While working out in a pair of beat-up sweats and an old muscle tank is probably the most logical ensemble choice for a sweat-soaked Soul Cycle class or even just a stair master sesh, there’s something to be said about the correlation between putting on a flattering fitness-ready outfit and conjuring the motivation required to actually make it out the door (because, frankly, that’s the hardest part, right?)
Actually, I’ve even been known to make it out the door and to the gym’s parking lot armored in a pair of sweat-wicking performance leggings and my trusty training shoes, only to sit in my car for an hour mindlessly scrolling through Instagram out of pure laziness, then to miss my scheduled workout sesh altogether. Oops, I did again.
Of course, what you wear to work out really shouldn’t matter in theory. After all, you’re exercising to release those much-needed endorphins, blow off some post-workday steam, and most of all, to sweat. But if you’re at all like me, when I wear something I look kind of cute in, I also feel more confident — and, sometimes, even more, energized — to get the darn thing done. And, if you’re the brunch-to-barre type of person, or simply someone who isn’t blessed with an unlimited amount of time to go straight from the gym to your own shower after each session (hey, sometimes you need to pick up groceries post-workout), opting for a more fashion-friendly fitness look makes complete sense.
Activewear attire has come a long way over the past decade — even since Lululemon’s game-changing Wunder Unders hit the scene years and years ago, elevating the activewear market forever by offering avid gym-goers who also like to feel cute in the process, a wide range of figure-flattering options. Nowadays, activewear designs follow the same trends (prints, cuts, and design details) as regular apparel, and I am seriously here for this sartorial shift. Scroll through below to check out my favorite places to find seriously chic activewear staples online.
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Fabletics has everything you could possibly need for work and play. The brand’s collection of sports bras, tanks, leggings, and so much more, make for great transitional pieces that will make you feel (and look) phenomenal at the gym and beyond.
Who says a sports bra has to be boring to be functional? This adorable leopard twist bra from Fabletics is super stylish and still offers up medium-impact support so that you can comfortably wear it during your fav spin or pilates session. The crisscross straps provide extra support for large chests, while also adding another fashionable element to the look. If you’re a VIP member, you can shop this adorable top for under $20.
ICYMI, Amazon has its very own activewear brand called Core 10, and its offerings are so chic. After all, its motto is “fashion first, fitness to the core,” so you know you’re going to find pieces that are both cute and ready to sweat in.
A prime example of Core 10 blending fashion and activewear is this cropped hoodie . It’s made from a super soft fleece that’s perfect for layering over your actual workout set. On your way to pilates, but it’s a bit chilly outside? Throw this sweatshirt on—problem solved!
Bandier’s vast selection of elevated activewear staples, which includes luxe brands and designer collabs, is hard to compete with. While price points tend to be on the steep side of the spectrum, there are plenty of affordable hidden gems to shop as well.
This sports bra is a work of art. The asymmetric mesh cut gives off some major badass energy.
That’s right. Your favorite eco-friendly and sustainable cool-girl label has finally dropped an activewear line, and yes, Ref Active is just as cute as you expected.
Jumpsuits are the biggest activewear trend of 2022, so how could REF not get in on it? This short style looks so cute paired with oversized jackets and flannels.
Featuring a selection of flattering, ethically-made, and size-inclusive activewear basics, Girlfriend’s offerings are perfect for the minimalist who appreciates on-trend colorways and practical design details.
These functional pocket leggings are perfect for outdoor runners.
Koral’s luxe athleisure staples borrows from current fashion trends reworked with performance-enhancing fabrics and designs to upgrade your next workout, whether you’re a runner, cycler, or circuit-training junkie.
These sleek leggings take the faux leather pant trend to the next level.
A celebrity favorite (Jennifer Aniston calls their Zero Gravity leggings her favorite pair), Sweat Betty’s selection of chic squat-proof performance wear is not to be missed.
The best-selling Power Pocket Workout Leggings are the ultimate butt-lifting bottom missing in your lineup.
Not only does this chic activewear brand launch super stylish colorways, designs, and prints, but they’re also a 1% for the Planet member, which means that the brand donated 1 percent of their sales to environmental and sustainability causes every year. Plus, Wolven is also Climate Neutral Certified and committed to helping to offset carbon emissions produced in the manufacturing, shipping, and operation of their business. How cool is that?
The crossover legging trend officially took over TikTok a few months ago, but this viral trend is still going strong.
You probably already know that Shopbop is a prime destination for scoring chic apparel, shoes, and accessories, but you may be surprised that they have an impressive activewear collection too.
Have you ever seen a cuter workout top? I don’t think so.
Sure, you probably already know about Lululemon’s ridiculously stylish and flattering activewear, but the list simply wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the O.G. style-forward fitness apparel label.
This iconic activewear staple changed the legging game.