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Tops: Racerback yoga tops
Bing Shopping | Racerback yoga tops
Yoga tops are made with comfort and style in mind. Lightweight sleeveless tanks in cotton or a cotton-blend offer breathability and just enough stretch, and are often embellished with prints, pastels and pretty accents to cheer up your chi. Look for racerbacks when you want the maximum freedom of movement.
Tops: Cycling tops
The classic cycling top sports a mock-neck collar and short sleeves, and the best include lots of pockets to store various supplies, plus at least a half-zip for ventilation, and some awesome moisture-wicking tech in the fabrication to keep long rides comfortable.
Tops: Running tops
Quick-dry fabrics are especially important in this fitness fashion category, as you'll obviously be working up quite a sweat. And if you plan to do your daily runs outdoors during the colder months, there are plenty of thermal and heat-retaining tops and bottoms to help ward off the chill.
Tops: Half-zip pullovers
Like the idea of something you can wear to the gym, plus lounge around in at home? Half-zip pullovers come in super-lightweight varieties all the way up to toasty thermals that can easily be layered under ski wear. The best (as is the case for much new fitness wear) wick away moisture.
Bottoms: Yoga pants
Bing Shopping | Yoga pants
Yoga pants are ideally form fitting but not tight or restrictive. Fluid knits with a touch of stretch are the best fabric choice. Cuts and leg-lengths are varied – low-waist boot-cut pants, cropped leggings ending at the knee, capris that hit mid-calf. Our faves are the roll-waist varieties for their sheer comfort and versatility.
Bottoms: Bike shorts
This cut of fitness pant ranges from a thin layer of spandex-infused cotton for cross-training in the gym to highly specialized shorts meant to withstand the rigors of long-distance cycling. For the latter, look for compression materials, targeted padding and skip potentially irritating inner seams.
Bottoms: Running tights
Your lower fitness layer should provide just as much flexibility and durability as your upper, and that’s especially true for running wear. Super-soft yet form-fitting ankle-length leggings and tights made specifically for running allow unrestricted movement, wick away moisture and keep you just warm enough without overheating.
Bottoms: Fitness capris
Bing Shopping | Fitness capris
These “midi” workout pants usually hit mid-calf, and, depending on your desire, can be compression-tight, slightly body-con or loose and relaxed. When fitted, they’re great for cross-training and other gym workouts (elliptical, treadmill, kickboxing classes, etc.), and the softer, flared pairs are awesome for yoga sessions.
Undergarments: Sports Bras
Bing Shopping | Sports Bras
You wouldn’t exercise in a pair of jeans and a button-down shirt, so why wear your usual underthings when working out? Sports bras have come a long way from their humble (and frankly uncomfortable) beginnings – you can now choose from myriad bras targeted to various levels of support and activity.
Undergarments: Plus-Size Sports Bras
Bing Shopping | Plus-Size Sports Bras
The best plus-size sport bras don’t just simply up the size of the bra, they use different combinations of stretch fabrics, targeted seaming and support features, wider straps, and add more back hooks to construct the entire bra in a way that reduces bounce and movement to a minimum.