Before you can attack that fitness resolution, you have to attack that fitness wardrobe (right?). The FitWear market has exploded in the past few years with countless new workout and athleisure brands — not to mention that just about every fashion retailer has added or expanded its activewear lineup. Needless to say, there’s a lot to wade through.
Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork to precede your leg work. Below is our guide to the absolute best places to shop for workout clothes, broken down by category, including the major brands on the scene (and what to trust them for); the shops to hit for stocking up (without spending much); the best multi-brand boutiques; and the most up-to-date fashion-wise.
7 Places For FitWear
The Big Dogs
Aka the ‘no, duh’ activewear giants, and what to rely on them for…
Athletic footwear, apparel & accessories for adults & kids
On top of being obsessive over constant innovation in performance wear, Nike consistently churns out the most on-point colour-ways.
They really can’t be beat for shoes that are both functional and stylish, but you didn’t need us to tell you that.
Verdict: Nothing feels as good as a pair of Nike trainers. Whether you’re running, walking – or simply jumping on the fashionable sports luxe band wagon – these could quickly prove an invaluable investment to your wardrobe. The perfect fashion statement if you’re rocking the FitWear look.
2. JD Sports
Pink Soda range
Fantastic for men and women’s fitwear ranges, but we particularly love this new woman’s active lifestyle range, stocked by JD.
Pink Soda Sport is designed for women who love to look great when working out. Whether you’re on the track or on the mats, stay ahead of the game and get after your fitness goals in our breathable crop tops, super support gym leggings and slim fit jog pants to take you from gym to street in style.
Verdict: Feel as confident as you look stylish with this lifestyle trend which has perfectly encapsulated the sport luxe trend. Finally fitwear that looks truly stylish as dailywear.
Fitness & Exercise Clothing
Whether you hit the gym on a daily basis, or if you just like the occasional run around your local area, Sports Direct have an extensive range of gym clothes and sports clothing to have you covered. Stocking all the biggest brands including Nike, Adidas and USA Pro; covering a range of activities including weight lifting, yoga and standard running clothes. All of our products can be filtered by colour, size and price – allowing you to stay comfortable and stylish without breaking the bank.
Verdict: Good solid name-brands for reasonable prices.
For transporting you from the treadmill to lunch dates
The perfect fusion between fashion and training
Whatever your game is – get ready to work up a sweat in H&M’s functional women’s sportswear, the perfect fusion between fashion and training. Shop this sports clothing range for functional apparel in the latest styles and colours.
For men, functionality and style come together with strong and energetic looks among running tops and trousers, athletic apparel and practical outdoor wear.
Verdict: Great quality, long lasting materials. Looks good, feels good.
This global online fashion retailer’s recent collection of women’s sportswear and gym clothing ranges from sports leggings and sports bras to hoodies and t-shirts.
Verdict: Muli-purpose sports wear that we would gladly wake up in the morning and put together as a fashionable outfit – as well as more than doing its job in the job. Clothes we are truly excited to wear.
The ‘I can’t believe how little you cost but how great you look’
Feel good sports wear
Fabletics is an innovative and high quality sports brand, co-founded by Kate Hudson. Fabletics not only looks good, it also fits in your budget.
A prime example of luxury feel sportswear at good value for money – we love the way it offers the choice to purchase the outfit displayed, or customise it to better suit your individual taste.
Verdict: As modelled by our lead girl crush, this is sportswear meets daywear at its finest.
High performance fitness fashion and home gym equipment
Lidl has launched its stunning range of Crivit fitness fashion and home gym equipment. The collection includes various themes including running, cycling and wellness coming on sale throughout January, February and March 2016.
The Crivit collection is bigger than ever and perfectly marries style with high-end performance, so whether you are heading to Pilates, yoga, or hitting a high intensity class, Lidl has it all.
The Crivit range of fitness wear is characterised by stylish prints in an array of bright colours without missing those all important technical features to effectively combine fashion and functionality. Style permeates the home gym equipment and accessories range which features pops of colour such as bright pinks, dusty purples and vibrant greens to brighten up your fitness regime. Available in store.
Verdict: Particularly impressed with the grey running jumper with snood shape neckline – ideal for winter jogging. Good quality, great value for money.