Whether your chosen workout space is the gym, yoga, beach or even just at home in your living room, why not exercise in gear that’ll keep you supported and stylish at the same time? Gone are the days of working out in an old t-shirt and your high school basketball shorts – these days, activewear is a bona fide fashion category all to its own.
There are a bevvy of Australian brands leading the pack in designing aesthetically pleasing, high-performance clothing that you’ll want to wear everywhere. From street-style inspired athleisure to high-performance gear, these are the best activewear brands that’ll have you breaking a sweat in style.
The Best Activewear Brands
Imagine activewear that felt as good to wear as it looked. Meet sōlo the staple. Sleek, stylish and functional, you will find any excuse to slip on their performance-ready threads. Their curated collection of shorts, leggings, tanks and sweaters has been designed to the highest quality and with support, comfort and style in mind.
Rachael Finch’s activewear label B.O.D by Finch Apparel combines her love of exercise and fashion. All about muted tones and timeless style, you will never be out of fashion with a wardrobe full of B.O.D by Finch. The crop tops and tanks are light and breathable, and the leggings will give you the confidence to smash out an intimidating workout.
With two ex-AFL players and one of Australia’s best-known models at the helm, it’s no surprise that activewear label Jaggad is the ideal blend of function and style. Chris Judd, Rebecca Judd and Steven Greene have transformed the triathlon brand into a wide-ranging collection of athletic apparel that’ll have your sweat session looking better than ever. High-performance fabrics, quality construction, trendy prints and bold colours are hallmarks of the brand, while their compression fits are some of the best in the biz.
Melbourne-based L’urv isn’t afraid to serve an outfit with frills, shiny leopard prints or even velour. Fierce yet feminine, the activewear brand is all about making clothes that stand out at the gym, studio or even out on the street. Their comfy and breathable range of crops, leggings, sweats and swimwear come in both versatile neutrals and nature-inspired floral and animal prints.
High school friends Katia Santilli and Vera Yan created Nimble out of a desire for stylish and affordable workout clothing, that was fun to wear and sustainably made. Five years later Nimble is one of the best loved activewear brands in the domestic market, thanks to their refined prints and patterns, modern fits and dependable support. Made from recycled plastic bottles, their Compresslite core range has saved half a million bottles from landfill to date.
Contrology’s chic activewear is optimised for pilates; form-fitting yet unrestrictive enough so that you can flow through controlled movements with ease. Balancing feminine and minimalist aesthetics, expect lots of asymmetric cutouts, bold shapes and neutral hues crafted in natural fibres that hug the body like a second skin.
‘Sweat-proof and squat-proof’ is the promise luxe activewear brand Cleo Harper makes on every garment, making their stylish yet high-performance pieces the go-to for fitness loving women everywhere. Their designs integrate understated femininity, fashion-forward cuts and luxurious yet comfortable fabrics, and a new themed collection drops every few months to keep your activewear wardrobe looking fresh.
DK Active doesn’t call itself an ethical label lightly – their Brisbane HQ is powered by solar energy, and all their garments are designed, cut and manufactured under the one roof. They also take the slow fashion approach, releasing just one refined collection per season that’s made to last. That means quality construction and evergreen style is top of mind, achieved by way of classic cuts, flattering block colours and subtle prints.
Sports luxe meets street style at First Base, an independent brand born in the activewear hotspot of Bondi Beach. They take the basics and give them a streetwear edge, with touches like fluorescent drawcords, a punchy graphic or a modern cut. The result is effortless cool girl vibes that translate from the beach to the gym to everyday life.
Yoga-centred brand Dharma Bums makes gorgeous, high-performance activewear that you’ll love wearing both inside and outside the studio. Tights, underwear and loungewear come in both sleek and colourful designs, all produced to the highest ethical standards and with eco-friendly materials. Equally comfortable and supportive, their garments are just as ideal for reaching downward dog as they are for chilling on the couch.
Brisbane-based label Active Truth made their name creating quality tights for plus-sized and pregnant women, and have now taken their confidence-boosting expertise to activewear for all shapes, sizes and stages of life. Their signature leggings are high-waisted and made from premium compression material to provide ample core support, while their full range of crops, tops and shorts come in a variety of colours and prints that’ll get you both looking good and feeling good.
From Byron Bay to the world, innovative local brand Nagnata is bringing fresh textures, aesthetics and materials to the athleisure category. You’ll spot woven check and houndstooth prints inspired by 1920s swimsuits, and lush ribbed knits and merino wool bodysuits that are both a throwback and utterly of the now. With sustainable design and production values at their core, their comfy yet cool pieces are what we want to wear all day, every day.
Pip Edwards’ trailblazing label rewrote the rulebook for luxe athleisure. Merging style and fitness so compellingly, P.E. Nation has became one of fashion’s hottest commodities both inside and outside the gym. Their trademark bold, eye-catching designs are a fave of the Hadids and Jenners, yet are super accessible - suited to yoga sessions, brunch catchups and lounging around the house in equal measure.
Activewear, but make it fashion. Tigerlily Swimwear’s Jodhi Meares has expanded into athleisure, creating pieces that you’d be happy to wear anytime, anywhere. Modern prints, perfect fits and their must-have logo sweats have made them a firm fave among trendsetters since launching in 2014. With an extensive range of athleisure, swimwear, gym wear, yoga wear and accessories now available online, they’re a handy destination for sporty and stylish women of all stripes.
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