The athleisure trend has been out there for a few years now, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing down. Simply put, athleisure pieces are appropriate for athletic and everyday activities or, conveniently, both.
These are the kinds of clothes a girl can wear to the gym and then to lunch afterward, while never compromising on comfort or style. Fashion icons have creatively led the way down the athleisure rabbit hole by layering pieces over designer leggings, opting for super expensive gym clothes and boasting cashmere sweats.
Now, women everywhere are following in their footsteps by building up athleisure wardrobes that will allow them to look cute while lounging around at home and look effortlessly street while out and about.
Plenty of companies have now hopped on the bandwagon, designing clothes that are perfect for both working out and whatever happens afterward. The best part about these new garments is that they give fashionistas the kick they've been waiting for to actually get out there and do some exercise!
Looking this chic is the perfect reason to hit the gym, and it’s never been so affordable to be the best dressed in the weights room. Check out these 25 athleisure pieces that make every girl actually want to work out!
25 Koral Watch Top
We’re in love with this Koral Watch Top from The Iconic. Way more exciting than the classic white top, this version is finished with an open back and contrast taping, ideal for keeping your body cool on the treadmill, or as a fashion statement.
The top is also super comfortable to wear since it’s cut from soft and lightweight terry fabric.
Pair it with tights or shorts and you’ll have a stylish lazy outfit ready to go.
24 Fenty Puma Cover Up Dress
This Cover Up Dress from Fenty Puma is flattering and edgier than your average active-wear dress. It’s lightweight and stretchy and comes with a contrast zipper along the back. This is one of the fruits of the iconic collab between Rihanna and Puma, and you can pair it up with leggings or simply a pair of sneakers for your work out. Adding heels to the look will take it from comfy to chic. Head on over to The Iconic and check it out!
23 H&M Compression Fit Running Tights
No athleisure closet is complete without compression fit running tights. These extra-tight fitted leggings have a mesh key pocket and a tight fit focus on the thighs, but there’s a decrease in pressure upward from there so there are no circulation issues. You can style them with many of the athleisure pieces available now from H&M, including the classic white sports top with sports bra, a black base-layer top, a seamless sports hat or a fleece outdoor jacket.
22 Ivy Park Chenille Logo Crop Tee
One word comes to mind when we see this Ivy Park crop: versatile. Whether you’re going for a look that is sporty or street, you will stand out in this athleisure staple.
The cropped length, ribbed crew neckline, dropped shoulders and textured chenille logo across the chest add a dash of cool to the tee.
Pair it with blue Ivy Park joggers, white sneakers and some fun accessories (which are all available on The Iconic) to complete the look.
21 P.E. Nation The Cannibal Cropped Sweat Shirt
We’re obsessing over this cropped sweatshirt from P.E. Nation.
You don’t have to change after working out when you have this on since it makes a stylish athleisure ensemble when matched with a pair of track pants or joggers.
Add some heels to the look and you’ve got the perfect outfit for dancing in style and in comfort. You can pair it with track pants from P.E. Nation or find a substitute on the cheap that will look just as chic.
20 LNDR MJ Stretch-Knit Top
This is one of those tops that is perfect for when you have to go all day without changing. It has a narrow cut, which reduces the amount of material that’s on your skin, keeping you as cool and fresh as possible.
It also has stretch fabric, so it’s not constricting in any way and is actually comfortable enough to sport from morning until night, no matter what you have on the agenda.
You can buy it from The Outnet now!
19 Champion Reverse Weave Jogger Pants
These Reverse Weave Jogger Pants were made for a cold winter’s day. With their cotton-blended fleece construction, elasticized waistband and side pockets, they’re so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them all the time.
And because of their effortless appeal, they’re stylish enough to actually wear all the time.
Wear them during your work out, or on a lazy day at a friend’s house, or when you’re running out to do the groceries. Grab them now from The Iconic.
