Hey, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was good and not super eventful, outside of a lot of group fitness. Let’s talk about workout clothes!
Remember when we all wore rolled-down cotton Soffe shorts and oversized t-shirts to exercise because we had no idea there was a better way? Yeah, I know. I literally can’t imagine getting sweaty in a big cotton t-shirt and trying to have full mobility now. Because the truth is this: Having the right gear and attire can help you be more successful in your workouts. And sometimes, getting new activewear that fits right and makes you feel good can be a great motivator to make you stick to your workouts too.
All about workout clothes: My top 10 pieces and where I buy my workout clothes
Here’s what I usually look for in my staple everyday workout clothes …
- Solid colors (most of the time)
- Sweat wicking (of course)
- For leggings: High-waisted
- For tops: Form fitting or cropped (I don’t like long and loose, because it gets in the way)
- Functional and comfortable
My top 10 pieces I wear over and over again
Here are my current favorites, and these are listed in the order of how much I like and/or wear each item …
#1 Zoned in leggings by Lululemon
These zoned in leggings are my VERY FAVORITE LEGGINGS EVER. I mean that. They are high-waisted, slightly shiny, compressive, sweat wicking, and they actually stay up during any workout. I wear them maybe twice a week, and I’ve had them for more than a year, and they are still looking quite new. In fact, as I’m writing this, I realize that I should probably order a second pair. So good. If you want to invest in ONE pair of leggings this year, I would vote for these. Shop these leggings here.
#2 Breeze by muscle tank by Lululemon
This is a breezy workout tank, because there are tiny holes that keep you cool, without being too see through. I bought this top over the summer when we were in Vancouver, and I have worn it about once a week ever since then. It’s good for barre, for BODYATTACK, for BODYPUMP or basically any activity. Shop this breeze tank here.
#3 Dry cushion no-show socks by Nike
Have you ever worn cushioned socks? Once you try them, you’ll be hooked. I love these Nike cushioned socks and always wear them for BODYPUMP or BODYATTACK to have a little extra comfort in my shoes. Shop the socks here.
#4 Air bella training shoe by Nike
I stumbled upon this style shoe while strolling through DSW with Brady and Dave and was so impressed with the comfort level when I put them on my feet. These have been my go-to weightlifting and BODYPUMP shoes for quite a while. In fact, I may get some more of the exact same style. They are pretty good for cardio too, but mostly for weights. Shop these shoes here.
#5 Sculptknit leggings by Fabletics
I like these so much I have them in two colors, both black and red. I also have the matching bra and top, because I bought them as a set. These are some of the only leggings, other than my number-one zoned-in Lululemon leggings mentioned already, that totally stay up during BODYATTACK and other big movement workouts. Fabletics usually doesn’t keep items on the site for that long, but this particular style has been there a couple months, so I’d jump on them if you’re in need. They have a very different fabric, that’s thick, but breathable. The only downside is that even though these are considered high-rise, they don’t come quite as high as others, but they stay up, so it all evens out. Shop these leggings here.
#6 Live in leggings by Zella
These live in leggings are so comfortable, I’ve found myself wearing them even when I’m not planning to work out. They have the perfect high-waisted height, and the fabric is the perfect thickness. I have the navy blue ones, and they are an absolute staple for my workouts, mostly barre and POP Pilates and solo sessions, not so much for BODYATTACK. Shop these leggings here.
#7 Foothill tank by Athleta
I have this tank top in two colors and usually wear it once a week. What I like about this tank is that the fabric is great, it’s a solid color and you can tie it up in the back to make it as tight and short or long and loose as you want. It feels good to have a cinched-in waist, with some breathability too. I have white and green. Shop this tank here.
#8 Hyper focused sports bra by Athleta
This hyper focused sports bra is a very comfy and soft sports bra for low-impact exercise. It doesn’t provide a ton of support, but enough for activities like barre, Pilates, or yoga. The fabric is great, and there are removable pads too. Shop this sports bra here.
#9 Core fitness jacket by CALIA by Carrie Underwood
Who doesn’t love a simple black workout jacket? What I like most about this Calia one is that it’s longer in the back than the front, it has pockets and is just the right thickness. I wear it ALL the time. Shop this jacket here.
#10 Train to be tank by Lululemon
This is one of the newest items on the list. It’s a super light and airy crop-ish tank by Lululemon that I’ve been wearing for barre and POP Pilates and solo workouts. I love the feel and the fact that it’s a light pink color. Shop this tank here.
Where I buy most of my workout clothes
I do my workout clothes shopping both in person and online. Here are my current favorite brands …
I am member of Fabletics and usually get a new outfit from the site about every other month. Right now, it seems like most of what you see on Fabletics is two-piece outfits with leggings and a sports bra only. While that can seem off-putting to the average buyer, the good news is you can usually just purchase a separate tank to round out the outfit, if you prefer to have your mid-section covered. (Which I do, because I find that to be the most appropriate way to teach a group fitness class at my gym, ya know?)
What I like from Fabletics: The high-rise leggings, the colorful sports bras and the tank tops. While most of my staple workout pieces from Fabletics are no longer available on the site (they move through inventory a little faster than other brands), there are a few pieces that remain.
You can buy Fabletics online or at the brand’s retail stores (there are only a few, including one in Pleasanton in the Bay Area). And this is my referral link, so I get credits in my account when you sign-up from this link, so thanks for that.
(This picture shows a full-on Fabletics outfit, with some old pieces and my current favorite sculptknit leggings.)
Yes, it’s expensive. But, yes, it’s good stuff. I love that Lululemon has a lot of solid colors, and I also love that I get an instructor discount there. I usually shop in the store so I can try things on. The one thing on my Lululemon shopping list that I haven’t bought yet is this sports bra. My current favorite sports bra is from Lululemon, but isn’t on the site any longer, so it’s not linked in this post, unfortunately.
Zella by Nordstrom
I actually have quite a few things from Zella, which is only available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Quality stuff and very reasonably priced. It works best for barre, Pilates and solo workouts. I don’t wear it for BODYATTACK or high-intensity jumping work.
There is a lot of cute stuff at Athleta. We have a store near us, and I get an instructor discount, which is nice. The price is lower than Lululemon, and the functionality is pretty darn good.
CALIA by Carrie Underwood
This is the only portion of the post where I haven’t purchased my clothing, but it’s gifted to me. I’ve been working with CALIA by Carrie Underwood as a partner for over a year, and I love the clothing. It’s feminine and functional, I wear a lot of it, and it’s very reasonably priced.
I get one new outfit a month to photograph and share, and I am constantly wearing the outfits to teach and work out after my photos are done. You can buy CALIA by Carrie Underwood online or at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
(This picture shows a full CALIA by Carrie Underwood outfit that I recently received. And I love it!)
Closing thoughts and a couple brands I want to try …
Overall, I’m happy with my current workout wardrobe, but because I teach a lot of classes, I can never have too much. And hey, having new workout clothes certainly is a great way to get excited for your next sweat session.
By the way, in case you missed it, you may also be interested in this post … “My top 10 recent staple purchases that I wear over and over again,” which is all about non-workout clothes.
That’ll do it for today, my friends! Thank you for visiting the blog. Have an amazing start to your week!
P.S. There are affiliate links in this post. If you purchase from any of the links, I receive a small commission. Thanks for your support. And please know that I only share with you what I really like.
Questions of the day
Where do you get most of your workout clothes?
How was your weekend?
Did you ever wear Soffe shorts? You bet I did …