Stylish Workout Clothes for Women Who Don’t Wear Workout Clothes

Geometric legging, $165, and Scoop Bra, $120, shop.livetheprocess.com

I’ve decided to distract myself from this whole exercise thing the way I distract myself from most of the unpleasantness in life. Shopping. And frankly, it’s opened up a whole new world for me. A mostly dull world. Looking ahead at a sea of black yoga pants and boring tees, I was forced to get creative and do some digging. And I made some amazing discoveries. Anthropologie has activewear, you all. Seriously. Also, Kate Hudson has an adorable line of workout clothes called Fabletics. I seriously don’t know why she works out because she already looks amazing, but oh well. At least her clothes are adorable. I also discovered a brand called Lululemon that’s apparently pretty popular. Like I said, a whole new world.

So is walking around with your bra showing a thing? Because usually, I wear shirts, but I’m old fashioned like that. Also, if my bra shows, so does my belly, and that’s the whole reason I’d be working out anyway. If you look good in these outfits, most of which are skimpy and skintight, then you’ve pretty much reached all your exercise goals and you can stop. Maybe relax a little, and have a pastry. Ooh, pastry… Anyway, for the rest of us, there are always tops and jackets and hoodies to cover all of these cute bras. Last bit of editorializing and I’l let you shop. They charge a lot for a little bit of lycra. Thank goodness for Forever 21 and brands like Fabletics, which have all the trendy styles at super reasonable prices. And now, for the shopping. Here, my picks for the girliest, prettiest, most stylish workout clothes for women who don’t wear workout clothes.

Sports Bras

Pretty much every single one of these has a racerback. I never owned a racerback until I bought my first workout outfit two days ago. Judging by all the women on these activewear sites, they make you look all toned and athletic and stuff, and who couldn’t use that? Based on my very limited experience, having used my racerback sports bra exactly once, I will say that a zipper would be nice to have. Getting it on almost counted as my cardio workout, and afterwards I had to relax with a cup of tea.

Fabletics "Koia" sports bra, $24.95, Fabletics.com

Fabletics “Koia” sports bra, $24.95, Fabletics.com

Top Secret Metallic Crisscross Bra, $54, Anthropologie

Top Secret Metallic Crisscross Bra, $54, Anthropologie

Lava Love bra top, $48, JustLive.com

Lava Love bra top, $48, JustLive.com

Chevron Bra $68, FreePeople.com

Chevron Bra $68, FreePeople.com

Blue Life laser cut racerback sports spra, $99, WithoutWalls.com

Blue Life laser cut racerback sports spra, $99, WithoutWalls.com

Abstract trim sports bra, $14.90, Forever21.com

Abstract trim sports bra, $14.90, Forever21.com

Without Walls luminous wrap bra, $48, WithoutWalls.com

Without Walls luminous wrap bra, $48, WithoutWalls.com

Without Walls zip back sports bra, $58, WithoutWalls.com

Without Walls zip back sports bra, $58, WithoutWalls.com

Solid Sunray Back Bra, $65, FreePeople.com

Solid Sunray Back Bra, $65, FreePeople.com

Without Walls front closure floral sports bra, $38, WithoutWalls.com

Without Walls front closure floral sports bra, $38, WithoutWalls.com

Move Knockout bustier, $58,  Alternative Apparel

Move Knockout bustier, $58, Alternative Apparel

Avalon mesh bra, $115, MichiNY.com

Avalon mesh bra, $115, MichiNY.com

Pants and Shorts

I’ve never met a floral I didn’t like, and since pretty much every single woman in the country owns a pair of black leggings or black yoga pants, why buy another? Workout leggings, tights and shorts are being treated to the same pretty prints as the rest of our wardrobes, which makes buying them almost tempting.

Fabletics - Rio Run Capri Printed - Black Tie Dye Pop Coral$3995httpwww.fabletics.comindex.cfmaction=shop.viewproduct&pid=4893331&ha=2D73DAE914E79E66C423A50103896018

