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Fancy Athleisure Brands You Probably Won't Want to Sweat In

Cushnie x Carbon38

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When it comes to glam athleisure collections, the Cushnie x Carbon38 collab takes the cake. Created to be an extension of the high-fashion Cushnie main line, this sportswear capsule takes trends straight from the runway and recreates them using technical fabrics. The Val top, for example, works well with leggings for dance cardio—but makes an even bigger impact with a high-waisted skirt and heels. ($245;

(Related: Workout Clothes You Can Wear On a Night Out)

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Cushnie x Carbon38 Laila Jumpsuit

cushnie carbon38 jumpsuit

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Comfortable and fashion-forward, this wide-legged jumpsuit hits all the right sexy-sporty notes. ($495;

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Designed in Italy, Sapopa brings drama to the activewear game. With gorgeous detailing on every piece—like the crochet insets in their Lilla leggings—the entire collection feels more like it belongs on the runway than in the gym. The coolest part? Most of their pieces *can* be worn during your most intense sweat sessions, but they're just as suited to a weekend brunch or evening out. ($247;

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Sapopa Yimmi Jacket

sapopa jacket with bike shorts

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A jacket that somehow works with both on-trend bike shorts and tailored trousers is a rare find—but this versatile checkered blazer can do exactly that. ($296;

(Because you're definitely wondering: Here's how to style bike shorts for an actually-cute look.)

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Cynthia Rowley x Bandier

Cynthia Rowley x Bandier cali york sweatshirt

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Cynthia Rowley and Bandier collaborated on this fun collection that represents the best of both coasts. Every piece—like this CaliYork Floral Crop Sweatshirt—makes a sporty statement. Sure, you could wear it with activewear, but pair it with a shiny skirt (as shown here) to mix things up. ($235;

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Live The Process Knits

Live the Process Knit set

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To be fair, Live The Process has awesome activewear that you would definitely want to work out in, but their athleisure knits collection is beyond soft and *definitely* deserves wear outside active settings.

For example, the Knit Crop Polo and Wide Leg Sweat Pant make for the perfect loungey pair that can be worn with classic white sneakers. (Top: $128;, Pant: $178;

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Live The Process Cross Body Top

Live The Process Cross Body Top and pant

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Whether worn as a to-and-from workout cover-up or paired with jeans and ankle boots, this athleisure-inspired cross-back sweater is crazy elegant. ($138;

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Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

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ICYMI, Carbon38 is *on it* with the designer collabs. What's super cool about many of the pieces in their collection with designer Jonathan Simkhai is that they're office-friendly, like the Tie-Waist Tee ($73;

(Yep. Workleisure, aka activewear you can wear to the office, is a thing.)


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Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 Crop Flare Pant

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Made from technical fabric, these cute cropped flares feel like leggings but look dressy enough for date night. ($74;

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