The weather is cooling down and that means it's time to start bundling up. You may think that doesn't apply so much when you're sweating it out on leg day but you'd be surprised. You'll be especially glad you layered up during warmups and cooldown periods. The annoying thing often about this, however, is that you look (and feel) way less cute than you would in the summertime. Fortunately, with the varied selection of activewear available to us these days, there are easy ways to remedy that.
Below, I've compiled a list of my go-to 'athleisure' styles. Among my all-time favorites are the fleece-lined joggers (so comfy), long sleeves with cut-out or lace designs in the back (these make for such an easy outfit flip when going between the gym and brunch) and the cutest, coziest socks that genuinely make mornings less miserable. After all, happy feet = happy me.
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This Baklava To Keep You Cozy During All Your Fave Winter Activities
While it may look somewhat intimidating, you'll soon forget (or forgive) the strange feeling of appearing as a bank robber when you realize how warm your cheeks and nose are. This baklava is lightweight and flexible, fitting most head shapes and easily under helmets and hats. Trust me, give it a go, and you'll be a convert, too.
These Drawstring Pants Are Great For Lounging In
After a workout, I definitely need a good wind down. Whether that's a yummy froyo after Pilates or a nap after thirty jumping jacks (that's right, I can do thirty), these comfy joggers are there for me to stretch out in. With a classic look that 'shifts from weekday to weekend without missing a beat' (per Amazon's description), buyers love the cotton blend and elastic ankles.
These Basketball Shorts Have Great Layerability And Are Wearable Well Into Fall
With a drawstring closure and moisture-wicking fabric, these basketball shorts are great for those days on the court with your buddies. They're really lightweight too, and go great over a pair of compression pants when it's cooler out. My partner tells me how roomy the fit is and how they're comfy enough to wear all day.
These Leggings Are Just As Stylish As They Are Practical
These leggings are fabulous. With their contemporary ripped design, they're amazing to work out in. The holes offer superb breathability and the fabric stays cool throughout my workout. Afterward, they're super cute under a midi dress or long T-shirt. I also really like the slim fit and high, elastic waist: comfy and on-trend.
These Compression Shirts Are Sure To Accentuate How Fit You Are
Compression shirts are an awesome invention. Anyone who has these in their workout arsenal is bound to agree with me. They're excellent for promoting better circulation while reducing muscle soreness. With plenty of fitness gurus touting their benefits, it's no wonder they've gained in popularity. You can get these ones in a pack of two from Amazon, and they're every bit as comfy and useful as we've been hearing.
This Lightweight and Hooded Puffer Jacket Is Great For Transitioning Weather
This puffy coat is the perfect piece for the changing temperatures. You can throw it on in the mornings when you're warming up your car (maybe do a couple of jumping jacks on the spot) and then easily stuff it into your gym bag when you get to your workout station. Because it's so thin, it makes for an excellent layering piece under a heftier winter coat by the time the snowy season starts.
These 2-in-1 Mountain Biking Shorts Are Incredible In Terms of Utility
These cycling pants are great and versatile. You can wear them separately or together and with three pockets. There's also a detachable gel component that decreases discomfort while cycling. It can get real chafed and stressed down there and not just during biking. If you're into hiking, golfing, or even horseback riding, you'll get a whole lot of use out of these.
This Tracksuit Is Stylish, Cool, and Great For Throwin' A Ball Around
This tracksuit definitely has the 'cool' factor going for it. It's made of soft microfibre and wearable for much any casual occasion. The hoodie and pants work really well as separates, too. Throw on a comfy tee underneath and you'll be ready for that hike with the in-laws.
Oh my goodness, I love these socks. They're my fave for lounging in with a big cup of tea. Right after a long run in the cool, brisk, autumn air, of course. If I end up having to chase my dogs in them, that's fine, too. They're made of super-soft wool and I really like the fall color themes.
These Running Gloves Keep You Both Warm and Safe
Now that's getting darker so much earlier and lighter later in the morning, these running gloves have really come in handy. I like the white and pink color scheme with safe rubber grips in case you trip. The reflectivity is also higher at night. My favorite, of course, has got to be the touchscreen compatibility on the fingertips. It's been world-changing to be able to switch Spotify tracks without freezing my hands off.
These Straight Pants Are "Just Right" For Casual Exercise
These 'just right' pants are made for the multitasking lady. I can't tell you how many days I end up running from store to store to meet at home, and that's with skipping arms day at the gym. I like these pants on days like that, as they feature two-way comfort stretch and a zippered pocket. The waistband is also comfy and it provides UPF sun protection as well as being stain repellent. It's nice not to have to wear jeans when I'm basically jogging around the department store, I'll tell ya.
