When you’re working out, you’re thinking about the minutes left on the treadmill or how to fold into the perfect Downward Dog—not what you’re wearing. But the sports bra, leggings, and top you pick out can make a difference, so it’s important to make sure you’re shopping for breathable workout clothes when it’s time to pick out something new.
So what should you look for in your workout wardrobe? We tapped a few experts to find out. “Breathable workout clothing is important because it keeps your body temperature optimal both during a workout and, even more important physiologically, during recovery,” notes JJ Hendershot, senior director of Vimmia. Helping to wick away sweat is not only optimal for comfort, but it also helps keep the body from cooling too quickly. “When the body cools excessively and quickly, muscles tighten up, tendons and ligaments are stretched, and the body itself goes into a state of shock,” Hendershot adds.
Also worth noting? “Breathable fabric allows air to flow more easily, preventing bacteria from becoming trapped between your clothing and skin while working out,” says Michelle Woo, designer at Carbon38. Woo recommends seeking out lightweight fabrics, while Slava Furman, CEO and creative director of Noli Yoga, adds that “strategically placed mesh panels increase micro ventilation and overall breathability.”
Now that you’re armed with experts’ advice, read on to shop pieces inspired by their recommendations.
You’ll keep cool in these.
This lightweight tank is ready for whatever you find yourself up to.
Stylish and functional.
Wear these leggings to yoga.
You’ll want to break a sweat in these.
A sports bra that can support you through your class of choice.
This lightweight tank is perfect for the gym.
Head to dance class in these breathable leggings.
You’ll keep comfortable in this stylish tank.
Mesh panels will keep you cool.
Throw this topper on after a major workout.
Found: a bra that’s equally functional and cute.
These stretchy leggings can work for errands or a workout.
You can surive the toughest workout in this sports bra.
The contrasting waistband sets these leggings apart.
Swap leggings for shorts and you’ll be extra cool.
Mesh panels help sweat to escape.
You can never have too many black leggings.
No one will catch you sweating in this top.