Mesh—at once functionally breathable and peek-a-boo coy—is now an integral part of most stylish fitness fashion labels. That’s thanks to brands like Michi and Alala who pulled it from the punk fashion scene and the football locker room, making it one of the big workout wear trends of the fall.
One reason mesh has become so hot? Its ability to spice up everyday pieces: Basic black leggings suddenly become totally edgy with a streak of mesh down the side—ditto your workhorse workout tanks and sports bras. It’s about looking tough enough to lift a kettlebell—and a cocktail.
Here are some of the coolest mesh pieces on the market right now and how to wear them. —Jamie McKillop
(Photo: Carbon 38)
Varsity athletic tees suddenly become sexy with a flash of skin peeking through.
(Photos: Under Armour, Carbon 38, Alala)
With creative mesh detailing, these are sports bras you definitely don’t want to hide under a tank.
(Photos: Carbon 38)
Unexpected crisp white mesh breathes style into a workout outfit.
(Photos: Carbon 38 and Net-A-Sporter)
Sweat-wicking tanks get a boost of style and function from breathable mesh panels.
(Photos: Athleta, Carbon 38, Aether)
Mesh inserts can be modest and edgy with long tees layered over basic pieces.
(Photos: Nesh NYC and Alala)
The basic black legging gets the peek-a-boo treatment with strategically placed mesh cut-outs.