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Style / August 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

These Tanks and Tops Are Anything But Basic

There’s nothing uniform about this season’s crop of shirts. Discover six ways to take your top game to the next level.

Forget faded tees and tired old tops, workout tanks and bras are leveling up this season, bringing their style A-game to elevate leggings, sweats and bike shorts. No longer an afterthought but the cherry on top, the latest crop of Les Mills tops demands attention, hitting all the right notes in an array of anything-but-basic looks. Think lingerie-inspired details, innovative cutouts, disruptive design and high-energy neutrals. Whether you’re transitioning back to IRL classes or aiming to look extra during your at-home workouts—or maybe you just want downtime pieces that will lift you up—these tops have what you need.

Here for the Sheer

Mesh detailing isn’t new to the workout scene, but a fully sheer mesh long-sleeve crop top over a bra is a clever evolution of the trend. Try it tonal over a black bra with motion-sensitive support or go all in on contrast and pop a brightly hued bra or tank underneath for added attitude. Just add bike shorts with matching mesh panels to really make your sheer statement and keep the party going with the mesh vector detailing on these HIIT training shoes.

Negative Space

It’s not just about what you’re wearing, but what you’re not, that counts in the style stakes. Step forward: cutout detailing. Adding a crop top with cool cutouts to your repertoire is not only great on a practical level for breathability, it’s also going to earn you major fashion points. Style your Beyond The Sweat Crop Top with seamless leggings for workout momentum and toss on a track jacket when you’re ready to chill. 

Color Up Top

Adding a bold hue to your workout style can make all the difference to your mood and elevate your downtime look, too. Bring the brightness up top with a big attitude tank that can be worn as is, knotted at the front or layered over a colorful bra for added color dimension. Keep the rest of your workout look simple with training shorts. Dressing for your downtime? Work it with low-key bottoms like these super-soft French terry pants and riff off that color story with HIIT 2 training shoes.

Lingerie Detailing

Workout bras have come a long way from their super-sturdy, rigid roots. No longer needing all that bulk to provide the same levels of support, this season’s sports bra comes served with negligee elements such as contrast stitching, mesh and peekaboo detailing and delicate strap effects. This lingerie-inspired look needs no covering up: Wear your bra alone or layered over another bra top for added depth. 

Effortless Hues

Way more than a blank canvas, neutrals move into an edgier role this season, coming in hot in this deep V take on the classic tank, or a cropped tee that you can throw on over your sports bra or long sleeve shirt. Even the classic sweatshirt gets a do-over in a cropped cut, muted sunset hue and detailed contrasting band. Keep the mood going with a classic pair of athlete pants or sync your colors with these lux performance leggings. Complete your look with a little contrast: The Nano X1 training shoes in a delicious twist on frosted berry are the perfect complement. 

Game, Set, Match

For those days where you really just don’t want to think too deeply about your styling, but still want to pack some sartorial punch, look to high-energy tops that come in matching sets with equally fierce leggings. Case in point: This high-neck sports bra uses yellow piping to showcase its big neon mood. Keep the structural game strong with the matching leggings for an instant attitude and workout boost. Follow through with sneakers that support the vibe with Nano X1 in digital glow. 

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Style / August 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor