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Fit and Fly Must Have Active Wear

Crush your fitness goals this year and do it in style with fashionable and functional gear

January 21, 2014


Heading to the gym used to mean throwing on an old t-shirt and an extra baggy pair of sweats. Let's all be thankful those days are gone. The market is littered with apparel that combines the two F's: fashion and function. Whether you prefer a low impact yoga session or intense cardio, there's something for every activity. Trust us, you won't be ashamed to be spotted in these threads before, during or after your workout. 

H&M Sports Tights ($35,

How can you not want to get moving in these printed tights? Besides the funky design, it's what's on the inside that really counts. The material is fast drying and there's an internal drawstring for a perfect fit around your waist.

Nike Free TR Fit 3 Training Shoe ($95,

There are the logistics of the sneaker (padding that reduces lace pressure on the feet, enhanced stability for uneven surfaces, etc.), but can we just focus on how cute this trainer is? The colorful cutouts with mesh overlay are a nice way to show off some fancy footwork.

Adidas Never Let Up Tee ($17,

Sometimes you need to give yourself a bit of encouragement. Rock this t-shirt and repeat the mantra to get through those grueling sessions.

Nike Sphere Dry Half-Zip Top ($78,

If your part of the country is being affected by the Polar Vortex, that's no excuse to put your running schedule on hold, especially when you have the right gear. The thermal material circulates your body's heat and the high-collar provides added warmth and protection from the elements.

C9 by Champion French Terry Pant ($28,

Sweatpants and sweatshirts are suddenly chic and you can arguably wear these cuffed pants to the gym and beyond. Rock them with stilettos in the day and step into your kicks when it's time to workout.

Champion PowerTrain Workout Jacket ($45,

Not only does the jacket keep the chill away while you're heading to the gym or on a run, but the built in PowerFlex technology stretches and moves with your body. That means no more struggling with a less than perfect fit.

Sweaty Bands Viva Diva ($15,

Add a bit of sparkle to your fitness routine with a wide, fitted headband. Pull your hair into a high bun and you'll be good to go.

H&M Animal Print Sports Bra ($20,

When you want to show off a little skin for a yoga or pilates class, there's no better bra to do it in than a faux snakeskin print. The lining provides full coverage and mesh sides allow breathability.

Sweaty Betty Dolphin Swimsuit ($100,

Hitting the pool provides a full body workout and what better way to do it than in a figure flattering suit. In addition to the internal bust support, the scoop neck compliments all cup sizes. Contrasting panels give the illusion of curves or embraces the ones you already have.

Puma Faas 300 v3 Running Shoe ($90,

If you're hitting the running trail, this sneaker is a must. Not only is it super lightweight, clocking in at less than six ounces, but the superior cushioning and breathability equal major comfort.

-Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and on-air style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She has appeared on the Today Show, Nate Berkus Show and WE tv where she dishes on fashionable solutions for those who want to look their best without blowing their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram for daily style inspiration.




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