We Work Out 5 Days a Week, and These Are the Only Workout Trends We Care About


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While I've always prided myself on having a few cute workout sets on hand, it wasn't until recently that I realized just how badly this area of my closet needed an update. Transitioning from at-home workouts to my favorite IRL classes has made me realize that my plain black leggings won't cut it anymore. In other words, my need for more exciting workout gear has exploded.

To refresh this area of my closet, I turned to two women who are basically experts when it comes to cute activewear, Elizabeth Endres and Dale Borchiver. As co-founders of their fitness platform Sweats + the City, Endres and Borchiver know a thing or two about what to wear to work out and how to look chic doing it. "We work out on average about five days a week," they shared. "Anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes a day, plus a ton of walking." In addition to reviewing popular fitness studios, they recently launched Sweat With Sweats, which is a live and on-demand platform featuring a highly curated list of instructors that the two have personally vetted. One glance at the duo's Instagram feed confirms that they've mastered the art of the cute activewear outfit, so I knew I had to tap them for their insight on the trends to know in this space. Spoiler: Their answers are good.

Endres and Borchiver explained that they're leaning into the following six activewear trends right now, which tells me that they're the most important styles to know. From lingerie-inspired pieces to trend-forward cutouts, discover how the girls wear each trend up ahead and peruse some shopping options, too.

Bike Shorts


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"With summer right around the corner, there's no better time to invest in a great pair of biker shorts. Ease into this trend with a bold, solid color (we also love a staple black piece) or spice it up with a funky pattern—you'll thank us later!"

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The Varsity Look


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"We are really into the varsity-inspired look these days. This includes sweatshorts, high socks, chunky sneakers, and crew-necks. We love combining different colors and textures in order to make this look really pop."

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Lingerie-Inspired Tops


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"We've also been really loving lingerie-inspired sports bras. Workout bras have definitely leveled up from the simple sports-bra look. Think prominent and contrast stitching and fashionable silhouettes, with a little lace sprinkled in. Stylish and delicate but still functional—a look that can take you from the gym to a night out in no time."

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"An option that's surprisingly comfortable and chic is the onesie! We know these can be intimidating to try, but we've honestly found them to be so flattering on all body types. Toss on your favorite crew-neck top or zip-up with a high sock to complete this fun look."

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Flared Pants


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"Over the past year or so, flare pants have been popping up everywhere, and we're not not down. Beyond Yoga, Splits59, and Alo are showing them this season, and we're absolutely loving this look. An easy way to elevate any traditional workout or yoga pants."

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Trend-Forward Cutouts


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"Whether it's a one-shoulder or oblique cutout, we're so into this spin on basic activewear to give your look a little edge this summer! Pair bright colors with some classic staples to refresh your look without breaking the bank. Another staple to add to your closet that can also take your look easily from day to night."

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Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.