Best Athleisure Brands: Top 10 We Love for Fashion & Functionality

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While the 2020 pandemic guaranteed athleisure wear was a staple in everyone’s closet, major brands like Nike and Lululemon have gone above and beyond to create athletic clothing that can go from the studio to the street, from the gym to the office and beyond. It’s athletic apparel that combines performance and comfort for styles that translate beyond your workout and into your everyday life.

Athleisure wear is more than just buttery soft leggings and well-ventilated running shorts. Top brands are designing everything from performance swimwear and cozy joggers to exercise dresses and the most comfortable work pants you’ll ever own. Even major fashion designers, like Tory Burch, are getting in on the athleisure game.

While there are plenty of options to choose from, we’ve curated a list of the top brands and their best-selling products so you can find the athleisure brand that’s best for you. Want to know how your pick matches up with the rest of the country? Check out our latest study on America’s favorite athleisure brand.

Nike

One of the most popular sportswear brands around the globe, you’ll find everything from running shorts, hoodies and joggers to the most popular, and some would say the best, sneakers of all time. With celebrity endorsements like Michael Jordan and Serena Williams, it’s hard not to add Nike to your wardrobe.

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Alo Yoga

Offering studio-to-street looks, Alo Yoga creates clothing for yogis and yogis to be. The brand’s clothing not only performs well in the yoga studio, but looks contemporary and fashion-forward when worn as athleisure wear. It’s comfort that goes beyond the mat.

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Lululemon

This popular athletic brand makes apparel for every type of sweaty pursuit, particularly yoga, running and training. Maybe known most for its highly sought-after leggings, the brand offers everything from backpacks and tank tops to running shorts and sweaters. The high-performance fabric is known for its durability and breathability to keep you cool during your hardest workout.

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Outdoor Voices

This athletic apparel brand is all about recreation, rather than solely performance. Outdoor Voices designs high-quality clothing for doing all the things, whether that’s training for your next marathon or just simply walking the dog. These clothes are designed for any adventure — from high-heat and high-speed to maximum movement — this gear is guaranteed to get you moving. Perhaps their most famous apparel is the exercise dress — a sporty, fashionable and functional piece of clothing that stylists deem a versatile wardrobe staple.

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Athleta

A popular women’s yoga brand, Athleta is known for its styles that can be dressed up, dressed down and everything in between. Their amazing leggings not only perform well on the yoga mat, but seamlessly translate to everyday wear — pair them with ankle boots and a bomber jacket for a stylish night out with friends. For the gym or studio, create the perfect ensemble with leggings or joggers that pair perfectly with stylish and supportive sports bras for the perfect athleisure outfit. But this brand goes beyond the studio, including swimsuits, dresses, jeans, jackets and even an Athleta girls line.

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Adidas

Adidas is the second-largest sportswear manufacturer in the world, behind Nike, so this brand knows a thing or two about athletic apparel. And like many of the brands on this list, Adidas has created styles that can translate beyond your workout and into daily life — including the iconic Adidas tracksuit. From track pants to comfortable slides, it’s easy to live the “3-Stripe Life” with styles this cozy.

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Girlfriend Collective

With a motto like “don’t make waste, wear it,” Girlfriend Collective is the perfect athleisure brand for those who want to make a positive impact on the planet — from their heads to their toes. This activewear is made of recycled materials. In fact, the brand’s best-selling compression leggings are made with 25 recycled post-consumer bottles and the sports bras are made with 11 bottles. And while the eco-friendly apparel has a high-end fit and feel, it’s also among the best for size inclusivity, with sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL. The brand’s eco-conscious efforts also expand into fair trade manufacturing for ethically made apparel that fits everyone.

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Sweaty Betty

This U.K.-based athletic apparel company is best known for its “bum sculpting” leggings and while the brand only has a handful of stores in the U.S., that may be changing now that Michigan-based footwear firm Wolverine Worldwide recently bought the company in a $400 million deal. That may mean the British activewear brand could be seen in more retailers across the country. For now, you can still get your hands on amazing gear for running, yoga and other go-everywhere essentials from the brand online and in Nordstrom. Sweaty Betty just launched a new cycling collection too that would be a perfect addition to any Peloton rider’s wardrobe.

