When floral seems too girly, leopard too loud, and geometric too tricky, bring in the most steadfast of prints to your workout wardrobe: the stripe.
From subtle additions on sports bras to bold, in-your-face prints on leggings, we’re seeing this style everywhere; one scroll through Instagram is all you need to realize that it’s the pattern du jour for Instagram yogis and marathon runners-in-training alike. (K-Deer gets a gold star for its social media ubiquity.)
And perhaps best of all, stripes are the un-boring neutral (sorry, taupe). While their abstract and patterned counterparts can sometimes be hard to coordinate with, stripes now abide by the same fashion rules as solids—meaning they’re versatile and have a staying power to keep them atop your stack of running tights (you keep the best ones on the top, right?) well past spring.
Ready to earn your style stripes? Check out these 9 sweat-approved options.
If this bright and bold capri looks familiar, you may have your social media obsession to thank: K-Deer’s seamless, stretch tights (designed to move comfortably with your body, during even the toughest Tracy Anderson moves) have become an Instagrammer favorite. Try on a pair and prepare to double tap.
Lucas Hugh Neva Crop, $245
Swear by your nautical stripes? Then this gold, navy, and white sports bra is the perfect activewear upgrade. Lucas Hugh is known for its contouring and compression elements, so you’ll be feeling expertly lifted and supported. We can definitely salute to that.
Now that we’ve officially declared that stripes are neutrals, it means we can mix them with other prints and not worry about clashing. Case in point: This pair of ikat-inspired run shorts from Athleta. Bonus points for the mobility-enhancing Featherweight Stretch fabric, comfy knit waistband, and UPF 50—which means that you can take them from your gym’s indoor treadmill straight outside.
Yes, this bra from fashion powerhouse Alexander Wang offers supreme comfort and performance capabilities with a thick, supportive band (think serious security) and a super on-trend high neck. But its bold stripes are the real show stopper. Pair with high-waisted shorts or a leather jacket for a sporty-chic look anywhere.
Take stripes to the next level with these leggings from Teeki (one of their best-sellers). The elephant, a symbol of strength and wisdom, will keep you focused during your how-am-I-up-this-early pre-work yoga class. Plus, with the option of a seamless high or low waistband, you could also say that they’re customizable.
Sweet-meets-sexy in this tank from the Kate Spade collaboration with Beyond Yoga. A keyhole front design shows just the right amount of skin and seamlessly works from barre to bar. Plus, a built-in bra and optional racerback straps will help keep everything in place, no matter how long you’re holding pigeon for.
These vibrant leggings combine a graphic print with the trusty stripe, for a statement-making design. Not sure if you can pull them off? You can, we promise: Throw on a simple white top and white sneakers and you don’t have to worry about crossing the too-loud line.
Raise your hand if your activewear gets as much action on the couch as it does on the mat… (we’ll just assume it’s up). So it only makes sense to add a luxurious sweatshirt to the mix. This pullover by Sundry is made of that unbelievably comfy worn-in cotton fabric, but the ombré pink stripes will keep it chic on your way to Pure Barre.
No brand knows the power of the stripe quite like Adidas—in fact, they’ve got three of them. While there are plenty of classic looks to pull from, we like these Rita Ora-designed, Japanese kimono-inspired leggings because the thick white lines down the leg are the perfect counterpoint to the otherwise busy (in a cool way) pattern. Throw on a leather jacket and your favorite moto boots and no one will know you just came from boot camp.
Want to complete your look? Pair any of these striped pieces with one of these white sneakers for a super on-trend look this spring.