This Stylish Pullover Is So Soft, It's Essential
This charming sweatshirt is so sweet and looks great wearing to and from a workout. It's incredibly easy to dress up or down, as well. Pair it with a mini skirt or jeans, and you're ready for a Sunday picnic. Throw it over a tank and some cute joggers and you're ready for yoga in the park.
This Cozy Sweatsuit Will Make Morning Power Walks Extra Powerful
Something about velour (or, in this case, velour-like) reminds me of a rich neighborhood like Beverley Hills. I like to motivate myself into a good morning power walk by slipping into this ultra-cozy, ultra-soft pajama set. It looks super cute, is comfy and breathable, and transitions beautifully into loungewear once I get back home.
This Thermal Underwear Set Will Keep You So Toasty This Winter
My partner loves this thermal underwear set. And honestly, long johns are so underrated. It's especially great for those of you who enjoy outdoor activities even in the cold weather. This set is especially nice for being so light and tight-fitting. You can easily wear them under jeans on particularly cold days or when leaving the gym.
These Socks Get A+'s In Both Looks and Performance
These cute socks have a heel tab design that provides extra protection and comfort. These areas are susceptible to high-impact soreness. I like that these socks in particular provide superb vented comfort. This is done by their patented AirmeshVenting Technology, which increases breathability. Sweaty feet, no more!
This Girls' Vest Is A Wardrobe Staple For This School Season
This super cute, water-resistant, vest is extra cozy with its fleece lining, making it perfect for your kids to wear during gym class out of doors. I love the contrasting zippers and interior. The pockets are also really handy for them to warm their hands and keep snacks in. Let your kids' rock recess in style.
This Quilted Vest Is An Autumn Staple For Every Man's Closet
This is an autumn essential, for sure. Whether you're big into workouts at the park, jogging in the neighborhood, or just want an extra layer to stay warm in, this quilted vest has got you covered. Made of soft nylon, it features button closures and elasticized armholes. My partner likes these aspects a lot as it means he can put this on over thick sweaters and still stay comfy.
This Charming Headband Is So Cozy and Comfy You Won't Want To Take It Off
This is one of my favorite headbands. On days when I don't want to wear a beanie because my ponytail is lookin' particularly fierce that day, this polar fleece ear warmer is ready to get me through my morning run.
This Flowy, Open-Backed Shirt Is The Perfect Pilates Garb
I love showing off my progress and staying cool with this open-backed top. It's made of super breathable modal as well as a bit of spandex to keep things stretchy and comfortable. The open-back design lets you show off cute sports bras and bralettes, too. So much so, I bought multiple colors and wear them even when I'm not working out.
These Will Become Your Favorite Pair of Sweatpants This Holiday Season
Sweatpants with fleece may seem alike going rather overboard but stick with me. Once you give these 100% cotton, sherpa-lined joggers a try, you'll be so grateful for how comfortable they are. I like that this pair has a drawstring waist, as well. And if that weren't enough, the fact that these also have pockets makes them a definite 'must have'.
This Open Back Shirt Has Thumb Holes and Is Both Cute and Sexy
This shirt is one of my favorites for working out in. I really like the thumbholes as they keep the sleeves from riding up and keep my wrists warm when it's chillier out. Beyond that, it's really just a cute top. With a mesh back and open tie design, it's a really stylish piece to add to your athleisure wardrobe.
These Bicycle Shorts Are So Cute and Prevent Chafing
I love bicycle shorts the same way I love compression shirts. They're great for both riding and hiking in, as well as layering under sweatpants or a cute dress once you're done at the gym. These are buttery soft and sweat-resistant. The many colors are really nice, too; I definitely own three or four pairs at this point.
This Tank Top Is Perfect For Layering For Chilly, Outdoor Activities
This sporty tank is so soft and comfy on its own. I've worn them all summer and now that it's getting cooler, I've started to layer them with sports bras and hoodies. It's a super breathable fabric as well, which makes it great for yoga and other sweaty workouts.
This Jersey Cotton Zip Hoodie Is Sleek, Comfy, and Incredibly Stylish
This awesome hoodie is made of super-soft, 100% jersey cotton. It has handy pouch-style pockets and an adjustable hood. Hanes, the brand, has made it so the neck is tag-free, which is such a godsend when you're running and just don't need the chafing against your skin.
