Best workout clothes for women – top gym gear that is practical and stylish


Workout wardrobe feeling a little tired? Give it some get-up-and-go by investing in some new pieces that will ensure you look the part when bossing those press ups.

You don’t need to spend a fortune or buy everything all at once – just a couple of key pieces will make you more motivated to hit those tummy-toning machines.

Look out for fast-drying, high-quality fabrics that are sure to last, from stretch-easy leggings to sweat-wicking tank tops, bras and hoodies and jackets.

Whether you’re interested in cross training, spinning, weight lifting, bootcamp or floor work, we’ve picked out some top pieces for those squats, presses and lunges from names like Puma, adidas, Nike, Sweaty Betty and Free People.

So, if you’re a fitness first-timer or a gym fanatic, see our roundup of the best workout clothes to suit every taste and budget below. Now, give us 20…

The best workout clothes for women

1. Adidas Badge Of Sport Logo Tank

It’s a great idea to invest in a couple of brilliant basics that you can mix and match. This lovely vest will look great teamed with any coloured leggings.

The crewneck gives you plenty of coverage at the front, while the racer-back design leaves your arms and shoulders free to move. All style as well as substance.

Price £32, Amazon – buy here now

2. Nike Training Leggings in Black Sparkle Print

Put a modern twist on traditional black leggings with these starry sparkle-print beauties.

Not only do they look fab – who said you can’t make your workout a little disco?  – they’re also by big-name brand Nike, so you can trust the quality too.

No unsightly see-through moments in these little glow-getters. Want the full set? Matching bra, long-sleeve top and training vest also available.

Price: £43, Asos – buy here now

3. TALA Aura Bra

TALA is a new sustainable, high-performance athleisure and activewear brand offering affordable, on-trend pieces for all women. Created from recycled plastic bottles and factory offcuts, TALA offer complete transparency about every aspect of the supply chain and sustainability of each item.

We love this popping pink bra top, that will keep you supported and looking stylish throughout your workout, and matching leggings are available.

With sizes ranging from XS to XL, TALA pride themselves on empowering women with flattering fits that are comfortable, functional and encourage the ultimate body confidence.

Price: £28, Tala – buy here now

4. High-Rise Ankle Length Stay Cool Leggings

Looking for performance-ready activewear with a fashion-forward spin? Free People is your one-stop shop – think comfortable and practical with effortlessly chic styling.

Quality fabrics that stretch and breathe ensure a comfy workout while classic shapes with plain colours or statement prints inject the edgy style.

We love these stay-cool leggings, that come in a lovely bright red, and offer holds-you-in compression, breathable ankle cutouts, and handy seamless side pockets.

Price: £88, Free People – buy here now

5. Black Dare 2b Women’s Circumspect Lightweight Windshell Jacket

A light, sweat-wicking jacket is a super-handy essential for the gym.

Great to wear to the gym, and pop on at the end when you’ve worked up a sweat and don’t want to hit the cold air without protection. This jacket would also be perfect to wear out on a run, making it a nifty little investment.

Price: £49, Next – buy here now

6. Nike Training Set in Pink with Trim

Mix high-performance with athleisure fashion (and really look the part) with this pink striped training set from Nike.

Breathable material contains moisture-wicking qualities for a comfortable workout and the set comes with leggings, a mesh tank top and a training bra.

Kitted up, looking good, feeling good – and ready to workout at full speed.

Price: £89.50, Asos – buy here now

7. Sweaty Betty Escape Luxe Cropped Hoodie

Every gym bunny needs an easy-breezy hoodie that you can just thrown on – or off – at any time.

This grey marl top is made with a recycled fabric blend with comfortable flat seams and an oversized collar.

The long sleeves feature cosy thumb holes (who needs gloves?) and this will be a wear-with-anything investment you’ll wear time and again.

Price: £95, Sweaty Betty – buy here now

8. Sweaty Betty Garudasana Luxe Trousers

Sweatpants for studio and streetwear? We’re in. These super-soft Italian fleece trousers are ideal for mat work like yoga, but also make great beyond-the-gym staple, ideal for comfortable travel or off-duty looks.

They come with fitted cuffs, a flat, secure waistband, and smooth insulating fabric. Pair with a slouchy hoodie or tee for the ultimate athleisure look.

Price: £95, Sweaty Betty – buy here now

9. Adidas by Stella McCartney Essentials camouflage-print jacquard-knit top

The adidas and Stella McCartney line is one for all the eco-conscious workout warriors out there.

Originally launched to offer activewear in environmentally friendly materials, it has the super-stylish fashion eye of Stella mixed with the high-performance quality of big-name brand adidas – creating the perfect blend for gym bunnies.

There’s everything from stretch-jersey jackets and leggings to tank tops and shorts. We love this cool camo-print tank, which features breathable mesh panels and moisture-wicking fabric.

It contains recycled polyester to minimise environmental impact, so you’ll feel great as well as look good. Matching leggings also available.

Price: £45, Matches Fashion – buy here now

10. Puma Tonal-striped high-waisted stretch-jersey leggings

Love colour but don’t want to go all out? These performance-wear Puma leggings are perfect, with their splashes of cornflower blue and red.

Add more colour by pairing with the matching blue sports bra and hoodie for a well put-together look that also delivers on function.

Inspired by the brand’s cross training line from the 90s, these are modern retro cool  – and we’re totally here for it.

Price: £50, Selfridges – buy here now

11. Triumph Women’s Triaction Knit Sports Bra

Another decently priced sports bra that combines functionality with modern style.

The soft-padded cups offer comfort whilst holding you in place, without the need for underwires. The straps to this sports bra are similar in size to that of a tank top for added support.

Price: £19, Amazon – buy here now

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