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In Anna Bediones's Not Just for the Gym, she shows that with some creative styling, it can allow for sportswear integration into everyday looks. Taking influences from skater styles, high-fashion, street culture, athletes, and even other style blogs, Anna mixes in leggings, popular athletic shoes, gym bags, sports bras and more into outfit ideas for different occasions to show readers how to get more out of their athletic-wear.

By Melissa Chanel

Hey, y’all! I’m Melissa Chanel, a sneaker-obsessed lifestyle blogger at MelissaChanel.com by day, and the Chief Kicks Officer at Kicks and Fros by night.

I hail from the big city of Camden, South Carolina, where all 7,000 of us attended the city’s one high school and turned the WalMart parking lot into the club on weekends. Needless to say, I’ve always been a small town girl with big city DREAMS.

Growing up with two brothers and more male cousins than I could count meant that being a tomboy was in my DNA; when all the girls were begging for their first pair of heels, I had my eyes and heart set on copping the Jordan 11 Retro “Bred”. I was a bonafide sneakerhead early on, and loved kicks so much that I used all the money made from my grocery store job to make sure I never missed a sneaker release. I fell in love with colorways first, then as I gained my signature style, I started exploring silhouettes.

From an early age, I was never afraid of stepping outside the box, and it was no different when it came to sneakers I rocked. Yes, Jordans were undefeated, but I eventually filled my collection with Nike Air Force Ones, Reebok Classics, and Nike Air Max Plus.

The biggest misconception is that sneakers are a “guy” thing. I don’t buy it! As a 32-year-old woman, I rock them in the most feminine of ways, regardless of whether I’ve purchased from the men’s or women’s section. That’s really how my sneaker style has evolved–I started playing around with dresses, skirts, and even suits, and which helped me see how sneakers could outfits to life in new ways. I pair the Nike EXP 14 silhouette with dress pants and a motorcycle jacket, or if an event calls for a dressier look, I’ll pull out my favorite hot pink two-piece suit to pair with the Nike Airmax 1. The key is styling them based on what you feel your best in. At the end of the day, your style is your own, and when you feel comfortable, you’ll have the confidence to rock anything.

When relaunching my blog in July and introducing my new services, I knew I had to add in a way to help women find their sneaker style. Women of all ages reach out to me on a daily explaining that they love sneakers and want to build their collection, but have no idea how to pick out the perfect pair for their personal style. It was a no-brainer. I created this community years ago with Kicks and Fros, a platform that marries the beauty of women with natural-textured hair with the kicks they love to rock. As the community grew and people around the world shared their kicks and fros, I knew it was time to expand to include women who weren’t quite sure how they could showcase their style.

With Kicks and Fros Sneaker Shopping, clients and I book a time to meet virtually or in person, and I help them find a silhouette, color, and sneaker style that’s perfect for their specific need. Some want sneakers to perfect their street style look, others want to try a sneaker out on a date, and others are in search of a comfy, yet stylish sneaker for their travels. What I’ve learned is that we all just want to express ourselves, and our style is one of the more powerful ways we can do it! Helping women lock down their style is what makes my job one of the most fun jobs in the world.

So, are you looking for different ways to rock your kicks? If so, I present to you a snippet of what I call my “Kicktionary”. It’s a sneaker/style bible of sorts, and it comes in Volumes 1, 2, and 3. So, here’s a taste.

  1. Denim on denim – Many are on the fence about what’s been dubbed the “Canadian tuxedo,” but pairing your denim ‘fit with the Air Jordan Retro 11’s or VaporMax Plus will set your outfit off. It’s an easy way to be comfy, yet stylish without trying looking like you’re trying too hard. For a warmer look, pair this outfit with a long trench or peacoat.

 

  1. A suit. I’m not talking about the old school suits and sneakers duo from the early 2000’s. Nope! It’s all about the tailored look, European cut suits, now. Pair it with your Air Max 1’s, and I promise you’ll turn heads. You can look comfortable, fashionable, and about your business, all at the same time.

 

  1. A dress. Yes, the temperature has dropped, but pairing the dress with a turtleneck underneath and a long peacoat will keep you warm without sacrificing fashion.

That’s just a snippet of the Kicktionary, but follow Kicks and Fros on Instagram for more tips like these!

