The vest, an athleisure underdog, is actually the most versatile piece in your workout clothes wardrobe. See how we styled this chic option
The Workout Vest
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The workout vest is one of the most huh? pieces out there. Is it just a statement piece? Does it serve an actual purpose? It does both! You can rock a workout vest with anything from sneakers to heels, and it's a foolproof way to upgrade your workout clothes and weekend wardrobe. For versatility, pick a lightweight fabric with modern details. This Under Armour Spacer Vest ($100; underarmour.com) straddles the line between fitness (it's designed to keep you dry) and fashion (the fitted silhouette and bright piping scream style), making it a must-have for your do-it-all wardrobe. Check out five different ways to wear the look to the gym and beyond.
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To Dance Class
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Add a vest over a striped T By Alexander Wang bra top ($150; net-a-porter.com) and slouchy Topshop joggers ($58; topshop.com) to trump your usual workout clothes. And, of course, every dancer needs a great sneaker for fancy footwork. Choose a printed Adidas X Mary Katrantzou sneakers ($170; barneys.com) for major style points. You'll look so fly, your confidence will be through the roof when you show off your moves at the studio.
Photo: Net-a-porter, Topshop, Barneys
On the Run
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Whether it's a breezy spring day or you just want to mix up your usual workout clothes, a sleeveless vest is a great topper for Adidas tropical print shorts ($35; adidas.com) and a New Balance running tee ($18; kohls.com). Complete the colorful look with two-tone Asics running sneakers ($90; nordstrom.com), and the only thing slowing you down will be all the people admiring your outfit.
Photo: Adidas, Kohls, Nordstrom
To a Studio Class
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You may not mind showing some skin in the privacy of your boutique gym, but the trip there and home is another story. Zip a sporty vest over a high neck crop top, like this one from Lorna Jane ($66; lornajane.com), and consider your problem solved. Sleek, military-inspired leggings from Adidas by Stella McCartney ($102; matchesfashion.com) and awesome Teva nylon strap wedges ($80; luisaviaroma.com) help you make the trek in style.
Photo: Matches Fashion, Lorna Jane, Luis Via Roma
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Looking cool in your workout clothes outside the gym is all about layering. Start with a graphic tee from Nike ($71; mytheresa.com) and top it with a printed K-Way x Topshop bomber jacket ($110; us.topshop.com). The Nike Air Max sneakers ($267; mytheresa.com) to tie in the print from the tee. Finish off with a casual A.P.C. chambray skirt ($190; stylebop.com) to make dashing around the city easy-breezy.
Photo: Topshop, mytheresa, stylebop
For a Night Out
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The trick to make your trusty running vest night-out-worthy is to mix it with athletic-inspired fashion. Take mesh, for example—it's sporty and looks thoroughly modern on this Topshop skater dress ($95; topshop.com). Create your own mixed material jacket (a huge spring trend) by layering the vest over a sleek Zara biker jacket ($99.90; zara.com). The colorblock design—a perennial trend in workout fashion—and the chunky heel on these French Connection sandals ($145; bloomingdales.com) fit right in with your sporty look.
Photo: Topshop, Zara, Bloomingdales