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Apparel & Accessories

9 Pieces of Running Gear We’ve Been Wearing to Work (and Brunch, Too)

These versatile digs can cross over from running, to WFW, to out and about.

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Let’s face it: Thanks to the pandemic, a lot of us have been living in our running clothes. What we wear to work from home and run errands in—even sleep in—can easily sort of meld into one. The good (actually, great!) news is that today’s running apparel manufacturers have been making some pretty awesome pieces that crossover between casualwear and performance-wear (athleisure, anyone?), and we couldn’t be happier about that.

Serious Running Gear That’s Also Athleisure Wear

Here are a few top picks that do just as well on the road or trail as they do at the grocery store, or as wear-to-socialize clothes in a post-vaccinated world.

Patagonia Air 1 Crew | $99

long sleeve microfleece in a rust color from Patagonia

Made of hollow-core recycled polyester yarn with a funky zigzag pattern, this crew-neck top breathes well and wicks moisture while adding a cozy layer of warmth on cooler-weather runs. For warm weather months, we’re looking forward to taking this piece camping for chilly mornings and evenings. And here in outdoorsy Boulder, Colorado, this crewneck top practically works as dress-wear. (Bonus: Check out this highly entertaining video produced about the Air 1.)

Nathan Sports Versa Long Sleeve Shirt | $65

woman wearing blue long sleeve athleisure top

Stretchy, soft fabric in a loose-fitting top that is part sweatshirt, part shirt? Yes, please. This top works all ways: casually, before and after a workout, and on a mellow run over a tech tee during a kid’s soccer practice. Technical features, like thumbholes and reflective hits at the cuffs and mid-back, are subtle within the design.

Brooks Further Tank | $48

pink tank top with colorful stripe that can be worn as athleisure

Open mesh, silky smooth, quick-drying fabric works great thrown over a sports bra for a hot-weather run, and looks good doing it. The short, cropped cut of this tank, plus slight slits at the neckline, and clean, wide-banded finishes at the seams give this top some serious style (for neutral fans, it comes in black and white).

Brooks Running Shakeout Pants | $80

brooks shakeout pants on a woman

These have been rumored to be Des Linden’s favorite running pants. And talk about a gem: They fit loosely enough to either pull over other bottoms, or be worn on their own both casually and on a run. These thin, lightweight pants made of out a technical fabric blend function perfectly fine on a run, and double-up as casual-wear. The tapered ankle cuffs feature an off-set zipper that makes pulling these off and on over shoes possible. Two side pockets add to the casual look of these pants, while a hidden, zippered pocket adds functionality.

Oiselle Light Lux Mile One Pullover | $78

woman wearing green long sleeve athleisure top

This brand’s Light Lux fabric is ridiculously buttery soft, making this pullover a joy to, well, pull over a tank. It’s a versatile top that provides just enough warmth at the beginning of a run, tying easily around your waist once you heat up (and stays tied, thanks to the thin, stretch material). After a run, the top transitions easily to errand-running and casual-wear.

Vuori Clementine Shorts | $58

black running shorts with 2.5 inseam

These short shorts (with a 2.5-inch inseam) cross over into beach-going and general summer wear, their modest side split allowing mobility without baring all. They’re made of lightweight, stretch-performance woven fabric. A wide elastic waistband and external drawstring strike the balance of style and function, and a small zippered side pocket holds a key or other small items.

Vuori Energy Top | $52

tank top in a rust brown

This super-soft tank feels great against the skin, and looks good, to boot; a slight crop and high neck gives the Energy Top one-up on your regular running tanks. The high-neck isn’t so high that it restricts breathing; we wore this on a tempo run and didn’t feel the fabric around the neck at all. This piece will become a summer staple on runs and around town.

Oiselle Long Toolbelt Roga Shorts | $64

running shorts in a lemon tree pattern

Sometimes shorts with a longer inseam, like these with their 6-inch-long cut, fit the athleisure mood better than short-shorts. These have been worn on a casual Sunday afternoon trail run after gardening in them all day, and while hiking with a friend then stopping to pick up dinner supplies on the way home (without feeling self-conscious in too-short of an inseam). Like all Oiselle Rogas, the waistband is flat and stretchy. Multiple pockets are built into these Toolbelt Rogas.