Hot mesh: How to wear the workout look of the moment

michi_mesh_workout 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)


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varsity_mesh_tees Sporty Tees
Varsity athletic tees suddenly become sexy with a flash of skin peeking through.

From left: $40, | $70, | $80,

(Photos: Under Armour, Carbon 38, Alala)


mesh_bras_workout Sports Bras
With creative mesh detailing, these are sports bras you definitely don’t want to hide under a tank.

From left: Espalier, $98, | Pilot, $103, | Michi, $95,

(Photos: Carbon 38)


White Mesh White Mesh Tops
Unexpected crisp white mesh breathes style into a workout outfit.

From left: $119, | $275,

(Photos: Carbon 38 and Net-A-Sporter)


Mesh Tanks Tanks
Sweat-wicking tanks get a boost of style and function from breathable mesh panels.

From left: $40, | $70, | $65,

(Photos: Athleta, Carbon 38, Aether)


Mesh Shirts Long Tees
Mesh inserts can be modest and edgy with long tees layered over basic pieces.

From left: $90, | $158,

(Photos: Nesh NYC and Alala)


Mesh Leggings Leggings
The basic black legging gets the peek-a-boo treatment with strategically placed mesh cut-outs.

From left: $189, | $110, | $185, 
(Photos: Carbon 38, Alala)


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