What To Wear When It's Too Darn Hot To Work Out

As relatively active women, we face a certain dilemma as summer days slowly creep into a massive thick of sweltering heat: What do you do when it’s getting too freaking hot to exercise outside? This burning question — pun intended — puts us at a crossroads every year. We can either bear the heat and sweat our butts off (literally, ew) for as long as we can stand it, or we can give up altogether.

Not so fast. With all the latest developments in activewear fabric technology, there are now better and cuter clothing options for working out under the most sweat-inducing circumstances. Ahead, the performance pieces you need to scoop up before your next jaunt outdoors.
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Runners: Lightweight polyester shorts (especially ones with an integrated inner short) need to be in your workout-wear arsenal. This pair boasts a windproof fabric with a water-repellant finish — ideal for when the weather turns unexpectedly misty.
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On days so steamy you soak through your tee within the first 10 minutes of your workout, stay cool in a compression bra made from quick-dry material.
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Performance panties like these, which are made from a moisture-pulling mix of nylon and lycra, are ideal for a sweaty exercise routine.
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Be on the lookout for kicks made with a breathable upper. The meshy material allows your feet to feel a bit of the breeze, even when they’re treading the hot pavement below.
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This tee is super-lightweight and soft (sort of like silk), while anti-odor and anti-microbial technology help pull away whatever sweat you expel.
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If you're not up to shed layer after layer, opt for workout shorts with strategically placed mesh panels. This pair is both modest and sexy, and gives your legs maximum breathability.
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There’s a reason why many pro tennis players are seen sporting caps like this one — it's specifically meant for rigorous outdoor drills. The ultra-lightweight fabric and mesh insets are guaranteed to keep your head breezy.
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File this shirt under "too cute to be considered workout gear." Made from a virtually weightless fabric, this strappy racerback crop tank feels like next-to-nothing when you wear it — to and after your rooftop yoga class.
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These soft polyester and spandex-blend shorts form to your legs in a supportive and comfortable way, while the modest hemline ensures they won’t chafe, even when you’re cycling at full speed.
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To avoid panty lines under leggings, snag a (surprisingly comfy) performance thong with a seamless finish and sweat-wicking fabric.
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