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6 Surprisingly Chic Workout Outfits

Sweat in Style

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In the dog days of summer, it's easy to let the heat get the best of you—and your workouts. The simple solution: Go shopping for some functional and fashionable exercise gear that will not only help you stay cool and dry, it may even stoke your motivation to get moving. We asked stylist Christine Bibbo Herr, a former fashion editor and founder of the blog NYCpretty, to share her best tips for looking your best while you work your bod this summer. So whether you prefer pounding pavement or warrior III pose, we have the perfect outfit for your next workout.

For Cycling

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Fitness is so much more fun when you're wearing a colorful (and practical) outfit like this. Christine layered a Brooks Micro Mesh tank ($25; brooksrunning.com) over an ASICS Running T-Shirt with built-in bra ($30; ladyfootlocker.com) to create a color-blocked look that’s ideal for summer biking since you can strip off a layer when you get too hot. She's also wearing a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisper Hooded Jacket ($165; mountainhardwear.com), which will keep you comfortable on chilly morning rides or in case of unexpected winds or rain. Bonus: It rolls up to next to nothing so you can easily store it in a pocket or bike basket.

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These printed Onzie Capris ($52; theonzie.com) are made out of flexible fabric that allows for maximum mobility and dries quickly. The length will protect your inner thighs from chafing while cycling, and they’re tight around the ankle so you don't have to worry about any fabric getting caught in your bike chain. In addition to cycling, these padding-free capris are perfect for yoga or running too. Plus, the Aztec pattern is not only fun and colorful, but the vertical stripes are super-flattering, helping to elongate and slim your legs.

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The Saucony Mirage 3 Sneakers ($110; saucony.com) are a fun way to add a pop of color to any exercise outfit. The lightweight, supportive sneakers also up the safety factor of your bike ride—the laces are so bright they almost glow when the sun goes down, making it easier for drivers to spot you on the road.

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For Dance Class

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If you’re a fan of Zumba or other dance-inspired workouts, this comfortable, practical look is for you. This Solow Cropped Top ($55; solowstyle.com) is roomy and airy enough to let you move without being totally bare. Here, it's paired with a leopard-print sports bra from Hardtail ($61; londomondo.com) that peeks out from underneath. "In my opinion, 80s-inspired workout gear is a perennial trend," Herr says. "The loose clothes are perfect for allowing your body to move freely while also looking fashion-forward."

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For Dance Class

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These Nux Focus Capri leggings ($55; nuxusa.com) have a secret feature that makes them practical for dancing: Ruching on the bottom allows your legs to bend at any crazy angle without the pants riding up. "I went with a darker tie-dye pattern that is more muted so I could play with the brights on top without the colors competing too much," Herr says.

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For Dance Class

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"I love to complete my exercise outfits with bright accessories," Herr says. "This pink Lorna Jane headband ($10; lornajane.com) allows me to let my hair down but also keep strands out of my face with its grippy underside. And the bright sweatbands on my wrist not only complement the 80s theme, but I also wear them for a practical reason: They’re perfect for wiping off sweat when exercising in the summer heat—much cleaner than using your hands! Just be sure to wash them often to prevent breakouts."

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For Dance Class

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One word to describe Reebok's Dance UR Lead Mid shoes ($85; reebok.com): Awesome. Inspired by old school hi-tops, these kicks are made out of a breathable mesh material, come in a bunch of fun girly colors, and offer ankle support to help you bust out those complicated dance moves.

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For The Gym

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"I like to be covered up on my way to the gym, but I also know I’m going to get sweaty as soon as I start working out," Herr says. The solution: layers! This purple Lululemon Singlet ($58; lululemon.com) is so light you'll hardly even notice it’s on. "I'm also wearing a Nux tank underneath. I always toss an extra tank in my bag when I know I’ll be running errands after my workout so I can wear something other than the top I’ve sweated through at the gym," Herr adds.

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For The Gym

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This LeSportsac Voyager Backpack ($116; lesportsac.com) is adorable and ultra-functional. It’s lightweight, washable (so important since gym bags can harbor tons of germs), and roomy enough to stash an extra set of clothes. Plus, it has an inside sleeve for a laptop and separate compartments to store your phone, toiletries, makeup, and other essentials to keep them super-organized. It doubles as a perfect beach bag too!

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For The Gym

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These cute and colorful New Balance 1600 sneakers ($110; newbalance.com) are made out of ultra-light material, providing a supportive, sleek fit for your foot. They're excellent for cross-training or light aerobic activities, and they're fashionable enough for running errands or grabbing post-workout smoothies with a friend!

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For Running

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This inspiring Lorna Jane Tank ($60; lornajane.com) just screams girl power. "I truly believe that the more fun your clothes are, the more fun your workout will be," Herr says. "I layered a reflective tank underneath, both for support and for an extra layer in case I want to strip off a layer when I get sweaty."

The colorful New Balance Run Shorts ($30; newbalance.com) are nice and roomy in the legs, feature built-in briefs, and have a zippered back pocket to store your phone and keys.

What about those accessories? "When I run, I love to wear Sparkly Soul headbands ($15 to $17; sparklysoul.com). They come in tons of bright colors and won’t slip or cause headaches!

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For Running

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These Puma Trail Running Shoes ($51; puma.com) are sturdy and supportive for running around outdoors. They also have a high-traction bottom that makes them ideal for hiking or running on uneven terrain.

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For Water Sports

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Surf’s up! This one-piece Long Sleeve Spring Suit from Roxy’s new outdoor fitness line ($100; roxy.com) is much easier to take on and off compared to a full-body wetsuit. The neoprene material is stretchy and quick-drying, plus the neon colors make you easy to spot in the ocean by all your admirers on shore. Even though it’s just a top, it keeps your core warm so you feel comfortable in cold water. There’s also a convenient pocket in the back to store your wax or an extra hair tie.

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If you feel more comfortable keeping your bottom half covered, try these Up Wind Neoprene Capri Pants ($78; roxy.com). The breathable material keeps you insulated and also protects you from the sun, thanks to the UPF50 in the fabric. Whether you're surfing, stand-up paddling, or simply splashing in the water, these pants will keep you looking and feeling fab. The accompanying bikini top from Roxy ($30; roxy.com) completes your surfer-girl look.

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For Yoga or Barre Class

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This whole look is soft, flowy, and cozy, which is ideal for yoga class. This Nesh Tie Back Tee ($98; neshnyc.com) is loose and easy to move around in, and the tie in the back allows you to make it shorter and tighter if you find it's too droopy during downward dog.

"I completed the look with a soft headband from Hardtail, perfect for keeping hair out of your face, and an EmiJay hair tie ($6 for 3; emi-jay.com), which are comfortable and cute enough to wear on my wrist all day," Herr says.

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For Yoga or Barre Class

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These Lorna Jane shorts are super versatile—they’re made out of a tight, flexible material so even though they're called “bike shorts,” you can rock them during any active endavor—yoga, running, Pilates, barre class, etc. They’re a nice length too—not too long but not too short, so it’s okay if they ride up a little bit.

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For Yoga or Barre Class

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These Nike shoes ($110; nike.com) are pure genius. The strappy sandal comes with a separate ballerina flat and a carrying case. When you wear the shoes without the flat, it feels like you’re barefoot so your foot is flexible for a yoga, Pilates, or barre workout, but the grips help you feel secure and steady when you get sweaty. When class is over, simply slip on the flats to wear on your commute.

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