12 Old Navy Activewear Pieces Our Editors Wear on Repeat
Old Navy consistently delivers exceptional quality, but its activewear collection truly stands out. Its offerings never cease to amaze us with its combination of top-notch craftsmanship and wallet-friendly prices, making it easy to fill our shopping carts without the slightest guilt. Whether we're looking for workout dresses worthy of an Instagram post, leggings suitable for every type of exercise, or a versatile one-piece bodysuit, Old Navy exceeds our expectations time and time again. Though you're likely no stranger to the brand's offerings, right? If you're on TikTok, you're probably in the loop about the Sleeveless PowerSoft Performance Bodysuit, just one of the brand's workout pieces that's gone viral.
So, if you've landed here because you're looking to scoop up some classic workout clothes like solid black leggings or elevate your activewear collection with on-trend pieces (à la the aforementioned workout onesie), we've got you covered. Ahead, we've rounded up the best activewear essentials POPSUGAR editors love, including the leggings one of our contributors says she'd pick if she had to wear just one pair for life, as well as a one-shoulder sports bra that doubles as a going-out top. Shop these picks and more of our favorite Old Navy activewear favorites ahead — we have a feeling you'll fall in love with them, too.
Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Leggings ($35, originally $40)
These leggings are so popular that it might be difficult to find them in stock. But when you do, you should definitely stock up if you appreciate light compression, deep pockets, and four-way stretch. Read more about what makes them so great via our review of the Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Leggings.
Editor Quote: "They are comfortable, stay put during even the most intense workouts, and are squat-proof (you can't see through them when you bend down). They have deep pockets, which are a game changer when I'm on a run, because I can fit my keys in one pocket and my phone in the other. Oh, and they stay dry no matter how intense your sweat session." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Workout Dress
This workout dress looks good both on and off the court. It has a convenient built-in shelf bra, a square neckline and a built-in bodysuit to keep you covered. Plus, it comes in several colors, so you can choose which suits your style best. Learn more by checking out our editor's review of the Old Navy PowerSoft Shelf-Bra Support Dress.
Editor Quote: "To my surprise, I must confess that I adore this activewear dress far beyond my initial expectations. First and foremost, the fabric reminds me of my all-time favorite Old Navy leggings — stretchy, lightly compressive, and boasting loungewear-like comfort. The built-in skort bodysuit offers extra support and coverage, while the vented side slits for airflow and a touch of style." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best One-Shoulder Sports Bra
A classic sports bra is great and all, but this one's extra special because it fuses style and functionality. It's crafted from the brand's PowerChill fabric, an airy, light cotton ideal for low-impact workouts like walking or yoga. It has a shelf bra with removable cups and a wide strap that secures it in place. See it in action in our review of the Old Navy Light-Support PowerChill One-Shoulder Longline Sports Bra.
Editor Quote: "This piece is the definition of versatile. I slipped it on when my fiancé wasn't home, and when he walked in the door, he complimented my top without even realizing it was activewear. That's when I realized it could easily double as a going-out top when paired with jeans or a skirt instead of leggings or shorts." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Ribbed Workout Set
Old Navy Light Support PowerSoft Textured-Rib Sports Bra ($19, originally $33) and Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Rib-Knit Side-Pocket 7/8-Length Leggings ($19, originally $45)
One of our editors deems Old Navy's textured-rib sports bra and matching rib-knit leggings as stylish must-haves for low-impact exercise. The top features adjustable straps, and the bottoms come with pockets spacious enough to hold your phone. Check out our complete review of the Old Navy Light Support PowerSoft Textured-Rib Sports Bra and High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings for more.
Editor Quote: "This activewear set is undeniably stylish — it's unlike anything I've ever seen in Old Navy's activewear section. I was first drawn to the textured rib design and the sports bra, which boasts a scoop neck and pieced, contoured seams at the bodice. The details make the set look like it's from a high-end activewear retailer. The fit is weightless. Since it has light compression, it doesn't feel skin-tight — which, in my opinion, is the recipe for ultracomfy workout clothes." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Old Navy Sleeveless PowerSoft 7/8 Bodysuit ($22-$48, originally $55)
If you've been searching for a high-quality bodysuit that doesn't cost over $100, check out this one. As mentioned, it's TikTok-famous and praised by one of our former fitness editors. It has light compression, wide shoulder straps, a deep scoop back and comes in several colors. Learn more by reading our review of the Old Navy Sleeveless PowerSoft 7/8 Bodysuit.
