Retro-inspired stripes are making a big comeback on workout bottoms.

By Kathleen Felton
January 25, 2019
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The biggest legging trend for 2019 will look pretty familiar to anyone who lived in Adidas track pants back in the '90s.

Workout tights that take a cue from the brand's iconic tri-color side stripe are everywhere right now. And while the original is still cool, we're also seeing lots of leggings that have a refreshed take on the classic style—think side stripes on modern fabrics, over eye-catching prints, and paired with other trendy features like mesh panels or colorblocking. We're guessing some of the stripe-y bottoms below will soon be popping up at your gym or next SoulCycle class; add them to your cart now before they're gone.

Updated classics

Adidas, Koral, Champion

Left: The beloved Adidas 3-Stripe Tights ($40; nordstrom.com) has a lean-but-not-too-tight fit that's perfect for low-impact workouts or just lazing on the couch. Center: With its waistband logo, compression fabric, and pearlized finish, the Koral Rhys Mid Rise Energy Legging ($125; koral.com) delivers a high-performance take on the trend. Right: For crazy soft comfort, you can't go wrong with Champion; their Women's Track Pant ($50; champion.com) has a subtle side stripe and is available in both black and millennial pink.

Sleek neutrals

Old Navy, Sweaty Betty, Nordstrom

Left: Shimmering stripes snake around the leg in the Ivy Park Metallic Asymmetrical Stripe Legging ($90; nordstrom.com). Center: With velvet stripes and insulating fabric, the Sweaty Betty Thermodynamic Run Legging ($135; sweatybetty.com) is designed to keep you warm during cold-weather workouts. Right: You never need to sacrifice quality for price when it comes to Old Navy activewear. The High-Rise 7/8-Length Side-Stripe Yoga Legging ($28; oldnavy.com) comes in a deep purplish hue that's surprisingly versatile.

Multicolor stripes

Bandier, Carbon38, Lorna Jane

Left: Part of Bandier's just-launched All Access sets, the Floyd Legging ($118; bandier.com) makes a statement paired with the matching Floyd Crop Top. Center: With mesh cutouts and candy-colored stripes, the Lorna Jane Nexus Core Tight ($111; lornajane.com) lets you embrace two popular trends in one. Right: The seriously cool P.E. Nation Crossbar Legging ($150; carbon38.com) has a seven-color stripe on one side and solid green colorblock on the other—so you can rock different looks from every angle.

Stripes + patterns

Nike, Athleta, Carbon38

Left: A solid black side stripe balances out the tropical, surf-inspired pattern on the Nike Hurley Hanoi Legging ($68; nike.com). Center: The Athleta Contender Blossom 7/8 Tight ($89; athleta.com) will have you dreaming of spring with its sweet floral pattern and unexpected navy stripe. Right: Hate wearing the same leggings as everyone else in your spin class? The Upside Good Dinosaur NYC Pant ($99; carbon38.com) is the answer.

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