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Varley

This luxury workout clothing line is designed for multitasking women on the go, with styles perfect for workouts to weekends. These understated-yet-elegant staples will elevate your wardrobe, with beautiful patterns and high-quality fabrics to take your workouts to the next level while keeping you comfortable in your daily activities. While the sports bras and leggings are must-haves with top notch moisture management and breathability, the sweaters and outerwear are to die for, with oh-so-comfy knit sweaters and super soft pullovers made of Varley’s signature ottoman rib fabric — trust us, you’ll never want to take it off.

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Tory Sport

Fashion designer Tory Burch brought her elegant and classic style to the athleisure market with performance activewear that hearkens back to iconic 70s sport style. She combines timeless symbols and patterns of seventies sports, like the chevron, with modern performance fabrics to create apparel ideal for workouts, travel and lounging. Many of the collections are perfect for the studio as well as on and off the court and course.

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Nike Best Sellers

These shorts are popular for good reason: Supportive enough for different types of movement while keeping you dry during your most intense workouts. The stretchy fabric uses Dri-FIT technology for superior sweat-wicking while the tight fit offers supportive comfort. These are perfect for layering under other training gear, plus these shorts are made of 75% recycled polyester so you can feel good about both the purchase and performance.

There’s nothing more comfortable than a pair of joggers, and these fleece pants from Nike will hold a prized place in your wardrobe. The super-soft brushed fleece combined with an elastic waistband and ribbed cuffs offer style and comfort in one piece of clothing — you’ll find yourself reaching for these when running errands or binging Netflix. These come in a variety sizes and colors too, from bold blues and oranges to classic black or gray. You may want to buy more than one — a fun color and a basic staple.

Everyone loves a hoodie, and this fleece pullover makes a great addition to any man’s closet. The classic fit combines with fun colors and floral accents around the Nike Swoosh to make this piece anything but boring. The part he’ll like most: warm coverage and incredibly soft fleece.

Alo Yoga Best Sellers

This may look like a normal sports bra, but Alo’s Airlift Intrigue Bra is anything but standard. Made from the same material as the Airlift leggings, this fabric is smoothing and lifting making this perfect for light, everyday support. The adjustable, crisscross straps and keyhole cutout make this perfect for studio-to-street style. It comes in 15 colors, ranging from hot pink to classic black, and reviewers say this bra is their favorite, comfortable for both practice and all-day wear.

You’ll coast through your next hot yoga class in the Alo Yoga 7/8 High-Waist Airlift Leggings. These have a second-skin feel and fit, thanks to the brand’s signature micro-performance, double-knit Airlift fabric. These leggings are made to sculpt and smooth, and the fabric has four-way stretch so it moves with you. These leggings hit just above the ankle, so they look super cute with sneakers or slides. Reviewers love the variety of colors and say they stay put during workouts.

Easily tackle those sweaty circuits in style (and comfort) with this men’s Alo Yoga tank. The relaxed-fit tank is made of ultra-lightweight performance fabric meant to keep you cool and dry whether you’re on the mat or out for a run. And did we mention this tank is odor-resistant too? Hot yoga, here we come!

Lululemon Best Sellers

Everyone should own a pair of the Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant, just solely to experience the buttery soft fabric that is simply irresistible. Made of the brand’s signature Nulu fabric, the leggings are designed to feel weightless, so your clothes never get in the way of your workouts. This pair is also sweat-wicking and breathable, so you’ll always be cool and comfortable, and it comes in a variety of colors and lengths so you can find the right fit for you. Designed for yoga, we can attest these are great for just about anything, including everyday wear and lounging.

If you love the oh-so-soft fabric of the Align leggings, then this tank top is for you. Made of the same signature Nulu fabric, the Align tank top is a favorite among Lululemon loyalists. This tank top is a tighter fit that contours to your body and sits just above the waist, pairing perfectly with any high-waisted leggings or shorts. Ideal for light support for A/B cups, this is the perfect tank for working out or a date night.

