Best colorful workout clothes when you’re over neutral tones
There’s no doubt that colors — bright ones, specifically — have the power to evoke feelings. Yellows often bring to mind happiness and optimism. Greens signal rebirth. Blues can suggest a sense of calm, much like the ocean itself. So, while black, beige, and gray will forever be classic, is it such a stretch to assume a vibrant outfit can be the answer to amping up an otherwise tired and uninspired fitness routine? We think not.
Fittingly, so many of the latest arrivals atembrace a wider palette, from pastel separates to sneakers with multi-hued designs. They’re the kind of pieces that’ll convince you to switch up your mélange of neutrals with something unexpected. Ahead, shop the best new styles to push you out of your basic workout-clothing comfort zones and even get you moving.
Easily transition away from light neutrals with this pastel blue crewneck top that can be layered on when you’re exercising outdoors. It contrasts perfectly with your favorite black leggings or it can be styled with other blue pieces for a monochromatic look.
SHOP: Women's Reebok Natural Dye Crewneck Sweatshirt (Plus Size), Was $60, Now $45, available at
Embrace the slim green trend in a hoodie by The North Face. This neon top features a cozy hood and relaxed fit but has a slightly more daring silhouette with its cropped length. We suggest complementing it with any manner of high-waist leggings or shorts.
SHOP: Women's The North Face Logo Crop Drop Hoodie, $55, available at
This cool, deep teal makes for a super pretty alternative to your go-to black leggings. We’re also fans of the high-waist silhouette and figure-hugging seams that offer a secure, supportive fit during your toughest workouts.
SHOP: Women's Reebok Lux Training Tights, $60, available at
Orange can be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of hue. We’re firmly in the former group in the case of these Reebok sneakers. The zip-zag detailing on the sole adds a playful accent that’ll be hard to miss, even when you’re sprinting.
SHOP: Reebok Zig Elusion Energy Running Shoes, $100, available at
If you’re looking to tip-toe your way into the brighter-tones territory, begin with accessories that have small, yet impactful, color detailing. Case meets point with this Herschel belt bag. While the navy body is more like a neutral, the design pops with the addition of bold zippers.
SHOP: Herschel Psg Seventeen Hip Pack, $39.99, available at
Puma’s Classic low-profile silhouette gets a powerful makeover in rich, red suede. They’re a more casual sneaker so feel free to wear them every day to elevate your favorite jeans-and-tee combination.
SHOP: Men's Puma Suede Classic 21 Casual Shoes, $70, available at
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself slipping into these lavender shorts for a morning jog and then keeping them on for an afternoon nap. They’re soft and provide an ideal relaxed fit.
SHOP: Women's Champion Reverse Weave Shorts, $45, available at
Find support and style in a tangerine-colored sports bra. The band helps provide a secure fit while the zipper lets you customize your neckline. For maximum impact, style it with coordinating orange leggings.
SHOP: Women's Pink Soda Sport Noli Ribbed Light-support Sports Bra, $15, available at
Mint green, bright blue, and red laces unexpectedly come together in this perfectly clashing combination. These are certainly a pair of sneakers made for standing but, thanks to the many colors, the look will also complement any sort of activewear or everyday wear.
SHOP: Men's Puma Style Rider Skies Casual Shoes, $90, available at
If a bright yellow puffer jacket is too bold for your taste, try a smaller dose by way of this The North Face crossbody bag. The sporty design is composed of recycled materials and is the perfect bag to toss on before heading out for a weekend hike.
SHOP: The North Face Bozer Crossbody Bag, $35, available at
Forget all about bland swim shorts. This pair of SikSilk shorts feature a comfortable fit, quick-dry fabric, as well as a sweet shade of pink.
SHOP: Men's SikSilk Swim Shorts, $46, available at
The teal shade of these jogger pants pops thanks to the shiny finish of the material and subtle contrast stripe detail. Plus, the voluminous silhouette means they’ll be comfortable to wear before, during, and after any type of challenging physical activity.
SHOP: Women's Reebok Classics Shiny Woven Jogger Pants, $65, available at