Vimmia Sprinter Shorts, $88, Anthropologie

Vimmia Sprinter Shorts, $88, Anthropologie

Zobha "Joy" cuffed jogger, $69, Zobha.com

Zobha “Joy” cuffed jogger, $69, Zobha.com

Vimmia Rosebloom leggings, $128, Anthropologie

Vimmia Rosebloom leggings, $128, Anthropologie

TashFit Power Through Yoga Tights in "Turtle," $79, ActiveWearUSA.com

TashFit Power Through Yoga Tights in “Turtle,” $79, ActiveWearUSA.com

Lotus Print track pants, $65, Adidas.com

Lotus Print track pants, $65, Adidas.com

Mantra leggings, $88, FreePeople.com

Mantra leggings, $88, FreePeople.com

Tandi black leopard jogger, $80, VieActivewear.com

Tandi black leopard jogger, $80, VieActivewear.com

Chelsea Flight Blue Feather 3/4 compression tights, $90, VieActivewear.com

Chelsea Flight Blue Feather 3/4 compression tights, $90, VieActivewear.com

Supernova mesh pocket legging, $190, MichiNy.com

Supernova mesh pocket legging, $190, MichiNy.com

Banana Baby leggings, $119, lurv.com.au

Banana Baby leggings, $119, lurv.com.au

Light Speed Tight Full on Luxtreme, $108, Lululemon.com

Light Speed Tight Full on Luxtreme, $108, Lululemon.com

Abstract Print Workout Leggings, $22.90, Forever21.com

Abstract Print Workout Leggings, $22.90, Forever21.com

Body Glove "Vielha Baja" capris, $75, Anthropologie

Body Glove “Vielha Baja” capris, $75, Anthropologie

Sets

Just like in fashion, matched sets are suddenly trendy again, and they have so many advantages when it comes to workout wear. A set instantly makes you look more pulled together, and a single shade helps you look taller, too. Plus, there’s nothing easier than throwing on a complete outfit and not having to worry about mixing and matching.

VPL Marled Performance Capris, $145, and tank, $120, Anthropologie

VPL Marled Performance Capris, $145, and tank, $120, Anthropologie

Palm Paradise Crop Bra, $79, and legging, $119, lurv.com.au

Palm Paradise Crop Bra, $79, and legging, $119, lurv.com.au

Move printed pull on leggings, $86, ahd Show it Off bralette, $54, Alternative Apparel

Move printed pull on leggings, $86, and Show it Off bralette, $54, Alternative Apparel

Corset unitard, $245, shop.livetheprocess.com

Corset unitard, $245, shop.livetheprocess.com

Norma Kamali Racer tank with pockets, $195, and leggings, $250, shop.normakamali.com

Norma Kamali Racer tank with pockets, $195, and leggings, $250, shop.normakamali.com

Free People Movement printed wrap top, $88, and leggings, $118, freepeople.com

Free People Movement printed wrap top, $88, and leggings, $118, freepeople.com

VPL Bauhaus Performance Tank, $195, and capris. $115, Anthropologie

VPL Bauhaus Performance Tank, $195, and capris. $115, Anthropologie

Adidas by Stella McCartney yoga seamless tank, $95, and leggings, $90, Adidas.com

Adidas by Stella McCartney yoga seamless tank, $95, and leggings, $90, Adidas.com

Geometric legging, $165, and Scoop Bra, $120, shop.livetheprocess.com

Geometric legging, $165, and Scoop Bra, $120, shop.livetheprocess.com

Tops and Jackets

You’ll need a cute top to cover that cute bra, and there are dozens to choose from. I adore cozy zip front jackets, especially when they’re pink and ruffled, but you can also pick a tee, a sweatshirt or a sweater.

Pure & Good Ruffle Jacket, $98, Anthropologie

Pure & Good Ruffle Jacket, $98, Anthropologie

Adidas by Stella McCartney Studio zip front jacket, $190, Adidas.com

Adidas by Stella McCartney Studio zip front jacket, $190, Adidas.com

Lotus Print track top, $75, Adidas.com

Lotus Print track top, $75, Adidas.com

Venice jacket, $108. FreePeople.com

Venice jacket, $108. FreePeople.com

Adidas by Stella McCartney Floral Sweatshirt, $100, Anthropologie

Adidas by Stella McCartney Floral Sweatshirt, $100, Anthropologie

Norma Kamali spliced turtleneck zip jacket, $215, shop.normakamali.com

Norma Kamali spliced turtleneck zip jacket, $215, shop.normakamali.com

Forever and a Day Jumper, $119, lurv.com.au

Forever and a Day Jumper, $119, lurv.com.au

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Blanket wrap, $215, shop.livetheprocess.com

t.la Go Getter sweatshirt, $64, Anthropologie

t.la Go Getter sweatshirt, $64, Anthropologie

Chasing the Sun zipfront top, $119, lurv.com.au

Chasing the Sun zipfront top, $119, lurv.com.au

London printed track jacket, $59.99, Adidas.com

London printed track jacket, $59.99, Adidas.com

Accessories

It was so comforting to me to know that you could accessorize workout clothes the same way you could other clothes. It really warmed my heart. A cute new clutch or a beautiful yoga mat might tempt me to go from a once a month workout schedule to a more aggressive one, say, every other week.

Gym clutch, $40, shop.livetheprocess.com

Gym clutch, $40, shop.livetheprocess.com

Sweat & Go bag, $128, Lululemon.com

Sweat & Go bag, $128, Lululemon.com

Magic Carpet Yoga Mat, $98, Anthropologie

Magic Carpet Yoga Mat, $98, Anthropologie

Tory Burch for FitBit metal hinged bracelet, $195, ToryBurch.com

Tory Burch for FitBit metal hinged bracelet, $195, ToryBurch.com

Reebok watch, $129.95, Macy's

Reebok watch, $129.95, Macy’s

Now that we’re all suited up in the cutest workout clothes ever, let’s get out there and start working out. After a short nap. I’m worn out from all this shopping!

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