It’s official: These are the 9 must-have activewear items of the summer

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For the past few seasons, K-Deer’s striped leggings have ruled Instagram, Michi’s mesh sports bras have dominated barre classes, and Stan Smiths have found a place in every cool girl’s closet.

But since trends come and go, it was only a matter of time before a new crop of “it” activewear items would ascend to must-have status—and we at Well+Good have already seen some pretty covetable contenders emerge in the early days of summer. (Three words: Moon. Phase. Leggings.)

To find the items that are truly flying off shelves, we turned to the insiders at some of the most beloved and buzzed-about activewear brands. These pieces might not have Kale sweatshirt-esque wait lists—yet—but we have a feeling that they’re going to sell out fast.

So what did our style soothsayers reveal? Apparently, you’ll be seeing loads of artsy prints and crop tops at your beachside workouts this summer, while the bright white sneaker era might be on its way out (and not just because flats are killing our feet).

Keep scrolling to see the nine most in-demand activewear pieces of summer 2016—snap them up now before they sell out (if they haven’t already).
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Photo: Lululemon

Lululemon Speed Wunder Tight, $128

Lululemon’s Wunder Unders were one of the first leggings to really make it big in the world of activewear (seriously, everyone has a pair). Thanks to their popularity, the brand combined the Wunder’s classic construction and feel with the technical specs of the equally-popular Speed Tight to give you the best of both worlds. This stunner of an ocean print has already sold out once since its debut earlier this month, but fear not: The brand assures us that they will not only be restocking, but also rolling out several new colors and prints all the way through fall.

Photo: Journeys
Photo: Journeys

Adidas Originals Gazelle Sneaker, $79.99

So you’ve worn your Stan Smiths with every possible outfit—and now you’re totally bored? You’re in luck, since another Adidas classic has gotten a cool, new upgrade. The Gazelles are like the Kate Moss of sneakers—cool in the 90’s, still cool now—so it makes perfect sense that they’re revamping the styles in new shades for summer, with Moss fronting the campaign. We’re particularly enamored by this blush hue, which is already shaping up to be the color of the summer.

Photo: K-Deer

K-Deer Wildcard Legging, $98

Just when you thought K-Deer couldn’t improve upon their uber-popular striped legging, the classic style gets an even bolder twist. No surprised that these colorful tights have already started blowing up—as seen on Insta-famous yogis and IRL instructors alike.

Photo: Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices Athena Crop, $50

The popular crop top from Outdoor Voices has been a celeb favorite for years—worn by everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Lena Dunham. This summer, however, it gets a timely update with of-the-moment color combos. (Have we told you yet how much we’re feeling pink?) If you need some stylistic inspiration to get you off the couch and running when it’s 90 degrees out, this is it.

Photo: Terez

Terez White Crystal Skull Legging, $78

The original black version of this legging sold more than 5,000 pairs within the first few months of going on sale–pretty impressive for a small company!—so it’s obvious Terez would want to capitalize on its popularity with a new color option. The hue the brand landed on? Well, it’s definitely white hot.

Photo: Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty All-Sport Backpack, $109

Is this Sweaty Betty backpack the Chanel quilted bag of the fitness fashion world? Judging by how quickly it’s selling—they can barely keep this backpack in stock, we hear—not to mention the list of healthy it-girl celebs spotted rocking it (hello, Jessica Alba), it’s very likely.


alo-guava-palm-legging Alo Airbrush Legging, $88

The palm print has already proven to be a huge trend in activewear—and the fashion world in general. So it’s only natural that the world’s most photographed yoga brand would decided to give the tropical pattern a summer update with coral-colored leaves. Needless to say, Alo fans have been clamoring over it.

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Spiritual Gangster Coachella Tank, $48

Already seen on celebs from Gigi Hadid to Reese Witherspoon, this Beatles-inspired drop-armhole tank will keep you feeling good vibes from downward dog all the way to savasana. Plus, for every item sold, Spiritual Gangster helps provide a meal to those in need, so you’ll know the mantra is doing more than just helping you look good.

Photo: Athleta

Athleta Tie-Dye Sway Short, $54

These super-soft, wear-anywhere shorts from Athleta are an early summer best-seller for the brand. Pair them with a designer tank or throw them into your suitcase—the tie-dye is the perfect warm weather accent piece.

Still got that shopping bug? These are the 7 coolest sneakers for summer 2016, plus the most Instagrammable gear for every outdoor adventure, from the backyard BBQ to the beach.

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