Yoga pants are not just for yoga anymore. This is an exciting development because as anyone who’s ever worn a pair of Lululemon pants can tell you — they are comfortable and flattering! A black yoga pant and a colored hooded sweatshirt has become the go-to outfit for many women who are running errands, shuttling kids, meeting up for coffee, or even having weekend brunch. Wearing workout gear outside the gym has become so popular that designers have brought us “athleisure” wear – clothes that are athletic-inspired, chic, flattering, and comfortable, to wear out and about. You’ll be happy to know that athleisure wear is one of the biggest trends for Fall 2016.

Fashion designers and athletic apparel brands have stepped up their game for the season. One designer to highlight is Stella McCartney who has a long-term collaboration with Adidas and has been at the forefront of athleisure wear designing functional and fashionable workout clothes.

To embrace this trend, you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe. Look for pieces that pop and don’t be afraid to mix them with regular “street” clothes. Here are some examples of athletic wear that would look great for a trip to the gym or to the Starbucks.

Stella McCartney / Adidas

This half-zip top is eye-catching, works great with a flattering jean or yoga pant, and can even hold-up to a hard workout if you’re in the mood.

Stella McCartney / Adidas Studio Stripe Long Sleeve Top via StellaMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney / Adidas Studio Stripe Long Sleeve Top via StellaMcCartney.com

Nike Flyknit

Nike’s new fabric is light, strong, breathable and colorful. It adds a feminine touch to the traditional running shoe.

Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit Low via Nike.com
Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit Low via Nike.com

 

Fashion Sneakers
If you really want sneakers that are not at all for the gym, there are plenty of choices. This Alexandar Wang casual sneaker in plush felt can go with your workout wear or your street clothes.

Alexander Wang Eden Low Top Sneakers via Shopbop.com
Alexander Wang Eden Low Top Sneakers via Shopbop.com

 

Workout Wear that Transcends the Workout
Aspects of athletic wear are even being incorporated into evening gowns. A great example, Versace’s one-shoulder crop top with crystal mesh and matching skirt.

Versace via Vogue.com
Versace via Vogue.com

 

Athleisure Pants
As athletes long ago ditched the tennis whites, it may be time to replace your black yoga pants. Styles, fabrics and fit have emerged beyond the basic black bootleg.

Onezie Gypsy Pant via Onezie.com
Onezie Gypsy Pant via Onezie.com

 

Lucas Hugh Inco Printed Stretch Legging via Net-A-Porter.com
Lucas Hugh Inco Printed Stretch Legging via Net-A-Porter.com

Athleisure wear is made for everyone, whether you are a gym aficionado or not. With many of the fabrics having stretch or compression built into them, they are flattering for all body types. You’ll look great without even breaking a sweat!

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