Fall activewear gets a fashionable makeover


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Fitness fashion has hit the big time, folks.

Fall 2014 is a sartorial wonderland for fashion-forward athletes. Great textures and technology meet with sophisticated shapes, prints and fun colors for phenomenal fitness pieces that will completely revolutionize your workout look.

When Chanel’s Fall 2014 Ready To Wear show features models in athletic-looking trousers, such as striped leggings, that would be just at home at spin class as they were on the catwalk — you know athletic gear is having a major moment.  

The new classics

Basic tanks and tees have gotten a major reinvention, thanks to some innovative apparel brands, such as Bodypop Active, created by Blogilates guru Cassey Ho. She has given the black tank a classy, sassy edge with the Peek-A-Boo Peplum top, a versatile piece that flatters with just a flash of flesh and a ladylike silhouette.

Phat Buddha’s daring Macdougal Tank features a sexy crisscross pattern and mesh insets that hint at this season’s hot motocross trend, while the Carmine tank in Anthracite has a subtle sheerness that lends itself well to layering. Try a bold color under this top, such as Impact by Jillian Michaels’ Low-Impact Sports Bra in Knockout Pink, available exclusively at Kmart. Fabletics, an online brand cofounded by actress Kate Hudson, makes color-blocking easy with its Norwalk Tank, a layered-look top with a built-in bra that comes in a plethora of colors and textures, from a divine snakeskin print to the gorgeous inkwell/mulberry color combination. Bonus: This top ranges in sizes from 0 to 20!

For a pumped-up version of the classic tee, men should head to Under Armour. The company's Charged Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt offers a slim fit and cotton that dries quickly to keep your workout comfortable and stylish.