What’s my idea of a Friday night? After work I like to head to the barre to end my week right. I can’t quite welcome the weekend until I’ve done something for myself to feel good about. After my 55 minute shake, its time to head across the street and decompress with my friends at the bar. Dressing for both occasions isn’t always easy.
While I was in college in Washington, DC, I would rarely leave my dorm room without hair, makeup, and at least attempting to put on a cute outfit. Coming from a boarding school with a dress code, the outfit part definitely took me some time to master — how am I supposed to look effortless while putting in so much effort? — but I eventually figured out that I look best when I’m my most confident. Lucky for me, I feel best when I’m wearing leggings, a cotton tank, and a black jacket.
People always believe that the time period they are in the best moment in fashion. I wasn’t around, but I imagine that the big hair and pouffy sleeves of the ‘80s caught on for a reason. I know I am trained to say this, but the onset of high-end workout apparel and ‘athleisure’ definitely qualifies the 2010s as the best decade for fashion. This is the most comfortable and functional women’s fashion has ever been.
Of course not all barre gear will necessarily work for a barre-then-bar night if your goal is to seamlessly blend into either setting. For me, my Alo Moto Leggings or the Joah Brown Cut Loose Leggings perfectly exemplify how to get fit in style, then to look fierce while throwing away some of that hard work on a vodka martini.
So, thank you Serena Williams, Maggie Vessey, Instagram, and the fashion gods for making my barre outfit appropriate for the bar, appropriate for class, appropriate for the dog park, and appropriate for a date. If only I could start wearing leggings to work…wait, no; I’ve done that.