When it comes to womens workout apparel, there’s no shortage of places to shop. From budget-friendly brands to a full-blown all-in-one shopping experience, there’s something for everyone. But not all gym clothes are created equal. It’s important to look for quick-drying, sweat-wicking materials (like spandex and nylon) so you don’t end up with chafing and stinky legs after a workout. Plus, if you can find activewear pieces that suit your style and feel comfortable running errands post-workout, even better.
As a longtime Shape editor who runs marathons, works with a trainer and teaches yoga, Kristen Geil has tested countless workout gear options. She says Lululemon is her go-to for yoga and Pilates pants that are made of a soft, stretchy material that holds up through the wash and stretches with every lunge and squat. She’s also a fan of the brand’s leggings and sports bras made from an eco-friendly blend of recycled plastic water bottles and fishing nets, which are available in sizes up to 6XL.
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Other favorites include Target, which offers a wide variety of workout clothing for women and men including a new collection called All in Motion. The collection features items like high-waist pocketed yoga pants, a workout tank and hoodie set, and leggings with StretchTech technology. Geil says she tried the leggings and found them to be a bit snug in the waist but otherwise felt great.
The Gap’s Old Navy brand is another go-to for affordable fitness pieces. Its on-trend floral longline bra and smooth light compression tanks come in a range of colors and sizes, from XS to 4XL, so there’s something for everyone. And the Gap’s Old Navy Active line also has a maternity fit for expectant mothers.