The 10 Best Places to Buy Athleisure in 2021

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It’s safe to say that the majority of us now subscribe to the athleisure look. Why squeeze into tight jeans when we can just as easily pull on a pair of sweats or leggings and call it a day?

There's no definitive answer to what qualifies as true athleisure. For some, it means wearing your go-to gym garb to brunch. For others, it’s a matching two-piece set with coordinated leggings and crop top. No matter your style, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the best places to buy athleisure this year.

Lululemon

Lululemon
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What goes into making a Lululemon best-seller? It’s so much more than its technical sweat-wicking fabrics. Inside Lululemon’s Whitespace R&D lab, its team researches how clothing impacts physical performance and the mental and emotional perception of athletic ability. 

Think about how much a below-par pair of leggings can impact your workout—you don't want something that doesn't fit right and you keep having to adjust. Luckily, Lululemon has the fix. It’s bestselling Align Pant stays put, no matter how much bending or jumping is involved. Most notably, the buttery-soft Nulu fabric feels like a second skin.

Along with signature activewear staples for men and women, Lululemon has expanded its offerings to include a robust collection of athleisure and city styles for work and weekends. These more upscale pieces incorporate everything you love about Lululemon—comfort, stretch, durability, quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics—with a business casual, streetwear flair.

Lululemon’s ABC Pant—short for Anti-Ball-Crushing—has forever changed the menswear space. These pants literally feel like yoga pants, yet look like a chino-inspired trouser. 

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective
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There’s nothing more attractive than wearing great looking activewear and saving the planet at the same time. In a nutshell, Girlfriend Collective offers sustainable, ethically-made activewear in sizes extra-extra-small through 6XL, plus maternity sizes. Need we say more? 

Sustainability and full transparency is the heartbeat of this company. Many brands brag about their eco-friendly fabrics, throwing around flashy buzzwords about their sustainability efforts. But since its inception, Girlfriend Collective has been an open book, sharing every part of its process from the raw materials used to its facilities and partners. 

The company makes its apparel from post-consumer plastics—like old bottles and fishing nets—that would otherwise clog landfills and pollute the environment.

Even its dyes are eco-friendly, as the company later donates the excess dye mud to be recycled into sidewalks and roads.

Girlfriend Collective has a simplistic, cool aesthetic, offering a massive variety of colors and cuts to flatter literally every body. From spaghetti straps and racerbacks to unitards and bike shorts, Girlfriend Collective is a one-stop-shop for the style-conscious athlete. 

Pro tip: Girlfriend Collective provides a merchandise credit for customers who send in used pairs of its leggings to be upcycled into new clothing. 

Athleta

Athleta
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Where do we even begin? One of the many reasons we love Athleta is its commitment to authenticity and inclusion. Name another brand that carries its hottest styles in kids', petite, regular, plus, and tall sizes…I’ll wait. 

The activewear company—owned by Gap—makes a conscious effort to represent all ages, bodies, and abilities in its marketing, advertising, and in the way it designs its clothing to fit women of all shapes and sizes.

The Certified B Corporation is constantly working to reduce its water use and waste. Customer satisfaction is the company’s top priority as evidenced by its “Give-It-A-Workout Guarantee.” If not satisfied after putting its clothing to the test, Athleta will take the item back for a full refund. 

We especially love that Athleta constantly introduces new styles while also bringing back old favorites. And for those of us who despise wearing pants that aren’t leggings, Athleta offers a robust “City Pant” collection that’s an athleisure lover’s dream. 

Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga
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Alo Yoga designs trendy, body-sculpting yoga apparel that transitions seamlessly from the studio to the streets. Alo’s collection of men’s and women’s upscale lounge and activewear—from bomber jackets and chic leggings to classic tees and tanks—is truly one of the most versatile collections on the market. The brand’s fashion-forward, streetwear-inspired lineup features elevated textures and detailing—think moto style, tasteful rips, camo, and glossy shine.

Alo’s beloved Airbrush performance fabric lives up to its name, delivering a sculpted leg and lifted booty. Airbrush leggings are made without outer seams, delivering a sleek, slim silhouette.

Pro tip: Get excited because Alo Yoga now offers free shipping!

Gymshark

Gymshark
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Gymshark is one of the fastest growing activewear brands for men and women, designing high-quality, extremely affordable apparel for fitness feens. 

The UK activewear brand has taken Instagram by storm since launching in 2012. Celebrities—and their trainers—-have been spotted sporting the brand's booty-hugging leggings and chic sets, including the likes of Hailey Bieber, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

The brand's signature Flex Leggings have garnered a cult-like following. The figure-flattering, butt-lifting leggings deliver a seamless construction for a slimming and compressive fit. The garment’s most prominent feature is the tush-enhancing contoured shading. For anyone looking to enhance their backside or show off their gym efforts, Flex Leggings are the ticket! 

