From cut-out tops to active onesies, here’s what to look our for in activewear trends for 2016.
1. Flash Gear
I had the opportunity while on a trip to New York City (courtesy of Nike) to test out Nike’s new “flash gear.” Nike has enhanced its weatherized line of shoes for the winter (LunarGlide 7, Pegasus 32, Free 5.0 and Structure 19), improving the water-resistant construction without infringing on the natural flex patterns and also a adding multicolored “Aurora Borealis” reflectivity pattern. Pretty snazzy, right?
3. Primary Colors
It’s the most basic of color palettes, but designers from all over the world are drawing their inspiration from primary colors. Despite its simplicity, it’s tough to find a more eye-catching combination — as demonstrated by Nike in their spring/summer 2016 collection (see below).
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, athleisure is here to stay. Activewear brands are finding more and more ways to make it easier for the everyday woman to transition from the gym to work to the grocery store. And I couldn’t be more happy about that.
5. Wicking, Cooling, Mesh and Compression Fabrics
Materials continue to evolve. New fabrics are being introduced that are sheer enough to see through when held to the light, yet demurely opaque on body, dry faster and breathe better than ever. Jacquard knits added to high-sweat zones look pretty and enhance moisture evaporation. These fabrics are strategically incorporated into key areas of the garment to ensure maximum performance.
6. Moisture-resistant Media Pockets
Ever tried to put your phone in your sports bra because you had no where else to put it? It doesn’t work very well, right? In fact, I’m pretty sure my dripping boob sweat is what ruined my last phone.
Thankfully, activewear brands are beginning to smartly place generously sized, moisture-resistant media pockets and mesh pockets with plenty of stretch on garments.
7. Traditional Tops with Unexpected Traits
Switch up your traditional tank or tee with open backs, curved drop tail hems to deliver extra coverage, or laser-cut venting to get rid of sweat. Artful designs and pops of color give basic pieces a new pop.
8. Bold Prints and Patterns
No more boring black yoga pants, ladies. Crazy patterns and bold prints are the new “it” thing. Just looking at these makes me want to go for a run.
(p.s. They’re great for camouflaging certain parts — ahem — you may not want to put on blast.)
9. Figure-Flattering Jumpsuits
How about a spandex onesie to rock at the gym? While it may not exactly be my forté, it’s becoming a trend that I think we’re going to start seeing more of. SlipIns is a company who has jumped on board with products that protect from sun “over exposure” with a 60+ SPF rating. They are also made to support all of your muscles for a more effective exercise session. It’s basically like a compression sock for your body.
10. Cut-out Tops
This trend is a perfect way to show off that sexy back you’ve worked so hard. Cut-outs are strategically and elegantly placed to emphasize the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body.
11. Chic Moto Jacket
This trend is my fave. Throw it on after a killer sweat session and go ahead and run those errands — no one will ever know you just left the gym.
Which one of these activewear trends for 2016 would you rock? —Erika