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The 3-Step Formula for Putting Together Instagram-Ready Activewear Outfits


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If the hardest part about getting ready in the morning is picking out an outfit (#same), the sitch is made 10 times worse when it’s 6 a.m. and you’re sleepily trying to drag yourself to spin class.

To help you get out the door without using “I have nothing to wear” as an excuse to crawl back into bed, we came up with a formula to make the whole process easier.

The secret? Having universally flattering activewear options on hand—like CALIA by Carrie Underwood’s feminine, functional, and versatile designs—so that no matter what you pull out of your drawer (after fumbling around with the lights still off), you’ll feel like a million bucks.

Use this as the motivation to finally Marie Kondo your B-team activewear outfits (seriously, get rid of those leggings that constantly fall down). Your streamlined morning routine will love you for it.

Scroll down to see the grab-and-go activewear outfits we curated to streamline your pre-gym routine—and the formulas to make your look work every time.


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Step 1: Set a color scheme

Keeping your activewear wardrobe in the same color family will keep you from looking like a kaleidoscope when mixing and matching pieces (though if kaleidoscope is your vibe, totally go for it). Opt for neutrals like black, gray, and white, then mix in pops of your favorite colors. Looking at you, rouge red tank.


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Step 2: Play with patterns

Once you have your colors nailed down, you can introduce some fun patterns to jazz things up. Bonus points if your patterns also bring the fabrics into play—like on this tank, which has strappy cutouts in the super sweat-wicking fabric for breathability to the max.


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Graphic: W+G Creative

Step 3: Have a support system

Behind every great activewear outfit is a supportive-yet-comfortable sports bra (praise hands for zippers to avoid the awkward, I’m-too-sweaty-to-get-this-thing-off dance). Keep yours in goes-with-everything shades, and you’ll want to wear them even when you aren’t headed to the spin studio.

In partnership with CALIA by Carrie Underwood

Top photo: CALIA by Carrie Underwood

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