Editor Quote: "Having a large bust, a shelf bra usually ends in a double-bubble disaster where half my chest is pouring over the top seam. This bodysuit has no shelf bra which means I can add a bra that best suits my workout — I think that really increases the versatility of this piece." — Angelica Wilson, former associate editor, Fitness
Best Running Shorts
Old Navy Extra High-Waisted Dolphin-Hem Run Shorts ($13, originally $27)
These high-waisted run shorts are lightweight and airy, ideal for those who like to stay cool during long runs. They have a drawcord fastening to ensure a perfect fit and a front zip pocket that can fit your credit or license. Learn more via our review of the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted Dolphin-Hem Run Shorts.
Editor Quote: "I love the split hem detail and the supportive, high-waisted elasticized waistband featuring a drawstring if you want to tighten the waist to your liking. But, hands down, my favorite detail is the zipped pocket on the front, which is just large enough to hold my apartment keys and an ID." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Crossover Leggings
If you're as obsessed with the crossover design as we are, these crossover leggings need to be on your radar. They come in nine colors and feature a hidden interior pocket for your card or keys. Read our review of the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted PowerChill Crossover 7/8-Length Leggings.
Editor Quote: "The leggings are a light cotton-blend jersey fabric that's equally soft, stretchy, and slightly compressing — perfect for lounging or getting your sweat on. But hands down, the best detail of all is the famed crossover detail. I fell in love with the way they shaped my body and gave me an unexpected confidence boost. (Like, take-selfies-in-the-gym-locker-room vibes.)" — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Workout Skort
The Old Navy's high-waisted skort is brilliantly designed. Underneath the woven skirt are built-in compression shorts with on-seam patch pockets to hold your phone or other small items. Find out more about why you need it via our review of the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted PowerSoft Skort.
Editor Quote: "The shorts under this skort have a pocket big enough for my iPhone 12 Pro Max. The brand's PowerSoft fabric is buttery smooth, with just a little bit of compression — the skort doesn't feel tight, but it's snug enough to stay on my hips without me feeing the need to pull it up. The fabric is quick-drying, so if I'm exercising, I'm not soaked in sweat all day long." — Macy Cate Williams, former content director, Commerce
Best Compression Leggings
These power press leggings are soft and made of 85 percent polyester and 15 percent spandex. They have more than 5,000 five-star ratings and are loved for how stretchy and moisture-wicking they are. Read our full review of the Old Navy High-Waisted PowerPress Leggings.
Editor Quote: "I tested them out on a three-mile run on an unusually hot May day in Minnesota and found them to be incredibly moisture wicking. (A damn blessing, because this writer was sweaty AF.) What's more, they stayed put throughout my whole run, meaning I didn't have to keep tugging on them to stay up, which was a welcome treat. Check plus plus." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Tank Top
Old Navy PowerSoft Cropped Shelf-Bra Tank Top ($9-$17, originally $35)
This cropped shelf-bra tank top keeps you dry during workouts and stays put so you don't need to adjust it on repeat. It features a built-in shelf bra with removable cups and wide shoulder straps for support. Read our complete review of the Old Navy PowerSoft Cropped Shelf-Bra Tank Top.
Editor Quote: "By the time noon rolled around, it was time for Pilates. I'm pleased to report that this tank made it all the way through class. Nothing popped out over the top or the sides, nor did I have to adjust the tank throughout the class. Plus, no under-boob sweat! The PowerSoft material really wicked away all of my sweat from my workout." — Angelica Wilson, former associate editor, Wellness
Best Biker Shorts
With light compression and on-seam side pockets, these biker shorts have your back through any workout. And countless reviewers — including one of our editors — attest they stay in place while they get their sweat on. Read our complete review of the Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Biker Shorts.
Editor Quote: "Not only do these shorts suck me in and give me shape, but their pockets can hold my phone, keys, or credit cards without worry. The quality is out of this world, and drumroll, please . . . they stay in place when you run!" — Haley Lyndes, assistant editor, Commerce
Best Extra High-Waisted Leggings
Old Navy Extra High-Waisted PowerSoft Hidden-Pocket Leggings ($20, originally $40)
If you love a high-rise fit, feast your eyes on these hidden-pocket leggings. The silhouette comes in a mix of monochromes and prints and is great for all workouts, from yoga to long-distance runs. For more info, read our review of the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted PowerSoft Hidden-Pocket Leggings.
Editor Quote: "Not only did I wear these leggings on my running route (super breathable), but I also hit up the grocery store later on to show them off. If you're looking for a pair of leggings that are both functional and fashionable, I highly recommend these." — Haley Lyndes, assistant editor, Commerce