to be dressed uber cute while travelling (hello, Instagram), but stocking up on a few cute pieces can make it easy to give in to your extra cosy side, while not sacrificing on the style. Worth mentioning is the fact that the tees and leggings are loose and comfy enough to be worn as sleepwear if space is a constraint when you pack.
So yeah, turns out you can be comfortable and trendy when you travel. And as I pack my bags for another adventure, this time to a more tropical destination, I’m super excited to get some more use out of my Zelocity clothing.
See you on the other side!