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Nikki Garnett, 50, juggles her blog Midlifechic with her day job of running a marketing agency. The former editor of Selfridges magazine, she lives with her husband and three teenage sons on the edge of The Lake District. She is always on the hunt for understated chic whether she is dressing for work, weekends or restyling her home.

The athleisure trend has been around for a while now and doesn’t show any signs of waning. I think it’s great because there’s nothing better than feeling comfortable in your clothes. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s moved on a long way from the shell-suits of the eighties. Here are my tips for wearing it well.

The athleisure trend has been around for a while now and doesn’t show any signs of waning. I think it’s great because there’s nothing better than feeling comfortable in your clothes. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s moved on a long way from the shell-suits of the eighties. Here are my tips for wearing it well.

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Try block colour.

If you like a smarter look, wearing a single colour works well. It’s also slimming and can make you look taller. Look for pieces that don’t say ‘tracksuit.’ This jacket is cut like a bomber jacket and the trousers work as smart crops. The rose gold zip adds a luxe feel.

jacket £26.00
joggers £24.00
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Balance your frame.

Draw attention to the parts of your figure that you like best and balance them out. So, if you’re wearing a tight top, add looser bottoms and vice versa. I’d wear this for the gym and then going for a coffee afterwards. The leggings are fitted so that I can move but I’ve been kind to my middle by choosing a looser top.

leggings £26.00
tee £22.00
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Work colour to your advantage.

Wearing darker colours on your widest part can trick the eye and make you look slimmer, especially if you add a contrasting colour. Some people look great in black but I always try to keep it away from my face because I know it casts dark shadows and drains my complexion.

top £20.00
joggers £26.00
Wear it your way.

The athleisure trend is all about looking relaxed so play around with it, perhaps rolling the trousers at the ankle or pushing your sleeves up. Layering is another way of breaking up the structure and it has a slimming effect. Start by letting the hem of your t-shirt show beneath your outer layer.

Accessorise.

If you want your outfit to say athleisure not athletics, add a few details. If I’m going shopping, I’ll wear glam trainers or skater shoes, add some simple jewellery and make sure I’ve done my hair and make-up. Add a simple tote and you have a look that says Saturday afternoon rather than park run.

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