There’s no time like the New Year to spruce up your workout wardrobe. Let’s face it: it’s easier to keep that resolution to work out five times a week if you get to wear a cute outfit every time. Here are what the fiercest fitness buffs are wearing to get their sweat on in Charlotte and beyond:

Charlotte Boutiques

Printed leggings are everything in the QC for 2016. A full-length bright legging will help you stay warm (and on-trend) as you stay on your grind through the gloomy winter months. Check out these cool tops and wild leggings that are available in-studio over at FlyWheel Sports on Providence Road:

pretty workout gear 2016

Left: “Never Coast” muscle tank: $46, Hudson cropped crochet leggings: $78 Right: pink “Never Coast” tank: $46, Wild Thing legging: $92

cute workout gear

“Bombshell” gray and yellow Sports Bra: $62, The Flynn FLY mesh pant in Bobcat: $88


There are more cute prints over at Lotus Boutique on Metropolitan Avenue, priced from $26 to $48. The best part about all these fun prints: You can tailor your look to your workout, like Lotus’ serene watercloud capri legging for yoga or the energetic sunset capri legging for spin class.

LOTUS watercloud

Racerback top ($26) and watercloud capri legging ($48)

printed leggings, racerback tanks

Left: Racerback top ($26) and watercloud capri legging ($48)
Right: Racerback tank ($32) with sunset capri legging ($48)


And prints are ON with Onzie at DOLL on Selwyn, with leggings ranging from subtle to sweet:

cute workout gear

ONZIE leggings: $72-$79

DOLL also tapped into another trend that’s having a major moment in Charlotte and beyond: strappy sports bras. Pack away your traditional racerback in favor of these fun and flirty styles. Bonus trend alert: punny workout tees like the “barre so hard” one seen below:
sports bras, tank top

ONZIE sports bras: $43-$49
PRIVATE PARTY “barre so hard” tank: $54

Need more strappy sports bras in your life? Check out The Pink Hanger on Providence Road, where we found these sassy styles:

strappy sports bra, leggings, workout clothes

Sports bras: $22
Neon Stripe Leggings: $36


leggings, sports bra, pink hanger

Sports bras: $22
Leggings: $36

Ease into the printed legging trend (and show your Panthers spirit!) with this set from The Pink Hanger:

workout clothes

Black Tank Top: $28
Tie Dye Leggings: $38

Head to Boem in Morrison Shops to try out another hot trend for 2016: matching prints for top and bottom:

workout gear

Body Language bra: $72
Crops: $106

Ditto these outfits from new-ish player in town, The Track&Field Store in South Park Mall:

Matching sports bra and leggings

Fiber Top $45.00 Fiber Tights $89.00

printed top and pants

Lion Tank $42.00 Lion Hype Tights $89.00

You can keep the trend going when the weather gets warm too:

Matching print sports bra and shorts

Fierce Bra $45.00 Fierce Shorts $59.00

sports bra, workout wear

Power Bra BS Black $49.00 Young Shorts $59.00


And from the chain gang:

Athleisure” — learn this word and use it in good health, because almost every brand is adding an activewear selection to reach those of us who wear our yoga pants everywhere — from the gym to the mall and beyond (and who want to look good while doing it).

Over at Spanx, they’re working on a massive re-brand after realizing that some women would rather be comfortable than squeeze themselves into a tiny flesh-colored pair of shorts. Spanx Every Wear line is about comfort and versatility. They’re also made with a stink-proof antimicrobial finish to keep your gym bag smelling fresh.


Gym swag. 💪 #regram @racquel_natasha Shop the Every•Wear Leggings via the link in our bio.

A photo posted by SPANX by Sara Blakely (@spanx) on Jan 16, 2016 at 4:05pm PST

  At the rapidly-growing Gap-owned Athleta (shop locally at South Park Mall), the devil is in the details, like open back tops, printed colorblock leggings and —you guessed it — more straps. Check out this post from Instagram (and please don’t injure yourself trying to recreate this pose):  


Need to stock up quickly on some budget items? Check out Forever21’s activewear selection that includes a ton of those printed leggings we were talking about earlier. They also offer fun tops, tanks and bras with motivational diatribes to keep you going:

Goals met ✔️💪🏼👟 #workitout @thetanbikini (shop link in bio) A photo posted by forever21 (@forever21) on Jan 17, 2016 at 10:02am PST


  Of course no fitness post would be complete without a shoutout to Lululemon. For winter 2016, the activewear giant is pushing lots of layers and sweat-wicking fabrics: