17 best warm-weather outfit ideas

Run away from winter and sprint into spring in style. Now that the tracks are

Run away from winter and sprint into spring in style.

Now that the tracks are clear and the turf has dried, running is a great way to get outdoors and burn some calories while you’re at it. It’s also a free activity to do in the summer, without having to pay a membership fee at a gym or wait for an open treadmill.

Instead, the only things you’ll need for a good run in the sun are the clothes on your back, the shoes on your feet and maybe a few accessories to keep you going.

Read on for a list of the best running gear to have on hand this spring, satisfying legging lovers, beach runners, track stars, fast walkers and everything in between.

A woman in red leggings and a black top
lululemon

Swiftness and speed? What more could you want in a run?

Well actually, lululemon thinks you’ll also want comfort, sweat-wicking fabric and a high-waist that won’t roll down on your run. Sound good? The Swift Speed High Rise Tight are a full 28-inch length, ranging in size from a zero to a 14 and in a huge selection of colors and patterns.

A woman in gray two-tones running pants
On Running

These pants from On Running adapt with you and the weather, keeping you warm when the wind blows and cool when it’s not.

The running pants come in three colors, with a fashionable color blocking style in either black, gray or blue. They feature zippers at the ankles, easily converting from tight ankles that lock in heat to lose ones that will keep the air circulating as you run. They also have a slit in the knee for when you need to stretch, bend or just tie your shoe with ease.

A woman in short orange shorts and white sneakers
lululemon

Keep you pace, no matter how hot it gets outside.

These short shorts are the bestselling Speed Up Shorts from lululemon, and for good reason. The shorter 2.5-inch style is just enough fabric to keep you covered, but nothing bulky to hold you back. You can also opt for the longer four-inch pair, should you want a bit more coverage and different colors.

A pair of brown reddish track shorts
Tracksmith

Throw it back to your parent’s gym class days, with this retro pair from Tracksmith.

The Van Cortlandt Short are modeled after classic track shorts — hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The shorts are made with super lightweight and anti-stink 2:09 mesh, keeping you cool and smelling fresh no matter how hard you train on the track. They come in six different colors and range in size from an XS to an XL.

A woman in a pair of gray and red shorts
Nathan Sports

Go the distance and come out a winner with these shorts from Nathan Sports.

The Front Runner Shorts are designed with speed in mind, weighing less than one pound to keep your focus on your run, not bulky clothing. They come with a built-in liner that is quick drying, peaking out from under the three-inch shorts on top. The shorts come in three different colors and range in size from an XS to an XL.

A woman in a blue tie-dye running tee shirt
lululemon

Tie-dye is the ultimate new trend of 2021, and we are running out to get some to incorporate into our workout routine.

The lululemon Lightweight Run Kit Short Sleeve comes in two tie-dye colors, a purple and the above blue, as well as in a basic black — great for mixing and matching with any of the above leggings or shorts. They range in size from a zero to a size 14 and hit right above the waist for a classic and comfy fit.

A woman in a blue tank top and shorts runs on a track
Hoka One

Designed for the track star in your life, this tank was built for speed, streamlined to hug your body and not hold you back.

The Hoka One One brand tank fits a bit cropped, right above the belly button and pairs perfectly with high-rise leggings or speed shorts for the full track look.

“A race-ready tank that hugs the torso, this streamlined silhouette energizes race day with bold hues and contrasting side panels,” reads the product description. “A sustainably minded style crafted from ECONYL® regenerated nylon and polyester, this breathable basic is designed with a racerback cut for ultimate mobility.”

A woman in a dark red sports bra
lululemon

When getting ready to run, make sure you have all the support you need.

The Run Times Bra High Support offers just that, ranging in sizes to accommodate a B-cup through an E-cup size with band sizes ranging from a 32 to a 40. The top offers maximum support for high-impact activities, including running, of course. With that comes padded straps to eliminate rubbing or digging into the shoulders and a soft under band for a smooth fit that stays put on your run.

The bra from lululemon comes in the above Cassis color, as well as a dark green Smoked Spruce, a peachy Desert Sun, True Navy and Black.

A woman zipping up a white spots bra
Shefit

For the runner that likes to customize every last detail of their workout, this bra is for you.

The Shefit bra is a fully-customizable sports bra that can be zipped up the front for easy on and off, even while sweaty post-run. The straps can be moved tighter or looser like a traditional non-sports bra, but the coolest part is that the back can also be cinched however tight you need it to be, for a perfect fit in the cups and under the bust.

A woman in a white jacket
lululemon

Just because it’s now spring it doesn’t mean you may not need a jacket some days.

Especially when out for a run in the early morning or late at night, lululemon thinks it’s always wise to pack a lightweight jacket. This Goal Smasher Jacket fits the bill, as it offers protection from wind as well as access to pockets without dragging you down by any excess weight. The coat comes in white and black, perfect for a monochrome look or to pair with some neon leggings for a pop of color on your run.

A woman in a half black, half white jacket
Asics

Can’t decide between black or white?

Asics thinks you shouldn’t have to choose, making this fashion-forward jacket perfect for a jog. The SMSB Run Jacket not only has a cool pattern on the front as well as the Asics logo, but is designed to go the distance, rain or shine.

“A versatile garment that’s recommended for colder days or light rain, this jacket includes an adjustable and stylish higher neck design that protects against wind,” reads the product description. “Additionally, this jacket has two front pockets and a zippered back pocket for convenient storage. Reflective elements are added to increase visibility when running in low-light settings, while the graphic on the front reads, “Sound Mind, Sound Body.”

A pair of dark green socks that say "New Year New Miles"
Nathan Sports

Put a little pep in your step with adorable socks from Nathan Sports.

These motivational socks give you a little confidence boost with the message, but are also built for function on your run as well. The low-cut socks are made with anti-blister yarns, keeping your feet happy mile after mile. The heel is raised to prevent rubbing in the back as well, and each sock is designed for either the left or the right foot.

A blue sneaker
On Running

Keep your feet on the ground, even if they feel like they are running on the clouds.

These sneakers from On Running are designed for urban running, keeping you feeling level on uneven ground, gravel and really any hard surfaces. They weight under 8 ounces, keeping you focused on the trail ahead and not your feet, and are designed for short to medium length runs.

A black sneaker with neon colors
Saucony

High quality running shoe, but make it vegan.

Saucony has done just that, plus added some neon details that makes this running shoe fashionable, too. They come in the above black and neon, as well as in a white version, neon yellow, hot pink, a sunset gradient and an all black shoe.

“The Endorphin Pro was engineered with elite athletes and built to give runners a fair advantage at the starting line. Featuring propulsive SPEEDROLL Technology, our signature S-curve carbon fiber plate combines with ultralight PWRRUN PB cushioning for powerful race-day performance,” explains the product page. “And weighing in at just 7.5oz, it’s undeniable. These shoes weren’t made for chasing personal bests. They were made for smashing them.”

A pair of yellow and green running shoes
Allbirds

Dash through the trees, across the beach and really anywhere you please with these lightweight sneakers.

Allbirds has rethought the traditional running shoe and made it over again with natural and sustainable materials that help you and the environment stay fit and feeling great. The shoes are made with eucalyptus and a carbon negative EVA from sugarcane to create ultra lightweight and durable sneakers, tested by both pro and amateur athletes to make sure they pass the performance test every step of the way.

A black and silver beaded safety bracelet
Flare

Going for a run should be a stress relief, not the cause for it.

Flare is a jewelry company on a mission to one day no longer need to exist, but for now, they can offer runners some peace of mind, day or night. Built by assault survivors, the jewelry is made to make wearers feel safer going out knowing they have a plan in place if they end up in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation.

First, download the Flare app and pre-load any emergency contacts you want to have your Global Positioning System (GPS) location. The bracelet also allows you to trigger an automatic message — sending your contacts a text as well as your GPS location. You can even contact 911 at the press of the hidden button on the backside of the bracelet.

A black Fitbit watch
Fitbit

Track how far you’ve come on your fitness journey right from your wrist.

The newest iteration of the Fitbit is the Fitbit Sense, now on sale for $250 instead of the original $300 price. The watch boasts an impressive six day batter life, allowing you to run to your heart’s content on a single charge. It also comes with a plethora of other features, including monitoring your skin temperature, overall heart health and even providing tools for stress management to name a few.