These shorts were made for just about anything. Perfect for running, training or stretching, the lightweight shorts are sweat wicking with a streamlined fit to give those glutes and thighs plenty of breathing room. A major bonus: the zippered pocket for any essentials when you’re on the go. These are must-haves for any man’s closet.

Outdoor Voices Best Sellers

One of the most versatile pieces of athleisure wear is the exercise dress from Outdoor Voices. Wear it while working out, pair it with sneakers and a denim jacket for a cute brunch outfit — the possibilities are endless. This is a favorite among Outdoor Voices fans and the brand has made some enhancements to this latest style that include adjustable straps, as well as built-in shorts liner with two pockets (yes!) and leg grippers. Reviewers say they wear it everywhere, from working out to walking the dog, and even to concerts. It’s probably a great go-to for moms of little ones too!

These lightweight, unlined shorts are revered as some of the best shorts on the planet — or even the galaxy, as one reviewer said. The quick-dry fabric is perfect for warmer climates or summer workouts, and the hidden zipper pocket is perfect for storing small essentials. You won’t believe it, but these super comfortable shorts are made of recycled polyester, so you’ll help save the planet one pair at a time — and you’ll likely end up buying more than one pair because they’re just so comfortable.

Once you experience the soft fabric and relaxed fit, you’ll know why these shorts got their name — you’ll definitely want to wear them all day. The unlined, 7-inch shorts are made of the brand’s CloudKnit fabric and features an adjustable waistband, side slit pockets, back pocket and an internal phone pocket. The comfort and functionality make these shorts perfect for workouts, traveling or lounging.

Athleta Best Sellers

These buttery soft leggings from Athleta make your time on the mat distraction free, with signature Powervita fabric that gives gentle support while also smoothing your curves and holding everything in place. Throw in a bit of extra style with the cute cinch detail at the hem, plus these leggings come in several neutral tones so it can be paired with just about any top. However, the bonded side stash pockets are what customers love most about these leggings.

This tank top has a five-star rating with more than 1,750 reviews and for good reason — it’s just that amazing. Customers say it’s not only comfortable and flattering, but can be worn for workouts or dressed up to wear everyday or even to work. Athleta has dubbed this top an “elevated essential,” and we couldn’t agree more — everyone needs this top in their closet!

These are your next go-to pants, as reviewers say the Athleta Trekkie North Joggers are good for just about anything, from hiking to working to running errands. The pants are made of lightweight material with two-way stretch to maximize movement while three zip pockets securely hold all your necessities. We think you’ll particularly love the comfortable waistband, and with more than 2,500 five-star reviews, these joggers belong in your wardrobe whether you’re outdoor adventurer or working from home.

adidas Best Sellers

These women’s track pants from adidas are perfect for training or for everyday wear. The classic fit is the perfect balance between loose and snug, while the water-absorbent material works to wick sweat away from your body to keep you dry while you’re on the move. And speaking of fabric, these pants are made of recycled high-performance materials so you can feel good, look good and do good all with one pair of pants!

Our list simply wouldn’t be complete without a classic pair of adidas shoes. This classic casual training shoe first appeared in the 1970s and is now a streetwear staple. The three sporty strips and heel tab paired with the famous rubber shell toe gives you an iconic look while the fit gives you a comfortable and supportive feel.

The Tiro Track Pants from adidas are bestsellers for men, too. Originally designed for soccer, these training pants are made to move no matter what you play. The moisture-absorbing Aeroready material means you’ll stay dry and the side zip pockets means your essentials will stay put too. The ankle zips offer extra room for movement and the draw-string waist helps you find a comfortable fit.

Girlfriend Collective Best Sellers

These high-waisted, compression leggings are made for your hard-hitting workouts or your longest binge-watching session — whatever the day holds for you. And while we love the fit and feel of these leggings, we especially love that they are made of 25 plastic water bottles derived from landfills, helping save the planet one pair at a time.

Talk about support, the Paloma Bra is the brand’s No. 1 best-selling bra and for good reason — it’s full-coverage and flattering all in one. This racerback bra is made for medium-impact workouts and is perfect when paired with high-waisted leggings. It features a  scoop neckline and built-in support band, plus it has four-way stretch to give you more flexibility with any type of movement.

