Athleisure Meets Art
Active apparel gets a hit of creative inspiration from street installations.
Skate parks, athletic courts, and other public outdoor spaces have become blank canvases for immersive—and sometimes spontaneous—artworks. (Think: Chihuly's Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square Park, the Kaws basketball courts on the lower east side (now closed), and Sheila Hicks's sculptures on the Highline, all in New York City.) These of-the-moment expressions of creativity are now inspiring activewear designers.
Look anywhere from the runway to sneaker shops and you’ll find plenty of graffiti- and sculpturally-influenced pieces to choose from, items featuring large swaths of bright colors and bold, architectural lines. But instead of hard graphic stripes found in traditional color blocking, these picks take a more freeform approach. Primary colors and neons are hallmarks of this look, but black and white accents ground them, making them wearable inside of the gym and out.
Ksenia Schnaider Reworked Sportswear Pants
Pull on these one-of-a-kind sweats, made from vintage sportswear, over leggings for your walk to the gym. Pair them with a simple solid top, or go for the full effect with the matching sweatshirt.
P.E Nation Squad Tee
This bold tee features a lightweight basketball mesh fabric that provides just enough ventilation for tough workouts. The boxy silhouette lends a downtown-cool vibe when paired with dark denim or worn under a slip dress.
Y3 Adidas by Kolor Spacer Crew
In addition to its eye-catching color palette, the thick, bonded material of this sweatshirt makes a statement. Still it’s lightweight enough to be functional.
Fronteer Aqua Solo Blueway Sneakers
These hiking shoes pack plenty of style, but have fabrication details from extreme rock climbing gear. With a sturdy outsole and a comfortable sock liner, they look cool on the street and perform on the mountain.
Craig Green Multicolor Acid Desert Island Elasticized Shorts
An abstract tropical print makes these bottoms feel almost gallery-worthy. And while they aren’t meant for hardcore sweating, wear them for lighter workouts and active outdoor adventures, like leisurely hikes and casual bike rides.
No Ka’Oi Kina Legging
Thanks to the black background and the strategically-placed wavy blocks of color, these leggings offer a flattering fit. High-waisted, they pair well with a chic sports bra.
Sergio Tacchini 90s Hooded Half-Zip Windbreaker Jacket
Throw this hooded windbreaker over any outfit—active or otherwise—for a colorful, sporty twist.
Emilio Pucci Ruffled Suede and Leather Sneakers
With a slip-on construction and playful ruffle detailing, these sneakers are an ideal footwear choice for quick changes before and after any shoe-free studio class, like yoga, Pilates, or barre.