80’s THROWBACK or THE NEW FIERCE?


Angie Omata

Co-Founder / Creative Director at simplyWORKOUT
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All trends are cyclical when it comes to fashion, as evidenced by the return of 80’s styles – an era of fashion most of us vowed never to repeat. Blinding neon brights, glossy or metallic fabrics, velour details, scrunchies and even fanny packs have somehow re-entered our lives. Now cue colorful feline and reptile print spandex – one of the hottest trends in fitness fashion right now – and we can call the 80’s full circle complete.

Although some of these trends are not for the faint of heart and require a certain level of commitment (eg, “I’m strapping this fanny pack on, and I don’t care what people think”), the jungle print trend is one that we can all get on board with. Bold print leggings are not for everyone, but learning to integrate non-neutral colors and flattering graphics can help to elevate your workout style. Black leggings will always be a workout staple, of that I’m pretty sure…but when you are looking to unleash your next level badassery, sometimes only a fierce print can do the job.

Here are a few of our fav jungle prints at the moment:

1. Beach Riot – Blue Python Set – A Cali brand featuring lux fabrications and sweet details that make are made to make you feel good.  The python print in a soft shade of blue makes for a fierce but feminine look. (Leggings, $98)

2. Emily Hsu – Rana Legging  – Dancer’s favorite brand Emily Hsu was recently featured during the Miss America pageant.  Alongside their best selling pink mermaid legging, this new Rana style, will be sure to turn some heads. We love the classic snakeskin print contrasted versus the colorblock tribal print at the ankles for an added pop of color. (Leggings, $62)

3. Strut This – Feline Set – Meow. This feline print set by LA-based mother/daughter run brand, Strut This will help you channel your inner jungle cat.  Strut This is known for their chic designs and fabrics that fit like a glove.  (Top, $68; Leggings, $90)

4. DYI – Moonstone Reptile Set – With leggings featuring a high-rise waist and gorgeous technical details, DYI has become a workout(fit) staple to many.  We love this new Moonstone legging style in a gem stone lavender hue and with a glossy reptile finish.   If you’re looking for a subtle snakeskin to get your feet wet, this style might be it.  (Leggings, $98, Bra, $64)

Top photo: simplyeighties.com

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