Oh! And don’t forget to catch me over on my blog. See you there!

XOXO,

Melissa Chanel

Written by Sophia Altholz 

Images and video by Jordana Koffsky 

Growing up in New York City, and Israel, I’ve always had a particular sensitivity to visual polarity. Clashing of patterns, contrasting cultures, inverted colors and any other form of modern day chiaroscuro treatment that has the potential to come to life

I relate to contrast figuratively, when it comes to femininity versus masculinity, but also literally when it comes to color and subject matter. I consider myself a fine artist and digital creator/designer, but I also strongly identify as an entrepreneur, business woman, and pragmatic marketeer on this earth.

After receiving my BFA from Pratt Institute in Digital Art & Interactive Media, I went straight into advertising working for Gary Vaynerchuk at Vaynermedia, helping Art Direction for JP Morgan & Chase.

After hours, I started drawing on sneakers for Gary and his team which created a lot of buzz in and out of the agency. I started to create more customized sneakers post my time at VM. Since Gary, I’ve created sneakers for people like Casey Cott, Nigel Sylvester, Mason Plumlee, Hannah Bronfman, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Andrew Zimmern, Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Alton Brown and more, where SophDawg Creations has continually grown to be what it is today (I’d like to give a special thanks to the people who helped until now).

I was always a doodler, especially in high school, where I secreted creativity out of every moment I could. Drawing on stuff, especially sneakers has always been extremely meditative for me. It brings me to a place of simple thinking and peacefulness. In this digital age, there are so many potential options at all moments; iPhone, therefore, I am, so It’s nice to just draw and disconnect from the world.

With sneakers, there is no command-z, but cautious creativity and focused illustration. I usually send people a questionnaire to extract what types of images and messaging I’ll draw on their sneakers. When it comes to designing sneakers for myself, I bring in that clash of imagery I was talking about before. Nature versus artificiality; bright versus dark; feminine versus masculine; basketball versus flowers; city versus country; pink versus blue; sky versus land; black versus white. And so on.

Throughout my years growing up in New York City and Israel, one consistent place I would visit was my family’s home in the woods of North Western Connecticut. I always felt split between the bright and exciting city, and the calm and peaceful country. As an artist, I believe I embody both qualities pretty equally, and am excited to grow these harmonious incongruities in the future.

Follow Sophia on Instagram or visit her site for custom pairs at www.sophdawg.com.

 

written by Celine Cumming

When I was 12 years old, I went on a family vacation to Thailand. My mom treated me to getting my nails done while we were over there, which was significant because I had never gotten my nails done before by a professional. The nail technician painted beautiful designs on all ten of my fingers, which prompted me to ask endless questions about what the technician was doing. My mom trekked all over town searching for nail art materials with me, and then allowed me to practice on her that evening. As the years passed I became relentless in practicing, determined to one day become as amazing as the woman that inspired me to try. And now here I am, a decade later, still practicing and perfecting the trade. Slowly, it began, the transition from doing nails as a hobby and for family and friends, to pursuing my passion and making a career out of it.

I love coming up with designs to match a client’s gown or the theme of their upcoming event, but I also draw a lot of inspiration from things seen in our everyday lives- anything from the minerals in a museum, to the patterns on a floor tile, to the flowers in a super market. Most recently, I have been fascinated with creating nail art inspired by sneakers as seen in my most recent photos with @finishlinewomen’s Nike Air Max 270 and Air Huarache Run

Outside of doing nails, I love to keep active. I have always loved playing soccer and running. Recently, I have taken up training in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu at a local boxing gym. More often than not, you’ll find me with sneakers on my feet and sweat on my brow- not what most people expect from the nail artist that I am! I love street style trends, and after finding inspiration for nail art in sneakers, I decided to take photos of my nail art with the shoes that inspired it, rather than just the nail art by itself. My sneaker and matching nail art photos are the perfect way to showcase my passions for fitness and nail art in one finished product. 

Visit Celine on Instagram to see more of her sneaker inspired nail art.

by Alisha Taneja

Hi, My name is Alisha Taneja and I am an entrepreneur , fashion blogger, travel enthusiast, and actress who is based in Los Angeles. I am from the Bay Area, and moved to sunny Los Angeles to attend UCLA where I studied business and political science.

