Though activewear is one of the most popular areas of fashion, it feels like there are only two options. On one hand, there’s performance gear — the clothes typically made with professional athletes and high-intensity workouts in mind. And on the other is athleisure, which entails chic and comfortable staples you might find yourself in while lounging or running errands rather than spending time at the gym. However, if there’s one brand that seems to nail the perfect balance between the two, it’s Gymshark. The sportswear brand is known for its sleek pieces that’ll still get you through the toughest workouts, making it a favorite among fitness enthusiasts. And if you’re hoping to broaden your workout wardrobe, there are a handful of brands like Gymshark to start shopping, now.
Like any other category in fashion, finding out exactly what you want in an activewear brand — or its specific pieces — comes down to personal preference (and likely your workouts). However, if you’re looking for workout clothes that can go the distance, scroll down to discover the six brands that have stylish pieces worthy of any type of workout.
Australian brand P.E. Nation was created with the idea of “street-meets-sportswear” in mind. As a result, the sports attire company has created technical activewear for all types of workouts and activities.
These leggings have been "squat-test" approved to make sure nothing shows through as you're working out.
For those early-morning workouts, wear this jacket over your favorite tank top and leggings to keep your muscles warm.
Gigi C Sport
Swimwear brand Gigi C has taken its streamlined style to workout gear with its activewear line. Gigi C Sport includes classic leggings and tops — as well as catsuits — featuring the brand’s signature laser-cut details. Each piece from the collection is made with tridimensional elasticity, which means you'll be able to move freely in every direction.
Gigi C Sport's Andrea Hoodie is made with nylon and elastane, giving it the right amount of stretch as you wear it before, during and after your workouts.
If you haven't gotten in on the bike short trend, the laser-cut details on this might sway you. Wear this with a cropped tank top for a spin class, or opt for a looser fitting T-shirt.
If its cool activewear to take you from the gym and beyond you’re looking for, opt for Koral. The luxury sportswear brand is known for its Lustrous Leggings, which are made with a glossy material chic enough to wear for a night out.
These shiny track shorts feature mesh side panels to let your legs breathe throughout your workouts — whether it's a long run or a CrossFit class.
Made with a streetwear feel, Koral's signature Lustrous Leggings are chlorine resistant, if you want to wear them for water-based workouts.
Adidas by Stella McCartney
If there’s anyone who’s going to make athletic attire stylish, it’s Stella McCartney, who has been collaborating with Adidas since 2005. With every collection, the designer brings her high-fashion style to the world of activewear, making each piece an easy option for a fashionable workout.
These shorts give support while also keeping you (mostly) sweat-free — and look perfectly on-trend while doing so.
Not only is this top the perfect mix of sporty and cool, it's also made with yarn that contains Parley Ocean Plastic, which is made from recycled waste taken from beaches.
For those who consider themselves minimalists, Olympia Activewear sets out to create functional pieces that are simple in design. Among its pieces, you’ll find no-frills sports bras and leggings in a primarily neutral palette.
Pair this with black high-waisted leggings for a minimal workout look that's sleek enough to wear post-sweat, too.
You can never have too many pairs of black leggings, but if you're feeling the need to switch things up, this colorblocked pair will let you do so without straying too far from the classic.
Year of Ours
Los Angeles-based brand Year of Ours pays homage to classic American sportswear with pieces like its Football Leggings. The company designs its collections with the busy life of the modern woman in mind, all while maintaining the underlying standard of performance in each piece.
Inspired by classic football pants, Year of Ours' Football Leggings are made with an athletic jersey material that'll support you in all the right places.