The Best Outerwear for Every Workout

Temperatures are dropping, which means it’s layering season. Whether you exercise indoors or outdoors, there’s a good chance you need to update your wardrobe.

What better excuse to invest in some stylish and functional outerwear? Whether you’re walking in brisk weather, need something you won’t feel too hot wearing during a group class warmup, or want something versatile you can wear to the office or out to dinner (for real), here are the best options to consider.

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Best workout jackets for every fitness routine

Milly Hayes Cropped Printed Puffer

This item is definitely an investment, but it’s a gorgeous jacket you can wear practically every day. With a timeless yet cheerful flower print, this cropped puffer can be worn on the slopes, hiking, for brunch, walking the dog, to yoga class (it looks super cute with leggings), and beyond. It’s so soft and comfortable. 

It also has plenty of room if you want to wear a sweater underneath but also works unzipped with a sports bra on warmer days. Best of all, the black color means you won’t ruin it if you accidentally spill your pumpkin spice latte or throw it on while you’re still sweaty after a hot Pilates class. It’s also weather-proof, so you’ll stay dry in rain or snow. 

Old Navy Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket for Women

If you’ve been on the hunt for an active jacket that won’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with this Old Navy Activewear Puffer. Available in five colors including Black Jack, Venetian Blue, and a bright Cactus Flower pink, it’s a great staple. Designed to hit below the waist, it has a fit ideal for layering. It’s also made in a range of sizes from XS to 4X as well as tall and petite. 

Popflex Airlgiht Zip Cloud Hoodie

Not your average grey sweatshirt, the Popflex Airlight Zip Cloud Hoodie has a feminine flower illustration that complements any solid pair of leggings. A matching sports bra, leggings, and running shorts are also available to complete the look. While this sweatshirt is slightly cropped, it has an oversized fit so you’ll definitely want to wear it during indoor cycling class warmup, light outdoor activities, or between HIIT and the smoothie line. 

Alo Cable Knit Shawl

Ladies’ activewear jackets are great, but if you’re looking to purchase a piece you can wear pretty much anywhere and look extra polished doing it, you’ll love the Alo Cable Knit Shawl. It’s a great way to keep your arms and shoulders warm without feeling overheated. Available in Heather Grey, Black, and Ivory, it not only complements your favorite workout outfit, but you can also wear this with dresses, pants, jeans, and skirts. You can make it work with practically everything.

Alo Foxy Sherpa Jacket

The sherpa look is a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon, and it’s easy to understand why. These jackets are the clothing equivalent of teddy bear hugs. Ideal for fast walks, jogs, and post-gym jaunts back to the car, you have the option to choose from Black, Camel, or Ivory colors. Don’t forget the hood on for those extra drizzly days.

Gymshark Training Jacket

Do you get a little cold during those HIIT warmups or before you get deep into your vinyasa? If you’ve been looking for workout jackets, you can stop your search right now. Accessibly priced and available in sizes XS to XXL, this Gymshark zip-up features a high neck, deep zipped pockets (great for outdoor runs), and a slim fit. It also coordinates with most activewear outfits. 

Mippo Yoga Tops

Do you need something light to keep you warm but not overly hot on outdoor runs or hikes? The Mippo Yoga Top is a must-have. With a vented back and thumbholes, this top is useful to anyone who’s planning to get their sweat on. It also comes in 12 colors including pink, navy blue, and red. Made of Modal and Spandex, it’s soft and flexible. It’s also a great price, so you can stock up without guilt. 

Viev Gemma Mid

Those who live in colder or rainier climates will need serious outerwear like the Viev Gemma Mid. Made of Gore-Tex (we’re not messing sound here), this jacket is windproof, waterproof, and washable. So no more feeling those chills when you’re outside on colder days. This jacket will easily take you from fall to winter and last for years to come. Not ready to click “add to cart” just yet? It’s also loaded with pockets and OKEO-TEX certified.

Lole Rose Synth Down Vest

Whether you’re running in the park or running to Trader Joe’s, vests are a great way to stay comfortable during colder months. Available in sizes XXS to XXL, this vest repels water yet is lightweight. Another thing to love is that it’s packable, so you can easily take it skiing this holiday season. You can also feel extra good about this purchase because it’s made from sustainable materials. 

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About Amanda Lauren

Originally from New York City, Amanda Lauren currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs Milo and Lulu. Rarely seen in an actual gym, she is a group fitness enthusiast who enjoys Pilates (both East Coast and West Coast styles), spin, barre, power plates, yoga and her newest obsession, versa climbing. She will try any group fitness class at least once. When Amanda isn’t working out or trying to find the perfect pair of pink sneakers, she blogs about her adventures in fitness as well as fashion, lifestyle and beauty on ItsAmandaLauren.com.

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