Want to go from barre to brunch? These five athleisure trends are the functional and flattering looks your wardrobe needs.

By By Kelsey Ogletree

You know that girl from your workout class who can wipe the sweat from her brow, shake out her hair, throw a leather jacket over her sports bra-and look effortlessly put together in two minutes? Aubre Winters is that girl, and we don't hate (on) her for it. We admire it. The Los Angeles–based certified fitness instructor draws on her background as a professional dancer and her experience working in corporate fashion for brands such as Free People and Forever 21 to shape her athleisure style. So, what's her athleisure style secret? Choosing her gear very carefully.

"I'm not going to buy a workout top just because it's cute-I need to be able to actually work out in it," says Winters, who teaches at Pure Barre and Equinox in LA. (Check out more of our favorite fitness Instagrammers who are killing the athleisure game.)

"When you're going into a workout, moving your body in front of other people can be a vulnerable experience," she admits. To fight off any self-doubt, Winters says she dresses to impress-not others, but herself. (See: Don't Let Haters Squash Your Self Confidence) "I know that there are certain pieces that when I put them on, I feel like gold, so I always look for activewear that can translate into outfits when I'm coming out of a class," she says.

And you know that when you look good, you feel good-and that can make you much more open to crushing a workout and connecting with your body. Here, we asked Winters to share her tips for mastering the Pilates-to-brunch look, plus some of her favorite athleisure pieces to pull it all off this spring.

Retro Track Pants

PE-inspired gym looks that give you all the Sporty Spice feels are making a comeback, says Winters. And for good reason: Not only are they fun to wear, they can be super flattering-especially styles with flared bottoms, which make your legs look seriously long. "You know those days when you don't feel like working out, but want to feel like you did, so you put on your cutest athleisure to meet a friend for coffee? These are the pants you put on for that," she says.

Get the look:

Re/Done track pant ($195; bandier.com)

Adidas Originals track pant ($80; urbanoutfitters.com)

Nike track pant ($70; nike.com)


Interesting fabrics and textures add a fresh twist to lightweight sporty spring jackets this season. Winters says she loves oversize windbreakers for their versatility. She looks for pieces with added details, like a paneled hood or rubber-dipped drawcords. "They're perfect over a two-piece workout set, a pair of mom jeans and sneakers, or those old sweats you wouldn't dare leave the house in-the right jacket will make even those look good," she says.

Get the look:

Alo Yoga jacket ($120; aloyoga.com)

P.E Nation jacket ($189; pe-nation.com)

Forever 21 jacket ($28; forever21.com)

Dance-Inspired Crop Tops

"I'm drawn to pieces that feel dance-inspired," says Winters, who sometimes wears legwarmers to teach barre. (Try this 20-minute no-equipment workout inspired by dance moves.) Though wrap-style pieces probably won't offer enough support for intense HIIT training, they're great picks for yoga, dance, and studio workouts. Black and gray are most versatile for these go-with-anything tops. You'll elicit some serious cool-girl vibes pairing a black wrap crop top with an edgy leather jacket post-workout.

Get the look:

Free People Movement crop top ($48; freepeople.com)

Year of Ours bra ($74; year-of-ours.myshopify.com)

Carbon38 wrap top ($75; carbon38.com)

Leopard Print Leggings

High-waisted leggings are a must for every woman's athleisure wardrobe, says Winters. "They are very slimming and supportive during workouts, plus they look cute with a sports bra without showing too much of your stomach," she says. For spring, she says you can expect to see prints everywhere-especially leopard. Try wearing the bold pattern with a plain black bra or T-shirt or getting a matching leopard-print set for a bold twist on the monochromatic trend.

Get the look:

Onzie high-rise legging ($69; onzie.com)

The Upside midi legging ($108; bandier.com)

Goldsheep long legging ($96, evolvefitwear.com)

Long-Sleeve Tops

Spring means it's finally warm enough for you to bare those arms, but that doesn't necessarily mean you always want to. "I love a long-sleeve crop for spring because it keeps the body warm in the studio while showing off just enough skin to make you feel and look good," says Winters. This season's long-sleeve crops take sporty to a new level with details like sleek stripes and back cutouts, letting you show off those chiseled arms without actually revealing them: subtle, yet fierce.

Get the look:

Alo Yoga long-sleeve top ($96; aloyoga.com)

Free People Movement turtleneck crop top ($58; freepeople.com)

Varley long-sleeve crop top ($70; varley.com)


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