Try On These 5 Fitness Apparel Trends for Fall

By , SparkPeople Blogger
The end of summer means the end of bathing suit season, outdoor workouts with lighter gear, nature hikes and other warm-weather activities. While that might feel like a reason to despair, don't, for fall brings with it a host of new reasons to get outside, hike, bike, walk and run in cooler weather that won't have you worrying about heat stroke or carrying along extra hydration.
Cooler weather means an opportunity to change both your workouts and your wardrobe. Consider switching your color palette, learning to layer or discovering a new fitness trend that can keep you feeling stylish and motivated as you head toward a season switch.
1. Warm Colors

Photo courtesy of Marika
Colors that fill the warm side of the color wheel—think oranges, reds, yellows and other similar shades that remind you of warmth (like the heat or the sun)—are going to be hot this fall. Marika's Cross Mesh Seamless Capri Legging in tawny port is both trendy with its cute side cutouts and comfortable with 92 percent nylon and eight percent Spandex fabric makeup. Or, consider Athleta's Caliber Top in auberge/candy apple, which works well for high-impact fitness routines like running outside where you want to be in something that moves with you without chafing or riding up. The Breeze By Long Sleeve Squad from Lululemon comes in a shade called "aries" that is part orange, part red and all hot. Though it's long sleeve, it has plenty of ventilation to keep you cool during indoor or outdoor sweat sessions.
2. Asymmetrical Jackets

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There's just something so alluring about an asymmetrical jacket—it keeps you on trend, yet comfy and cozy as the weather cools down. Plus, it's nice to wear something different from the typical ¾ zip jacket or cardigan. This fleece version from C9 Champion at Target is black so it will go with everything and is made with Duo Dry Warm technology that will wick sweat even in cold weather. The Go-Warm Moto Jacket features a notched collar, seamed elbows, a full-length zipper and a warm fleecy material that helps you retain heat. The Adidas Z.N.E. Heartracer Jacket is lightweight and made of soft, comfortable fabric. It's cut a little shorter in the back, has roomy drop shoulders and a high collar with overlapping flaps.
3. Cropped Tops  

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For better or worse, it looks like cropped tops are here to stay. While it might be true that no one is going to look as good as the model in a crop top, there are versions that are a little more conservative that pair great with an underlayer so you're not revealing too much. Crops such as Gymshark's T-Bar Cropped Vest 2.0 fit looser around the middle and are made with a flexible fabric that moves with you. For another looser fit, consider Under Armour's Favorite Terry Crop Crew, which is long-sleeve and runs from sizes XS to XXL. Made of durable French terry material and with a four-way stretch, this tee goes great over a sports bra or a tank. If you're someone who needs light layers to avoid overheating, this cute cropped tank by Bella + Canvas comes in 14 colors and has a boxier fit that's great for wearing alone or layering.
4. Sneakers

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These days, you can find a sneaker for just about any outfit. Whether going to the gym or the grocery, the library or a date, sneakers seem to be a fashion "do." If they happen to match your outfit or not seems to be irrelevant. For the comfiest all-occasion sneaks, may we suggest going with a more neutral color, such as these Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Shoes? If you prefer more of a throwback vibe to complete your outfit, Vans Old Skool trainers remain ever-popular. With a canvas construction, a rubber sole and that "timeless skate style" that has been popular for decades, you'll love to wear these with just about every outfit. For a comfortable, flexible and lightweight shoe that you can wear from gym to casual night out, try these Dansko Women's Honor sneakers. Available in 11 neutral colors, these shoes are stylish enough to wear everywhere you go—from a walk around the track to girls' night.
5. Speaking Your Mind

