The boutiques at Equinox are to fitness apparel what Barneys is to high fashion: Carefully curated little arenas of fitness fashion that have evolved in the five years that Karyn Riale’s been at the helm.
“We used to carry 90 percent performance gear and 10 percent fashion apparel,” remarks Riale. “Now it’s more like a 50/50 split with fashion brands like James Perse and Ella Moss performing well alongside performance mainstays like Lululemon, Hardtail, and Stella McCartney for Adidas.”
And recently, Equinox launched its own fashion label to fill what Riale calls “voids in the market.” So far, we’re loving their affordable Orange Label basics, which are flying off the racks.
With the summer fitness season upon us, we asked Riale for her take on the season’s hottest trends. “It’s all about the tops!” says Riale. “Nothing can compete with the tight, lightweight workout capris on the bottom. But on top we’re seeing lots of evolution.”
Specifically? Playful straps, jewel tones, fashion-y details, and mesh inserts are the trends to watch. We feature four of these smokin’ hot tops here. —Alexia Brue
Double straps and faux layers, as seen on Puma’s Tech Performance Fitness Tank Top ($38), give new life to the tired tank and flatter shoulders and decollete. Spaghetti straps are also entering fitness fashion.
“I’m seeing jewel tones everywhere—deep pinks and purples, as well as bright blues,” says Riale. The Y-Back Cami ($71) from Beyond Yoga comes in all three of those colors (pictured here in Iris).
There’s nothing plain cotton about the details in fitness apparel these days, like the gold-hued, tribal-inspired print on Anue’s Yoga Lunar Dress ($59.99). We also love the side drawstrings for instant ruching.
4. Mesh Inserts
This isn’t your 1980’s hair-metal mesh top. The mesh inserts in Nona Varnado’s new collection put a cool spin on this fabric, using it in panels to make the top look more chic and provide a cool breeze at the same time.