We look to Gigi Hadid for insight on so many of our sartorial quandaries, like, “How do I wear athleisure-wear on an airplane and not look like I’m headed to the gym?” — a question the model deftly answered on an international flight earlier this month. Gigi practically lives in her running pants and, if we're being honest, her gymwear is usually better than most of our everyday outfits. So, clearly she was primed to answer something of an inverse question: “How do I make a straight-from-SoulCycle outfit look totally street-style ready?” A quick study of the budding supermodel’s overall styling skills reveals a definite strategy for turning workout wear into street-worthy duds.
First pro tip: Elevate your running pants with edgy, interesting details that would be right at home on, say, a Balmain leather jacket — like Gigi’s favorite Blue Life Fit double-zippered, moto-patched pair. (If they’re fancy enough to wear to Taylor Swift’s house party, well…) Gigi’s distressed short-sleeve tee and cropped white sweatshirt would fit right in at the boxing gym, but she counterbalanced them by throwing a country club-approved cricket sweater over her shoulders. She further bridged her athletic-meets-streetwear look with her accessories: white and black striped Adidas kicks and a plush Botkier Lafayette satchel. If anything, Gigi’s outfit formula is the perfect excuse to invest in high-end athletic gear. We break it down, ahead.