Working out can be a chore, but figuring out what clothes to wear while doing it doesn’t have to be. Here, 18 need-to-know activewear brands that are so cute and versatile, you’ll want to wear ’em well after your gym session.
If You Like a Range of Sizes
When Khloé Kardashian first launched Good American in 2016, it focused on denim, but it has since expanded and, most recently, got into activewear. The styles come in sizes XS through 4XL and feature bold prints like leopard and camouflage, but there are also more subdued solid styles with black, white, and gray color blocking.
If You Like the Athleisure Look
The brand Alala was inspired by the streets of New York City so that even your workout clothes make you look put together when you walk out the door. It offers styles with mesh details (like this bold blue sports bra, here), breezy openings, and woven textures that make even a solid-colored matching set not so basic.
If You’re Obsessed With Yoga
Yogis everywhere can attest to the quality of Alo Yoga’s pieces; the fashionable cutouts, colors, and seam placement are really just an added bonus. Leggings come in sizes 00 to 14 and will feel like a second layer of skin—without sticking to you when you sweat.
If You’re Into a Retro Look
Outdoor Voices was created in 2013 with your old-school rec center in mind. “Remember back to your YMCA days?” the founder asked in an interview. “That’s the kind of activity that we want to capture.” The brand’s signature color-blocked leggings and bras are a celebrity fave, but the functional details like zip closures and mesh backing will get you through even the most intense workout. You also get a pretty cool tote bag with any purchase—just sayin’.
If You Love Standout Designs
Year of Ours, a Los Angeles-based company, offers unique designs (like the asymmetrical sports bra and ribbed leggings here) for every type of scenario, whether you’re working up a sweat, running errands, or just relaxing. The brand also has sweat sets, shorts, bodysuits, tops, and more if you like the athleisure vibe. It also recently launched extended sizing, so you can find styles ranging from XXS to 2X.
If You’re a Trendsetter
While you might be familiar with the brand’s logo sweatshirts, Champion is also a good go-to for activewear. If you’re into that “off-duty model” aesthetic, then get yourself this trendy black and white spotted look, featuring soft jogger pants you won’t want to take off.
If You Run in All Types of Weather
Sweaty Betty launched in 1998 as a response to all the “masculine and shapeless” activewear at the time. The label’s got you covered for every type of activity including yoga, tennis, skiing, or swimming, but if you’re a runner who isn’t deterred by cold weather, then you’ll definitely want to check out the thermodynamic styles. They’ll hold in the perfect amount of warmth without causing you to completely overheat.
If You’re Looking for Support
If your main concern is getting the proper support you need, look no further than the Nola Activewear collection from Addition Elle. The line features no shortage of supportive sports bras fit for low-, medium-, and high-intensity workouts. From padded to non-padded, underwire to seamless, or strappy to basic, there’s an option for everyone’s preferences.
If You Prefer Lightweight Fabrics and Breathability
If you’re all about lightweight, breezy materials, Puma is for you. Pieces feature everything from flat seams for reduced irritation on the move to breathable lining when you’re sweating up a storm.
If You Typically Run Errands After a Workout
Koral activewear is not only moisture-wicking, anti-pilling, quick drying, and anti-bacterial (to name a few benefits), it’s also edgy and stylish enough to wear throughout the day. If you have things to do even after squeezing in a workout, you’ll look cute without having to schlep a different outfit to the gym.
If You’re Active Outside
Nike has a plethora of activewear, but when it comes to outerwear, the brand’s offerings are protective and functional in any type of weather. Styles include lightweight windbreakers, bombers, and sherpa jackets.
If High-Intensity Workouts Are Your Thing
LNDR’s aesthetic is minimal and almost futuristic with its signature colored panels that outline your muscles and move with you. The stretch will make each piece feel like it was molded specifically for your body, and, consequently, everything will stay in place, even in super intense studio sessions.
If You’re a Fashionista Who Also Likes Functionality
Since partnering with Adidas in 2004, Stella McCartney has brought her fashionable designs to the activewear world. The label’s aesthetic is sporty but delicate and often features playful patterns and bold colors, as evidenced here with the bright-red and cobalt-blue of this tank and tennis skirt set.
If Softness Is a Must
You won’t ever want to wear anything else once you experience the softness of Athleta’s fabrics. If you’re looking for activewear that not only does the job (i.e. wicks sweat, stays in place, etc.) but also happens to be insanely comfortable, then this is the brand for you.
If You’re a Minimalist Who Appreciates the Tiny Details
Zella’s styles are pretty traditional when it comes to color, but if you gravitate toward black, gray, or other neutral hues, then it’s definitely worth looking into. The label is perfect for those who appreciate simplicity combined with subtle details like mesh panelling or reversible designs.
If You Like Pretty Patterns
The Upside is an Australian-based activewear company that offers cute and cheery designs, but also doesn’t skimp out on technical performance. You’ll definitely make a statement at the gym wearing its styles featuring adjustable straps and drawstrings, removable cups, and rubber seams that prevent slippage.
If You’re a No-Frills Type of Person
Universal Standard is known for its inclusive sizing and minimal designs. Its activewear collection, which launched in January 2018, is no exception. The simple silhouettes (like this bodysuit, for instance) are perfect if you’re no-fuss, but the bold primary and secondary colors of its pieces still lend a sense of style.
If You Prefer Lightly Lined Sports Bras
Victoria’s Secret PINK Lightly Lined Sports Bra, $27
Victoria’s Secret PINK’s lightly lined sports bras are top-rated for a reason. Reviewers rave about the comfy fit, the fabric quality and the minimal padding for low-impact workouts. The rest of the brand’s workout gear comes in fun prints like rainbow and plaid and also an impressive range of solid colors in almost every style.