Workout Clothes You Can Wear to Work

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Can you wear your workout gear to the office? These days, yes—wearing athleisure at your workplace is an option. Thanks to a variety of brands that design refined and stylish athletic apparel, you can now secretly wear your exercise clothes right to the office. Goodbye, gym bag!

Of course, the type of gear you can wear largely depends on your office environment. Will you be in a startup or business casual environment? If so, you're good to go. If you work in a more formal environment, you'll have to get a little more creative, but it's still possible.

Read on to find out how you can wear your exercise clothes to the workplace, including what to wear so you fit into your office environment.

Try a Tunic Top

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Fortunately for fans of the gym, many brands make flowy, lightweight, tunic-like tops that function as workout wear but look nice outside of the gym, too. Look for high-tech, breathable options that can transition into a business casual environment.

While dressing for a workplace setting, it’s important to avoid athletic clothes with spandex, flashy prints, or neon colors, or anything sheer, low-cut, or too tight.

Even if these styles might be trendy in athletic wear that’s geared to bring you from the gym to the street, remember that you’re still in a professional work environment, so you’ll want to look the part.

Look Polished in Prints

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When you’re shopping for pants that you can rock in your yoga, barre, or spin class but that can also work in a professional setting, keep an eye out for prints that mimic the fabric used for traditional work pants or slacks. 

Accordingly, when you’re shopping for pants, avoid any overly vivid or wild patterns such as tribal, psychedelic, or animal prints, and instead opt for a more tailored look. For example, herringbone or tweed make two great options.

Throw On a Casual Blazer

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You can easily dress up your exercise outfits by throwing on a casual blazer. Of course, after gym time, you probably aren’t going to want to wear your business best.

As a good alternative, choose a comfortable blazer that’s breathable, stretchy, and won’t feel suffocating before or after your workout.

Dress It up with Detail

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For a more refined look, consider pieces with unique, office-wear-inspired details to add a classy touch. Details like a cowl neck, ruching, asymmetrical hemlines, or interesting seaming or structure, will dress up your look without sacrificing fit or function.

Wear Your Yoga Pants Straight to Work

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It's now possible to find pants that are suitable everywhere from yoga class to a job interview, and from pilates to an office meeting. You can find yoga pants that are flared or skinny, and seek out comfortable fabrics.

Look Sleek in Fitted Long Sleeves

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Another nice style involves a sleek, long-sleeved shirt or fitted sweatshirt. Look for fabrics that will perform well during your workouts, like French terry, lightweight knits, or a wicking polyester/spandex blend, but that will also look a little more refined than the average cotton top.

Key Takeaways

  • There are many stylish athleisure pants and tops that are appropriate for the workplace. 
  • Tread carefully: You'll want to make sure you're not going too casual for your particular workplace. And, make sure to avoid tight options and loud prints.
  • In some cases, you may be able to find prints (like herringbone) that mimic traditional office garb.