Colorful workout clothes you’ll actually want to exercise in

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Oh, hello, new workout clothes. It’s time to trade in those tired sweatpants and oversized T-shirts for new exercise attire. Think: Workout sets that you won’t be embarrassed to be caught in when you inevitably run into your childhood nemesis while grabbing a Gatorade and a family-size bag of Flamin’ Hot CHEETOS at Walgreens. Is that entirely too specific? Yes. Has it happened to me? Mayyyyybe. Let’s just say that if it had hypothetically happened, I would hypothetically wish I had been heading back from the gym wearing something much cuter… or at least that I didn’t look like a bird had confused my hair for a nest.

I’ve come a long way from that hypothetical day, thankfully. To help you avoid similar tragedies, we’ve gathered our favorite workout pieces in all shades of the rainbow — items that won’t have you hiding behind an endcap of perishable goods while holding onto what’s left of your dignity. We’re talking about bright blue floral sports bras that can both hold the girls while you exercise and also double as a cute crop top on those perfect spring days. We’re also dreaming of getting fresh air in gorgeous green tennis skirts that you can wear on and off the court.

Here are colorful workout clothes you’ll actually be excited to break a sweat in:

Alo Ribbed Cinch Cropped Long Sleeve, $64

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This layering top is currently at the top of my wish list. It’s cozy, super flattering and the most gorgeous shade of pink. Be still my beating heart.

Athleta Savasana Twist Back Sweatshirt, $79

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Punch up your gym wardrobe with an electric pink sweatshirt you’ll never want to take off. This is an absolute stunner that will become a staple in your closet.

KRINA Crop Drop, $75

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This neon sports bra understood the assignment, especially if you’re planning on going to a fun dance class with black lights. 

Terez Navy Rainbow Star Foil UpLift Sports Bra, $72

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This sports bra will be the envy of everyone in your hot yoga class! From this ultra flattering shade of navy blue to the holographic stars, you’ll reach for this piece again and again.

Knix Catalyst Sports Bra, $89

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Meet one of the most supportive high-impact sports bras that you’ll ever put on. It comes in numerous colors (like this beautiful limited edition shade) with sizes up to 42F — perfect for every body at the gym.

Bravissimo Inspire Sports Bra, $76

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This colorful, high-impact sports bra is available in 70 sizes, in cups E through L. Plus, the eco-friendly fabric is made from recycled polyester from plastic bottles, so you can expect happy endorphins from slipping it on and a good sweat session.

CLIQUE Compression Tights, $109

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Start building your cart with these stunning purple compression tights that make your backside look amazing and also stand out in a crowded studio (or a Zoom workout from your living room).

Addison Bay Moravian Sports Bra, $68

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This bold blue sports bra caught my eye from across the room and I couldn’t get it in my hands fast enough. Since adding it to my wardrobe, I’ve worn it approximately 1,392 times.

Loveletics Legging in Peruvian Pink, $125

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Squatting heavy? Check. Cycling sprints? Check. Beautiful? Check. Inspired by Peruvian art, these leggings will actually incentivize you to work out.

STAX. Summer 22 Zip Crop, $42

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If you’re in the market for a top that will turn heads, look no further than this bright green number. It looks just as good in a barre class as it does at the actual bar.

Stylerunner Tempo Crop, $89.99

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Get ready for cycling, Pilates and everything else under the sun in your new go-to sports bra. This tomato-red number is sweat-wicking, comfortable and super cute!

Girlfriend Collective Snapdragon Compressive High-Rise Legging, $78

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These buttery-soft legging are designed to fit every body with sizes ranging from XXS-6XL. Plus, the pretty color will give you LIFE.

IBKÜL Adjustable Long Sleeve Zip Polo, $88

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Gyms are notoriously cold, so a great long-sleeve is a must. That’s where this baby comes into play. With UPF 50+ sun protection, you’ll be covered whether you’re in a CrossFit class or going for a long run on the beach.

Edify Vege Tie-Dye V-bra, $37 (Orig. $52)

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You’ll be inspired to get your sun salutations in as soon as you reach for this blue tie-dye piece. It’s flattering, comfy and cuter than a pile of puppies (or as close as a sports bra can get).

Cleo Harper Theory Short, $54

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These yellow shorts are just as comfortable and cute biking as sitting on your couch. I know this because I’ve done both and may or may not own this baby in more than one color. #SorryNotSorry

What Waist Ignite V-Neck Sports Bra, $40

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This orange number will get you through just about any workout no matter the intensity. Plus, it feels like a second skin — it’s a win-win.

Alo Aces Tennis Skirt, $72

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This perfect pop of color is exactly the motivation you need on and off the court, even if you have exactly zero experience playing tennis.

Outdoor Voices Windbreaker Pullover, $88

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Get your blood pumping in a fitness ‘fit that will help you feel your most confident. This pullover is great to have in your gym bag and goes with just about everything.

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