I'm Tired of Wearing Black to the Gym, so I'm Trying These 5 Pieces Instead


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Not to be basic, but new year, new me. Ever since kicking off 2023, I have, like most people, found myself going to more workout classes than usual. Maybe it's the creeping realization that I'm getting older or the wellness TikTok rabbit holes I went down during the holidays, but I'm a born-again fitness convert.

Unlike French women, I make a proud effort in talking with my friends about my gym routine and, mostly, where to find workout clothes that aren't paint-stained leggings and oversize Greek-life T-shirts I collected during my college years. There's always a list of favorites among my fashion-circle friends—Lululemon and Gymshark are classics and repeat buys.

The Venn diagram of "cute workout clothing" and "supportive athletic gear" is getting smaller every month, with brands like ALO, Nike, and FP Movement leading the way for functional and fashionable workout clothing. After scrolling for hours on the clock app, I'm practically a fitness-fashion expert, so shop all of the best colorful workout clothing, including some gym must-haves, below.

Ruched Detailing

Pastel Leggings

Retro Printed Fleeces

Monochrome Exercise Dresses

Crew Socks + Colorful Sneakers

Other Gym Essentials

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Assistant Shopping Editor
Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.

Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)