Special to The Washington Post.

Special to The Washington Post.

A new generation of fitness clothing is appealing to gym rats and couch potatoes alike for its sweat-wicking, ab-smoothing, butt-firming fabrics, practical pockets and overall flattering silhouettes. With leggings and yoga pants almost de rigueur on the streets, exercisewear companies have upped the fashion quotient on their offerings.

Whether you're cycling, boxing, weight training or lounging over a latte at your neighborhood cafe, give these styles a workout.

_ Ready for action in a Nike Dri-Fit cropped tank ($35) and Nike Pro Hyperwarm Nordic tights ($60, both available at Nike.com)

_ This halter-style ballet-like tank top with pleated peplum ($64) shouldn't be reserved for stretching at yoga class. The same goes for the Emerge Renewed cropped leggings ($98) with mesh paneling. Post-practice, wear under a moto jacket for that trendy feminine/masculine mix. Tank top and leggings available at Lululemon stores and lululemon.com.

_A MPG nylon, expandable tote ($48) slung over the shoulder, leaves your workout behind, slipping on an R&R Surplus thermal hoodie ($180) over a Vimmia Pointe top ($92) and Blue Crush Leggings ($105). All available at Core 72 in Washington.

_ Ugg Australia's Sheepskin Mini Bailey Fingerless Gloves ($145, Ugg stores and uggaustralia.com) and a Oiselle heather gray, super-soft mock turtleneck pullover ($76, Core 72) are the perfect pair for a run on a chilly morning.

_ Don't just exercise, make a statement with Onzie Graphic Leggings ($76) and Oiselle pullover. For something warm and fun to wear over tights while dog-walking or snowshoeing, try a Skhoop Short Down Skirt ($130), insulated with duck down. All available at Core 72.

_ Stay cozy in a toasty, buttery-soft Think Fast herringbone zippered pullover ($98, at Lululemon stores and lululemon.com) with sweat- wicking fabric, Lycra to keep its shape and thumbholes to keep sleeves down. Coordinate with slate snakeskin-print Speed Tight II ($108, Lululemon stores and lululemon. com). Completing the graphic look are Nike Free 5.0 Fit 5 print sneakers ($110, Nike.com) and a favorite pair of neon-colored socks.

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Kelly is a contributor to Fashion Washington, a Washington Post lifestyle magazine, and is editor of MyLittleBird.com, a Washington-based women's-eye view of fashion, design and culture. This story originally appeared in the January issue of Fashion Washington.

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