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Red Workout Leggings Are the Next Big Activewear Trend

Colorful workout leggings are nothing new, but this summer, there's one vibrant hue that's standing out from the pack: red. It seems like every fitness instructor and fashion influencer is sporting workout bottoms in the super-bright shade. The trend isn't showing signs of slowing down thanks to all the awesome active brands that are coming up with new versions of the look.

Still, bright workout leggings admittedly aren't as easy to style as, say, your go-to black pair, and can be slightly intimidating for the color-averse. Ahead, a few simple tricks so you can seamlessly integrate them into your workout wardrobe. (Another trending color right now? Yellow. Here's how to wear yellow workout clothes and athleisure pieces.) 

Do red, white, and blue.

With July 4th coming up, this look is perfectly seasonal. And luckily, you can get away with an outfit like trainer Alexia Clark's even after the holiday is over thanks to its summery nautical vibes. Pair your red leggings with a blue-and-white striped bra, tank, or sweatshirt and you'll be good to go.

Go neutral.

Take a cue from Peloton instructor Ally Love and mix red leggings with neutral basics for a pulled-together look. One of the biggest challenges when it comes to wearing bright leggings is figuring out what to wear on top. But by adding a black bra and a gray hoodie, she kept it simple, which really makes her fun legging choice pop.

Grab a set.

 

Golden hour 

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Another option for anyone who finds color intimidating is to simply pick up a matching set and take it from there. Wear it alone, like Olivia Culpo, or throw a white tank on top for a little more coverage. (Love the matchy-matchy look? These matching workout sets make getting ready for the gym ridiculously easy.)

Warm up.

If you're more advanced in the styling department, feel free to experiment with other shades of red, pink, or even orange in your outfit. Influencer Remi Ishizuka's pink track jacket and sneakers make her red mesh leggings really shine, while a white sports bra keeps her outfit from getting too saturated with color.

Make patterns pop.

 

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Surprisingly, red is a great backdrop for pattern mixing and matching. Fitness boutique owner Julie Stevanja took two pieces from different matching sets and made her own mash-up of floral patterns. The secret to making this look work? Choose a top that incorporates some of the same colors as your red patterned leggings to keep things looking cohesive. (Related: Gorgeous Floral Workout Clothes You're Going to Want for Summer

Add a little drama.

No, we're not talking about fitness influencer Cassey Ho's attention-grabbing pose—although that's pretty awesome, too. We're referring to her statement-y black long-sleeved top. By adding on a fancy-feeling sweatshirt with a cutout neck detail, Ho managed to dress up her red workout leggings enough to take them from day to night. She paired the look with sneakers, but you could easily add cute ankle boots for a night-out look. (BTW, check out Ho's 20-minute firm-body Pilates workout.)

More Red Leggings We Love

  • For a super seamless fit, try Gymshark's Seamless Energy High Waisted Leggings. ($54; gymshark.com)
  • For a striped look, check out Year of Ours' Racer Legging. ($108; bandier.com)
  • If you're looking for a pair with mesh detailing, we'd recommend Michi's Inversion Legging. ($165; carbon38.com)

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