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    23 Things From Athleta That People Actually Swear By

    Workout gear and stylish pieces that get an A+.

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    1. A pair of Salutation leggings for a high-rise option that won't go slipping and sliding when you're busy perfecting your downward dog.


    The three-layer waistband provides security without that annoying pinching feeling.

    Promising review: "I used to buy cheaper yoga pants, and now that I’ve worn the ones from Athleta it’s hard to go back. They feel like you’re wearing nothing (in the best way) I love not having to stop to joke them up or adjust them as I flow in class." –Allyson W.

    Price: $79 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall and petite, and three colors)

    These *ALSO* won best $$$ leggings on on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Aaaaand they're also available in patterns with pockets!

    2. A simple and soft t-shirt dress with pintuck detailing on one side to add just a little extra elegance. Hello, throw on and go dressing!


    The modal cotton and spandex blend is the perfect combo of breathable and stretchy — without turning see-through.

    Promising review: "One would think a form-fitting white dress would show every line, but somehow this dress doesn’t! It’s my new favorite summer dress —so comfortable and cute." —Kath3

    Price: $89 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite, and in black)

    3. Paperbag-waist pants that'll prove you don't have to sacrifice comfort for style. Just cinch 'em in as much as you want for a tailored look that never binds.


    Promising review: "LOVE this pant. Goes with everything, can dress up or down. Excellent quality. Highly, highly recommend for everyday, travel, anywhere you want to look stylish and put together, but casually so." —gpark

    Price: $89 (available in sizes 0–16, regular, tall, and petite, and three colors)

    4. A relaxed-fit, not-too-heavy sweatshirt so you can add a layer over your swimsuit when beach starts to feel chilly after sunset.


    I *always* forget to bring a jacket and then shiver. Don't be like me.

    Promising review: "This is your new favorite, perfect sweatshirt! It's very soft and comfy, but still polished enough to wear out to the grocery store or coffee with friends! The fit reminds me of my favorite old sweatshirt! I want every color!" —My3girls

    Price: $79 (available in sizes XXS–XL and five colors)

    5. A strappy-back sports bra designed for medium-impact workouts. It's quick drying, moisture-wicking, and even rated UPF 50!


    It has removable cups and is compatible with their mastectomy bra inserts, as well.

    Promising review: "I wanted a sports bra that could hold me when running and also be comfortable enough to wear on my off days. This one has been perfect for both!" —Runningmom

    Price: $49 (available in sizes XXS–XL and 16 colors) — PSA: The red and olive green colors are discounted to $39.99 and $24.97, respectively!

    6. A pair of cropped, slim-straight leg jeans made with their ~Sculptek~ fiber technology to stretch *with* you AND retain their shape, wear after wear.


    Promising review: "These are simply a game changer. I despise wearing jeans, but some occasions and outfits call for them. I finally took the plunge to give these a try and they are truly comfortable. I ordered my true jean size and they fit perfectly, even when sitting they are not uncomfortable. These are worth giving a try!" —kateNYC

    Price: $75.99 (originally $108; available in sizes 0–16, regular, tall, and petite)

    7. A pair of linen shorts so breezy, you might just have to wear them every single day this summer. I don't make the rules!


    Promising review: "I love these shorts! The linen is great for keeping cool and the fit is super flattering. I like the length too, not too short and not too long." —Kiki115

    Price: $59 (available in sizes 0–16 and three colors)

    8. A chic, olive green sheath dress with a *built-in* bralette so you can show off that strappy back without having to deal with extra layers.


    Promising review: "I am a breast cancer survivor. I had a double mastectomy, I decided to go flat. One of the reasons I love this dress as the pads can be interchanged with the Empower Pads, the post-mastectomy bra inserts that I discovered at Athleta. These pads are awesome too! It’s a total ‘Game Changer‘ for me! The fabric is butter soft deliciousness! You don’t have to let cancer dictate your style with clothing like this!" —Breast cancer sucks

    Price: $128 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite)

    9. A travel-friendly nylon and lycra blazer for anyone who wants to look put-together without feeling constricted or uncomfortable.


    And those deep patch pockets are so convenient!

    Promising review: "This blazer looks incredible with the matching pants as well as jeans. It’s super comfortable and has a perfect length. I was concerned it may look too casual but when I wore it to work I was complimented for looking so 'dressed up.'" —Kasey75

    Price: $198 (available in sizes 0–16)

    10. Army pant–inspired joggers so you can be your very own Regina George.


    "I saw Regina George wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops."

    They stretch like a knit, but have the structured look of twill — talk about the best of both worlds! And they have a zipper on the ankles so you can style them as you choose.

    Promising review: "These pants are amazing. The fabric is soft and breathable and doesn't stretch out (or shrink). They are so comfortable and I promptly bought them in two colors AND bought the same style in the shorts version. My only wish is that they came in more colors — the white wasn't very practical for me as a mom and the two greens are a little too similar in my opinion...but I was so in love with these pants I bought both anyway." —jane20

    Price: $98 (available in sizes 0–16, regular, tall, and petite, and three colors)

    11. A UPF 50+ cropped rash guard with striped accents on the bottom to go with any of your favorite bikini bottoms or shorts. Now you can look cool and protect your sensitive shoulders from getting burned.