I love traveling and exploring new places, in fact, I have traveled to over 30 countries. I love showcasing all that on my platforms, including ethnic diversity in the fashion space, petite style, and women empowerment.

Style is a huge part of my life! I am usually all about the glam life, and I love dressing up!

However, when I am traveling or working, its always great to take a refreshing break. I love wearing basics but styling them in unique ways. Thats why I am such a huge fan of the Finish Line Women, they have such a diverse selection of beautiful pieces that I can wear to the gym or even on off days, but still feel comfortable and look absolutely on point!

On off days where I don’t have shoots or events, I love just taking it easy and having a chill vibe. Since I work from home, I usually wake up and go to my nearest coffee shop to get a boost. I also work from my apartment complex, so I still want to look chic but don’t have to go overboard. Comfort is definitely key for me.

I am a total athleisure girl who enjoys wearing some yoga pants, tennis shoes, and a flattering sports tee.

The Nike Sportswear Metallic Leggings I am wearing in the above photos are everything! They make my butt look so good which is actually a bonus. They are perfect for us curvy girls and really slim you down , because of the solid black color. They are great to wear on the go and for errands. I love pairing my Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit shoes with them as well! I get so many compliments.

These sneakers make me look like an athlete. I highly recommend them, because they are so chic and versatile. Whether you wanna hit the gym later or just go for a hike at Runyon Canyon, these will be your best friend for sure!

I am usually not a crop tank kind of girl – but this Nike Sportswear Hi-Vis Crop Tank is so great. Its so fun to throw on , and still look put together. The key when you have a million things to do is wear a breathable and airy fabric. Especially when it gets hot in LA, you don’t want to be wearing tons of layers!

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my style finds from Finish Line Women and follow along on my journey! See you on instagram, I love hearing from  you.

Follow Alisha Taneja on Instagram to keep up with her adventures!

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Written by Taylor Thomas

Photos by @darrion_g

Style is everything. From the clothes you wear, to the shoes on your feet, and even the haircut you rock; your style is everything. Growing up in New York style was your identity. And now living in Los Angeles my style is my ticket. I am a professional dancer currently trying to fulfill my childhood dreams of becoming one of the chosen few to make it in the dance industry. My only ticket is my individuality; my style.

Pursuing your dreams is always hard to do. There are a lot of no’s you will hear before your big break. And the only way to survive those hard times is to believe in yourself. To believe in yourself you have to know who you are.I know who i am. And my style is definitely shows that. I shaved the side of my head about three years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. It represents who I am. It boosted my confidence to show the world who I was. That is the reason why my career saw a positive impact.

Since then I’ve worked for major artists like Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few. And I just got off the Pepsi Halftime Super Bowl 52 stage with Justin Timberlake. Dreams coming true! None of those amazing opportunities could have happened without confidence in myself. The best way to present that confidence is in my appearance; my style.

If I can take an outfit and put my personal twist on it, then I’m happy! Like the Fenty University Slide Sandals are such a comfy shoe. Something most would wear around to lounge or run errands. However, because the color is so bold I love to wear it as a piece, my pop of color for a day when I’m feeling courageous.

As a dancer we need clothing items that are versatile. The Puma En Pointe Bodysuit is something that I find a new way to where everyday. When I’m feeling a little sexy and want to show that in my style, I can wear the bodysuit with cute bottoms and show off all my curves. But then i can take off those bottoms and go use the bodysuit as attire for a workout. For me a typical workout is Dance. I can wear the bodysuit in certain dance classes like ballet or contemporary training. I also love to find ways to workout outside of Dance. And living in LA you can never go wrong with a good swim. The En Pointe Bodysuit is the cutest bathing suit!

Puma is one of my favorite brands because of their integrity to fashion and functionality. Their shoes are cute but comfortable. I’m never afraid to take them from the stage to the street. And with the lifestyle I live, taking an outfit from a rehearsal or a performance to a night out or a cute date, is exactly what I need. An easy way to show the world who I am. Whether it be a casting director giving me a Dance job or a stranger passing me on the street, I want to represent myself in the best way always. Represent my style!

