Recently, brands like Alo, Left on Friday, and Outdoor Voices have all released dance activewear—sans the fluffy tutus—that feels graceful and designed for center stage. There’s lots of crops, cut-outs, and keyholes, blending the perfect amount of function with femininity.
While we’re absolutely not telling you to get rid of your favorite compression leggings or high-impact sports bras (there’s a time and place for them too, like a HIIT workout)—we’re just saying these ballet-inspired options are worth wearing to the studio and beyond, no dance credentials required.
You don’t have to be a ballerina to wear these dance activewear pieces
Alo High-Waist Goddess Leggings — $108.00
Feel like a goddess in these performance leggings, designed to move with your body, not against. The upper legs are made from a smooth, sculpting fabric that hugs you in all the right places, while the bottom ribbed calves can be scrunched up or pulled down—however you decide to rock them. Available in black and white.
Free People, Infinitee — $50.00
This sheer long-sleeve top is ideal for cozy days on the couch or in a barre class. It’s featherlight and drape-y, making it an excellent layering option over your favorite bras and tanks. The keyhole design in the back is super cute, too. Available in hot pink or black.
Free People, Cut It Out Long Sleeve Top — $68.00
Or, if you want something a bit more form fitting, go with this cropped ribbed long sleeve piece. In addition to its shorter hem, there’s a cut out, pinhole designs in the arms for extra breathability, and thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place. Available in a rainbow of colors, ranging from versatile neutrals to jazzercise-inspired neons.
Left On Friday, Wear To Short — $100.00
Crafted from silky, washable silk, these airy shorts are the definition of soft. The high-rise fit and brief liner make them a great option to wear in the gym or at-home. And while normal silk can’t bear a sweat stain, these are totally moisture-friendly. Available in black, navy, green, pink, and royal blue,
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