The good news is that, thanks to a whole lot of buzz, there are plenty of options when it comes to activewear. From the big sneaker brands with dedicated fitness lines to women-only yoga pants and bras from a brand co-founded by Venus Williams, there’s something for everyone. But the best workout clothes aren’t just about looks: You need soft fabrics that move with you, breathable material that helps you break a sweat and stretches to fit your body perfectly, and designs that work as well out of the gym as they do in it.
The best activewear for women also come from brands committed to sustainability and size inclusivity. Girlfriend Collective, for example, uses recycled water bottles and fishing nets to create super chic and incredibly comfortable leggings, sweats and joggers that’ve earned them a cult following (including love from Kerry Washington). And the brand’s truly size-inclusive pieces go up to 6XL, making them one of the top places to shop for activewear for plus-size women.
If you’re looking for more of a no-fuss look, try Universal Standard—the brand launched in January 2018 with inclusive sizing and sleek silhouettes. Their leggings are high-waisted, slimming and breathable and can be worn as a matching set or styled with other workout gear or even your favorite jeans. Another great option is Lululemon, a long-time athleisure staple beloved by yogis and runners for its fashionable look and unbelievably soft materials. activewear for women