19 Activewear Brands You Need to Know About

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19 Activewear Brands You Need to Know About
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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? Or, realistically, a pair of sweats? 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 19 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.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2016. 

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Yummy & Trendy
Yummy & Trendy

Yummy & Trendy designs its pieces to be perfect for however you're using them. These pants are perfect for yoga, barre, cycling and jogging, and they look stylish.

Will Lane
Will Lane

If you love a good minamalist, utilitarian look, Will Lane totally gets your aesthetic. This racerback tank will show off your hard-earned strength.

Les Coquines
Les Coquines

Who says a sports bra can't be sexy? Les Coquines pairs their knowledge of intimates with a love for athleisure and creates comfy but sexy pieces like this sports bra.

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.

Photo: Alala
Alala
Alala
Photo: Alala
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.

Photo: The Upside
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).

Photo: Without Walls
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.

Photo: Koral
Sweaty Betty
Sweaty Betty

Whether you need a new gym bag, a winter-proof hoodie, bum-sculpting 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.

Photo: Joe Fresh
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).

Photo: First Base
P.E. Nation
P.E. Nation

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

Photo: P.E. Nation
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.

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 Mirage Leggings.

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Varley
Varley

Printed pieces can be chic, too, as this LA line proves on the regular. Like this marble-print sports bra that looks almost ethereal.

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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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