Finding the motivation to be consistently active can be a challenge, but I promise it gets so much easier when you have some nice workout clothes. Oversized college t-shirts and year-old sweatpants will suffice when you get back into the swing of things, but over time they just won’t cut it. This is where things like moisture wicking and antimicrobials come in: clothing specifically designed to keep you cool and absorb sweat will dramatically improve the quality of your workouts.
But of course, as a fashion person, it’s not just the utilitarian qualities that concern me – I also want to look good while stopping at my pilates class, so I put particular emphasis on the functional workout pieces that also rank high on aesthetics. Much like the wider fashion world, athleisure trends have seeped into the fitness sphere, which could explain the explosion of minimalist earth-toned tennis dresses and matching sets. Keeping aesthetics and function in mind, I’ve rounded up the best workout clothes you’ll find on the market.
Whether your activity of choice is a 40-minute spin class, pilates, or an hour-long outdoor run, these pieces will be your workhorse.