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The Best Athleisure for Wearing Absolutely Everywhere

by Caroline Harris

The Best Athleisure for Wearing Absolutely Everywhere
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You don’t have to be a gym rat to wear the cutest athleisure. After all, athleisure wear is a lifestyle — the sweat sessions are just optional. In 2020, the clothes you wear to spin can thankfully be the same ‘fits you wear to run errands, grab some matcha or hit up happy hour. And there are more options than ever before.


Versatile and comfy, the best athleisure brands have pieces perfect for cozying up in all weekend long. Come Friday night, you can swap out work heels for comfortable sneakers and slide on your softest leggings. After carefully picking out your work outfits all week, it feels amazing to throw on some cute gear you don’t have to think about or fidget around with.


Leggings and sports bras used to be reserved for the gym, but now wearing athleisure pieces as street wear is not only acceptable, but encouraged. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Hailey Bieber have made it cool — and even high-fashion in some cases — to wear biker shorts out in public. Before them, there was Princess Diana looking beyond chic in her iconic outfit of cycling shorts, Harvard sweatshirts and lace-up trainers — a look Hailey Bieber got inspired by for a recent photo shoot.




Athleisure is for everyone, regardless of your activity level, so we rounded up the best leggings, sneakers, biker shorts and more for channeling the sporty chic aesthetic (even if you’re just on your way to brunch). These outfits seamlessly transition from pilates to Netflix movie marathons, and from yoga to low key get-togethers with friends. Here are the athleisure looks we’re loving from customer loved exercise brands like Outdoor Voices, Sweaty Betty, Lululemon and Athleta as well as lounge-wear experts like Splendid and Spanx.


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Best Leggings

1 of 21 Image Credits: Lululemon

Lululemon Align Pant 28


These Lululemon leggings are buttery-soft and come in a romantic blush shade (along with 13 other fun hues) that you can wear anywhere. Pair the leggings with a cropped hoodie for a look that’s effortlessly sport — even if you haven’t worked out in weeks.

2 of 21 Image Credits: Sweaty Betty

Power 7/8 Workout Leggings


Sweaty Betty shoppers are obsessing over these leggings, declaring they’re “perfection” and “the best leggings yet.” Plus, there’s a handy zip pocket for stashing your phone while you’re running laps or running to get your coffee.

3 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings


Wear faux leather leggings for your next night out and prepare for the compliments to come rolling in. This Spanx style boosts your bum and tucks in your tummy for an ultra flattering fit that’s still super comfy.

Best Sneakers

Allbirds Wool Runners

4 of 21 Image Credits: Allbirds

Allbirds Wool Runners


Allbirds are a favorite on the streets of San Francisco and beyond. The wool shoes are a darling of Silicon Valley, spotted on the feet of well-known founders. Over in sunny SoCal, celebrities like Mila Kunis and Noah Centineo are loving their Allbirds, too. Plus, Megan Markle and Kate Middleton have been spotted in these comfortable sneakers. Snag a pair to see why everyone can’t stop wearing these soft and breathable shoes.

5 of 21 Image Credits: Amazon

Veja Women’s V-10 Sneakers


Not to be dramatic or anything, but these Veja trainers may be the cutest sneakers of all time. Pops of navy and red add spice up the sneakers, which are made of leather and have a lace-up top design. Did we mention they’re sustainable, too?

6 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker


If you don’t already own a pair of white sneakers, now is the time. The Stan Smith style is hugely popular because they’re equal parts comfy and cute. Reviewers say “the sneaker is perfect” and “they never go out of style.”

Best Biker Shorts

7 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Hue High-Waist Cotton Blend Biker Shorts


The '80s were a fun time for fashion with scrunchies, biker shorts and hi-top sneakers around every corner. Luckily, all these trends are back in style, including the iconic biker short. Lean into the retro vibe with these breathable bike shorts from Nordstrom.

8 of 21 Image Credits: Shopbop

Beyond Yoga In The Mix Bike Shorts


For a different twist on the biker short trend, opt for these hazy blue shorts with contrast stitching. The geometric design is adorable and unexpected for your next outfit of the day.

9 of 21 Image Credits: Amazon

Baleaf High-Waist Workout Shorts


These biker shorts are a #1 bestseller on Amazon thanks to their breathable fabric and useful side pockets. Plus, there are numerous shades to choose from depending on your vibe. Layer your ensemble with a college sweatshirt for a look inspired by Princess Diana.

Best Joggers

10 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Splendid Classic Camo Jogger Pants


These joggers are lovely for lounging but also look stylish enough to wear out with friends. Elevate your sweatpants even further with the on-trend camo print.

11 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Zella Miami Pocket Jogger Pants


On your next lazy Saturday, roll out of bed and slip on these tie-waist joggers. The fabric is so soft, you’ll feel like you’re still in your pajamas.

12 of 21 Image Credits: Amazon

Baleaf Women’s Sweatpants With Pockets


Another Amazon bestseller, these joggers are made for relaxing or for being active. In the words of one happy shopper, “Prepare to meet the love of your life (or at least your wardrobe).”

Best Hoodie

13 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Zella Tie Dye Hoodie


Need proof hoodies can be a fashion statement? Look no further than this tie-dye design. We love the drawstring hood and muted colors, which would pair perfectly with pink leggings.

14 of 21 Image Credits: Outdoor Voices

Nimbus Cotton Cropped Hoodie


Add more color to your wardrobe with this vibrant cropped hoodie. It’s worth investing in a hoodie that you love so much, you’ll be reaching for it all the time — and this highly-rated option from Outdoor Voices fits the bill.

15 of 21 Image Credits: Lululemon

Scuba Hoodie Light Cotton Fleece


Once you put on a hoodie that’s this flattering and soft, there’s no turning back. Say hello to your new favorite sweatshirt, which comes in a lovely purple shade, along with 12 other stunning hues.

Best Tee

16 of 21 Image Credits: Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices Sweatee T-Shirt


Pair a cropped tee with high-waist leggings for a look that screams “working on my fitness,” regardless of the reality. This cropped tee design is versatile and relaxed, with a variety of pretty shades to pick from. We love this shirt for a Saturday stroll or a chill Sunday brunch.

17 of 21 Image Credits: Nordstrom

PJ Salvage Rock ‘n’ Roll Graphic Tee


Athleisure is all about looking put-together while maximizing comfort. This slouchy tee accomplishes just that. The star and lightning bolt design will elevate your look, while the faded jersey material will feel just like a pajama shirt. Update the tee with a leather jacket or handbag.

18 of 21 Image Credits: Lululemon

Lululemon Train To Be Short Sleeve Shibori


You’ll get tons of wear out of this fabulous tee, which has a no-chafe, relaxed fit. Style with a bomber jacket, leggings and booties as you take on the town.

Best Sports Bra

19 of 21 Image Credits: Athleta

Exhale Bra in Powervita A-C


Some women find sports bras much more comfortable than regular bras and this sports bra from Athleta is no exception. It offers medium coverage and works well for low-impact workouts. Happy shoppers are buzzing about how there is “no bouncing” and the bra “stays put and is supportive.”

20 of 21 Image Credits: Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices Doing Things Bra


This sports bra comes in fun prints, including polka dot, scarlet and leopard designs. It’s a fan favorite with almost exclusively five-star reviews. Size down for extra support during your workouts.

21 of 21 Image Credits: Lululemon

Energy Bra High Neck Medium Support B/C Cup


Between the lace-up back and high-neck design, this sports bra is cute enough to wear as a top. Pair it with high-waist leggings for zumba or barre and after your workout, you can layer on a denim jacket for an on-point athleisure look.