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The Best Athleisure Moments of 2016

Rihanna's Fenty Puma Sneaker Wins Shoe of the Year

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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.

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Photo: Instgram/@fentyxpuma

When Zara Launched Activewear

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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.

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Photo: Zara

The Return of the Juicy Tracksuit

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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.)

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Photo: Instagram/@petrafcollins

Beyoncé's Formation Video

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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.)

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Photo: Instagram/@beyonce

Teyana Taylor in Kanye West's Fade Video

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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.

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Photo: Instagram/@teyanataylor

When the Final Five Won Gold

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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.)

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Photo: Instagram/@simonebiles

Ariana Grande Spin Bike Performance at the VMAs

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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.

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Photo: Instagram/@ariannagrande

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

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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.)

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Photo: Instagram/@karliekloss

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

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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.

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Photo: Instagram/@bellahadid

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

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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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Photo: Instagram/@selenagomez


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