Get Some Fitspo With These 8 Gorgeous Indie Activewear Brands
You'll actually want to work out.
Athleisure is all well and good but when it comes to gear we can actually wear when we're working out, more often than not, we're left having to compromise on style. Y THO. We don't care how red, sweaty and generally unsightly we look when we actually bother to exercise, we at least want our clothes to look good. Luckily for those wishing to get a bit of pre or post Christmas-binge training in, we've sourced eight indie activewear brands we'd all be happy to sweat in – full of inventive cuts and details, high-tech fabrics and unexpected fashion collaborations. And if that New Year's fitness resolution doesn't last (inevitably), we're pretty sure these would look killer on dat ass anyway.
Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38
Jonathan Simkhai brings his sporty-meets-sexy aesthetic to his second collaboration with activewear brand Carbon38. The luxe collection spans far beyond your typical sports bras and leggings, with cropped flares, belted t-shirts and plenty of lace-up detailing. The standout piece, however, has to be that ingenious reinvention of the corset, transforming what was once a symbol of restriction into a powerful activewear statement. Watch the campaign video with the incredible HIPLET hip-hop ballet group to see the garms in action.
Shop the collab here from $145.
Did you catch this brand's viral 2016 campaign, when they actually offered free leggings because they just knew you'd come back for more? Well, it obviously worked as Girlfriend Collective has expanded into loungewear with matching sets in gorgeous colors like “Red Ochre” and “Powder Blue.” Bonus points for being an inclusive, conscientious and sustainable brand that really cares about its footprint on the world. Each pair of leggings starts with a material made from 25 recycled water bottles at their fair trade facility in Taiwan.
Shop the range here from $28.
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs originally launched an activewear line with Bandier but now it's well and truly going it alone. The super-flattering pieces include cute details like lace-up sides, mesh panels, slits, crossover straps and “CEO” banding – for when you're the boss of the gym (lols). And check out that butt-shaping goodness.
Shop the pieces here starting from around $100.
Outdoor Voices' goal is to inspire more people to be active on a daily basis by eliminating the pressure to perform and advocating an easy, community approach to exercise. The design approach is just as relaxed, with interchangeable layers in simple, yet great quality, cuts and high-tech materials. You can save on complete outfits with OV Kits and if you refer your pals you can also receive an awesome $20 off.
Shop the pieces here starting from around $35.
If this Australian brand's name sends shivers down your spine by reminding you of school P.E. lessons, you're not alone. Luckily, however, its activewear is much more inspiring. You've probably already noticed the bold, color-block designs all over your Instagram feed – they've got a cool sportswear feel that's totally wearable outside of gym.
Shop here from around $49.
Another brand that certainly doesn't compromise on style is East London-based LNDR. The technical, no-bullshit activewear is designed to transition through all the different aspects of a busy city life. The result is a clean-looking, body-shaping collection that's made to move – just like you.
Shop the pieces here from around $60.
TLA by Morgan Stewart
Stand by for some hot shit. You can't knock this brand's marketing strategy, snapping its activewear on a bunch of utterly flawless models #FitnessGoals. But the minimalist designs – a collaboration between Touché and Morgan Stewart – are just as nice, coming in sophisticated neutral tones and basic cuts that wouldn't look out of place on the Kardashian-Jenners.
Shop here from $18.
This New York-based brand combines performance with self-expression in a range of activewear with unique color combinations, artfully placed mesh inserts, strappy details, sophisticated cut-outs and textured fabrics. These details, inspired by superheroines, ‘90s European designers and nature, have become MICHI signatures. Perfect for holiday workouts, MICHI has plenty of specially designed winter weather fabrics.
Shop here from $68.
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