When a luxe lingerie brand starts making athleisure, here’s what the sensual product looks like


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Athleisure is no longer a niche within the retail market. Rather, it’s an omnipresent, ubiquitous sector that you’re as likely to find evidence of at Nike as you are at Gucci or Asos. Some would even say it’s high fashion’s next frontier. And now, it’s coming for your nether regions (well, kind of): Luxury lingerie brand Kiki de Montparnasse is now expanding into athleisure and activewear.

The collection, which debuted yesterday, WWD reports, is currently four items strong: leggings, bike shorts, a workout bralette, and a sports bra crop top. Each of the garments appears exactly as you’d expect (think: if lacy, silky lingerie underwent some kind of activewear transformation). The four pieces are only available in black, and all feature lace details for a general aesthetic that points to Kiki de Montparnasse’s signature style of sensuality. So basically, if you’re looking for the perfect getup for that luxe pole-dancing boutique fitness class you want to try out, consider it found.

Previously, Kiki de Montparnasse was a brand I enjoyed from afar—I, personally, cannot justify spending $650 on an everyday dress (though I do dream). This collection, however, is priced in the good company of other higher-tier activewear brands, with all four items retailing in the neighborhood of $150.

If you’re looking for the perfect getup for a luxe pole-dancing boutique fitness class, consider it found.

And while the lace accents used throughout the pieces evoke the sexiness of the flirty lingerie signature to the brand, here the fabric offers a more functional effect: The lace used in the shorts, for example, is bi-stretch.

And if this is just the first of many collections bridging the gap between lingerie and athleisure, I’m certainly not complaining. Fingers crossed that 2019 brings us functional everyday bralettes from our favorite activewear brands.

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