18 P.E. Nation Spike Tank
It looks like P.E. Nation are going to continue raising the bar in 2019. This tank features retro oversized armholes that give your skin plenty of chance to breathe while you’re working out. It’s perfect for the gym, an exercise class, or a simple run or jog out in the fresh air. To turn this onto a complete athleisure ensemble, match it up with leggings or shorts and sneakers. The relaxed fit means you can stay in this one all day, and don’t need to make a stop between the gym and your next destination to change.
17 NYC Varsity Embroidery Hoodie
You can’t get through winter without a good hoodie by your side.
This NYC hoodie will become a staple in your closet and is ideal to throw on when you’re heading to the gym or out for a run.
It can also be paired with jeans to give you a relaxed style your friends will be jealous of. The hoodie comes complete with a classic drawstring hood, so you can work out in any weather, and is available from The Iconic.
16 Lululemon Baller Hat
Everyone needs a good athleisure hat in their closet. They not only complete an outfit that you just don’t think is quite finished, but can be your best friend when you’re having a bad hair day. Don’t have time to iron out those weird kinks? Stick on a hat! This Lululemon Baller Hat is doubly awesome because it’s made using sweat-wicking material, which means you don’t have to worry about smelling gross or having to take it off before you head onto other plans after exercising.
15 Liquido Active Bee Hive Shirt
The Liquido Active Bee Hive Shirt, ethically made in Brazil, will keep you feeling comfortable, stylish and fresh no matter what kind of exercise you’re doing.
It’s recommended for action-sports, cycling, and dance, and the best part is it’s totally adaptable and will look good matched with any pants.
It’s really up to you whether to wear this one out or keep it purely with your active-wear pieces, but either way, it brings a touch of chic to your outfit.
14 Torrid Active Mesh Inset Bootcut Pants
You can pretty much do anything in these Torrid Active Mesh Inset Bootcut pants.
They’re ideal for a Pilates class, a dance workout, or jogging, not to mention all of your post-workout plans.
Originally $55, they’re on sale on the Torrid site at the moment. The breathable insets will help to keep you cool while you’re working out, so you won’t feel gross and sweaty in them. Match it with a fierce crop to complete your look.
13 Lululemon The Easy Bodysuit
We would wear this Lululemon bodysuit even if we had no intentions of working out, ever. For a night of club hopping, all you have to do is wear it with jeans or joggers with heels and you’ll have that Kardashian feel about you. This bodysuit doesn’t just look amazing, but it’s practical too. Wear this to your next yoga class and you won’t have to worry about fixing your top as it rides up and reveals your abs of steel.
12 Adidas Originals Active Icons Hoodie
Adidas Originals will never go out of style. This Active Icons Hoodie will become a classic staple in any closet and will complete any athleisure or streetwear look. Its relaxed fit makes it super comfortable and the cool grey-blue color is refreshing. What you pair it with totally depends on the look you’re going for, but it can be whatever you want it to be. Go for track pants, runners, or leggings for the ultimate comfy style that still has a hint of cool.
11 Lorna Jane Alexa Distressed Knit
This luxurious knit by Lorna Jane is perfect for the girl who loves to keep active, be comfortable, and travel. Its relaxed fit makes it perfect for long plane and train rides, and its open-knit detail keeps you looking fashionable even after ten hours of sitting in the same seat.
Made from knitted cashmere, this is definitely a delicate garment, but one you’ll come to love so much that you’ll want to look after it properly. It’s also ideal as a cover-up before and after your workouts!
10 Runway Iman Jogger
How can you not love these Iman Joggers? With their cuffed hem, rose gold zip and classic drawstring waist, these joggers are chic and practical at the same time.
Wear them for a quick jog or a low-key breakfast with the girls.
They’re lightweight which means they’re perfect for exercising or going out and about in summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab your pair from Carbon 38 now. We hear they’re selling fast! Match them with white sneakers for a super stylish vibe.
