Ah, gym class. The bane of every stylish teenager’s existence. Only it doesn’t have to be.
Workout clothes have come a long way in recent years. Leave that ratty T-shirt and stretched-out pair of leggings at home and stock up on these adorable items to help you move seamlessly from gym class to math class.
Suit up for a round of dodge ball in these contrast panel performance leggings. The teal bands add interest to simple charcoal bottoms, which are made of a lightweight knit designed to wick away moisture so you won’t break too much of a sweat out there on the court. Changing back into your skinny jeans at the end of class will be no problem at all. (Forever21.com, $22)
Who says gym clothes can’t have adorable patterns? This floral cutback tank from Roxy is so cute you’ll want to wear it to your after-school pizza and ice cream date with friends. Go ahead and do it… we won’t tell them you played badminton in that shirt during fourth period. (Roxy.com, $38)
If you’re often chilly at the start of gym class, warm up with this chic black sweater from Xersion. The dark color and cut is flattering when you’re trying to get your sweat on. Just because it’s gym doesn’t mean you need to hide behind baggy silhouettes. (JCPenney.com, $29.99)
The sneakers are the pièce de résistance of any good workout outfit. New Balance’s are comfy enough to allow for maximum performance. The fun neon colors of the 1400v2 style make these sneakers look like a party on your feet. Chances are they’ll even go with your regular clothes, meaning you don’t have to pack a pesky change of shoes. (NewBalance.com, $100)
Banded tank top
Tired of irritating bra hooks and straps peeking out from underneath your workout tank? Try a shirt with a built-in bra, like this one from Under Armour. It also features a fitted band at the waist to prevent your shirt from riding up during activities, and a super-adorable V-neck back. Running late for your next class? Toss a cardigan over it in a pinch and you’ve got an outfit. (UnderArmour.com, $50)
Sometimes you really need to rock sweatpants during gym, especially in those chilly winter months when the idea of shorts is enough to make your hair follicles freeze. Luckily, sweatpants are cuter than ever these days. The No Sweatin’ It Pant from Athleta has a relaxed silhouette and comes in heather gray or black. Warning: They’re made of French terry so you may never take them off. (athleta.gap.com, $89)