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These ’90s-Inspired Athleisure Trends Are Making a Major Comeback

Well+Good logo Well+Good 9/15/2021 Emily Gaynor Bergman
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There are certain ‘90s memories that have fully launched back onto the radar in 2021: Steve from Blue’s Clues arrived again out of nowhere to address his fans, Sex and the City, which first aired in 1998, is filming new episodes, and throwback ‘90s athleisure has become a staple in closets everywhere. Luckily, the sportswear of the decade happens to be super comfortable—and looks good at the gym and beyond. Here, we bring you some of the coolest ‘90s-inspired fashion choices that are equal parts perfect for being active and there for you when you just want to lay on the couch.

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Tracksuits

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy a tracksuit. This classic jacket and pant pair from Adidas is back in a big way. Ideal for lounging, grocery shopping, or completing a workout video at home, we’re hoping this one is here for a long time.

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Adidas Firebird Track Jacket — $80.00

The classic Adidas track jacket but slightly shrunken down.

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Adidas Firebird Track Pant — $70.00

The track pants of our youth: All comfort, all style. Plus, Sporty Spice vibes.

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Scrunchies

Scrunchies are stylish, we swear. And why not have fun with throwing your hair into an updo? This leopard spotted version is as cute on your wrist as it is adorning your ponytail.

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ASOS DESIGN Scrunchie in Leopard Fur — $9.00

The Scrunchie works as a tool to hold back hair, but we all know it looks even better as a bracelet.

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Sneakers

Here’s to a shoe trend that is actually a dream to wear. These grey sneakers give the best vintage vibes and happen to feel like walking on a cloud.

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New Balance 990v5 Sneaker — $175.00

One of the best running shoes on the market—also known as “The Dad” shoe.

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Sports bras with a logo

Logos emblazoned everything in the ‘90s, including sports bras. We love this on its own and also layered under a flannel shirt, another must-have from the time.

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Nike Swoosh Sports Bra — $30.00

Made of a polyester-spandex blend, this sports bra is endlessly comfortable and will support you as you work up a sweat.

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Terry cloth

No need to do a double take — those shorts are terry cloth. This fabric-of-choice from way back when is not just for towels in 2021.

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ASOS DESIGN Hourglass Running Short in Terry Cloth — $16.00

These might remind you of the shorts you were to summer camp, but you can’t deny that they’re comfy as heck.

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Ankle and arm weights

The clunky ankle and arm weights of the past have been reinvented in the form of wearable bangles. They’re functional and fashionable… and turn practically any locale into a makeshift gym.

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Bala Bangles — $42.00

Get them in colors like rainbow, terracotta, cherry, sky blue, and more.

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Bike shorts

The most adaptable item in your wardrobe? Meet bike shorts. This stretchy, easy, go-with-everything bottom is timeless and can totally take your look up a notch.

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Danskin Women's Stretch Bike Shorts — $24.00

No, you don’t need to bike (or even own a bike) to appreciate the comfort of bike shorts.

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Knee socks

Calling Cher Horowitz. With fall and winter approaching, take inspo from Clueless and stock up on knee-length socks for chilly days and fun shoe combos.

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Hue 3-Pack Flat Knit Knee High Socks — $18.00

These cotton blend socks will go with everything.

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Fanny packs

For days of going about town, who wants to bother with a purse? Fanny packs are convenient, hands-free, and make any outfit a statement.

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Eastpak Fanny Pack — $14.00

This Eastpak fanny pack is iconic in its own right—and its adjustable body strap keeps you comfortable (and your stuff within constant reach).

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Slides

One of the best parts of a workout is slipping into slides right after. These rubber options with a flatform sole are ideal for sporting when performing tasks around the house, but are just as appropriate during a night out.

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Ecru Flatform Sole Mule Rubber Slides — $20.00

These rubber slip ons are comfy and easy to wash.

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Bucket hats

Whether you’re skipping the hair wash post sweat session, or are simply in the mood to accessorize, bucket hats are the best. Bonus points for a fun logo or cool color.

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Fila Towelling Bucket Hat — $26.00

The Fila logo embroidery is the cherry on top.

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Tennis skirts

This style skirt is great for hitting the courts to play a match and also as an addition to your daily-getting-dressed-rotation.

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ASOS DESIGN Mini Pleated Tennis Skirt — $32.00

It’s high rise, just the way we like it in 2021.

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