How French Women Do Activewear Style Differently

Do you have any go-to activewear pieces?

KENZA SADOUN-EL GLAOUI: Of course! I wear loose T-shirts, hoodies, leggings, backpacks, and sneakers—even in town. Luckily I don’t sweat that much, so often after the gym I stay in my leggings and sneakers. I only change my shirt and my sweater for a more sophisticated pullover like a turtleneck. And in general, I only wear black leggings.

What is something you would never wear with your workout leggings?

KSG: I definitely would never wear heels with my leggings. In Paris, wearing leggings during the day is absolutely not chic, so if I do it, I’d rather already have on a sporty outfit—one with sneakers.

Is activewear really even something that French women wear on a regular basis? Or is it strictly a gym-only look?

KSG: If you compare the cities of Paris and Los Angeles, for example, this type of clothing doesn’t have much success here. If you see a woman in sweatpants and a sweatshirt in Paris, it shows that she either didn’t want to make any effort or, on the contrary, that she has a very distinctive style and she owns it. Here in France, we tend to only wear a few activewear pieces at a time—not a sporty total look.