Let’s talk activewear.
Believe it or not, wearing athletic clothes when exercising can make a huge difference in your workout.
The right workout clothes can make performing certain exercise moves so much easier by keeping everything in place – you know what we mean.
Plus, athletic clothes tend to slim and define the body. So, a cute workout outfit can also be super motivating.
HOWEVER, casual athletic wear (athleisure) is totally in right now. Like IN IN.
It’s no secret that you can wear athletic outfits even when you’re not working out. Casual athletic wear IS casual streetwear now. Pop on an oversized jean jacket or bomber and VOILÁ, you’re ready for happy hour.
So for all of you out there looking to add some casual athletic wear to your fashion aesthetic…this post is for you. We have a whole roundup of casual athletic wear for every occasion.
Think loose-fitting and tight-fitting, short and full-length, options for the cold and warm months (it can’t be sunny Los Angeles weather all the time), and even some shoes and hats.
Ok – now to the fun part. Let’s get into it.
Just the Best Casual Athletic Wear of Your Dreams:
Let’s start with a set. We love a set, and so does Lauryn. When she posted this sweat suit situation a while back, you guys loved it. So, of course we had to include it today. The color, the fabric, the fit, the price: *chefs kiss*. We recommend the teal, but it also comes in red, gray, and black.
When it comes to comfort, sometimes simple is better. This wire free bra is perfect for working out or just lounging around. Made with 90% polyester and 10% spandex, this bra is secure but still has some stretch to it. It’s available in a single or 2-pack.
Made with moisture wicking fabric, this loose tee is a must for anyone who enjoys working out. While it’s a full-length tee, it does have little slits on each side so you can still show a little skin. And the little gold accent on the bottom? Adorable. Oh and by the way, it’s already sold out in two colors – so snatch this one up while you still can.
Who doesn’t love a good long-sleeve crop top??? This one is made with rayon (which is slightly thinner than cotton), so it has a much more delicate and soft feel. It comes in twenty different colors, and believe us when we say, you’ll want more than one. Plus, it has those little thumb holes, making it the perfect base-layer. Especially on colder days.
You may have recently seen Lauryn rocking this at the gym on IG. She has it in brown, but you can also get it in black, gunmetal and caramel. And yes, you can wear it with the zipper at the front or the back. Kim K strikes again.
Another long-sleeve crop top – why not? Our fave thing about this top is that it’s dual-textured. The shirt part is made with a soft and smooth fabric, while the long-sleeves are equally as smooth, but ribbed. The best way to make your outfit seem a bit more lux is to layer textures, and this shirt basically does that for you. Plus, we love the crisscross front. Pair with some baggy sweats to really highlight your midriff.
Everything in the Hanes EcoSmart collection is made from recycled plastic bottles. So, not only is this simple sweatshirt totally cute and soft, but it’s environmentally friendly, too. So many wins. With 17 different color options and sizes that range from small to 5X, ANYONE can enjoy this sweatshirt. Oh, and it’s such a great deal at only $11 – literally WHATTTT?!?!?
These biker shorts are made with stretch material, meaning they are tight and slimming, yet still super easy to pull up. They come in packs of 2, and there are a few different color combinations to choose from. You do you.
When it comes to anything yoga related, we love Lululemon. Their clothes are designed for athleticism and the high quality is unmatched. We’re talking HIGH performance. Anyway, as we approach cooler weather, these yoga pants are a great choice for full coverage workout gear. They are high waisted and full-length, perfect for outdoor activities. We like the black ones, because they match everything & are so flattering. But they also come in an adorable gray/black cameo if you’re trying to steer clear of yet another pair of BLACK leggings.
Sweatpants under $20 that are also eco-friendly? SOLD! These comfy sweats come in 5 colors, and you can even purchase a set of 2 if you really love them (which you will). Going for an all baggy monochrome look? Pair with the Hanes EcoSmart crewneck we mentioned earlier. But, if you want to balance out your look with something tighter up top (which we recommend), pair with one of the fitted tanks on this list.
Here’s another all white classic. Not only are these NIKE shoes comfy, but they can literally go with anything. From a head-to-toe athletic look to a cute little summer dress, these shoes are your new go-to. And the little accent at the bottom of the laces? So cute.
We love APL. When a shoe (and accessory) brand is featured in Forbes, GQ, Vogue, AND Cosmopolitan, you just know it’s high-quality. The Techloom Phantom is probably one of our most favorite pairs of shoes from APL, because they are super breathable. We also love that they are stretchy and that they have that little loop in the back to help you slide them on – so convenient.
Okay, so these shoes are really similar to the Techloom Phantom, but have a few little differences. The main difference is the style of the fabric. Instead of being smooth like the Phantom, the Wave has a ribbed texture which is totally lux. Plus, the Wave offers a two-tone version with leopard print soles & they’re just so fun.
So have you guys heard of the Aritzia crew sock phenomenon? Ok ok, maybe it’s not a phenomenon, but everyone has them. They’re so comfy and so warm, and also hit your ankle at the perfect height so they’re flattering. Enter, the best dupe ever. Just as popular as the TNA ones, these HUE ones are a very close second if you want to save a few dollars.
Made with 100% cotton, this Tommy Hilfiger baseball cap is the perfect, breathable accessory for any athletic look. It comes in a variety of light and dark colors (21, to be exact). So, one for every outfit? We think yes. Plus, it’s adjustable, so you’ll always get that perfect fit.
Don’t know what to wear? Athletic wear, baby.
Like we said, athletic wear is the move right now. Athletic outfits are like a secret little fashion hack. They allow you to rock totally comfy outfits, without sacrificing style.
Let us know what athleisure you guys are into these days. Always looking to plump up our closets.
xo, The Skinny Confidential team.
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