Whether you’re a runner, yogi, weightlifter, or simply like to take a daily stroll with your dog, the right fitness gear is out there for you.
Thanks to a few years of lockdowns where lounge and activewear were our primary attire, more and more brands are bringing fashion into the mix, so you can still look good while you sweat it out, whether that’s at home or in the gym.
With luxe activewear reaching a stylish new bar(re), finding a stylish set or gym gear that blends with your everyday wardrobe is easier than ever.
Here are the brands that we’ve been shopping to help us reach out step counts even if it is by walking to sunday brunch.
Famed for their retro-inspired designs, P.E Nation is the brand to go to for instant cool factor. Whether it’s a printed jacket or bold colour-block leggings, these styles flow seamlessly into regular daywear.
Cult Australian activewear brand The Upside has always been a go-to for those of us who like a bit of luxury, but don’t want to sacrifice functionality. Their designs are always fashion-forward and just look good on, definitely an activewear brand that inspires you to get out there and work out.
Forever a front-runner when it comes to the best activewear, Nike are obviously synonymous with performance wear but their yoga offering is particularly excellent, with gorgeous, fashion-forward colourways and cute cuts.
Another brand that’s been in the business of activewear for a long time, adidas makes the list due to the brands excellent collaborations and performance-focused pieces. The Stella McCartney drops are always worth watching out for.
Homegrown brand Nagnata has been a smash hit since its inception into the activewear-meets-fashion market. And there aren’t many pieces from the brand’s ever so chic collection that we wouldn’t wear outside of working out.
Aje recently launched their activewear line, Aje Athletica, and it’s exactly what you would expect from the popular Australian label – sleek, on-trend and filled with pieces that can take you from workout to brunch.
Rockwear’s range is made to move with you, even during your most intense workouts, whether that’s getting hot during HIIT, sweating it out at spin or running a marathon.
Built on the belief that functional activewear is essential to moving comfortably, looking good, and most importantly, feeling free, each of the brand’s pieces prioritises performance.
Active Truth caters to all body types with impressive plus size and maternity ranges. More importantly, however, is the strong sustainability focus the brand maintains utilising compostable packaging for orders, ditching printed invoices and swing tags and creating small, seasonless ranges with sustainably sourced textiles.
Developed by two besties, Nimble quickly became a must-buy for all activewear lovers. The brand not only has great basics, but they’re committed to developing their sustainable practices which we love.
Cotton On Body
Cotton On Body do some of the best, affordable activewear in Australia. With so many colourways and styles to choose from, you can afford to look chic at the gym (or home gym) every day. Bonus – their maternity fitness gear is just as excellent.
Rebecca Vallance Sportif
Another Australian fashion label which launched an activewear line recently, Rebecca Vallance Sportif is the activewear line you want to wear for your powerwalks followed by coffee dates. It’s sleek, comfortable and can easily be mixed in with your day to day wear.
Aim’n is famous for its seamless ribbed material, creating leggings and sports bras that feel comfortable and look sleek.
One of the most fashion-led activewear brands, First Base consistently nails stylish fitness gear you can’t wait to throw on. With a mix of social-activewear and performance-activewear, you’ll find great pieces no matter what your fitness level.
One of the original size-inclusive activewear brands, Girlfriend Collective remains one of the best. Their pieces are functional, comfortable and well-made, with trending colourways.
Reebok have some fantastic performance activewear and leisurewear, but the stand-out for fashion lovers is always the Victoria Beckham capsule collection. Launching this week, the colourways are chic, the cuts are sleek and you’ll absolutely be the most fashion-forward runner on the track.
There’s a reason why Lululemon is still a firm activewear favourite for many Australian women. Their designs are chic while still practical, work as both actual activewear and leisurewear (as in, you can go for your run and then stroll to get your coffee), and just feel good on. Also, they go up to a size 20, making them more inclusive than many fitnesswear brands.