Pockets make everything better, which is why these high-rise leggings from Girlfriend Collective are one of the brand’s most popular items. Not only do the leggings offer the same high-rise construction with ultra compression, like the original leggings, but also a pocket on each hip so you can easily carry your phone, keys, cards, or whatever else you need to carry on your route. Those convenient pockets make these leggings perfect for workouts and everyday wear, whichever fits your lifestyle. And like Girlfriend Collective’s original leggings, these are just as eco-friendly and made with 25 plastic water bottles as well.

Sweaty Betty Best Sellers

Multi-sport legging with bum-sculpting powers? No wonder they’re best sellers! While these leggings are great for just about every activity, and are constructed with flattering seams that help sculpt your derriere, there’s even more power in the Sweaty Betty Power Workout Legging. The material features four-way stretch, plus sweat-wicking to keep you dry throughout your workout, plus an adjustable drawcord at the waist ensures the perfect fit. On top of that, you get two pockets — a side pocket for your phone and a back zip pocket for your other valuables — and these come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns. What can’t these power pants do?

Wear it as a sports bra or a top with leggings, the Stamina Longline Workout Bra is perfect for those who need medium support during their workouts. The racerback design gives you more freedom for movement, the seamless design helps prevent annoying chafing and its made of sweat-wicking fabric. Reviewers have said it feels like they’re wearing a hug — soft and supportive!

Lightweight enough for post-workout coverage and cozy enough for lounging on the couch, this sweatshirt deserves a spot in your closet. Sweaty Betty’s After Class Sweatshirt is the oversized sweater we all need. Made of organic cotton, the boxy sweater has a loose fit with draped shoulders and slits on the sides, making it the perfect layer over leggings after yoga. We love that this piece can be dressed up or down, making it versatile and functional, and it comes in some spectacular colors — we may need two of these!

Varley Best Sellers

Looking for the perfect sweater? You may have found it in Varley’s Vine Pullover. Whether you want the perfect post-workout pullover or an oh-so-cozy knit for cuddling on the couch, this is it. The front zipper detail and exaggerated color and sleeves give this a sophisticated style, while the signature ottoman rib fabric make it practical and comfortable for workout-to-weekend wear. Reviewers say it has a loose but not baggy fit, so it’s perfect for dressing up or down.

Airy, breathable and sweat-wicking, the Kallin Shorts from Varley have all the attributes of the perfect pair of running shorts. The deep waistband sits high on your hips and features a back pocket for your keys or credit cards. You’ll have built-in briefs and a drawcord for finding a proper fit. They come in three neutral colors, so they’ll easily match any sports bra or tank top you have in your closet.

This is Varley’s most durable and versatile legging, made of compression fabric that boasts both moisture control and breathability. The beautiful patterns are combine with superior comfort and support, making them perfect for the toughest training session. The high waist with drawcord also ensures a secure fit, so you won’t find yourself distracted or pulling up your leggings during your workout.

Tory Sport Best Sellers

Consistently a best seller, this Tech Pique Sleeveless Tunic is a sporty silhouette for any tennis champ. The style is breathable and moisture wicking, with the perfect amount of stretch so your top won’t distract you during your serve. The strip detail on the collar gives this top a classic look that won’t go out of style, so you can reach for it year after year.

If you love patterns, these leggings from Tory Sport are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Made with high-compression fabric, these leggings are meant to support your muscles during your medium- and high-impact workouts. Plus, this style is moisture wicking with plenty of stretch for freedom of movement. The waistband features a pocket for any essentials and you’ll have an overall smooth finish to flatter all your curves.

While Tory Sport sells all types of active wear, the brand’s classic style pays homage to the 70s with plenty of picks perfect for the tennis court. The Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress was inspired by the elegance of the sport and you’ll enjoy the vintage look with a modern feel. This dress aces the classic tennis style while bringing today’s technical fabrics to manage moisture and ensure breathability so you can focus on your game. Reviewers say the fitted top with drop waist make for a flattering silhouette.


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