Shop for Your Girlfriend: The Best Athleisure Apparel

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If you are looking for a gift to give your girlfriend during the holidays or any time of year, you can’t go wrong with anything in the Athleisure category. If the term Athleisure doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s also referred to as activewear. Here are eight examples of functional yet stylish pieces that your lady can wear from the office to the gym, out for drinks and any place in between.

Aella Skinny Ankle Pants


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Aella is a newer brand that has a completely unique vision for this category because all of their clothing is more ath-office than athleisure. Designed to be worn from the office straight to the gym, all of their clothing is comfortable, easy to move around in, breathable, machine washable (such a treat!) and wrinkle-resistant.

While your lady would surely love anything from Aella, you will hit it out of the park if you buy her their Skinny Ankle Pants. These midrise pants score bonus points for versatility because they are cut at the ankles. So, she can wear them with flats or high heels. While they appear to be a structured office pant, they actually feel and move like yoga pants.

Aella Essential Cinched Blazer

Aella’s Cinched Blazer is available in both black and white. This structured jacket is machine washable and features sleek mesh openings on the shoulders. If you buy your lady the Skinny Ankle Pants, she absolutely needs the jacket to complete the look. She will appreciate the convenience of this blazer because she can put it right back on after a sweaty session at spin class and simply clean it in the washing machine when she gets home.

Koral Paradox Tank

Koral’s Paradox Tank is a racy racer-back top. Featuring adjustable straps as well as a built-in bra, this top is so sexy, it can be worn from the health club to an actual club.

Blanc Noir Mesh Inset Puffer Vest


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If she likes to run or hike outside, a vest is absolutely essential especially in the colder months. Blanc Noir’s Mesh Inset Puffer Vest is as stylish as it is functional. Made of a material that is both water and wind resistant, it features a detachable hood and a travel pouch. It’s available in white and black satin as well as a reflective silver color.

Splits59 Quinn Noir Zip Back Pullover

Splits59’s Quinn Noir Back Pullover is the perfect après-workout top and compliments a variety of body types. Made of neoprene, this pullover features a boatneck and deep V open back. It is the perfect thing to wear for a post-Pilates dinner.

Rebecca Minkoff Tippi Bra

If your girlfriend likes crop tops, she will love Rebecca Minkoff’s Tippi Bra. However, the term “bra” is rather deceiving. This isn’t really an undergarment and isn’t meant to be worn like an ordinary sports bra. It’s more of a crop top that happens to have built-in shelf bra. Whatever you call it, your jaw will drop when she wears it.

Free People Infinity Legging

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Free People’s Infinity Leggings are positively adorable. These fun pants feature two infinity shaped openings at the bottom of the leg. Made of polyester and spandex, they aren’t available in an infinite amount of colors, but there are several to choose from including fuchsia, charcoal, grey and light purple.

Tory Sport Canvas Tote

Part of Tory Burch’s new Tory Sport line, the Canvas Tote is a re-imagined version of her classic Ella bag. Featuring leather accents, it has handles as well as a large detachable strap. It is big enough for toting around everything she needs for a trip to the gym or even for a night away. She will also love the detachable wristlet that comes with the bag.

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