Whether you prefer to get your sweat on in the gym, at home or outdoors, the best athletic clothing for women helps you push through your workout and feel good doing it. Look for flattering silhouettes and performance fabrics that move with you. “Choose pieces that fit the intensity level of your workout,” says personal trainer and health coach Massy Arias. High-impact movements like HIIT require tighter, compression-style clothes while low-impact yoga needs soft fabrics that stretch.
The brands that make the cut include contemporary athletic clothing for women labels that offer both style and performance, such as Australian brand P.E Nation, whose workout dresses (like this one that’s designed to work as a travel buddy for Soul Cycle classes) have seen major traction since their launch in 2016. They’re crafted with plenty of nods to ’90s street style and are comfortable to wear from your sofa to your next fitness class.
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Another top pick is Lululemon, a premium retailer that’s known for its sleek designs and quality fabrics. Its leggings are super-soft and durable, and its sports bras have a supportive and flattering fit for every size.
And if you’re planning to tackle a long-distance run, there aren’t many better options than Asics running shoes and gear. The editor-approved Gel-Kayano 29 running shoes are comfy and supportive for endurance training, while the brand’s line of leggings features seamless designs that prevent chafing on longer runs. They also come with pull-tabs on the back for easy on and off.