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Now that we’re in that sweet spot of mid-spring where we get our first taste of real hot afternoons (summer is coming!), outdoor workouts and warm-weather workout gear can make a powerful comeback for 2022. But it’s still hot out and even if you’re the type of person who really loves breaking a sweat, it’s definitely long past time to put your beloved fleece-lined, cozy gear to the side and focus on workout clothes that will breathe, wick some sweat and ideally keep you cool as you do your thing.
Whether you’re a runner, biker, kayaker or an indoor fitness enthusiast without a powerful AC (we see you and love you too!), you’re going to want your clothes to be designed for the summer weather and the summer sweat that comes along with it (particularly when you’re moving around a lot). Whether you’re looking for shorts that breathe as you run, lightweight sleeveless tops that don’t keep the sweat stuck to you or leggings that keep the chafing and discomfort to a minimum, there’s plenty of ways to make your summer fitness and athleisure wardrobe function for the season.
And you can still look really cute along the way.
Read on for a few of our favorite picks for hot weather workout looks — that you can totally wear inside while hiding in the shade/AC too!
A version of this story was published June 2020.
Fulbelle Womens Banded Waist Workout Shorts
A solid, comfortable pair of running shorts that gives you the coverage you need, a safe space to store your phone/keys/wallet and has moisture wicking material is a must for this (and every summer). This pair from Amazon is a great find that comes in a few colors, making them a great staple for any active summer wardrobe.
Fast and Free Tight II 25″ Nulux
With an ultra-light, sweat-wicking and quick-drying material, these high waist leggings are perfect for keeping you cool and comfortable on your next run.
Kimmery Yoga Booty Shorts
You’ve seen the famous TikTok leggings go viral for their booty amplifying power — have you met the little sister shorts that can bring those same vibes to your hot girl summer? With a highly-stretchy, moisture absorbing fabric and the classic scrunch butt look, these might make their way into your workout rotation.
Summer Workout Sets Two Piece
Who doesn’t love a matching two-piece set? A comfortable and totally cute sports bra (low-impact) and sweat shorts combo that can easily transition for running errands, working out or even hanging out with your family.
Midnight High-Rise Bike Short
Bike shorts are in again, y’all! So rejoice and relive your best 90s looks. Pair with a cute crop or an oversized T-shirt and you’ll definitely feel (and look) super cool.
SweatyRocks Women’s Stretchy Skinny Sheer Mesh Insert Workout Leggings Yoga Tights
High-waisted and stretchy like any good leggings, this pair also has mesh cut-out to let your legs breathe. Great for running errands or running laps — and maybe even a night out. They’re cute enough for that!
Ogeenier Crop Top Workout Shirts for Women Yoga Athletic Tank Tops Sleeveless T-Shirt
Crop tops in the wrong design can make you feel like you’re dressing up for a musical festival you’re 10 years too old for but a nice breathable crop with a cool, grown-up cut like this can be great for keeping your arms and mid-section cool (and super cute!)
CRZ YOGA Lightweight Heather Women’s Workout Tank Tops with Built in Bra
A flowy, loose-fitting and airy top (that is still close enough to your body to not tent out while in a down-dog) is great for feeling comfy and covered while letting the air flow.
Jade Muscle Tank
The classic look of a muscle tank is always cute with any of your other running gear — and this high neck design paired with a super soft fabric will make you want to live in this one.
Blevonh Women Elastic Waist Double Layer Casual Running Shorts with Side Pockets
A good pair of running shorts can let you really feel the breeze, hold on to the things you need (accessible pockets!) and have a full and comfortable range of motion.
Under Armour Women’s Fly By 2.0 Running Shorts
A comfortable, sweat-wicking pair of shorts with built-in briefs, mesh panels and quick drying power will make these ones an old reliable pair you’ll keep coming back to.
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