Photography by Oliver Baker. All products pictured are listed below.
When you first start running, you might picture yourself gliding along the hot pavement looking like the female version of “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” (Google it)—and we totally support that! And, as we all know, feeling great and looking great—if that’s a priority—takes work. So we rounded up the most well-designed, built-for-performance clothing and accessories, and ingenious tech and gear we can’t live without, to start you out.
No matter what type of running you want to take on—from trails and obstacle-course races to marathons or a few laps around your local park—here are the most forgiving tops and bottoms that have you covered no matter what. Plus, take your pick of the high-tech gear that will go the extra mile(s) with you day after day. So go! Get outside and run your heart out while we admire you.
Gear Guide For The Fashionista
Trend spotting is your second favorite sport (after running, obvi), plus more outfits means more reasons to break a sweat. You’ll be first in line to scope out crop tops, edgy leggings, kicks on fleek and playful utility. Go bold or go home, you say—but you’re not going home. Not alone, at least…
Puma PWRSHAPE Future Graphic Sports Bra, $45
Graphic, strappy fitness bra that will catch attention while you catch air.
Puma Explosive Mesh Top, $45
Feel breezy in this athleisure mesh top you can throw over a bright bra or tank.
Costa Anaa Polarized Glass Sunglasses, $200
A copper-colored lens, stay-put nose grips and polarized glass mean bright skies are ahead, no matter where you wander when you sweat.
Sweaty Betty Urdhva Reversible Yoga Leggings, $130
Keep your miles and mat time looking fresh with these tri-chromatic sleek leggings from this UK designer. Flip them inside out for a gray legging if you’re in the mood for something more subtle.
GapFit Breathe Knot-Tie Crop Top, $40
Hey hot stuff! This fitted, breathable crop top has a built-in shelf bra and a cute little attitude. For high-impact running, slip it over a supportive bra and worry no more about sweating because the polyester/lyocell blend draws sweat away from skin so it can dry quickly.
Zipbuds 26 Wireless Sport Headphones, $149
The brand-new player in the wireless earbud game has great sound and glittery rose gold and white finishes, and in sprint testing, the mic and controls don’t bounce a bit.
SPIbelt Luxe, $35
Meet your new favorite no-bounce essentials waistbelt that’s both adjustable and expandable to fit your phone, cards and snacks. It comes in three sleek colorways: black with silver, gold or gunmetal hardware.
ASICS fuzeX Rush Sneaker, $100
With fuzeGEL cushioning that’s lightweight (7.2 oz.) and comfy, these trendy peach kicks are a go-to for style-hungry runners.