Women’s Phantom Leopard/Black/White, $250 at APL
These may look like fashion kicks, but they’re not only totally functional, they’ll help you run faster and jump higher (key when rushing to a post-office workout). They also manage to be both warm and breathable.
Strata Run Jacket, $245 at Alala
Lightweight and breathable, this is the perfect jacket if you’re planning on going straight from work to an outdoor run. It also washes well (in case you plan on actually, you know, sweating in it).
Jenny Sweat, $138 at Varley
Varley is one of those athleisure brands that looks straight off the runway — but that’s where the inaccessibility ends. This top is 100 percent cotton, machine washable and oh-so comfortable.
Signature Hoodie, $196 at Aviator Nation
Office temperatures are always mild and comfortable, said no one ever. When the AC is blasting, drape yourself with this colorful, hand-sewn hoodie. It’s as soft as a non-cashmere hoodie can get. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase — Aviator Nation was founded by Paige Mycoskie, sister of Toms founder Blake Mycoskie, and the brand has a number of philanthropic initiatives.
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Huli Moku Sleeveless Top With Bra, $185 at NO KA ‘OI
This slimming geometric top pairs beautifully with neutral-toned trousers. Also worth noting is NO KA ‘OI’s just-launched denim capsule collection. Yes, there is now such a thing as functional denim! And we thought velvet activewear was innovative.
Mirage Cropped Tank, $51.99 at Yoga Outlet
Yoga Outlet is a great place to look for athleisure. Besides always having a lot of markdowns (and coupon codes), the site price matches. Pair this fitted crop top with high-waisted trousers for a standout look.
Nightfall Jacket, $295 at MICHI
Made from quick-dry scuba performance fabric, you can not only run in this chic fitted jacket, you can get caught in a storm without being soaked through for the rest of the day.
Dazed Hi Neck Jacket, $98 at Free People
This jacket is so cozy you won’t ever want to take it off.
Black Rainbow Tape Joggers, $101 at Terez
Terez is known for its patterned leggings, which aren’t that easy to pull off in most corporate settings, but the brand actually has a ton of joggers and tanks. This style in particular would work just as well with flats as it would with sneakers.
Jack Sweat, $115 at Varley
Even with its roomy, comfortable fit, this top is anything but frumpy. The color is wearable while standing out from run-of-the-mill neutrals.
Romee Pullover, $99 at Revolve
This sweater may look more fashion than sportswear, but breathable mesh panels and four-way stretch fabric with dry wicking seaming make it the workout piece you’ll reach for every time. It’s also a great fall layering piece over a crop top.
Bolt Sweatpants, $129 at Aviator Nation
Pair these bottoms with a fitted black tee and black APLs and bask in nailing the perfect combination of comfort and style.
Heat Loft Funnel, $79.99 at New Balance
Are nap uniforms a thing? If so, this is the perfect sweater to snag a midday snooze in.
Lovina Tank, $78 at Carbon38
This isn’t a flimsy workout top — there’s some weight to the back detailing that really gives it a RTW feel. Compensate for those big arm holes by layering this over a thin tank. It looks great tucked into pants (just tuck the front of the shirt) and paired with a statement belt.
Sportswear Tech Fleece, $130 at Nike
This everyday essential is as great post-workout as it is to keep warm walking home on a cool fall night.
Heron Jogger, $135 at Alala
These cropped joggers are all about the details. Besides the gold finishes and the open-stitch mesh panel, the side seams have a unique pattern for a high-fashion feel.
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Huli Kimi Leggings, $260 at Zappos Luxury
When it comes to flattering colorblocked designs, no one does it like NO KA ‘OI, and this particular shot does a great job illustrating the versatility of these comfortable pants.
Classics Advanced Track Pants, $70 at Reebok
With a draw-string waistband, these über comfortable, colorblocked track pants work particularly well on any day office birthdays will be celebrated with cupcakes.
Dri-FIT Therma Flex, $90 at Nike
The cowl neck and cinched waist elevate this from a simple sporty thermal to a statement piece in your wardrobe.
Wilder Tank, $58 at Free People
Available in a variety of colors, this intricate top can easily be layered over a tank and sports bra to make the transition to the gym quick and easy.
Fortune One Piece Yoga & Dance Leotard, $195 at Yoga Outlet
This one-piece leotard is the perfect complement to wide-leg trousers.
Rainbow Stars Foil Racerback Tank, $60 at Terez
Leave your office neutrals folded neatly in your drawers with the help of this personality-filled tank. Foil is a Terez signature detail and this shirt is a fun way to incorporate it into your everyday wardrobe.
Sweats as fashion first jogged onto our radar in the early 2000s when Juicy Couture tracksuits dominated. (Remember when Paris Hilton wore sweatpants on the red carpet?) Now, in the age of athleisure, not only are sweatpants cool again, the previous association between wearing sweats in public and giving up on life is officially severed. In fact, those who choose to sport all-over spandex blends often look more put together than those who opt for “real clothes.” Thanks to brands like Alala and Carbon38, workout apparel has truly become designer with every detail down to the tiniest seam and zipper meticulously crafted from both a functional and an aesthetic standpoint.
We’re not suggesting you head to the courtroom in mesh leggings and sneakers, but given the new status of workout clothes, it’s surprisingly easy to incorporate workout pieces into your wardrobe — even sneakers can fit into an office environment if properly balanced. Here’s a look at some standout pieces.
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