Is athleisure dead?

Unless you live on a deserted island, chances are you've heard of the "athleisure" trend that has exploded in popularity over the past few years. If you don't know what I'm taking about, next time you're walking around in the middle of the day, pay attention to your surroundings. If you live in a place like Manhattan, you will most likely find someone walking around with a pair of yoga pants on within minutes.

I have to admit I have a LOT of athleticwear, which doesn't really match the level of fitness that I participate in. Although I do use yoga pants for actual yoga classes, the majority of the time I'm using them for running errands, hanging out at home, or for when I'm heading out to my 8am classes.

I certainly had high expectations for the athleisure industry. While other sectors of the apparel industry were struggling, athleticwear continued to show consistent growth. Unfortunately, Wells Fargo analyst Tom Nikic released a report that shows a slowdown in the athleticwear industry. This report led him to lower projected earnings for the leaders (Lululemon, Nike, and Under Armor) in the athletic industry.

So what does this mean for you? Probably nothing. I know for a fact that we will continue to see yoga pants everywhere for a long time. The damage from this report mostly just falls on the companies themselves and the people who invested in the athleticwear industry. Both parties might end up losing money this year.

What's your opinion on athleisure? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!