The Best Athleisure Moments of 2016

The Best Athleisure Moments of 2016

From early '00s throwbacks to a crazy-expensive sweatsuit, we recap the most major sporty fashion moments of the year.

01 of 10

Rihanna's Fenty Puma Sneaker Wins Shoe of the Year

Rihanna's Fenty Puma Sneaker Wins Shoe of the Year
Instgram/@fentyxpuma

Not only was the 2016 Shoe of the Year (a sought after honor from shoe industry publication Footwear News) designed by Rihanna for Puma, but this is also the third year in a row that a sneaker has taken the top prize. Who says athleisure is on its way out? Definitely not us.

02 of 10

When Zara Launched Activewear

When Zara Launched Activewear
Zara

Zara's gymwear launch this year signaled to many people that athleisure had made it 100 percent mainstream. We're never going to complain about another cute, affordable activewear brand being out there on the market.

03 of 10

The Return of the Juicy Tracksuit

The Return of the Juicy Tracksuit
Instagram/@petrafcollins

This year, the Juicy tracksuit—some might say the original athleisure item—officially became cool again. Kim Kardashian even sported one on the cover of Wonderland

magazine, and took to her app to explain why she still loves wearing hers. (It even made our holiday gift guide for the boutique fitness lover.)

04 of 10

Beyoncé's Formation Video

Beyoncé's Formation Video
Instagram/@beyonce

Remember that time Beyoncé and her crew had matching custom Gucci lounge wear created for her Formation video? Yeah, that was pretty cool. (And of course, we were obsessed with the latest collection from Beyoncé's Ivy Park.)

05 of 10

Teyana Taylor in Kanye West's Fade Video

Teyana Taylor in Kanye West's Fade Video
Instagram/@teyanataylor

When Kanye West's video for "Fade" premiered at the VMA's this year, the world learned who Teyana Taylor was, and she pretty much broke the internet. The response to her insanely awesome physique was so strong that she actually launched her own fitness site so she could share her workout tips with the rest of us earthlings—and then she designed a sneaker with Reebok. We never knew a simple gray sports bra could be so crazy sexy.

06 of 10

When the Final Five Won Gold

When the Final Five Won Gold
Instagram/@simonebiles

Yes, this was a historic moment for women's sports, but it was also a fashion moment too. Come on, you know you want a set of those badass Nike warm-ups. (P.S. Here are six times the Final Five showed us what true friendship looks like.)

07 of 10

Ariana Grande Spin Bike Performance at the VMAs

Ariana Grande Spin Bike Performance at the VMAs
Instagram/@ariannagrande

This year's VMAs was pretty much filled with fit-AF moments, but Ariana Grande's performance of "Side to Side," partially done on a spin bike in an outfit that definitely gave a nod to sporty style, takes the top spot.

08 of 10

Karlie Kloss Is Announced As the Face of Adidas By Stella McCartney

Karlie Kloss Is Announced As the Face of Adidas By Stella McCartney
Instagram/@karliekloss

Could the fitness and fashion worlds be married more perfectly? Karlie Kloss being chosen as the new face of Adidas by Stella McCartney was pretty much the equivalent of the fitness crowd saying, "Okay fashion people, we're here for you." We predict many more seasons of gym- and street-friendly collections to come from this duo. (Obsessed with #klossy? Scope these 14 times she inspired us to work out.)

09 of 10

When Bella and Gigi Hadid Dressed Like This... All Year Long

When Bella and Gigi Hadid Dressed Like This... All Year Long
Instagram/@bellahadid

Sweatpants? Check. Sneakers? Check. Workout clothes? Check. The Hadid sisters have made a habit of making athleisure looking extremely cool and fashion-forward. Those of us who love wearing yoga pants on the reg are eternally grateful.

10 of 10

Selena Gomez Wears a $1,400 Sweatsuit to the Airport

Selena Gomez Wears a $1,400 Sweatsuit to the Airport
Instagram/@selenagomez

Gomez made waves when she showed up for a flight wearing this ridiculously expensive, direct from the runway Vetements sweatsuit that costs more than most people spend in a month on rent. The good news? You can find a basic cotton sweatsuit anywhere, pair it with white sneaks, and look just as cool.

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