Gymshark’s lineup includes a wide variety of categories from sports bras, undies, and swimwear to base layers, windbreakers, and joggers. Shop with confidence with free returns for up to 90 days.

Nike

Nike
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Nike has stood the test of time, selling athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment since 1964. The iconic sportswear brand is known for representing world-class athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams, and LeBron James. 

In recent years, Nike has morphed its sport-focused aesthetic with high fashion and streetwear, collaborating with athletes, artists, and designers on limited-edition sneakers and capsule collections. From neutrals to neons, there’s a style that speaks to everyone. For those who crave a touch of personalization, Nike offers “Nike By You,” where customers can bring their own footwear canvas to life, designing a dream pair of sport or lifestyle shoes.

Along with footwear, gear, and apparel for virtually every sport, Nike features styles and fits available in kids, unisex, women’s, women’s plus, maternity, men’s, and men’s big and tall sizes.

Pro tip: Sign up for a free Nike Membership and get exclusive offers, rewards, and free standard shipping on all orders.

Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices
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Outdoor Voices has garnered major popularity with both men and women for its fun and functional pieces, blurring the lines between traditional athletic performance wear and minimalistic loungewear. 

The Austin-based lifestyle brand prides itself on its versatile pieces that can be worn for any type of movement or activity—from the mat to the track, and beyond. Embodying the brand’s active and playful mentality, its famed Exercise Dress is a go-to piece, worn by everyone from marathon runners and tennis players to ballerinas and skateboarders. By the way, it’s a super cute staple for everyday outfits.

Outdoor Voices is known for incorporating more sustainable alternatives in its fabric collection as well as for providing the best performing, most comfortable feel and fit. For the softest sweatpants on the planet, check out OV’s CloudKnit Sweatpants available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Pro tip: Save money and build your own outfit with OV Kits. Pick a top and bottom for a set at a discounted price. 

Fabletics

Fabletics
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If you’re one who treats your gym attire like the coveted first day of school outfit, we’ve got your fix. Launched in collaboration with Kate Hudson, Fabletics offers high-end, budget-friendly activewear with a subscription option delivering curated monthly outfits. 

Catering to both men and women—including plus and maternity sizes—Fabletics is a workout fanatic’s candy store with apparel and accessories for all your athletic and athleisure endeavors. 

While you don’t need to be a member to shop Fabletics, only members receive the discounted rates—which are totally worth it in our book. Fabletics VIP Members score 50% off merchandise with personally-curated outfits each month. VIP members can either shop or skip a month—just note you must opt-out by the fifth of the month. Sweat it out in your new merch, and if you’re not completely satisfied Fabletics will take the garment back for a return or exchange within 45 days.

What better way to stay motivated toward your fitness goals than by treating yourself to a fresh new workout set!

Vuori

Vuori
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Inspired by its California roots, Vuori—pronounced “vee-or-ee,”—launched originally as a men’s brand, offering a more sophisticated, stylish alternative to performance activewear. Each piece in Vuori’s collection is made to wear for a variety of outdoor activities and lasts through years of wear and tear.  

The brand's lineup now includes women's styles, boasting the same multipurpose, functional fashion ideals with a beachy West Coast vibe. Filled with neutrals and earth tones—with a splash of camo here and there—the tailored, California-cool brand delivers a casual capsule collection for both everyday life and sweaty pursuits.

The company maintains a steadfast commitment to sustainability, ethical manufacturing, and customer satisfaction. By 2022, Vuori has committed to using 80% sustainable materials and eliminating 80% of plastics from its shipping and supply chain. Vuori is also offsetting 100% of its carbon footprint by funding projects that fight global warming.

Vuori is committed to giving customers the best possible experience. As part of its “Investment in Happiness” philosophy, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, send it back for a full refund.

FP Movement

FP Movement
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Boho-chic retailer Free People recently added a new category to its offerings, FP Movement. The line caters to active lifestyles, featuring an eclectic mix of athletic and athleisure clothing filled with beautiful bodysuits and jumpsuits, wide leg pants and joggers, and crops and hoodies galore. FP Movement also features wellness essentials, workout gear, shoes, and accessories from top brands like Bala, Caraa, Fjallraven, and Sakara Life. 

Each piece in the collection features a unique signature detail—whether a ruffle, wash or print, decorative cutouts, or straps—and is truly unique to any other activewear line.

FP Movement also features a robust outerwear collection with cozy fleeces and packable puffer vests. For workouts, hikes, dance parties, yoga sessions, and just hanging out, FP Movement has the comfy-chic clothes to outfit your active lifestyle.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

Emily Stone is a Chicago-based journalist specializing in fitness and lifestyle content. As an athlete and fitness lover, Emily practically lives in workout clothes. Her favorite athleisure brands include Alo and Athleta for the long inseams and city-inspired styles.

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