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Top: C9 Champion Asymmetrical Long-Line Sports Bra , Bottom: lululemon Fast & Free Tight, Shoes: APL TechLoom Phantom Dusk Purple (Photo: Amanda Shapin)

Spring Refresh: Workout gear trends & must have pieces

One sure-fire way to find extra motivation to workout? Fresh workout gear. While a cute new top or the hottest leggings won’t ensure you’ll hit your half marathon personal best, the better you feel during your workout, the harder you’ll want to work to continue to see results.

With the new season upon us, it’s time to give your workout clothes a spring cleaning. For trends that are both functional and fashionable, here’s what to lookout for and what pieces are worth investing in.

Spring Pastels: A couple of seasons ago it was all about bright neons, but this season, pastels are all the rage. Light purples, pinks and yellows will have you matching the park flowers you’re running past.

White Hot: No one is saying wear white leggings to spin class (seems risky to us!), but neutrals are very now. Look for black, tan or gray gear with white detailing for a unique, yet flattering look.

Matchy Matchy: This trend may have been frowned upon in the past, but matching is athleisure-approved this season! Cute crop tops paired with a matching patterned pant will make you feel like a total bad*ss in the front row at yoga class (even if you haven’t quite nailed that headstand—yet!).

Cute Cutouts & Breathable Mesh: Not just there for the elevated cute factor, leggings and tops with cutouts and mesh material allow for airflow during the sweatiest of workouts. For functional mesh pieces, look for thicker material and larger holes to give you a breathable, yet supportive fabric.

Be Bold: In your workouts and in your workout gear, don’t be afraid to be bold. Above all, you should wear what you’re comfortable in. Crop tops are having a moment—and remember—anyone can sport them. Don’t shy away from bold patterns and retro styling, they’ll bring a fun and upbeat vibe to your workout.

Now that you’re up on your trends, here are the items that will quickly become your workout favorites:

New Balance x J.Crew High Neck Printed Crop & High Rise Printed Crop, navy with Plaster White: Who can’t smile when you see this fun star print? Gym approved, and will come in handy for a spirited 4th of July 5k.

New Balance x J.Crew Essential Windbreaker: Temperatures are unreliable at the kick-off of spring, but you’ll be ready for anything in this ‘80s inspired jacket.

APL Women’s TechLoom Phantom Dusk Purple: These innovative running shoes keep your feet comfortable and cushioned, plus they look good while doing it. You’ll want to keep wearing these long after your run is over. Available in a wide variety of on-trend colors.

Lululemon Fast & Free 7/8 Tight: For the latest and greatest from lululemon, these leggings are so smooth, it feels like you’re not even wearing them. They’re ideal for running and HIIT, outside when it’s a perfect spring day, but just as good in the gym.

Lululemon Sole Training Long Sleeve Dot Mesh: A flow-as-you-go long sleeve top that will keep you sun-safe thanks to UV Protection. Of course functional for workouts, but extra cute for post-gym brunch dates.

C9 Champion Asymmetrical Long-Line Sports Bra: Not 100% in on the crop top trend? Try it out without spending a fortune. Pair it with the C9 Champion Asymmetrical Capri for a complete outfit.