Athleisure is all the rage right now, and it’s only going to get more popular as you start to bare shoulders and slim down to leggings and shorts this spring. Women’s workout gear comes in all sorts of sleek, street-ready styles, from dolled-up sports bras to full-on performance looks. Skip the daily costume changes and rock fashionable ensembles that go from the locker room to the rest of your life.
Find Head-to-Toe Performance
You can comfortably run your errands after you run the treadmill when you make sure your outfit is perfectly coordinated. Stick to neutral colors and rely on unique yet subtle details to keep your athleisure style special. Mesh, ribbing, and exactly the same shade of gray up top and on bottom—plus a little unexpected layering—make for a great look. Get it right with the Studio Performance Jacket, Tank, Shorts, and Leggings set by Heroine Sport.
Grab the Perfect Jacket
Your jacket gives you tons of transitional options. Women’s workout wear doesn’t always leave much to the imagination, so a coat you can toss on over your spandex can really dress things up for later. A leather bomber jacket takes your look to the streets, or you can amp up your style even more with something longer and linear. A piece like the A.P.C. Dark Navy Vivienne Dress Coat is progressively sporty with its clean silhouette and simple buttons, but its cotton piqué fabric and sash are totally in place at a casual, healthy lunch with your yoga buddy.
Refine Your Silhouette
We owe our sweatpants a lot. Athleisure used to mean the occasional grocery stop in yoga pants, but when fashionable sweatpants showed up, everyone paid attention. You still can’t wear just any gym pants out, though. Sweats need to be slim-fit, no excuses. Try a cotton-spandex jogger, and pick an ankle-length piece in a neutral solid (black always works for everything, you know) like the Women Sprinter Jogger Pants by PUBLISH. You can literally wear these anywhere.
Dress Up Your Sports Bras
The sports bra is the Holy Grail of athleisure. First off, it needs to do its job (namely, keep you from jiggling), but then there’s a whole host of other concerns: Is it really that stylish? Where else could you possibly go in just a bra? Can you really pull this off?
Never fear! The trick is low-key colors and pretty silhouettes that nod to street fashion and couture.
You could match it with pants, but selections like Alala’s “The Cut” Printed Cami Sports Bra add strappy back details and go a little lower on the ribs to look like a cool crop top. Nailed it!
Complete the Look with Sneakers
If you’re truly on the go, you need sneakers that work from the weight room to the pavement. Instead of trendy neons and metallics, stick to black, white, and maybe one signature color or some interesting geometric panels. The dark gray Tubular Runner Weave Shoes by adidas Originals can get you through a workout and let you keep up with meetings, friends, and fun out in the real world, too—which is exactly why you work out.