Yes, You CAN Wear Activewear to Work—Here’s How

Who said spandex and conference calls were mutually exclusive?

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There are some mornings that we just can’t bear the idea of wearing anything that’s not four-way stretch or made of spandex. Good news: It’s totally acceptable to wear your favorite activewear to work.

The athleisure trend is still going strong, but activewear designers are also stepping up their fashion game. It’s not all running sports bras and compression tights—brands are focusing on apres apparel that’s made with rich, luxe materials and is tailored perfectly. The results are clothes that are functional in the gym, and look incredible when paired with trousers and heels.

Read on for our favorite picks that will make you look polished, pretty, and totally comfortable.

ADAY: Like a Boss Sweatshirt

ADAY sweatshirt
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Pair with some breezy culottes or a high waisted skirt and you’ll be the coolest girl in the office. Seriously, this funnel-neck top is a dream. It’s cozy like a sweatshirt but structured enough that it still looks put together thanks to a neoprene-like nylon blend. Grab it in crisp winter white.

Shop —> Like a Boss Sweatshirt

Athleta: Flux Ankle Pant

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The back pockets and tapered leg on these ankle pants will trick anyone into thinking they’re office attire—but because they’re made with polyester/spandex blend they work well for yoga, too. The moisture-wicking fabric means that you’ll be cool under pressure in every conference call, presentation, and networking event you attend.

Shop —> Flux Ankle Pant

Varley: Euclid Sweatshirt

Varley Sweatshirt
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The cold shoulder is so in—and you can pull it off and stay warm with this sleek fleece pullover. The peek-a-boo back is an extra cute detail when you’re heading out for happy hour drinks with your coworkers.

Shop —>Euclid Sweatshirt

Vimmia: Marina Pullover

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A structured sweater that’ll keep you cozy when the AC in your building reaches arctic temperatures. Wear it with a fitted pencil skirt and heels to keep things balanced and fun.

Shop —> Marina Pullover

The Upside: Durant Dress

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Image via Carbon 38

An easy, flowy, kinda-sporty dress that can literally take you through every season. Throw black tights or even jeans underneath to dress it up or down.

Shop —> Durant Dress

FP Movement: Training Tank 

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Image via FP

Crop tops are still trending, and now that they’ve been on the scene for more than a year they’re pretty widely accepted in the workplace. Pair this fitted, cropped tank with a higher inseam or loose-fitting bottoms to make it cubicle-friendly.

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Line & Vine: Jadyn Skirt

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Image via Lime Vine

A modern take on the midi silhouette, this paneled skirt is made with scuba material for a sleek and stretchy look. We love the tie waist for extra comfort.

Shop —>Jadyn Skirt

Carbon38: Takara Leggings

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Image via Carbon38

Pour yourself into these faux leather leggings when you need an extra boost of confidence at the office. We love the idea of wearing these with a more boxy, structured top, or even hopping on the fall layering trend and throwing a relaxed tank and slouchy sweater over them.

Shop —> Takara Leggings

What are your favorite office-friendly activewear pieces? Tell us in the comments below!