Many people love wearing athleisure, even if they have no intention of being sporty. Why? Because it’s comfortable and it looks good. From sweats to leggings to tennis skirts, athleisure is about fashion. It’s different from sportswear because while you can work out in athleisure wear, that’s not really the point. So, while sportswear is designed for performance, athleisure wear is designed to make you look and feel good.
Before you buy athleisure, there are some important factors you should take into consideration. While all athleisure may look the same, it’s really not. Each brand of athleisure wear does things a little differently than the rest, each brand with a different personality. If you visit a brand’s website and feel at home, you may have found the brand that fits your vibe. Make sure, though, that if you are looking for clothes you can actually use as gym wear, look for a brand that’s as functional as it is aesthetically appealing. Think about what you need, from moisture-wicking fabrics to convenient pockets to durable fabrics. What are the best athleisure brands? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 and what makes them special.
Fabletics: This Kate Hudson-affiliated company has a large selection of athletic wear for both men and women, in fun colors and patterns and an inclusive size range of XXS-4X. The clothing works for everyday use, working out, or just lounging, there’s a membership option and the prices are moderate.
Lululemon: Founded in Vancouver in 1988, this brand features workout gear, athleisure and accessories for women and men, in eco-friendly materials and dreamy fabrics. Sizes range from 0-20, and the prices are in the mid-high range.
Vuori: This carbon-neutral brand was founded in 2015 and exudes California appeal. Durable fabrics are the priority, and the collection includes tops, bottoms and accessories, ranging in size from XXS-SXXL. The brand is pricey, with leggings that sell for $80-$100, and sports bras for $50.
Wolven Threads: This brand is incredibly artistic and prioritizes the earth and community. Heavily influenced by Hindu culture, it features many henna-inspired designs. It’s made just for women, and it’s the perfect summer beach walk attire. It’s an expensive brand, but beautiful and sustainably made.
Athleta: Founded in 1988, it’s now part of the Gap group of companies. Its activewear is designed for a wide range of activities, including hiking, travel, tennis and yoga, and it’s streetwear style will carry you comfortably to and from our workout. The company gives back to organizations that empower women, and has inclusive sizes, from XXS-3X.
Gymshark: Gymshark grabbed the spotlight a few years ago because of their magical power to make a woman’s behind look amazing. This UK brand has options for women and men, and is known for durable, performance-driven, figure-flattering gear. It’s also affordable, and sizes range from XS-2XL.
Adidas: This iconic company was founded in 1949 and is known for its tracksuits, though its inventory is actually vast. Shoes, apparel, and accessories for men, women and children are high-quality, with a price that reflects that, and sizes that range from XXS-XL.
Nike: Another long-known brand, Nike was founded in 1964 under the name Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, the name was changed to that of the Greek goddess of victory. Best known for shoes, Nike has tracksuits, tees, sweats, leggings and more, in sizes from XS-XL. It’s becoming a more sustainable brand, using recycled and bio-based materials in its products, and is priced in the mid to high range.
Outdoor Voices: Its mission is to “get the world moving” and the company’s focus is on designing fitness wear that’s built for having fun. The collections are high-quality, tech-forward and functional, but geared more toward recreation than performance. Made from recycled and renewable materials, they’re priced in the mid to high range and come in sizes from XS-3XL.
Alo Yoga: On-trend colors and flirty fits define this fashion-forward brand, geared toward Gen-Z. A favorite of trendy celebs, Alo Yoga makes high-quality men’s and women’s athleisure in an array of lush colors with a mid to high price range.
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