Linen? Leather? 5 Athleisure Fabric Trends

Fitness fashion doesn’t have to be boring. With more people embracing a fitness lifestyle these days, the fashion trends are evolving along with the participants. More designers are creating fitness clothing lines or participating in collaborations with athleisure brands. Take your fitness fashion look to the next level with these new trends.


Nothing says easy-breezy summertime fashion like linen. What used to be vacation clothing is now being incorporated into your workout wear to keep you cool while you work up a sweat.

Flaunt It Dance Tank

Comfortable and flattering; you’ll want to live in this linen tank. The fabric is breathable, and the fit is not not restricting in the slightest, making it the perfect tank for a dance class.   
Buy it now: Sweaty Betty, $80 

Street To Studio Pant

These comfy linen pants are aptly named. They are great for running errands after a workout without having to change your clothes. The elastic waistband provides a comfortable fit while flattering the waistline, and the length is easily adjustable if you roll up the pant legs.   
Buy it now: Lululemon, $98

The leather look

When you want to look chic in class and after, faux leather is the way to go. You can have the sleek look without the heat that you would get from actual leather.  

Black Metal Love Crop

Mesh inserts are a great way to have the leather look without getting overheated. On cooler days, these look fantastic leaving your workout class when paired with a tunic-style sweatshirt or a comfortable sweater.
Buy it now: Chill by Will, $88 

Juno Pants

The Cushnie Et Ochs design duo is used to making clothes for the impossibly chic, so it’s no surprise their athletic collaboration with Bandier would include pants as cool as these. The fact that they’re comfortable as well is just an additional bonus.  
Buy it now: Bandier, $175 


Eco-friendly fabrications are becoming more mainstream in our fashion lives as well as our activewear. The fabric, when done right, is both incredibly comfortable and functional.

Tasc Performance Crops

Tasc Performance uses viscose fabrics derived from sustainable bamboo plants. The creation of these fabrics uses organic bamboo rather than irritating and/or smelly synthetics. The end result is a sweat-wicking, highly functional workout crop that won’t harm the environment.
Buy it now: Tasc Performance, $58-$88 


The thought of mesh usually immediately conjures up the image of basketball uniforms, but these days the fabric is being used in many a designer collaboration. The tremendous breathability factor makes it cooling and cool looking.  

Waikiki Pullover

Wear this top over a sports bra or bikini during the summer months, or layer over a tank top or short sleeve tee in the colder weather. No matter the season, the fabric is sure to keep you cool during some of your most intense workout classes.
Buy it now: YogaSmoga, $165 

Soho Seamless Top

The Derek Lam X Athleta collaboration has plenty of street style-worthy pieces, including this mesh top. It’s the sort of item that you can easily wear to a casual event like a movie or brunch, and your company would be none the wiser that you’re wearing workout wear. Even better is the fact that it’s super comfortable and lightweight for an actual workout class.  
Buy it now: Athleta, $88 

Recycled Materials

Just like mainstream fashion trends, the fitness world is embracing recycled materials. You can feel good knowing that you’re supporting environmentally conscious brands while still looking cute in your workout clothes.

Sun Warrior Yoga Top

Wolven Threads whole line of yoga wear is made of recycled P.E.T. bottles. What that means is less plastic bottles going into landfills, and more being used for cute yoga pants. Also, the process of creating these clothes requires 90% less water than your usual polyester fabrics.
Buy it now: Wolven Threads, $42 

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.