Like couture, fitness fashion brands are always at least one season ahead.
So, for the past few months, we’ve been stopping by showrooms and browsing look books to find out what’s in store this fall.
We think you’ll love the fashion-forward looks we found. Some are available for purchase now, others will hit shelves later this month.
Here are 6 trends you’ll start to notice at boot camp and yoga once the summer sun sets—and the pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on. —Lisa Elaine Held
BABY GOT BACK
We’re sure your booty is looking fab from all of those Figure 4 classes, but that’s not the back we’re talking about. Tanks, this season, are full in front and bare in back, exposing those sexy shoulder blades you didn’t even know you were dying to show off. This new Seamless Sexy top from Electric Yoga ($82, at left) and Splits 59 Devon Scoop Back Tank ($64, at right), are two of our faves so far.
We saw a rise in patterned tank tops this past year. Now the trend is moving south to pants. But while stretch of pattern from hip to ankle might feel like overkill, the shorter capri makes for a great transitional object from solid color to pattern, and from summer to fall. Several standouts: the Alo Synergy Capri in Autumn Leaves ($56, pictured at left), one-size-fits-all Tees by Tina Tie Dye All Over Capri ($43, pictured at right) and newcomer Prism Sport ($75) , which is dedicated to patterns that embrace everything from watercolor to snakeskin (available at Yoga Shanti, Sag Harbor).
Studio-to-street styles continue to be a growth area for fitness fashion, and this coming season, fitness brands are creating more post-workout pieces than ever. Witness Lululemon‘s 105F Bra ($52, at left), which we’d wear under a blazer to a dinner party, and the Lululemon Serenity Sweater Wrap ($148), a pretty pick meant for your plans after yoga. Athleta is following suit, with sweater dresses and denim galore.
LEGGINGS GET LOUD
Why should your tanks always get all of the attention? It’s time to add some color and pizazz to that drawer filled with 10 pairs of black leggings. Lole’s color-blocking Finalist Pants ($85), above, are a must-have, as are Splits 59’s metallic-accented Ginger Tights ($96).
COLOR, SIZZLE, AND SPARKLE
Speaking of loud, the fall fashion is anything but muted. Neon is still going strong, especially with big box sports brands. At a Sports Authority showroom, Under Armour’s yoga gear was all hot pinks and oranges and Nike shorts boasted bold neon patterns.
And where colors are not as bright, glittery fabrics add sparkle, like with the super-shimmery Phat Buddha Reade Leggings ($56), above (which will come in more colors, like maroon, for the holiday season). Athleta will also debut a shimmery top, closer to the holidays, that you could seriously wear to da club.
SLEEKER LIGHTWEIGHT SHOES
Lightweight running shoes started out barely there (like the toey barefoot Vibram). But as more brands entered their innovations into the race, the category got wide and bulky in the name of stability. Now, brands have figured out how to keep the stabilizing base and lightweight feel without making you look you have duck feet. The revamped Puma Faas 350 S ($85), above, is a great example, and Nike, New Balance, and Fila all have lots of super-sleek sneaks debuting.