16 Essential Activewear Brands to Know Right Now

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16 Essential Activewear Brands to Know Right Now
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Remember when “fitness clothing” meant a pair of black leggings (maybe the same ones you wore around the house) and whatever T-shirt and sports bra you could dig out of a drawer? Maybe you don’t—that’s how far activewear brands have come since the days that “athleisure” was still a long-forgotten word from a ’70s sneaker ad. Nowadays, not only do we have behemoths like Nike and Adidas, but thanks largely to the rise of stylish sportswear pioneer Lululemon, there’s a whole industry of fashion-meets-function brands that offer clothing you can wear from barre class to the bar.

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On the one hand, it’s great because we have a lot more choices when it comes to what to wear to work out—but on the other, it can get a little overwhelming. New fitness brands are a dime a dozen these days, and knowing which ones offer style, performance, and value isn’t easy.

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To help steer you in the right direction, we’ve put together a guide to 16 must-know activewear lines. Some are brand new, while others have more than a decade in the biz and are totally underrated. Click through the gallery below to shop them all.

Originally published November 2016. Updated June 2017.

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Alala
Alala

No, you’re not imagining it: this stuff is chicer than most of your regular wardrobe—so if you want to wear them to dinner, a party, or even work (we’ve done it!) you’re totally in the clear. We love this racer tank in particular.

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Alala
Alala
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The Upside
The Upside

Gym clothes feeling a little blah lately? This Aussie brand has fun prints in spades—plus, many of its pieces can do double-duty as swimwear.

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Without Walls
Without Walls

Urban Outfitters' in-house activewear label is a good bet for on-trend pieces like these Without Walls Crisscross Leggings that don't break the bank (look out for sales for an even better deal).

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Without Walls
Without Walls
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Koral
Koral

Founder Ilana Kugel has mastered the sexy-sporty look with the Jet Jumpsuit, so it should come as no surprise the LA transplant was born in Rio.

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Sweaty Betty
Sweaty Betty

Whether you need a new gym bag, a winter-proof hoodie, thermal leggings, or a lightweight tank for your next vinyasa class, this London-based stalwart has you covered.

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Joe Fresh
Joe Fresh

For gym gear that doesn’t cost as much as your monthly membership, check out this Canadian brand’s cool, affordable selection.

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Beloforte
Beloforte

From laser-cut leggings to micro-suede-trimmed tanks, this California brand is all about the details. We're in love with their Sofia Bra.

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Beloforte
Beloforte
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Alo
Alo

Whether you’re a yogi or not, you’ll love this label’s super-comfy leggings, strappy bras, and cozy post-workout hoodies. The Vixen Fitted Crop Tank is so pretty.

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First Base
First Base

This ethical Aussie label will give you a reason to get off your butt and go to spin class (even if that reason is to show off your rad leggings).

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First Base
First Base
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P.E. Nation
P.E. Nation

There’s something irresistibly appealing about this Aussie brand’s retro vibe—and it has swimwear, too!

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C9 Champion
C9 Champion

Don't sleep on Target's performance offerings—C9 has a wide range of leggings, tanks, hoodies and more (along with a wide range of sizes).

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ADAY
ADAY

An NYC startup with slick collections made for those Saturdays when you go from brunch to barre to boutique-hopping. Their Throw it Higher Leggings are super comfy.

ADAY
ADAY
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Michi
Michi

If your workout style favors all things black, mesh, and strappy, you need to keep this made-in-Canada brand on your radar. We bet you'll run faster in these Radiate Leggings.

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Michi
Michi
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Varley
Varley

Printed pieces can be chic, too, as this LA line proves on the regular. (Though if you’re a solids fan, it also has plenty of that.) The Biona Ash Python Legging is on sale for just $70 right now.

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Varley
Varley
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Beyond Yoga
Beyond Yoga

Ten years in, this everything-activewear brand makes pieces that are fun, functional, and never boring.

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Ultracor
Ultracor

You haven't felt leggings like these before; they'll sculpt and shape in all the right places, through Pilates class or a run in the park.

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Ultracor
Ultracor
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