15 Chic Activewear Pieces You'll Love Wearing to Barre Class
You don't need the pain of pointe shoes to feel like a ballerina — a good barre workout should get the job done. That's not to say that a special matching workout set won't help get you through those pliés at the barre, though. If you have a barre class or two on your calendar, it may be time to consider leveling up your dancewear wardrobe with some new pieces that don't include old-fashioned leotards and tights. We're talking pretty tie-back tops worthy of a double take, modern onesies worthy of a street-style op, and flowy workout shorts you'll never want to take off. Ahead, we've rounded up 15 of the best barre-workout clothes of the moment that will help you get excited about your next sweat sesh.
Halara Crisscross Lace Up Cropped Barre Ballet Dance Tank Top
The Halara Crisscross Lace Up Cropped Barre Ballet Dance Tank Top ($25) features crisscross straps in the front and back that add intricate detailing you'll love. It comes in dark pink (pictured here), white, and black.
Athleta Studio Barre Sweatshirt
This top is called the Athleta Studio Barre Sweatshirt ($43-$69, originally $69) for a reason: it was made to be thrown over your barre 'fit and worn to and from the studio. It's equal parts lightweight, stretchy, and soft, and the off-the-shoulder design looks great over strappy sports bras.
Offline by Aerie Real Me Crossover Flowy Short
The Offline by Aerie Real Me Crossover Flowy Short ($55) boasts the brand's beloved crossover waistband and features compression shorts underneath, so you don't have to worry about accidentally exposing yourself when you do an arabesque. PS: they come in five colors. This shade of peach will look really good with the Hugger Longline Racerback Sports Bra ($35).
Old Navy PowerChill Racerback 7/8-Length Performance Bodysuit, 6-Inch Inseam
You've probably come across Old Navy's viral full-length bodysuit, but what about its short PowerChill Racerback 7/8-Length Performance Bodysuit, 6-Inch Inseam ($35) with a built-in shelf bra, removable cups, and racerback shoulder straps? Our editor reviewed the black-and-white plaid version, noting that as soon as she slipped it on, she knew she "wouldn't want to take it off."
Beyond Yoga Space Dye Uplevel Midi Jumpsuit
The Beyond Yoga Space Dye Uplevel Midi Jumpsuit ($135) is soft and stretchy but holds you in with light, all-over compression. It's made of 87 percent polyester and 13 percent lycra. The best part? Its adjustable spaghetti straps ensure a perfect fit.
Move Split Back Yoga Tank Top
The Move Split Back Yoga Tank Top ($34, originally $68) has a split-back detail that will keep you cool during class. You can wear it loose and flowing or knotted in the back.
Lululemon Time to Restore Nulu Long Sleeve Shirt
Think you love the cropped Lululemon Time to Restore Nulu Long Sleeve Shirt ($78) from the front? Just wait until you see the ties in the back. It's perfect for pairing with high-rise leggings; it's also soft and weightless, and it can be adjusted by wrapping the ties around your waist and knotting them in the back.
SET Active Sculptflex Leggings
The stretchy and compressive SET Active's Sculptflex Leggings ($72) have you covered for every type of workout, barre included. They're high-waisted and seamless, with side-ribbing detail. Complete the look with the matching Sculptflex Ribbed V Bra ($56).
Nike Dri-FIT Indy Luxe
We're obsessed with the Nike Dri-FIT Indy Luxe ($50) in this pretty shade of pink. Specially designed for low-impact exercise, it's made of nylon and spandex and feels ultracomfy — like a second skin. It features adjustable straps that you can wear crossed or straight.
Alo Yoga Goddess Rib Cropped Dynamite Tank
The Alo Yoga Goddess Rib Cropped Dynamite Tank ($74) and Goddess Ribbed High-Waist Hot Shorts ($62) are for the gal who wants to make a stylish statement at barre class. Both are made of ribbed performance fabric and come in core shades of black and white.
Adidas Coreflow Medium Support Bra
The Adidas Coreflow Medium Support Bra ($30, originally $50) is great for those who want a little more support during workouts. It's made of moisture-absorbing fabric and features a mesh panel on the racer-back strap for breathability. Our favorite detail is the front and back cutouts and the Adidas logo on the front, which give it a fashion-forward feel.
Abercrombie & Fitch YPB V-Neck Slim Tank
The Abercrombie & Fitch YPB V-Neck Slim Tank ($29, originally $45) is soft, supportive, and smoothing. We love the V-neck shape (which also deserves wear outside of the studio, FYI). To keep your full look in the blue family, consider teaming it with the YPB 7/8 Leggings in Ink ($52, originally $65).