If You Sweat Buckets, These Are the 15 Pieces of Activewear You Need in Your Life
When it comes to workouts, I exclusively live in black. I find that it's more flattering on my body, but more importantly, it hides the gross amount of sweat I accumulate. I don't want to be distracted by whether or not it looks like I peed my leggings when I am working out — especially if I need to run errands right after class ends.
You'd think this would make buying activewear relatively easy, but I've found that even though the color black can hide sweat, it can't mask a pair of crappy leggings. After years of trial and error, I've settled in on a pretty solid rotation of pieces in my wardrobe closet. Run into me at the gym on any given week, and it's 90 percent likely I am wearing one of these items.
Hi-Rise Warmup Legging
I'm a huge fan of the thick material used in the Outdoor Voices Hi-Rise Warmup Legging ($90). It keeps everything pulled in, almost like a compression legging. The ultrahigh waist and snug fit make it a perfect choice for yoga and indoor cycling classes.
Adidas Essentials Tight
The adidas Essentials Linear Tights Women's Casual Pants ($35) will be in constant rotation for her workouts.
APL Techloom Pros
The minute I opened the box of these Women's Apl 'Techloom Phantom' Running Shoe ($165), I was struck by how gorgeous they are — the patterned weave is unlike anything I've ever seen. Be warned that if you do buy a pair of APLs, you will be stopped on the street by complete strangers inquiring on where they can buy some for themselves.
Sweaty Betty Power Mesh Leggings
It's hard not to feel like you're bathing in luxury when wearing the Sweaty Betty Power Mesh Leggings ($140). The material is the softest I've ever worn in a workout legging, but it still manages to hold up in the sweatiest workouts.
Adidas Essentials Tank
I love the adidas Essentials Linear Loose Tank Top ($25) so much that I actually own three of them. The drapey tank works well in just about every workout: I can wear it loose in a Spin class or easily knot it for a snug fit during yoga.
Beloforte Jura Legging
That wide waistband you see in the BELOFORTE Jura Legging ($98) is exactly what will keep you feeling incredibly supported during tough strength-training sessions. We like to think of it as a more stylish, less intense version of a weightlifting belt.
Eddie Bauer Resolution Tank Top
One of my go-to spots for affordable activewear is Eddie Bauer. The company's Resolution Tank Top ($18, originally $25) is a favorite of mine for hiking and circuit classes because of the lightweight, breathable material that always keeps me cool.
Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise Luxtreme Tight
I've loved the classic Wunder Unders for years now, but the Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise Luxtreme Tight ($98) is next level. The material is soft with a slight sheen — almost scuba-like. This makes them incredibly comfortable and stretchy to wear, as they move with you through every workout.
Adidas UltraBoost Shoes
Hands down, this is my all-time favorite shoe. Period. I wear these babies to dance class, I wear them to hike, I wear them to walk down my street to grab coffee. Basically, I wear my Adidas UltraBoost Shoes ($180) everywhere. While technically a running shoe, I find that they hold up well in HIIT classes and are also great on LISS days. They also give a nice pop of white to my standard all-black outfit.
Nike Epic Lux Leggings
I first discovered the Nike Epic Lux ($110) while training for my first half-marathon, but they've remained a staple in my fitness wardrobe ever since. They have the right amount of sweat-proof pockets to protect necessities during long runs and hold up wash after wash after wash.