As much as I try, I cannot get into a regular exercise routine. I know that's like, a gauche thing to say when everyone's super hyped on green juice with mystery fountain-of-youth extracts and SoulCycle, but I can't. I've joined gyms, taken classes, contemplated running around my neighborhood (contemplating counts, right?), but just cannot bring myself to commit. However, that doesn't stop me from admiring workout gear when I shop. Sometimes I try to motivate myself to take on a new activity by imagining all the clothes I'd be able to buy for it. Functional, I know. Not only has actual athletic wear become insanely attractive, but everyday clothes with athletic influence have becoming increasingly prevalent — and increasingly intertwined with street style.
For the first time in maybe ever, our fashion icons are killing it in sneakers and not-so-basic sweats on a regular basis. While these "athleisure" pieces tend to be comfy and functional, they also effortlessly put a fashion-forward spin on aesthetics formerly reserved for actual sportswear. And if you haven't already, now is the perfect time to get on board.
We've partnered with Abercrombie & Fitch to share the sport-to-street staples that will reform the way you dress on a daily basis. Keeping a muted color palette, these pieces will effortlessly slip into your current wardrobe and add a cool, quasi-athletic edge to your look — whether you're going all out or just taking a dip.
An ultra-lightweight layer like this is great for the transition into fall. Bungee details, a drawstring waist, and adjustable hood are balanced by a less traditional oversized fit and deep black that goes with everything.
This might not be the best choice for actual exercise, but clean color blocking and structured straps mean this bra will layer perfectly under an oversized tank -- or as-is when you're pretending to go to the gym but really going to the farmers market.
Getting dressed has never been so easy. Just throw on your favorite sneakers and trusty leather jacket when the temperature drops.
You know you're living in a great time when sweatpants can be work-appropriate.
Is this for playing real sports? Is this just a very fancy T-shirt? I don't know, but I want it.
Definitely not your little brother's varsity jacket. Contemporary materials and a monochrome palette totally update this classic jacket silhouette.
What's better than some sleek, comfy military joggers? An effortlessly cool jogger skirt.
The perfect pair of plain white (or black) sneakers will be your new BFF. Pair them with anything from your favorite boyfriend jeans to that mini hooded sweatshirt dress, and you won't even mind being on your feet all day.
Athletic grey is so versatile, and a heathered knit is so much more interesting than a flat tone. This high neck and cropped cut works with anything from those joggers to a high-waisted skirt.
Backpacks are traditionally sporty because they keep your hands free and hold more than the average purse. This mini leather version does... some of that. Just don't toss it around the locker room.
A classic crewneck sweatshirt will always be essential. This tipped version is a little more sophisticated than your average options and polished enough to wear past the weekend.
I guess you could literally play tennis in this skirt, but you'd look just as good heading to lunch with your mini leather backpack and marled knit crop top.
Just as comfy as your old standbys but way better-looking.
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This post is sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch