Far too many people have a utilitarian approach to their workout clothing choices - if I can sweat in it, then I’ll wear it! However, the truly fashion conscious don’t separate life into situations where expressing yourself stylistically applies and others where it doesn’t - you’ve got to be looking great all the time!   Now while there of course is the aesthetic aspect - wanting to be put together and get noticed is natural - it’s not the only or even most important reason to choose stylish clothes for your fitness routines. It’s a proven fact that when you feel confident and good about yourself in general, your motivation increases and your workouts will be more effective. Naturally, one of the easiest ways to get in that mindset is to walk into the gym or out your door at the beginning of that five mile run loving how you look.

While not too long ago you would have had to look far and wide (or become very skilled with the scissors and a sewing kit yourself) to find truly unique, high fashion influenced activewear. Luckily, these days designers realizethere’s a huge demand in this area. Since we also feel the same here at Differio, we’ve gone out and found some of the hottest activewear options and made them easily available. Here are some of our favorites!  

TOPS

The Deus Ex Machina Deegan jersey is a motocross inspired top in an eye catching retro style. Made from 220gsm cotton pointelle, its mesh-like appearance not only gives it extra style points but also results in increased breathability.

The Mesh Black Tank Top by Glimms keeps showing up on our lists - not due to favoritism but because it does what it does so well. Because it’s such a simple idea is likely why the majority of mesh tank tops aren’t given a higher level of design and manufacturing consideration, and as a result up being ill-fitting pieces of a substandard quality. Details such as added spandex for advanced fit and black piping around the neck, armholes and bottom up the game on this piece and earn it its place as a mesh tank that deserves to be worn as outerwear.

Power Slim’s Slimming Tank Top for men is simply the most advanced top of its kind on the market. Made specifically to provide core support and slenderize the midsection with a clasp waist control, it also features a built-in corset and diagonal support lift from the back. While most will choose to wear it underneath a workout top to sculpt their midsection incognito, it is absolutely stylish enough to wear on its own, showing off your workout regime’s progress.  

BOTTOMS

Let’s face it: track pants are out, leggings are in. And we’ve got some of the best that boast both function and style in stock. That black pair of Meggings Man Clothing leggings might appear to be a French Connection UK product at firstglance but look closer - that doesn’t say FCUK at all. While you might want to avoid wearing these to family dinner, these Viscose and spandex blend black leggings are perfect for any workout - their straight leg cut design hugs the body in all the right places giving you better performance and style.

Knomadik Leggins by Daniel Patrick bring high fashion into the gym without sacrificing functionality. Features such as an elasticated drawstring waistband, 4 button fly fastening and ankle zip pulls ensure you’ve got the perfect fit for your workout, while a low drop crotch design and exposed seam detail give you a stylish edge.

Glimms’ Flag Leggings let you rep your heritage (or just your favorite flag design) as you stay fit. Sport the UK or perhaps German flag colors, the detailing of which is chosen to compliment the leggings rather than draw attention away from its perfect fit.

ACCESSORIES

There’s nothing worse than having a wallet, pair of keys or other belongings messing up your workout by bouncing around in your pockets or having to be placed on the ground and worried about for the duration of your routine. That doesn’t mean any beaten carry-all will do however. For your smaller personal effects, try Volunteer’s Army Green Fanny Pack. Going for a long outdoor run or hiking the trails? Their water repellant Outdoor Adventure Backpackboast features such as pre-curved shoulder straps, lower back cushioning and an expandable floating top lid to adjust the capacity for larger loads. At the same time, it’s smaller and lighter than a full hiking backpack, allowing for increased mobility.