Spring is almost here! It’s only natural that we want to get motivated and, let’s be honest, show off a little bit. This season’s fitness apparel offerings are more fun and exciting than ever, with runway trends translating to beautiful and functional workout gear for women and men.
Choose a chic topper to navigate sweater weather in style while you work out. Channel Chanel’s polished preppy look for spring 2016 with the Karmen deep-V pullover sweater from Splits59. The metallic sheen, plunging neckline and mesh detailing at the shoulders and back give a slightly futuristic feel to an otherwise basic shape.
Old Navy’s funnel neck hoodie has been a total lifesaver for many this winter, so it's great to see that they’ve given this technical marvel a spring makeover with the Loose-Fit Sweater Knit Poncho. The dolman sleeves, lower back hem and funnel neck feel fresh and allow for both movement and additional warmth, and the shape just looks plain cool. I love the ultraviolet shade for a real wardrobe punch, but if you’re more of a neutrals fan, go with gray.
Hoodies are the security blanket of the fitness fashion world, but you can still experiment by choosing one with fresh, interesting elements. Stella McCartney is a wizard at reinvigorating fitness gear with modern touches, as she deftly demonstrates with the Adidas by Stella McCartney Essentials hoodie, a classic gray hoodie with a muted sheen and a drawstring at the waist that gives this piece an anorak feel.
Old Navy plays with shape and proportion for men as well with the Short-Sleeve Fleece Hoodie, the perfect hybrid of athletic tee and hoodie that will be great for those in-between weather days.
Spring fashion is heavy on the romance, with delicate details and muted colors creating major drama. Designers such as Lanvin, Calvin Klein and Rachel Zoe incorporated lace into their spring collections, and Torrid, a company known for fashion-forward plus-size clothing, brings this trend to workout gear. Try the Lace Print Tank Top, featuring a monochrome lace-print panel detail. (An allover lace print is also available in a sports bra and leggings, but they’re going fast!) The ubiquitous mesh inset trend gets a racy lacy makeover with Phat Buddha’s Astor Place leggings, while graffiti-like floral print on the Men’s Activewear Pants from Evolve by 2(x)ist have some slouch but a slightly slimmer fit than your average sweatpants. The moss and sepia tones of the Embroidered Open Back Zip Bra from Without Walls lend an antique feel to an otherwise modern shape, and you can’t deny the impact of the embroidered nude mesh framing the open back. I also love the opulence of this gorgeous black mesh Lakota Embroidered Bralette from Free People Movement.
Perhaps the most romantic color palette this season comes courtesy of Chloé, particularly a stunning dress in shades of dusky peach, cornflower blue and sage green. Sweaty Betty has been a major proponent for these beautiful shades in active wear for some time, and their spring collection is no exception. There’s no shortage of items that rely on this soft yet dynamic color combo, but the freshest interpretation is the brand’s Padrao Geometric Print, available on the Amrita Yoga Leggings, which are reversible to basic black.
Without Walls also utilizes these sweet sherbet tones in their spring offerings, with the coolest item being the iridescent Simple Split Short, a classic running short that shimmers in shades of purple and turquoise with orange piping.
Stripes are a classic sportswear motif. Prada played with stripes in new and exciting ways for spring, ranging from racing stripes in muted tones to thin multicolored stripes manipulated into graphic patterns, and athletic apparel designers definitely followed suit. Tory Burch, patron saint of upper-middle-class ladies who lunch everywhere, has entered the sportswear arena with an assortment of playful striped pieces, from the Splash print, which is more than a bit reminiscent of those old Fruit-Stripe gum commercials (in a good way, promise!) to the Performance Graphic Top, in which stripes come together to form a giant “T,” the brand’s logo. It’s the perfect balance of prep school and nautical chic.
Check out this deconstructed monochromatic plaid — what is plaid but intersecting stripes? — featured on this Forever 21 Low Impact Webbed Sports Bra. H&M has a similar pattern for men on the eco-friendly Sports Shirt.
Stripes can also create textural interest. Just look at Old Navy’s high-waist compression. They are comfortable and super supportive, and are sure to make you feel confident while working out without being restrictive. For a sleek, but no less bold, stripe pattern, try the High Rise Patterned Compression Leggings in Geometric Print and feel the truth. Plus-size athletes looking for a similar pattern with a bright punch, try Lane Bryant’s Antimicrobial Legging with Mesh in Geo Angles.
So go on, play with colors, shapes and patterns. Spring practically demands it!