Up the Pace with these Activewear Essentials


Jacqueline Wells
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With the explosion of the “athleisure” category, it’s become increasingly difficult to distinguish sports-driven items that deliver actual functionality from those that are simply stylish and fun. Yet, true performance activewear requires more than just a funky print. It needs to be supportive, breathable and offer technology to help you go the distance. Here are our picks for each category of activewear that delivers on all fronts, so you’ll be setting records in no time.

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Sports Bras: Calvin Klein’s Performance Reversible Medium Impact Sports Bra is our pick for key support and breathability. It’s not only brilliantly constructed, but offers both style and substance as well as cutting edge technology in the form of self-lined wireless cups, performance fabric and ventilated areas to improve airflow where you need it most. If you’re seeking a lower impact bra, Beyond Yoga’s Deco Texture T-Back Sports Bra features fully lined wireless cups, a wide bottom band and curved front seams to add shape. This is the perfect bra for yoga, pilates and lighter movement-based exercises.

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Bottoms: Whether you’re running outdoors or doing a light stretch, we are partial to styles like the Calvin Klein Performance High Waist Over the Knee Tight. The Capri length offers high flexibility, while the wide high waist elastic waistband provides supreme comfort and fit. A compression panel below the waistband smoothes the tummy, and a breathable lined crotch allows for breathability in all capacities. Meanwhile, Under Armour’s HeatGear Amour Engineered Compression Legging will have you reaching goals in a performance knit featuring four-way stretch that allows for a full range of movement. Its center back seat offers defined a fit and its compression legs will help muscles recover quickly. Not to mention, its sleek contrast stripes at the side add a fashionable pop to any ensemble. Another option is Beyond Yoga Spacedye Performance Essential Long Legging. Available in three stylish hues, this ultra-soft bottom features space-dyed knit with a heathered look and shaped fit that’s comfortable and moves when you do. Its performance fit dries quickly and flat-lock seaming prevents irritation.

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Tops: Whether jogging in sub-zero temps or layering over your tank, the Calvin Klein Performance Crochet Pieced Hoody Jacket is an ideal piece to add to your activewear wardrobe. Not only is it cute and contemporary, but with a mid-weight light jersey knit, it’s both warm and comfortable. For outdoor endeavors, throw it on over an Under Armour UA ColdGear Fitted Mock Long Sleeve Shirt. This exercise essential has a next-to-skin fit made of a soft, brushed-back knit that traps heat and is ideal for 0 to 55 degree weather. With ColdGear technology, this fitted sports shirt wicks moisture from the skin and circulates body heat to keep you warm without weighing you down. Its tagless style prevents chafing and with ArmourBlock technology, it features anti-order properties that neutralize the microbes that cause odor. But if it’s a lighter, less performance-driven look you’re after, opt for Beyond Yoga Twist of Fate Slinky Modal Reversibly Pullover. This stylish, practical top offers a wealth of different options with a simple twist in front or in back. It’s the perfect piece to wear over any sports look and will take you to the next activity on your schedule.

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