10 Wear-Anywhere Athleisure Pieces You Need for Workouts, Lounging, and More
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It’s officially layering season, where cold weather creeps in and style gives way to warm, cozy, and (preferably) stretchy pieces. When most of us envision comfy clothes, it’s probably the clothes you work out in—or some iteration of a large hoodie, leggings, and sneakers. The good news is athleisure brands are making it easier than ever to wear comfortable activewear beyond your barre or spin class. Whether you're working out, working from home, or just lounging, athleisure is a trend that everybody can get on board with. Below, we break down 10 sporty-inspired picks that will allow you to mix, match, and mingle your way through fall without sacrificing function for fashion (or vice versa).
This sports bra from Victoria’s Secret has a wireless, contoured seam, ribbed band, and wide, flat shoulder straps for flexible support. The scoop neckline makes it compatible with a range of shirt styles, and a cutout along the back provides ventilation for higher temperatures and layers.
Add a sporty, yet still stylish touch to any look with this signature tennis shoe from Nike, which pairs perfectly with your favorite jeans and sweater or tee. There are a range of colors to choose from, and the allover leather finish means less worrying and easy clean-ups (especially helpful when it comes to those bright whites!).
Kick it up a notch with the latest iteration of Brooks Running’s beloved Levitate. Whether you’re running a marathon or just to the grocery store, you get more breathability and optimized support thanks to the mesh fabric and responsive cushioning. The pair is also super lightweight and easy to slip on, making it ideal for trips and times when you need to get out of the door fast.
The standard sweatshirt gets a chic upgrade in this quilted pick from New Balance. The funnel-style neck offers additional protection on cold, windy days, while special Heat and Dry technologies work together to wick away moisture for staying warm and dry. There’s also a bungie cinch along the bottom for a secure, flattering fit.
Cardigans are back in the spotlight this season, with no shortage of lengths, shades, and silhouettes to choose from. This one in particular is made of soft cashmere for cozying up your activewear, everyday, and even office staples. A roomy fit means you can layer as needed, and big pockets (we love to see it) offer much needed storage space.
If we were to dream up a pair of pants, it would look a lot like these leggings from Spanx. Not only are they made with four-way stretch fabric for added mobility (and not having to worry about an embarrassing split moment), but it has a special slimming technology along the tummy for a sleek, flattering fit. A breathable, anti-odor finish seals the deal—especially great for long, action-packed days.
The liquid legging trend is here to stay and, thanks to Yummie, you no longer have to be Barbarella to pull them off (or put them on) with ease. These four-way stretch faux leather beauties boast 360-degree shaping and a waistband designed to tuck in your tummy and boost your rear, plus zippers along the ankles for easier dressing. Style it with a roomy tunic and flats for day and swap in a bodysuit and heels come evening (we’re especially loving this deep burgundy shade for fall).
Strike a pose wherever you go with this roomy yoga-jogger pant hybrid from Sweaty Betty, which will go with all of your casual go-tos and are both sweat- and squat-proof for optimal breathability and agility. Last-minute office or Zoom meeting? Just throw on a blouse and they become a tapered work pant (you’ll feel at ease and they’ll be none the wiser).
Lululemon has a way of taking the most basic (and in this case, typically bulky and unflattering) cold-weather essentials and somehow making a statement out of them. Despite the initial sticker shock, we’re giving this water- and wind-proof puffer extra credit for its shape-shifting capabilities. Just cinch the waist for a more tailored aesthetic and added coverage.
Keep your work(out) and weekend essentials secure with this roomy (there are five sizes to choose from) Dagne Dover favorite—it’s made with hand-washable neoprene fabric and features special compartments for your laptop and water bottle. We also like how there’s a removable strap for convenient cross-body carrying—perfect for traveling folks always on-the-go.