Menswear prints on women’s workout clothes?

Patterns typically used for suits on his side of the closet are popping up in female fitness fashion.

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 10.38.45 PM Formal menswear and women’s workout clothes are two clothing categories not typically associated with one another—let alone combined together.

But recently, patterns typically used for suits on his side of the closet are popping up in female fitness fashion collections from Lululemon and Athleta to Adidas’s new Powerluxe line.

We speculate the trend is meant to appeal to women unwilling to forgo sophistication, even at the gym.

Or for whom the basic black yoga pant is just a little too basic.

Here are some of the menswear-inspired looks we’re spying on racks of workout clothes for women right now:

Athleta Plaid 2 in 1 tightsLululemon Wunder Under Crop in Herringbone White Black, $72
Herringbone is a pattern usually reserved for tweed suits and driver caps sported in the English countryside. Now, you can break tradition with Lululemon’s latest style of their signature Wunder Under pant (pictured above) for a yoga look that’s anything but stuffy.

Athleta Plaid Placid 2 in 1 Tight, $54.99
The Scottish kilt is worn in modern day as formal event wear—by men, of course. But women can now have a fling with the Highland fashion motif in Athleta’s Plaid Placid skirted pant. (The leggings and skirt are one piece.) Wear it to the studio, brunch, and everywhere in between.Adidas Powerluxe shorts houndstooth

Adidas Powerluxe Houndstooth Shorts, $50
Houndstooth isn’t just for pipe-smoking Sherlock Holmes types. It’s the star of Adidas’s brand-new Powerluxe collection, a combo of sweat-wicking items that are decidedly more fashion-forward and flattering for the brand. Here, the houndstooth gives shorts a little fun, faux formality. —Jamie McKillop and Melisse Gelula

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