This past Saturday, I found myself running errands all morning: dry cleaners, bank, pharmacy, library, post office, grocery store. I was dressed in yoga pants and sneakers, but had no intention of ever actually going to the gym. Rather, when I rolled out of bed and knew I had a long list of to-do's, my first thought was comfort and function over form when it came to my outfit.
I'd be lying if I said this was the first time I'd ever worn athletic gear as "regular" clothes, but I've recently found that section of my closet lacking. Almost every piece of workout clothing I own is black, boring and ... sturdy.
But just because a sports bra actually prevents you from bouncing around everywhere and a pair of leggings doesn't flash your tush to the whole room when you're in downward dog doesn't mean they can't be stylish, right? If we're going to sport workout gear when we're not working out, the least we deserve is something fun AND comfortable. Superficial as it may seem, I'm also more inclined to go to the gym or a Pilates class when I'm digging my outfit — I feel that if I look the part, I can play the part too.
So I've combed through Amazon's vast offerings of "athleisure" to pull together a list of gear that's both fashionable and functional. Do you have any favorite pieces that pull double duty?
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clockwise from right: Athleta Cheetah Headband, $12 on Amazon; Saucony Women's Runderpants Briefs, $12.95 at Amazon; Sigg 0.6-Liter Lifestyle Water Bottle, $12.95 on Amazon; Under Armour Women's UA Pure Stretch Thong, $12 on Amazon; ASICS Women's Cushion Low Cut Socks (3-Pack), $7.99 on Amazon
clockwise from right: Moving Comfort Hot Shot Sports Bra, $38 on Amazon; Glyder Women's Aloha Bra, $44 on Amazon; Anita Women's Extreme Control Sport Bra, $67 on Amazon; Under Armour Still Gotta Have It Bra - Women's, $24 on Amazon
clockwise from right: Yoga Clothing For You Ladies Colored Chakras Flowy V-Neck Tank Top, $22.99 on Amazon; Soybu Women's Goddess Tank Top, $40 on Amazon; Under Armour Women's UA Fly-By Short Sleeve, $34.99 on Amazon; Under Armour Women's UA Fly-By Printed Mesh Tank, $25.99 on Amazon; Lucy Women's Feel The Beat Tank, $59 on Amazon
Long Sleeve Tops
clockwise from right: Calvin Klein Performance Women's Long Sleeve Stripe Sweatshirt, $18 on Amazon; Spalding Women's Heathered Varsity Fleece Pullover, $58 on Amazon; Pearl Izumi Women's Flash Hoody, $58 on Amazon; Lucy Women's Dashing Stripes Long Sleeve Tee, $69 on Amazon
clockwise from right: Under Armour Women's HeatGear Sonic All-In-One Capri, $24 on Amazon; Beyond Yoga Stripe Essential Long Leggings, $80 on Amazon; PUMA Women's Sweatpant Open, $45 on Amazon; Northern Lights Yoga Hot Pant by Teeki, $90 on Amazon; Champion Women's Performax Tight, $23 on Amazon
clockwise from right: New Balance Women's WX711 Cross Training Shoe, $54 on Amazon; ASICS Women's GEL-Lyte33 3 Running Shoe, $71 on Amazon; Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Print Cross Training Shoe, $132 on Amazon; Reebok Womens CrossFit Nano 4.0 Athletic Shoe, $120 on Amazon