Athleisure Wear

Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin Just Launched a High-Style Collection With New Balance

Francesca Krempa

Photo: New Balance
You'd think that after winning two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics and, in doing so, shattering her own world record, Sydney McLaughlin would be ready to hit pause for a minute. But the international track superstar is slowing down any time soon. On Tuesday, New Balance revealed a brand-new collection designed in partnership with McLaughlin, indicating she's been very busy since wowing the world.

The New Balance x Sydney Signature Collection is a first for the young Olympian (who is also of Well+Good's 2021 Changemakers). From running sneakers to T-shirts, the collection highlights her metamorphosis from breakout athlete in New Jersey to reigning track champion and world record holder.

“It’s a dream come true to create my first signature collection with New Balance, and to truly be part of the process from start to finish," McLaughlin, 22, said in a press release. "Many of the design elements reflect my growth as an athlete but more importantly as a human being, and I hope these looks inspire others to search inwards and show up as the best version of themselves.”

Throughout the entire collaboration, McLaughlin's deign influence lends itself to collection of sleek, clean silhouettes, high-tech materials (primarily sourced from recycled fabrics) and dark, edgy colors that elevate traditional performance apparel to the next level. Subtle design elements such as a butterfly symbolizing her evolution as an athlete, and her personal motto ("Be the first you") inspire individuality and authenticity in the wearers themselves.

"This collection is all about staying true to yourself with pieces that inspire people to be authentically true to who they are,” McLaughlin said.

You don't need to be a gold medalist to wear McLaughlin's pieces—you just need to be you. Below, the best pieces from the New Balance x Sydney Signature Collection, available at New Balance and Amazon today.

7 best pieces from the New Balance x Sydney Signature Collection

Syd Crop Bra — $65.00

Fashion meets function in this slick metallic sports bra. It’s supportive yet comfortable, designed to stay in place on even the longest runs. With its shiny knit fabric, silver elastic waistband, and sparkly details, the Syd Crop Bra is sure to stand out on and off the track. Available in black and gray.

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Syd 7/8 Tight — $95.00

Match your cropped sports bra with a pair of sleek leggings. Like the bra, they’re made from a recycled polyester-spandex blend that fits seamlessly to the body’s contours, keeping everything snug without ever restricting motion. Available in black or grey.

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327 Sneakers — $90.00

Snag a pair of classic New Balance 327s, designed with a twist. The black, white, and olive green color combination looks sharp with any outfit, but the real standout feature is the quote, “Be the first you”—McLaughlin’s motto on the track and beyond—printed on the inner heel.

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Syd Jumpsuit — $80.00

Who says athleisure is just a sports bra and leggings? Check out this modern silver romper that’s bound to make a statement wherever you work out. While other jumpsuits ride up and limit flexibility, this one’s loose around the hips and thighs, never compromising your range of motion.

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Syd Warm Up Poncho — $100.00

Look effortlessly cool as you stretch and warm-up in this colorblocked poncho. Its made of lightweight nylon with a black body and a metallic silver top. Wear it on the court, track, or treadmill—you name it. Pair it with the matching Syd Warm Up Pant ($70) for a medal-worthy look.

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FuelCell Propel RMX v2 — $100.00

This bold version of FuelCell maximizes performance and style. It has all the beloved features of the FuelCell—like a foam core to propel you forward, lightweight design, and high ankle support—packed in a minimialist black-and-white combo elevated by a single, holographic NB logo.

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Syd Crop Jacket — $85.00

For a more fitted warm-up look, this cropped jacket is all yours. It’s made of the same, shiny fabric as the leggings and sports bra, so it’s lightweight and moves with your body instead of constricting it.

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