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Top 15 Essential Fitness Pieces for Your Workout Wardrobe

Post by Katie Reyes

The perfect fit. Those mesh details that make you feel like a boss. We all know a good workout can be made even better with the right outfit. Gearing up for the gym is an opportunity to make a low-key style statement, and we are here. for. it. Whatever your personal style, there are a few essential fitness pieces that need a permanent place in every workout wardrobe. Here are 15 pieces to add to your list of must-have fitness gear.

essential fitness gear: racerback tank

1. Racerback tank for a full range of movement.

Whether you’re planking, lifting, or slithering into cobra pose, your workout can benefit from sporting a tank with an open, unrestricted fit. Moisture-wicking materials are also a smart choice for high-intensity workouts that make you sweat buckets.

essential fitness gear: graphic tee

2. Graphic tee with a motivational message.

For lower intensity workouts, a soft cotton tank with a fun phrase is the perfect piece to complete your workout outfit. It’s a little dose of inspiration that helps get you moving all while allowing you to show off your unique personality.

essential fitness gear: mesh top

3. Breezy mesh top for super-sweaty workouts.

Nothing feels better than a cool breeze blowing through your tank during an extra hot sweat sesh. This is the ultimate function-meets-fashion piece to have in your arsenal of essential fitness gear.

essential fitness gear: technical long sleeve t-shirt

4. Technical long sleeve top for a cooler sweat sesh.

For colder months or low-intensity workouts, a lightweight long sleeve top is perfect for when your body temperature fluctuates. Pairing a tank top underneath allows you to peel off layers once you’ve warmed up and easily put them back on after your cool-down.

essential fitness gear: thermal long sleeve

5. Comfy long sleeve for savasana in the studio.

After an hour or more of flowing through downward dogs and sun salutations, settling into savasana is pure bliss. Don’t let a chill chase away those warm fuzzy feels! Keep a cozy long sleeve tee handy for your cool-down on the mat. A tunic-length style looks especially cute for that brunch date you have planned after class.

essential fitness gear: basic black leggings

6. Basic black leggings that fit like a dream.

A 100% necessary piece that transitions your look effortlessly from workout to street style is a classic pair of black leggings. They’re the perfect basic to build any awesome workout outfit around and the number one wardrobe staple everyone needs.

essential fitness gear: compression crops

7. Compression crops for cardio.

Compression leggings hold everything in place and allow you to move freely, making them the ultimate pieces for a supportive and comfortable fit. Great for high-intensity workouts with lots of sweaty movement, they’ll be your new best friend on the treadmill or in spin class.

essential fitness gear: printed leggings

8. A fun pop of print to boost your mood.

Sometimes we need an extra push to get those endorphins flowing. A vibrant, playful legging should do the trick!  Choose colors that make your heart happy and motivate you to get going.

essential fitness gear: athleisure leggings

9. Street style-approved pants for barre to brunch.

For low impact workouts or an easy run in chilly weather, joggers or relaxed fit leggings are a great choice. Plus, they’re super comfortable to lounge around in after your workout and to run errands around town.

essential fitness gear: workout shorts

10. Shorts for warm-weather workouts.

Even if you typically stick to leggings, every workout wardrobe needs a good pair of running shorts for those extra hot days. They’re comfortable, provide great air-flow, and are made to withstand intense cardio sessions.

essential fitness gear: windbreaker jacket

11. A jacket to combat the elements.

Layers are important, especially for inclement weather. If it’s lightly raining or super windy, a water-resistant windbreaker can make or break your outdoor workout. Pick one that’s built for exercise with technical details like ventilation, zippered pockets, and a stow-away hood.

essential fitness gear: athleisure cardigan

12. Luxe, loungey cardigan in a fitness fabric.

A cardigan made from moisture-wicking fabric is the perfect piece to throw on when you have plans immediately after a yoga class or gym session. It’ll easily transition your look from fitness to on-trend athleisure.

essential fitness gear: star hoodie

13. Cute and cozy hoodie for to-and-from the gym.

A pullover or zip-up sweatshirt is another necessary addition to your workout wardrobe. Finding one with a graphic print or tailored fit will keep you looking pulled together while you’re heading to and from your workout.

essential fitness gear: high-support bra

14. A Bra that means business.

For those that need a bit more support to sustain high-impact activities, a structured full-coverage bra is a must. Look for a snug fit and wider straps that sit comfortably and don’t dig in.

essential fitness gear: strappy bra

15. Something strappy that keeps the girls happy.

Whether you need a little or a lot of support, there’s a strappy style out there that will work for you. Not only do they look lovely, but if you choose the right level of support for your workout, they’re also super functional. Not to mention, they add a fun pop beneath your top!

essential fitness gear: supportive strappy bra


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