9 Nike Plus-Size Sportswear Gym Vintage Dress
This vintage dress available from Macy’s is fun and stylish, and the best part is you can make it into anything you want it to be. Looking for a cute outfit to wear out to lunch? Throw on some heels to make this dress chic. Match it with sneakers if you’re just doing a Walmart run, or hitting the gym. You probably won’t want to head into a yoga class with this one though, just a heads up, but that's probably pretty obvious!
8 H&M Ski Pants With Suspenders
These ski pants from H&M might have been designed with a specific purpose in mind, but don’t think for a minute that you can’t get creative with how you wear them.
Perfect for winter, these ski pants don’t need slopes or a snowy setting to look amazing.
They come in both black and orange depending on your personal style, and their fleece lining makes them super warm so you can rock the style in comfort. They’re also water repellent, in case you do end up skiing!
7 C & M Camilla And Mark Penny Tennis Skirt
You don’t need to be super wealthy to sport a tennis skirt. This C&M Camilla and Marc skirt is an affordable luxury item that can definitely be worn beyond the tennis court.
It brings a sense of opulence to any athleisure look and elevates a classic preppy style with its minimalistic design and its structured pleating.
You can wear it with a black turtle neck to channel a well-groomed, tailored look that’s perfect for casual but traditional daywear.
6 Olympia Exclusive Moto Legging
A good, trusty pair of all-purpose leggings never goes astray. These are even better than your regular exercise leggings because they have unique textured, moto-like detailing around the knees. They might not have any more practical uses than your average pair of leggings, but they look a lot chicer, and that’s what athleisure is all about. For the ultimate athleisure look, pair these leggings with their matching crop. You can pick them up on sale from Free People now.
5 Lululemon Blissed Out Culottes
Talk about bliss! These Blissed Out Culottes from Lululemon are on sale at the moment at $69 down from $88, and worth the buy.
Whoever designed them had comfort in mind for the wearer, and they’re super breezy and flowy.
These are the ultimate “I’m not leaving the house today but I still want to look cute” pants, but you could also wear them out. Match them up with a pair of sneakers for a fashionable daywear outfit.
4 Superdry Streetwear Repeat Puffer Jacket
Winter is well and truly here, but there’s still time to stock up on some classic winter athleisure pieces that you’ll be able to wear for years to come. This jacket has been designed with thermal properties and, trust us, it will keep you warm! It has a ribbed hem, which means a flattering fit that will stop you from looking like a marshmallow, and stands out from the classic puffer jacket thanks to the Superdry taping down each sleeve.
3 Adidas By Stella McCartney Adissage Sandals
Look, not everyone can pull off an Adidas sandal with everyday clothes, but you won’t know how it looks on you until you try. This Stella McCartney Adissage sandal from Bandier is totally versatile. You can wear them at the pool or the beach and turn up the style as you lounge around all day, or you can wear them for a comfortable stroll. We think they’re also the perfect shoe to wear in the shower at the gym!
2 Lorna Jane Athleisure Mom Jeans
Activewear that doubles as jeans? Yes, please! These Athleisure Mom Jeans by Lorna Jane are mid-rise with a cropped length and pure cotton denim.
They’re super comfortable for walking in and are also a limited edition.
These jeans could be just what you’re looking for if you need clothes to wear for a blend of exercise and going out—walking followed by brunch, or a coffee date, for example. Also, hooray for pockets! You can grab them now from The Iconic.
1 Alala Tank Dress
This Alala Tank Dress is the perfect piece of athleisure magic. It’s comfy enough to laze around in, but you can dress it up with a pair of colorful sneakers. This one will definitely come in handy once the weather starts warming up. Our sources tell us that there’s a current sale on the Alala site where you get 50% off a second item after purchasing the first. Use the code SUNNY to apply the discount. The sale is running until July, so you have time to stock up for summer!
Sources: Self, The Iconic, H&M