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Workout tanks and tops bearing fashion-forward prints and patterns have been trotted out for treadmill runs to vinyasa sequences for a while now. But the poor lower-half legging has remained rather monotone black. That is, until now.
Graphic workout pants are finally front of mind for many fitness labels. And they’re now turning them out in leopard to pop-art patterns and every graphic print in between. But don’t be fooled by the playfulness of these leggings—they’re just as functional as your go-to workout pants.
So leap out of your fitness fashion rut and into one of these stylish pairs of workout leggings. Doing so may get your heart-rate up even before you hit the gym. —Jamie McKillop
Photo: Lucas Hugh
The London-based label Lucas Hugh is known for their high-end athletic wear that mixes technical design with contemporary style. Printed with Anna Sudbina’s ‘Krypton’ artwork and featuring fused seams and rear-knee ventilation panels, these multi-chromatic leggings are a gorgeous example of what this brand does best.
£80 (about $129), www.lucashugh.com
Made from soft 92 percent organic cotton, the Nomad Legging has an attached skirt that can be worn at different lengths for various fitness looks. Wear it love for extra coverage in down-dog (or when walking to class) or pull it up and out of your way at Pilates.
For an energized workout ensemble, these super-electrified printed leggings from Adidas are sure way to get noticed at your next workout. We can easily picture them on any cool girl who frequents Crossfit or Barry’s Bootcamp.
Upscale design house Alexander McQueen is known for pushing fashion boundaries by blending street style with a whimsical British aesthetic. The company’s contemporary line, McQ, makes that same look accessible to a more mainstream market. Cue these ah-mazing (yet still pricey) jersey leggings covered in luscious trompe l’oeil cables and braids.
Evoke the endurance of a cheetah on your next run in these patterned capri leggings from PrismSport, a company based in the Hamptons. Not only is the whole line completely functional, they’re all intensely patterned. (Note they run very small and don’t stretch out much, so buy a size up.)
A downtown cityscape screened onto these leggings makes them chic enough to actually wear to brunch at Gemma or Peels after your workout. The company’s signature Dri-FIT fabric, which wicks away sweat, means no one will mind if you do.
These breathable beauties would make the perfect base layer for a ski weekend this winter. The leggings scream “retro” for a fun look to wear at the lodge—or will brighten a gray day when traipsing home through the snow from yoga in your Uggs.
These cute capris have a few elements of subtly going for them, making them especially appropriate for types that are a tad nervous to try the print-legging trend. First, the patterned capris have a subdued print of autumn leaves—nothing too bright or wild. And second, because they don’t reach the ankle, the capris give you a little taste of the stylish look without going full throttle to the ankle.