The relationship status between Pilates fanatics and reformers has been a turbulent one this past year. You've likely become far more intimate with your mat and all the at-home exercises you can pull off with sliders, slippy socks, and resistance bands. But we're hopeful that 2021 will allow you to return to your go-to studio, instructors, and those beloved body-quivering machines. And you'll want to ensure your look is on point when getting back out there, which means freshening up your activewear assortment.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up a checklist of the nine essentials every Pilates lover should own—from grippy socks to warm-up layers to matching sets. Spoiler: onesies also made the list. Keep scrolling to discover all of our Pilates-ready picks.
Few pieces are as specific to Pilates as grippy socks, but they're a must to prevent slippage on various machines. Some can be a bit unsightly; namely, those generic styles offered to unprepared studio patrons. But there are tons of suitable versions abound, whether you're drawn to a ballet-slipper-inspired design or sportier look.
Whether you prefer a tank or tee, a fitted top is key for monitoring your form. While you likely don't break too much of a sweat during planks, lunges, and bird dog crunches, opting for moisture-wicking materials will ensure maximum breathability and comfort during your workout.
Pilates may be low impact, but you still have to support your chest, regardless of cup size. The classic styles like V-neck, racerback, and triangle bras never fail. But if you're looking for a trendier design, it's all about bustier, crossover, square, and high-cut silhouettes of late.
All hail the high-rise legging. Not only does the beloved silhouette emphasize your waist and elongate your legs, but when made from four-way stretch or sculpting fabrics, the flexible bottom provides plenty of support through your midsection. Plus, the right pair might just help keep your transverse abdominals engaged a bit longer.
What's more motivating than a cute set to get you in the mood for a muscle-quivering workout? Brands have upgraded their set offerings over the past year, including sleek and minimal cuts, earthy colors, metallic fabrics, and seamless designs. If there's any place you won't feel extra rocking a coordinating bra-and-legging look, it's undoubtedly the Pilates studio.
A crop top is a versatile piece in any activewear collection. For more of a modest look, pair your favorite style with high-rise bottoms for a teensy sliver of skin.
When biker shorts came back on the scene, who could have predicted their extended staying power? These comfortable cotton shorts are a modern wardrobe staple, particularly when worn with oversized hoodies, cozy socks, and sneakers. But when you’re on the reformer, it's all about wearing compression styles made from performance fabrics in the length that makes you feel your most confident.
As with ballet or yoga, Pilates can start slow, making a third-piece helpful during your warm-up. Wrap tops and lightweight sweaters are great for channeling ballerina vibes, while cropped sweatshirts and long-sleeve tees are bound to suit every taste.
We can trust most Pilates enthusiasts to hop on board with the latest activewear trends, and lately, it's all about onesies. This look has slowly worked its way to the forefront, and this year, the workout jumpsuit appears in many new arrivals sections in the full-length and biker-short form. Not sure it's for you? Think of it this way: you won't have to worry about slipping waistbands or bunching inseams in an all-in-one.