Lightweight, breathable and so good to wear, these tops and bottoms will put you in the mood for a workout! By Alyssa Woo

Musician Sandra Riley Tang of home-grown band The Sam Willows has not worn a normal bra for almost 11/2 years. Instead, she dons a sports bra most of the time. The 25-year-old says: “I wear sport bras that are for light workouts and which have nice designs at the back. They are much more comfortable and they match my style.”

She also wears crop tops and tights to attend meetings and run errands, a look she describes as “smart casual”. Tang, who is also creative director and co-founder of yoga studio The Yoga Co., is among people who are incorporating sportswear into their everyday wardrobe, as the athleisure trend catches on.

(Also read: Sandra Riley Tang Talks About Music, Social Media and Her Fitness Obsessions)

Hitting the sweet spot between function and fashion, athleisure broadly describes clothing that can be worn for working out and as casual wear. Think patterned tights or jogger pants in place of skinny jeans, and crop tops instead of shirts, styled with sneakers.

Here, nine sporty pieces that will help you nail the casual-chic look.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2016, with the headline ‘Sportswear that works outside the gym’.

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