February 1, 2018
We Tried ‘Bathleisure’
Pro tip: it helps if you actually take a bath
By Johanna Koons
writer for The Natural
Towel turbans and a hint of glam seem to be the two ingredients necessary for the newest insta-worthy trend — bathleisure. I first started noticing this trend about two weeks ago when selfies of friends and influencers started flooding my feed — they all seemed to be wearing varying degrees of makeup and jewelry, and of course, a fluffy-looking towel wrapped around their heads. Some looked fresh from a shower; most looked ready to go to the opera, only with that noticeable bath time accessory covering their hair. Intriguing…
Bathleisure — taken from “bath” and “athleisure” (typically known for its casual, yet chic, aesthetic) — is actually no new thing. Elizabeth Taylor was known for rocking diamonds and a bathrobe in the early 90’s. From my lazy and quick research, the latest round of bathleisure trendsetters seems to have sparked from a December 2017 Vogue Paris cover of Rihanna, posing like Manet’s Olympia, and wearing a full face of what I assume to be Fenty, swimwear, a very fluffy coat, fine jewelry, and a colorful towel wrapped into a perfect turban on her perfect Rihanna head. Out of curiosity (and my love of Instagram and all things glam), I decided to give this bathleisure thing a go.
How to Bathleisure
I got home from work on Tuesday around 5:30pm. Usually I’ll remove my makeup and head to a yoga class around 6:15 — but then I remembered bathleisure is usually shown with a full face of make-up. If I were to rock glamorous bathleisure around the time I would realistically be taking a shower post-yoga, my make-up would be missing from the whole look. So, I decided to take my bathleisure selfie before yoga class with the makeup I was wearing from the day (which I was actually quite proud of).
Even though I was pressed for time, I touched up my look a little bit, threw on the most glamorous jewelry I own (a string of small pearls my mom gave me when I turned 16), and wrapped my head in a turquoise towel I fished out of the laundry basket. My robe is an oatmeal color that didn’t really match my towel, so instead I draped a printed teal Pendleton towel around my shoulders. Unfortunately for me, this towel was mildly damp.
Photos courtesy of Johanna Koons
I didn’t feel glamorous. I felt silly and uncomfortable. Have I ever changed my outfit and makeup for an Instagram photo before? Admittedly, yes. But this time I wasn’t putting on a nice outfit to maybe get a good ‘gram and then leave it on for the day — it was just to be trendy. It didn’t feel sincere, and I probably wouldn’t post the photo to my personal account. After the selfie, I promptly removed the towel from my head, my jewelry and makeup, changed into my gym clothes and proceeded to my yoga class per usual.
Ditching the Bath-essories
Inspired by all this talk of baths and leisure, I took a bath when I returned. I really invested in this bath by using one of my finest bath bombs, applying my favorite clay mask, preparing myself a glass of winebucha (red wine and kombucha — you can thank me for that later) and found a good podcast to listen to. It was a truly delightful bath experience. When my boyfriend came home in the middle of it, he asked me what I was doing. “Bathleisuring!” I said proudly. He promptly left me alone.
I took another selfie after my bath. I looked shiny and makeup-less, but I was happy! Note that my hair is not in a towel turban, because my hair is not wet. I don’t like to wash my hair in the bath. Would I call this selfie “bathleisure”? I don’t know, but it’s certainly the selfie of someone who took a leisurely bath. So, here’s my simple conclusion. Bathleisure? Silly and uncomfortable, but harmless enough (accessorizing can be fun, after all!). Leisurely bath? Absolutely, always and forever.