Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2013 Athletic Wear Trends

This article was published in PHENOM, The Magazine for Volleyball Players, an AVCA publication.

Some may be brave enough to say that the latest trends in women’s athletic wear are inspired by fashion’s awkward teenage years: the 80’s. But if any clothing segment can put a modern spin on neon and electric patterns, and make them look cool, athletic wear has done it. Here are some of this year’s trends that may not make you run faster or jump higher, but they will certainly make you the best dressed at the gym.

Bright Colors

The 80’s and early 90’s come back in full force with a bold color pallet that has swept the nation. Walk into any athletic store and you’re hit with neon yellows, blaze oranges, hot pinks and electric blues. From sports bras to running shoes, the brighter the better! Don’t be afraid to mix and match. There’s nothing wrong with pairing a highlighter hue zip-up jacket with lime and hot pink sneakers.
Bold prints are also big this year. From abstract designs to animal prints, anything eye catching and bright will do the trick. Just remember to even it out. If you’re sporting an over the top pattern on your leggings, tone it down with a navy or dark purple athletic tank.

Street Style

Another recent trend is the crossover of athletic wear into your everyday wardrobe. These pieces can be worn to lunch or shopping before or after your daily workout. Look for more neutral street-style pieces that add some interest and structure to your already casual outfit. This usually takes the form of a lightweight outerwear jacket, long-sleeved shirt, or slouchy sweater. This style is not only versatile, but allows you to look chic while being comfortable. Try this look when going to class before a workout, or just while running errands around town. You can even throw in a bag that’s both sporty and stylish to complete the look.

Unique Details

The best part about trends is that you can take risks and put your own personal style spin on them! Unique details or shapes are popping up in athletic wear. Finding a piece with cut-outs or an interesting neckline can take your ordinary gym look to the next level. Don’t leave these attention-grabbing details for just your formal clothing items. Bring some fun accents to your work out gear that can take any casual outfit from drab to fabulous!

When you feel good about how you look, you’ll be more motivated to head to the gym, or practice, and give it your all. So use some of today’s hottest athletic trends to enhance your personal style and let yourself stand out!


  1. i really hope the bright colors trend doesn't go away! i love seeing people all decked out in neon at the gym (including myself) :)

  2. I just got a neon-ass pink running ensemble from Under Armor. So '80s. Puts a little spring in my step (run) :)


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