Chic activewear has become a wardrobe staple for all of us who value both fitness and fashion. Luckily, there are now numerous brands out to help us achieve all our health goals while keeping us flawlessly stylish. Whether you need high-performance gear that helps you stand out at the gym or a cute yoga set to take you from workout to brunch, we’ve rounded up the best activewear brands for both their designs and performance you will love.
You don’t become a giant within a crowded industry without doing a few things right. We love Lululemon for its expansive and perfected range of products. Whether your thing is yoga, running or training, Lulu has you covered. The brand’s leggings and pants come in a variety of lengths and styles to suit everyone, and its sports bras offer the perfect support. These great products combined with excellent customer service (hello free in-store yoga classes) make Lululemon the ideal activewear brand.
2. FP Movement by Free People
There’s a lot to like about Free People’s activewear range, FP Movement, but what we love are the designs. Featuring ultra-chic details, such as decorative cut-outs and added straps, FP Movement offers a range which triumphs both fashion and function. If you run, do yoga, dance or surf, then this is a must-know brand for you. The label, which has been created with free and adventurous 20-somethings in mind, offers an extensive variety of products at affordable prices. And with free shipping to the US, Canada and Australia on purchases over $100, FP Movement is worth checking out.
Fabletics is the activewear creation of actress, Kate Hudson. And while the brand can’t promise you’ll end up with a body like Kate’s, it can promise that you’ll end up with gym wear which you’ll love. After taking a pop quiz about your style preferences and sizes, you’ll be able to view a range of Fabletics gear which has been curated to suit your needs. With no more sorting through pages of styles that just aren’t for you, this brand makes finding the right product a breeze. Then simply check out as a guest or become a VIP member to receive additional savings.
4. Adidas by Stella McCartney
Adidas by Stella McCartney is one collaboration that just keeps on giving. Combining one of our favourite designers with one of the greatest sportswear labels ever is pure genius. Shop the collection to find high-quality and high-performance fabrics and styles in undeniably fashionable designs. Floral prints, bold colours and almost futuristic fitness designs make Adidas by Stella McCartney a perfect addition to your wardrobe rotation. Once you start buying pieces from this range, we predict that you’ll be wearing them everywhere. Whether it’s in the gym, to brunch, or for a quick Instagram pic, these pieces easily work for any occasion.
5. Vie Active
Vie Active was born in Bondi Beach, Australia and offers high-performance, fashionable fitness wear. Created with the goal of allowing women to transition easily from a workout into a busy day, Vie Active’s mantra is; “Designed by sweat professionals, for sweat professionals.” The brand’s collections offer a great mix of basic activewear and more fashionable, standout pieces. Look out for the Modern Geo and Marble prints if you’re after some on-trend styles to spice up your workout wardrobe.
6. Pins to Kill
Pins to Kill is the new kid on the block when it comes to activewear. Offering comfortable leggings in super cute prints, this brand will brighten up your morning workout. With styles becoming available for purchase twice a month, pick up a pair fast before they sell out. If you do miss out, you could always try your hand at designing your own pair! Pins to Kill offers customers the option of personalising their leggings or even uploading their own designs. We love this fun and innovative idea! After all, who wouldn’t want one of a kind, custom gym gear?
7. Sweaty Betty
From humble origins as a single boutique brand in 1998 to a global, multi-channel, activewear business in 2016, Sweaty Betty has grown into an unstoppable industry leader. The brand’s pretty and minimalistic website offers an incredible range of products which are easily shop-able by activity/sport. So whether you swim, spin or play tennis, you’ll always be able to find the right piece to fit your needs. Expect workout essentials intersected with in-your-face pops of colour and pattern. We also love Sweaty Betty’s range of reversible leggings which can be worn two ways to maximise style while reducing wardrobe space.
Emily Highfield is the talented designer behind Australian athleisure label Huntr and boy does she know her stuff. Since launching mid last year, Huntr has developed a cult-like following in Australia and it’s easy to see why. The label’s designs are the type of stylish activewear which look equally good worn with a pair Nikes as they do with Louboutins. Minimally chic with subtle design quirks, Huntr offers pieces which are 60% designer fashion and 40% sportswear. Check out the range if you want to look incredibly stylish without sacrificing comfort or practicality.
9. Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices has quickly grown into an important activewear/athleisure brand to watch. By offering minimalist designs in ultra-comfortable styles and fabrics, this label has become a firm favourite of millennials. Basic leggings, sweatshirts and track pants in neutral colours are all staples of this relaxed label. Made for “casual activity”, Outdoor Voices’ designs are intended to be worn anywhere and everywhere outdoors. If you’re the type that’s more into recreation than perspiration, then this is the perfect lifestyle label for you.
10. Olympia Activewear
If you’ve been meaning to try out Olympia Activewear, now’s your time. The brand’s 2016 collection is refined sportswear at its best. With a focus on simple silhouettes, the range offers modern, athletic designs in gorgeous neutrals; from basic black to warm brown and soft pink. Consistently setting itself apart from the crowd, Olympia Activewear offers a unique balance between strong and feminine aesthetics in signature custom elastics, versatile cotton basics and silk lounge pieces.
11. Live the Process
Live the Process is a wellness and holistic health site that also offers its luxury activewear brand. The brand’s designs feature a modern take on classic pieces ranging from bodysuits and bras to leggings and outerwear. Its styles are all incredibly chic and can easily be mixed and layered for the perfect look. We love the classic V Pant and V Bra in soft pink for the ultimate yoga outfit! Another thing we love about this brand? Its products are made ethically in the USA. So now you can feel good and look good at the same time.