10 Stylish Activewear Brands to Inspire Your Workout

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Just like a great instructor or a kick-ass playlist can get you amped for working out, so can a stylish wardrobe!  You’ve heard the saying, Look good, Feel good, Do good.  It’s 100% true!

With Athleisure as huge as it is now, finding functional and stylish clothes for your workout is a piece of cake.  These 10 brands carry well-made athletic wear that are so good-looking, wearing them might inspire you to work out more!

#Motivation is calling!  Are you gonna pick up?


Athleta’s athletic line gets straight to the point. Their apparel is practical yet sophisticated so you feel confident and comfortable wearing them. Whether you are a hiker, a biker, or a volleyball spiker, Athleta has the gear for you.  Their wide selection includes yoga wear, swimwear, joggers and even loungewear. When you shop in their stores you can get certain alterations for free.  They have great all-around customer service, which has earned them high praise.



The Australian brand Duskiiuk makes surf gear and wet wear that although a little pricey, may be worth it so you can live out your Bond Girl dreams.  Their activewear are almost too chic for the water.  They blend function and style with a bit of Aussie sex appeal.  One of a kind and beautifully made, these babies are confidence-boosting thanks to their flattering fit and unique designs.  Our favorite piece at the moment is the Temptation Tank Spring Suit which has a high-waisted belt and slimming side panels.



Giving us more reason to love her, the stylish Kate Hudson has combined her fashion sense with her active lifestyle to help create a line of athletic wear called Fabletics. The brand, which launched in the Fall of 2013, carries sizes to fit most women—including our curvier friends. Love that! The subscription service is perfect for women who prefer getting personalized activewear sent to them each month.

Free People Movement


Because sometimes we want to look hip and fit heading to/from class, we’re loving Free People Movement activewear!  They have managed to combine sporty and Boho chic to create one of the swankiest most affordable athletic wear lines you can find. They’ll have you flaunting your fashion sense at the gym, in your Afro Hip Hop dance or Barre class and anywhere else your days take you.

Graced By Grit


Conceived by two entrepreneurs, Kimberly Caccavo and her run and swim coach, Kate Nowlan, Graced By Grit, based out of San Diego, designs athletic apparel to perform at an exceptional level while looking flattering on women in a non-cookie-cutter way.

Lucas Hugh

lucas-hugh-autumn-winter-2014-anjhe-mulesThe fact that Lucas Hugh sportswear was worn in the Hunger Games movie tells you a lot about this London brand and the type of styles they make — sleek, futuristic and ultra-hip!!  You can find them online and in high-end stores like Harrods and Bergdorf Goodman in Europe, Canada, and the US. Each gorgeous piece is made to support and streamline the physique for comfort and ease of movement. Many are made from a tight-weave Polyamide / Lycra mix fabric that gives a mild compression fit (read…built-in Spanx)!


Thanks to their R&D and marketing dominance, Nike has been the largest workout brand for a while, and until recently was in desperate need of a refresh. Their recent “Inner Thoughts – Better for It” ad campaign encouraging women to have strong healthy bodies and adding Serena Williams as a spokeswoman, have, however, put them back near the top of the commercial heap. Ever inspiring is the meaning of the name Nike: in Greek mythology, it means the Goddess of Victory. Translation, success not only in war but in all undertakings. That alone just might inspire you to get your “Just do it” spirit on!



The environmentally-friendly brand prAna makes well-designed athletic wear from hemp fiber.  They minimize the toxins and chemicals in their materials and utilize a sustainable textile production process to produce high quality breathable athletic wear that maximizes your workout experience.  They’ve been around for 22 years and as a company, believe that they should give more to the world than they take away.  How cool are these guys!?!

Tully Lou


Melbourne native and hot yoga instructor Tully Humphrey conceived Tully Lou to create garments that would motivate women to get off the couch and move their bodies in style.  You’ll like this brand if you’re looking for something a little rock-and-roll and rebellious.

The Upside


Our favorite item from The Upside activewear line is this polka-dot performance legging.  You can wear it for Pilates, yoga, running, and for running around town.  Throw on a tee-shirt tunic or an asymmetrical top and some white shades and you’re good to go.

Meridith O'Connor

Meridith is a lifestyle blogger and personal stylist who knows what's important to her -- faith, family, friends, fashion, and fighting for causes she cares about. She's a foodie who loves brunches with her gal-pals, a good comedy, and being a beach bum.

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