Amanda Russell's Picks: Flattering, Fashionable Fitness Pieces for Summer

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Amanda Russell shows off her taut tummy.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been very passionate about my clothing. I love great style, I love getting dressed—heck, how we dress is our first  statement to the world when we step out our door! So when it comes to fitness you should absolutely not turn your fashion sense off. What you wear and how you wear it plays a large role in your motivation, and nothing is more motivating than feeling great and confident!

Gone are the days of wearing your massive boyfriend hoodie and 20-year-old baggy sweatpants to work out. Fitness fashion has become a market unto itself. There is even a category at New York Fashion Week for fitness fashion, so join me and keep in the know and looking your best while you sweat!

I was actually inspired to write this article on some of my favorite pieces for this summer after being bombarded by questions about what I wear in my workout shows! In fact, I even decided to do a whole video segment on fitness fashion with Hollywood-based Celebrity Stylist Miss Kimmy Erin—you can watch it here.

The Following pieces are for stylish women who take fitness seriously. I have selected based on fashion, fitness and functionality. So, drumroll please, these are my Top 5 Picks for this Summer’s Trendiest and Most Flattering Pieces!

Sexiest Tight Ever: The Raquel Tight

Women who wear (or have seen) this tight all agree, it’s "the sexiest tight ever" and now it’s come out with a sporty Powermesh trim. This style gives the “legs go on forever” silhouette and achieves a truly sizzling fit. The rich Supplex fabric is fluid enough to let you move, but stable enough to tell a few little white lies where you need it.

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The Hottest ‘Cool’ Crop: The Illusion Crop Pant by Michi NY

These high-performance leggings have the femme fatale detailing that give a nice slimming effect. Definitely-cutting edge, bordering on racy, these pants are sure to turn heads. Talking about setting the trend in your gym!

Make a Powerful Fitness Fashion Statement: The RONA Jacket by Splits 59

This lightweight jacket, with its clean lines, high neck and aerodynamic fit will have you the envy of the gym or the country club. Never have I received so many compliments on a piece of clothing in my life. Crisp white is the perfect summer complement, but I have a feeling you may like it so much you end up coming back to purchase it in other colors (I know I’m guilty of this)!

The Wow-Factor Sports Bra: Michi’s Anti-Gravity Bra by Michi NY

No more mundane sports bra here. Check out this contemporary, edgy yet functional take on the standby.

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Amanda flaunts her fit physique in a crop top and short shorts.

Seriously In-Style Slouchy V-Back Sweater: The Helena Sweater by Splits 59

The perfect piece for doubling your workout session with your weekend errands, and looking trendy while you do it. The deep-V back couldn’t be more flattering, or Signature. I have this in 4 colors and like to pair it with tights and one of the Splits Signature ‘59’ embroidered racerback tanks. Guaranteed to become one of your favorite closet go-tos.

Fab, Fit and Flattering: The Layla Performance Skirt by Splits 59

The ‘Tres Fab’ Bra: The The Zip 'em Up Collection by BodyRock Sport

Talk about going from gym to everyday life. These floral print bras definitely grab attention and are just so pretty for summer! Rock your femininity anywhere! Take this bra from a marathon or boot camp to the street by pairing it with a tank and leather jacket to achieve that truly ‘tres fab’ look. This bra style is supportive, sexy and sleek, and super comfy!