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While you might not be able to tell everyone what you're thinking, thanks to a variety of workout wear with witty messaging, you can wear your thoughts on your attire. Have a coffee and avocado addiction? Let everyone know with this 100 percent cotton, everyday top from Teepublic. Headed to the gym but need something clever and cute to cover your unwashed hair? Try this adjustable Live Love Lift trucker hat from Etsy. This T-shirt from Little Royaltee Shirts tells everyone about your love/hate relationship with certain exercises without saying a word. Plus, it comes in four colors, five sizes, an athletic fit and a guarantee that you're going to love wearing it.  
Will you try any of these fall fitness trends?
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I'm starting to look for some workout clothes for this fall far not too excited by what I have found in stores. Report
I really like Target's Champion line, and the prices too. I can have a variety for little money. They feel good, look great, last a long time, and they carry plus sizes as well. Cute clothes, the same as the skinny workout clothes. Everyone wants us to lose weight, but they don't make comfortable exercise clothes for us to exercise in and feel good about ourselves. This includes the Sparkpeople store. Do you know what a difference it makes? Apparently not. Report
These clothes are very cute however I don't think that Lululemons are worth their price tag. Depending on how you work out, you are liable to either wear them out or grow out of them, so why bother to spend $100+ when any comfy old sweatshirt will do? Report
I love the champion line at target. it's made of the climalite/climacool fabric instead of being cotton based (like most other affordable workout clothes). i love the look of lululemon, but i would never pay the price.
think the only one that i would be interested in is the odor blocking clothing. a long workout at the gym screams for something like this. Report
I am a huge shopper of Kohl's clearance. I get tops all the time for $3-5 that are normally over $35 when they first come out. Report
Kohl's online store will sometimes have deals on fitness apparel. You can go to and search the Kohl's forum for coupon codes, also. I don't spend a lot of money on clothes, period, even though I could afford it. I'd rather save that money for a vacation or a fun party for my kids. If I still worked, was younger and went out all the time, or just had a different lifestyle, I would spend money on clothes. Not saying it is bad, but it is just a waste of money for my situation. Target and Kohl's work for me! :-) Report
I agree with the majority of the responses - i would love, love those clothes but can not afford them....but do exercise all you need to do put on any clothes and just do it!! Report
living on a fixed income I have found Wal*Mart. They have workout clothes that work well on my income. I can't afford any of these clothes. It would be nice to show clothes for people like me. Report
I am down to the point where I can wear an XL but many, many Spark people are overweight to the point where they require plus sized clothing. It is hard to find, especially in soft, breathable fabrics. How about something for the bigger Sparkers? Report
love the jacket but it is sized to small for me and way out of line with the price . also like the other things but like the coat just can not see me buying anything from this line . to to small . Report
I would love to try these, but don't have enough money to. :( Report
LOVE the "Ahead of the curve" jacket. It will be out of style by the time I can wear it, so I'll find it someplace at a discount price in 2015. I enjoy reading fashion articles - and it's okay that I'm not in the 2 - 12 size. . but. . SOMEDAY ..... I willllll beeee Report
I'm with RICU1952!!!! I challenge you Coach to do this same article with us men in mind! Report
I am with CRAFTYDEBI if the site has only Barbie sizes 2 through 12 they sure do eliminate a lot if potential buyers.
Thanks for the great information though. It helps to know what is out there especially for non competitiors who love nice work out clothes. Thank you. Report
I like NIKE clothes for exercise. Report
Nice article, but what about the guys? We always seem to be the forgotten gender. Report
I enjoyed the article and appreciated that you were inclusive of various sizes. I have the opposite problem than you as I am just over 5 ft tall and things are too long. Short gals who wear Size 14 and up could use some hints on attractive clothing and colors. Neon colors just would not work for us. Report
Yes. This is almost frustrating. Seeing as this is a site with so many different types of people. It would have been appropriate to include brand suggestions for larger women and men for that matter. But thanks for ideas for the future. Report
I will admit it: I am officially NOT loco for Lulu. When I first came down out of the 0X-1X sizes and wanted workout clothes that didn't look like flour sacks, I tried Lulu. I almost whispered to the salesgirl (yes, she was little more than a girl), "Do you carry larger sizes?" "Oh, yes!" she responded breathlessly. "We go all the way up to a size 12!" I thanked her, turned, and walked out, thinking but refraining from muttering something that rhymes with "witch." Across the mall was Lucy, a great store with XL size that can run large. Even now, when my size Large wear is starting to feel roomy, I go to Lucy and won't return to Lulu. Report
Not yet- they are all in "someday" sizes.
Loved the Lulu jacket. Report
I absolutely ADORE anything from athleta. Yes, it's a bit pricey but I love the vibrant colors and the very cute styles which are also available in plus sizes. It's cool enough today that I'll be able to wear the tights and running skirt I got a few wks ago. For a few wks now I've been wearing their capri/skirt. Having cute work-out outfits motivates me to get out there!! Report
Yeah for Fall!!! I am so ready! Texas has had a long hot summer! Report
Thank you! I love color and its so difficult to find workout clothes that have some color! Report
FAIL on article name!!!!

Should be: Gear Up: 5 WOMEN'S Fitness Apparel Trends for Fall

Always looking for a better sports bra with more breathable fabric. I need a good one considering I'm well endowed, no matter what weight I am. I hope to find some on these sites you've listed! Report
bought a new lululemon outfit for my marathon and will buy CEP socks at the expo. Report
I love my compression gear. Keeps things from jiggling so I can do much more in my workout! Report
I'm feeling better about wearing fitted workout clothes-like tights, etc. so I'll be on the lookout for some new fall gear. Thanks for the info.

PS-I still need a couple of new suits for aqua bootcamp, tho! I wish more stores sold swimsuits all year long. I'd rather try it on than go the online route. Report
Very cute choices and interesting article. Wishing for just as cute clothing for plus size 1X-3X gals. Report
My daughter wore a scoli brace for years and the tanks provided by the company had silver woven into them to help control odor. I do believe it worked. Unlike my workout clothes (which are NOT work 15 hours a day), her brace shirts never developed a lingering odor. Report
I am a lululemon girl as well for exactly the same reasons: cute, trendy and comfy apparel for both work and play. I recently bought a brigth yellow jacket from the running room for my outdoor running. The weather isn't cool enough for it just but surely it will come. Thanks for sharing advice and views on these products. Report
Love the new fall workout apparel thank you so much for sharing. Report