The best workout gear for women is designed to support and flatter your figure, perform in high-intensity sessions, and hold up well after a few washes. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from—and the good news is that you don’t have to spend big to get great fitness clothes. Here, editors share their favorite brands for a range of budgets and activity levels.
While lululemon is known for its high-performance fabrics and sleek silhouettes, it also has a strong commitment to accessibility, offering an impressive array of sizes in most styles. For instance, the popular Align Tank Top provides light-to-medium support, and pairs perfectly with lulu’s Wunder Train High-Rise Pant. Meanwhile, Old Navy offers a wide selection of affordable fitness pieces that are perfect for everything from power walks to your next spin class. Try the on-trend floral longline bra or the smooth, light compression tank, which comes in 15 different show-stopping hues.
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If you’re looking to make the jump from your regular leggings to high-performance gear, check out Australian brand P.E Nation. Its cool, contemporary apparel has gained popularity among yogis and SoulCycle junkies alike, with nods to ’90s street style and performance-ready details like a boxing-inspired thick elastic waistband and colorful sports bras.
Another standout is UK-based brand Gymshark, which has become the go-to for second-skin cropped leggings and other fit-fluencer favorites (TikTok stars and Instagram fit-fluencers like Alessandra Ambrosio wear it all the time). It’s also our pick for the best workout clothes if you love matching sets, with a wide selection of options to choose from. Check out the brand’s coveted booty-lifting leggings that are made with a breathable bamboo viscose fabric that lifts your rear and lies flat under any outfit—or their seamless thong, which is made of perforated material and looks just like Spanx shapewear for a super chic effect.