This Skull Cap Looks And Feels Great Under A Helmet Or On Its Own
This skull cap is very handy to have for when the weather gets colder. It features a brushed thermal lining, letting it retain heat while wicking away sweat. It's been featured in Runner's World and Gear Hunt as a top recommended beanie. If you're into biking or snowboarding (or even horseback riding), it works just as well under any helmets.
This Quilted Vest Is A Chic Choice For In-Between Seasons
This super stylish vest is one of my fall wardrobe staples. I love the gold accents on the buttons and zipper, as well as the mock neck collar. It's so versatile, too; I find it pairs just as well with jeans as it does with yoga pants or comfy leggings. Whether it's a brisk morning and I want to power walk with the dogs or running a couple of errands, it's easy to throw on and looks so good.
These Compression Shirts Promote Blood Flow During Exercise
I have really grown to love compression gear for the many benefits they provide during an exercise session, including reducing muscle soreness. These shirts, which come in packs, provide a second-skin-like fit without sacrificing breathability or comfort. I also love that I can track progress with pictures while in my gym clothes.
This Zippered Wetsuit Means You Can Still Enjoy the Water in the Winter
Just because it's colder now doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite water-based sports. Whether you're a snorkeler, water polo player, or big wave surfer, you'll be able to enjoy it in cold water with this long-sleeved, neoprene wetsuit. It also has a three-layer makeup for extra warmth.
These Sports Bras Give Both Support and a Smooth Experience
These are some of my favorite bras; not just sports bras, but in general. The tank top style is super comfortable, so much so that I can wear it under a loose tee and denim jacket when I'm heading to and from the gym. They come in a multitude of patterns in three packs so you can tailor them to your personal style.
This Quarter Zip Hoodie Is As Stylish As It Is Comfy For Working Out
This sweat-wicking hoodie has a super flattering silhouette that will make it so you don't feel self-conscious heading home from the gym in your workout clothes. It's actually one of my favorite pieces of athleisurewear. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, as well as soft and delicate.
These Comfy Joggers Are Perfect For Lazy Morning Jogs
I'm gonna be real with you guys. Some mornings I wake up and simply have no desire whatsoever to get out of bed and into my running gear. The only way I can get myself out the doors is if I roll out from under the covers and immediately leave. Those days are when I'm glad I have these joggers. They're so comfy I can sleep in them but also flexible and sweat-wicking, making running a breeze.
These Wetsuit Pants Are Awesome For Winter Diving
These wetsuit pants are made almost entirely of neoprene and are totally breathable with great shape recovery. They're thick enough that you'll barely feel the cold water when you jump in for the first time. I particularly like these for rafting and water aerobics.
This Under Armour Compression Mock Is So Chic You'll Forget It's Workout Wear
I legitimately wear this shirt all the time, even when I'm not working out. It's so great at wicking sweat and dries super fast, but it's also really stylish. I personally love mock necks and when I do exercise in this, the anti-odor tech works to make sure I stay fresh. The smooth flatlock seams also prevent chafing. All in all, a great fashion and utility buy.
This Fleece Vest Is So Smart It Heats Itself Up
This vest is something you're going to want to add to your cold-weather survival kit. It uses a removable battery that doubles as a phone charging bank. I love that I can listen to music during workouts even if I'd forgotten to charge my phone the night before. And with three heat levels and super soft polar fleece, you can use this to warm up during your warm-up in the chilly, autumn air.
These Running Shoes Are Made Of Recycled Materials And Perform Amazingly
These running shoes are made with super soft Cloudfoam cushioning and they feel like walking on clouds when I put them on. They're amazing runners that absorb impact really well. They're also made with Primegreen, which is a series of high-performance recycled materials. Take care of the environment while you take care of yourself.
These Compression Pants Give a Smooth, Relaxed Feel and Fit
Compression pants are superb and this 4-pack is no exception. They offer protection from UV rays which is great for runners as well as being super breathable and moisture-wicking. These pants will help you avoid feeling sticky during or after a workout while keeping you warm both pre-and post-workout.
This Long Sleeved Crop Top Is the Ultimate Gym-to-Brunch Transition Wear
My favorite shirt in my fall wardrobe has got to be this one. I genuinely look and feel like my best self when I'm working out in this shirt, especially on core days. With a body-hugging silhouette and long sleeves balancing out the whole outfit, the look goes just as well with jeans as it does yoga pants. It makes it so (too) easy to just skip out of the gym and go to happy hour.