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The 7 biggest fitness fashion trends of 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetDo you have a dresser drawer entirely devoted to leggings? Is wearing your favorite workout tank what inspires you to do laundry? Us, too.

2015 was a big year for fitness fashion, what with athleisure becoming an official word in the dictionary and activewear stores popping up on every corner. Likewise, workout clothing trends that defined the year were big and bold, from shiny leggings to bodysuits.

Here are our 7 top fitness fashion trends of the year. Tell us your favorite in the Comments, below! —Jamie McKillop


1. High-waisted leggings
This leggings trend was on the rise all year long, with almost every brand raising waistlines for both a flattering look and practical coverage.

Outdoor-voices-crop2. Crop tops (AKA bralettes)
Fitness instructors (and some regular people!) were regularly rocking half-shirts, including the high-neck version that was super trendy. It’s not a coincidence that they pair perfectly with high-waisted leggings.

Shiny Shorts3. Shiny leggings and shorts
Gone are the days of schlubby polyester gym shorts, but the faux-leather sheen was popular with both leggings and shorts this year.

J.Crew Rash Guards4. Stylish rash guards
Chic, fit women were wearing these from surf to street, both on the board and tucked into jeans during the warmer months.

Stan Smith5. Classic sneakers
Fashion VIPs were spotted in retro pairs like the New Balance 574 and Adidas’ classic Stan Smith was arguably the “It” shoe of the year.

Bodysuits6. Bodysuits
Barre mavens embraced the workout’s ballet roots, with bodysuits—worn with or without leggings.

7. Color (and texture) blocking
Wild patterns were (and are) still going strong, but color blocking made a big splash in collections like Derek Lam 10C X Athleta, and brands like Splits 59 executed the technique with both color and texture.

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(Photos: WeWoreWhat, Instagram/AvahJulian)