 

Follow Taylor on Instagram and keep up with more of her Puma style on @finishlinewomen.

Written by Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick 

Leggings: adidas Originals Berlin 3 Stripes Leggings

Shorts: adidas Originals Slim Shorts 

Sneakers: adidas Originals Superstar Metal Toe Casual Shoes 

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Minimal style is something I can always turn to on a daily basis. As a model, I’m running around to castings, meetings or just getting personal errands out of the way, so these adidas Originals looks are perfect when it comes to my lifestyle.

The adidas Originals Berlin 3 Stripes Leggings I absolutely love because of the print down the leg. It makes the design retro and a fun, basic staple to wear for many occasions. I can pair them with sneakers or add some height to my look with a strappy heel, either way the fit is flattering with multiple looks.

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How can you not love a sneaker that matches everything?! The adidas Originals Superstar Metal Toe is effortless and I can wear them with all of my casual outfits. They are very similar to the OG Superstars, but the detail of the metal toe adds some sheen and I love when different textures compliment each other without being a distraction to the rest of the outfit.

I absolutely love black and white style. The colors are not only classic, but you can put so many different looks together whether it’s a t-shirt, crop top, dress or piece of denim. These adidas Originals leggings and sneakers definitely fall into that category of mixing and matching and I live for that kind of versatility, because I can put together an outfit quickly and move on with my busy schedule.

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When I have time to relax and hang out with friends and family, I love going to the beach. I’m 100% a water baby and these blue adidas Originals Slim Shorts are the perfect addition with my one piece bathing suit. They also have a vintage vibe which I’m always about and can pair with a lot of pieces in my closet. The design is simple and comfortable and I can wear them around town with sneakers as easily as I can wear them to the beach or pool.

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Now that summer is here, these adidas Originals items are a great way to start my athleisure style for warmer weather. Can’t go wrong with comfy shorts, black leggings and white sneaks, amirite? 🙂

Keep up with Kaitlyn on Instagram! #WeAreMore

Written by Natasha Mufleh

Shoes: Nike Air Presto Premium Running Shoes

Top: Nike Sportswear Windrunner Jacket

Bottoms: Nike Leg-A-See Logo Leggings

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Athleisure. We’ve been hearing that a lot lately. To me, athleisure is comfort meets cute. Something I could wear to the gym, but something I could also rock when I’m out and about; which is exactly how I dress.

I’ve always been a sweats and T kind of girl. I love to be comfortable, but I also have my own individual sense of style. Luckily, my job allows me to be just that. As a personal trainer, I get to be in sportswear all day. In my opinion, you can never own too many kicks, leggings, or sports bras. But I don’t like to just throw on any random pair of sweats and tanks, I like to put them together in a very cute, trendy way. I have never been a girly girl, and I cannot walk in heels to save my life. Luckily, I get to have my own style and be comfortable, too.

Not Just For The Gym - Nike Presto and Nike Leggings

How do I pick and choose my outfits? Well, that always depends on my mood and how I’m feeling that day. What I wear to the gym is not necessarily what I wear out and about, but they usually are quite similar in terms of style and coordination. But of course, the kicks are what tie the outfit together. I always keep my kicks clean! I won’t lie, I do love rocking a pair of jeans once in a while, but even they have to be absolutely comfortable. I won’t sacrifice my comfort, that’s why athleisure fits me perfectly; I get to have the best of both worlds. I always have a baseball cap in my car to throw on when I want to. I feel caps really do complete the outfit, too. You can also wear your hair in so many different ways when you’ve got a cap on! Bad hair day? No problem! And of course, how can we forget the backpack? I’m a mom, and I do not want to drag around a huge diaper bag. I carry the necessities in a cute, comfortable backpack.

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My eyes always gravitate towards bright colors when I pick an outfit. My favorite outfit is usually a pair of comfortable leggings mixed in with a cute crop or tank top. I toss on a light jacket, even during the summer, to either hold onto or wrap around my waist. It adds to the look, and it’s always good to be prepared just in case you catch a little breeze. When the leggings are dark, the shoes HAVE to pop. What better way to pop than a fresh pair of white Prestos?

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These black Nike leggings are the definition of comfort. I love that they crop right above the ankles, and they hold on nice and snug at the (mid) waist. I can move so freely in them when I have to. I’m a very active mom, so I have to always be ready to move comfortably when needed.