    Promising review: "This is not only the cutest ever rash guard but also practical. It has removable pads like a sports bra, so it is very supportive. And the striped band stays in place when arms are raised. I have a longer torso and was worried that the crop would be too short, but it's not a problem at all. The back zipper with the pull is a plus. I will wear it for walking/exercise as well as swimming, protecting me from the sun while looking on trend. Looks great with cropped workout carpris and/or bathing suit bottom as pictured." —Busy Beach Mom

    Price: $69 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in a floral print)

    12. High-rise shorts that'll look tailored, but are secretly incredibly lightweight and stretchy. Turns out you *can* look polished in a heatwave without sweating your hiney off.


    Promising review: "I loved these so much...I had to buy them in another color! So comfortable and stylish at the same time. I wish I had found them sooner!" —Tay M.

    Price: $59 (available in sizes 0–16, regular and tall, and three colors)

    13. Gripping half-toe socks to set you up perfectly for your pilates, yoga, or barre class, keeping you standing strong and NOT falling over.


    The arching bands on top gently lift and support your feet, too.

    Promising review: "Love these socks...happy to see the grippers on socks which help during yoga class to keep me from sliding on my mat, especially during hot yoga when you’re sweating like crazy. I also wear these when I get pedicures when the weather is chilly to provide some foot coverage...would like in other colors." —Ms Zee

    Price: $20 (available in sizes S–M and three colors) — PSA: the darker pink color is on sale for $11.99!

    14. A super-soft tank with mesh detailing on the shoulder for extra breathability and a longer hem in the back to cover your butt.


    Promising review: "This tank is a must for travel. It takes up no space. Travel’s well and the fabric is much richer than your average tank. You can easily dress it up or down and it hangs/drapes beautifully." —Mel99

    Price: $49 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite, and seven colors)

    15. A water-repellant jacket that'll be your new favorite travel buddy. And let's be real, your favorite at-home buddy too.


    It's SUUUPER lightweight so you can stay dry without overheating, has an adjustable hood and sneaky pockets (including one on the back) to hold your stuff so you don't have to.

    Promising review: "Very light and good for travel. Fits in a small backpack, and it's perfect in case of rain!"

    Price: $128 (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    16. A short-sleeve, slitted maxi dress for anyone who's ever thought "I wish I could wear a t-shirt, but like for my WHOLE body!"


    Promising review: "It fits great. The fabric is so soft and it rolls easily when packing for a trip. This dress can be dressed up with sandals and jewelry or dressed down with sneakers and a cute jacket." —Alicia

    Price: $118 (available in sizes XXS–XL, regular, tall, and petite, and in heather grey)

    17. A pair of mid-rise joggers almost guaranteed to make you say to all your other pants, "TAKE A HIKE!"


    And they have three *zipper* pockets to securely store all your stuff.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a 'nicer' pair of sweatpants that I could wear both to class, running errands, or just being comfy at home. These are absolutely perfect — when I put them on they look a bit more polished as your average sweats yet have ALL the comfort. They go with everything: casual tees and even cute sweaters/jackets. I want to wear them every day." —JuliaG

    Price: $89 (available in sizes 0–16, regular, tall, and petite, and four colors)

    18. A floral-print shell you can wear to work out or even dress up to go out for dinner. Botanical prints for every piece of clothing, 2019!


    Promising review: "Finding that perfect top to dress up or down is a must. This is it! I love it, I can wear for work or casual with jeans and look great either way!" —WendyN

    Price: $69 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite)

    19. An impossibly soft, mesh-sleeve tee you're honestly gonna want to stock up on for more than just your next run.


    Promising review: "I love this tee. I love the way it feels on and the way it looks on. You can wear it dressy with the cute sleeves and detail at the neck or wear it casual. I have this shirt in a couple of different colors now. I did order it in a tall size because I like the extra length, but the regular length is also a good length for a tee." —DawnGus

    Price: $54 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite and five colors)

    20. A mesh-hem UPF 50+ dress that'll look fabulous alone or as a chic cover-up over your swimsuit. This bb is as versatile as you are.


    Promising review: "I love to wear casual dresses to go to the gym and then out for coffee with the girls. This dress is just fantastic, easy to slip on by itself or over a pair of capri leggings. I bought a medium and it fits great. Love the double layer look with leggings. Fabric is wonderful; it wears and washes with ease. You will love this dress. Wish it came in more bright colors for summer." —Debbie

    Price: $69 (available in sizes XXS–2X, regular, tall, and petite, and in bright green)

    21. A mesh-detail tank made of a super lightweight fabric that'll really ~tie~ your workout or athleisure outfit together.


    Promising review: "This top is soft and lightweight, and it can be as loose or tight as you need it by adjusting the side ties. The white is pretty sheer. Great for yoga. Would definitely order again in other colors." —Jeanie W.

    Price: $49 (available in sizes XXS–XL and three colors)

    22. Ventilated mesh running shorts with a convenient zipper pocket so your must-haves don't come slipping out somewhere during your three-mile run.


    Promising review: "I don't usually like to run in shorts, because they tend to ride up and I spend half my run adjusting my shorts but these DON'T DO THAT! They're comfortable and have convenient pockets." —Cordelia

    Price: $49 (available in sizes XXS–XL and three colors)

    23. A strappy-back one-piece that'll make you want beach season to come EVEN SOONER. Move aside, pollen season.


    Promising review: "Was looking for a new swimsuit and tried this one on in the store. Was unsure of the scrappy back but found it easy to put on. Very comfortable and even though it’s plain, the back makes it very stylish." —Patti Pat

    Price: $98 (available in sizes XXS–XL and three colors).

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