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6 Essential Pieces to Go From Work to the Gym

author image Jenna Gruttadauria
Jenna Gruttadauria is a co-owner of The Oxford Trunk, a Santa Monica-based online and brick-and-mortar women's lifestyle boutique. Specializing in health and beauty, Jenna also loves dogs, beach days, red wine and cheese.
6 Essential Pieces to Go From Work to the Gym
Who has time to pack a gym bag? Solution: Wear your gym clothes to work. Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

It’s key to have a wardrobe with pieces that can function across many different scenarios. A work suit that can be glammed up for a night out. A date dress that can also screams “#girlboss” in the boardroom. Or active wear that you can wear to work and the gym.

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The following six pieces are ones that every girl should have in her closet: With a couple of easy tweaks, they can do double duty for work and a workout.

Leggings are a wardrobe essential.
Leggings are a wardrobe essential. Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

1. Black Leggings

Every woman knows how important a good pair of black leggings is to her wardrobe. They’re one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own.

Dress them up with boots and a sweater or go casual with a T-shirt and sneakers. Fit is everything with this piece, so make sure you don’t cross the line between form-fitting and sausage casing.

Plain black gets the job done, but don’t be afraid to get a little funky with mesh inserts or textures.

"Your bra strap is showing ... wait, cool bra!"
"Your bra strap is showing ... wait, cool bra!" Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

2. Strappy Bra

It’s a hot trend right now for undergarments to not be so “under” anymore. There are so many cool sports bra options that work with this trend.

You can wear a low back top with a colored strap peeking through, or dropped armhole with a sassy printed bra underneath. (Just make sure your work environment is cool with it!)

Beat the office A/C with a cropped sweatshirt.
Beat the office A/C with a cropped sweatshirt. Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

3. Graphic Sweatshirt

A form-fitting sweatshirt is the perfect work-to-gym piece. Because it’s a more fitted style, you can dress it up for work: Wear it with heels or add a collared shirt underneath for a more preppy look.

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It transitions easily to the gym because it’s lightweight — you can wear at the start of your workout while you’re warming up, or after you finish and cool down.

Don't toss that t-shirt; dress it up instead.
Don't toss that t-shirt; dress it up instead. Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

4. Muscle Tee

I’m a sucker for muscle tees. They’re so comfortable and easy to dress up for work. Try pairing one with a skirt and heels to take this simple tee from casual to work-ready. Need a little more coverage? Throw on a tailored blazer for an even more office-ready look.

You can try basic solid colors, or if your work environment is a bit more laid-back, try a graphic tee.

Prints can be risky, but as Tim Gunn says: "Make it work."
Prints can be risky, but as Tim Gunn says: "Make it work." Photo Credit: Niki Gruttadauria

5. Printed Leggings

A printed legging can be tricky to make appropriate enough for work, so you’ll want to remember to keep the rest of your outfit very basic: A longer jacket, with clean lines and simple boots is a great way to create a more refined look.

Ditch the heels for comfy, cool sneaks.
Ditch the heels for comfy, cool sneaks. Photo Credit: Twenty20/@thequinoxfashion

6. Printed Sneakers

With the athleisure trend in full swing, there’s no shortage of pattered or textured sneakers that work for gym and the office. Make sure the rest of your outfit is dressy enough to support the casual quality that the sneaker will bring to the look.

What Do YOU Think?

Are there any other key pieces that you think can go from work to the gym? Do you buy and wear clothes that can do double duty in very different situations? What's your favorite piece of athleisure wear? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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