Ever wish your work clothes were just as comfortable as your gym clothes? Well, transitioning your favorite sporty styles for the office is totally doable; the key is making sure you pair them with more polished pieces in your closet—think: crisp button downs, a smart blazer, or even a pair of heels.
Check out these 12 active pieces that you can get away with wearing to work. Of course, we know these picks won’t fly in all offices or in jobs with uniforms, but if your dress code is casual, go ahead and downward dog your way straight into Monday—we won’t tell your boss you’re wearing sweats to that staff meeting.
Your boring work pants just got a major update in the shape of an old-school adidas track pant. Treat them like any trouser and wear them with a button-down and heels or a metallic loafer. The signature three-stripe detail will set you apart from the rest of your coworkers in the best way possible.($60, amazon.com)
FILA is not just for tennis courts. We don’t suggest wearing an oversize hoodie to the office, but this cropped crewneck sweatshirt is a great alternative to a blouse. Wear it with a skinny pant or a pencil skirt for a chic and sporty look.($75, bandier.com)
Black leggings seem like the obvious answer for gym to office—and they are—but the key to making them appropriate for the office is structure (think: flat seams, slight compression, and a higher waistband). These tights check all the boxes (and they’re crazy comfortable), so you can transition from the CrossFit box to the boardroom with ease.($95, shop.ryu.com)
Speaking of tennis, you don’t even have to play to score with this retro-style knit tennis vest. It looks just as great with your favorite tennis skirt and sneakers as it does with a pleated skirt and heels.($115, sweatbetty.com)
This is a more sporty and stylish version of your trusty trench coat. The slouchy fabric makes it comfortable enough for you to throw on for your early morning workout commute, while the belted waist gives the jacket enough shape to wear in the office over a structured sheath dress.($129.99, newbalance.com)
What could be more comfortable than wearing your pajamas to work?Unless you’re swaddled in a cloud, we’re not sure, but we do know that this jumpsuit is pretty close to it. The mesh accents and drawstring waistband give it a sporty edge, but when paired with great heels and a moto jacket, it looks like an updated pant suit. Yes, it’s a touch pricey, but it takes the place of two items (and saves spce in your closet!) so, worth it.($195, alalasport.com)
Lululemon designed this tank to be worn two ways—wear the knot in the front for yoga and flip it around with the v-neck in front for work—so you can namaste in this tank all day.($58, lululemon.com)
That moment when you open your gym bag and realize you forgot to pack a bra. It happens to the best of us, so don’t sweat it. An easy fix is to layer your sports bra under a button-down shirt like you would a tank top. It’s less bulky than your tank, and one with a little flash, like this printed one from Old Navy, gives you a reason to leave a few buttons undone.($19.94, oldnavy.com)
A striped tee is a wardrobe staple, so why not get one that works double duty? This one, courtesy of J. Crew and New Balance, wicks sweat and channels your inner French girl. Take it on a chilly outdoor run or top it with a blazer.($64.99, newbalance.com)
Let this perforated bomber jacket take the place of your basic black blazer. The slim fit shows off your shape, and built-in Speedwick technology keeps you cool and dry under pressure, both in the gym and in the conference room.($75, reebok.com)
The comfort of your favorite sweatpants in the sleek cut of a pencil skirt. Need we say more?($140, net-a-porter.com)
For casual Fridays (or if your office has a business casual dress code), make your slouchy performance tee look office appropriate by layering it under a polished blazer and half-tucking it into skinny jeans—effortlessly cool.($16.99, target.com)