Why Our Executive Fashion Director Wants You to Work Out in a Skirt

Our Executive Fashion Director, Alexis Bryan Morgan, has a bone to pick with those who wear their standard-issue exercise gear post-sweat-session. "So many people just wear tights and tees to work out in, and then they'll leave the gym in the same outfit—I've caught myself doing it!" she explains. "But nobody really looks good in that."

That's why Alexis was so excited to discover Prima Studio, a line of minimalist, form-fitting workout basics that includes—get this—an exercise skirt. "You can actually work out in it, either wearing it alone or over a pair of leggings," she says. "I've been wearing mine everywhere—you can feel active all weekend, but it still just looks like you're wearing a miniskirt!" A skirt you can spin in and then wear out to brunch? We'll take one in each color, please!

"Between designers making high-end sweatpants and sneakers now being totally acceptable to wear with a really chic outfit, it's like sportswear is becoming fashion wear," she continued. "I loved A.P.C.'s fall lookbook—all the girls were styled wearing these sporty-looking white sneakers." (The lace-ups, a collaboration between the French brand and athletic empire Nike, are sadly now sold out). "And [Céline designer] Phoebe Philo dresses the same way. She'll wear leather pants with white sneakers and look completely chic."

As a die-hard fan of skirts and flats, chatting with Alexis was all the encouragement I needed to spend my own weekend decked out in "workout gear in disguise." But the question remains: are exercise duds now being designed to look like regular ready-to-wear, or are major labels actually getting their inspiration from humble gym garb? Click through to shop some pieces that blur the lines between the two, and let us know what you think!