Trend Alert: Active Wear Fit For The Runway

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We make it a point to hit the gym before or after the workday, but we tend to keep those two wardrobes separate. But after seeing sneakers and spandex abound on and off the runway at New York Fashion Week, we’re rethinking things.

Athleta was the first to set the scene with a full-on fashion show for just (very stylish) athletic wear. Alexander Wang made a statement with an entire collection modeled after sneakers of all kinds, which made for an overall sporty vibe. Not to mention Under Armour’s latest campaign “I Will What I Want,” which featured Lindsey Vonn, Misty Copeland and, most recently, Gisele Bundchen. Then there was Cynthia Rowley, who introduced a full fitness collection in addition to ready-to-wear. According to the designer, this move just makes sense: “The whole thing is that everybody wears fitness every day. We’re sort of saying it’s from work to workout to go out.”

This fashion-fitness union not only makes our lives so much easier, but it makes our wardrobes significantly more dynamic. Gone are the days of simple suiting, collared blouses with trousers and jeans-and-blazers—instead, designers are prompting us to break things up with a cool neoprene legging, a lightweight windbreaker or flashy sneakers. For Rowley, the inspiration came from her love of sports, specifically surfing. “I love to surf…[I’m] psyched about the fitness stuff. I love that we put the bling and flash into fitness. You can wear it with heels, with a little t-shirt, with a skirt. You can mix it [and wear it] to the gym."

Whatever trends you’re capitalizing on for Spring 2015, make sure to infuse some fitness into your fashion. Just because you’re planning on hitting the gym later doesn’t mean you need to turn off your style sense. Plus, if you don’t actually get a chance to sweat it out and opt for happy hour instead, well, at least you look the part.