Not Just For The Gym - Natasha Nike Hat

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I would pair these black leggings with absolutely any pair of kicks, but these all white Nike Presots are one of my favorites, and they are absolutely comfortable. Lately, I’ve added a lot of plaid, over sized shirts to my wardrobe. I feel they look super cute with jeans or leggings and they are also perfect for summer because they are lightweight!

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If I’m wearing plain colors, I will most definitely garnish the outfit with a pop. This red jacket is THE definition of pop! I love that it hugs you right above the waist. I can wear this jacket anywhere, and with anything! I paired it with a really comfortable pair of jeans, and I love how the colors look together, but I could also totally match it with any of my leggings, and it would look super cute!

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The best part about being able to dress comfortably-cute is that I am always ready to go anywhere. This style allows me to move so freely as a super active, new mom, and it also allows me to feel super stylish and good about how I look.

Keep up with Natasha on Instagram and check out all Nike style at finishline.com. 

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Athleisure is for every girl who not only wants to wear athletic clothes when working out, but for just about everything else!

Being able to take an outfit from the gym to the street is huge. Especially if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck or are busy af (as in you workout 4-5x a week + a new Mom ???????? ). And if I’m being completely honest, I have been pulling off this athleisure look for quite some time. I always thought of it as a sort of tom boy style and need for comfort. I’m not your typical girl; I like to be comfy and not restricted, I choose sweats and leggings over jeans, sneakers over heels, sports bra over regular bra. Athleisure is MY style – it’s WHO I AM! It’s not complicated, it’s comfortable, it’s stylish, edgy, tom boy with a hint girlie girl, athletic, trendy, and fun! 

Outfit Details:

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3 tips on how to pull an athleisure look successfully:

  1. • you have to have dope sneakers (AM 90 Flyknit is a good place to start)
  2. • your hair/makeup should look decent (you have to look more put together than at the gym) 
  3. • own it and be confident!

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Favorite athleisure pieces:

The essentials of shorts and leggings are two things that any girl should have. Complete your look/’fit with a hat that compliments the variety of colors and a smoth bomber jacket. As always, you can never go wrong with a clean look of sweats and a hoodie, as long as they have the right kicks to match.

Favorite athleisure sneakers:

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Make sure you follow FitAndy to keep up with her athlesiure style.

Twitter: @FitAndyy

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Website: FitAndy.com

Jacket: Nike Tech Fleece Destroyer Jacket

Bra: Nike Pro Indy Strappy Sports Bra

Shorts: Nike Pro Cool 3 Inch Training Shorts

Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 Low Casual Shoes

Photos By: @e_fancy

The key to tackling a busy schedule and still making time for the gym is efficiency. Groundbreaking, right?

As somebody who is always on the go, I try my best to minimize the time I spend traveling back and forth between appointments while also being mindful of how much I carry throughout the day.

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Work. Meeting. Event. Gym, somewhere in between.

If I know I have a busy day coming up, I make an effort to dress functional yet presentable. I also know that if I have a busy day and I don’t prepare myself, I will – for sure – make an excuse to skip the gym.

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This is where the “athleisure” trend saves lives (how dramatic). Instead of carrying multiple sets of clothes, I try to incorporate my training clothes into my outfits.

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Sports bra replaces a real bra. I don’t always wear sheer tops but the bra – especially the Nike Pro Indy Bra – makes for good decoration when visible. The tech fleece bomber jacket keeps me from being too naked and also too cold because in reality, it’s freezing in my city.

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Tights are often difficult to wear underneath other pants, but they make for good layering pieces in the cold. In this case, I opted for Nike Pro shorts that fit easily under my pants, and add another decorative element to this outfit.

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The shoes are the most important. If you know you will be on the move, sneakers are the way to go to ensure maximum comfort. White Air Force 1s are my go-to. They are comfortable enough to carry me through the day, and cool enough to not cramp my style. I never have to think twice about white AF1 lows – they’re a staple sneaker and look good with pretty much everything.

With this outfit, all I need to carry in my gym bag is a pair of trainers and a top. Easy!

Keep up with Anna on Instagram. 

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