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‘Athleisure’ to be added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

"Casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use"

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In news that will no doubt be well-received by lovers of leggings and yoga pants, the word ‘athleisure’ is set to be officially added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary—further legitimising comfy spandex items as permissible garments to wear in your everyday life (for better or worse). As part of it’s inclusion in the dictionary, the term will be used to describe “casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use”, with the decision to include the word no doubt due in part to the massive growth in sportswear sales and popularity that has emerged out of the #fitspo and #wellness movements.

The style—which holds similarities to the other on-trend, Gen-Y aesthetic of ‘health goth’—has many famous fans in trendsetters such as Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and the Kardashian clan, who are all regular wearers of ‘athleisurewear’. While there have certainly been arguments against wearing your gym-style gear daily when everyone knows you don’t lift, there’s no doubt this trend is comfy af. Hopefully ‘cozy’ will get an updated definition in an upcoming edition too.

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