Activewear is becoming an increasingly important part of the fashion industry, and a more versatile part of any closet. Take a look below at the best activewear for women that you can wear for exercising or everyday…

What is activewear

Before I get onto the best activewear to choose, what exactly is activewear? Well, if you look in the dictionary, you’ll find the definition is clothes that are worn for sports or other physical activities.

However, you don’t have to keep your activewear for exercising. You can wear it for sports, walks, working from home or running errands.

Brands to look out for from Nordstrom made

I’ve partnered with Nordstrom to bring you all the best active wear from Nordstrom Made Brands. Some of the best brands to look out for when it comes to activewear are Zella, Caslon and Nordstrom.

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Let’s take a look at some of the most stylish Nordstrom activewear options to put together countless casual outfits.

Activewear tops

When it comes to your activewear tops, a plain t-shirt is useful to go with everything. You could also look for choices with a point of difference like a funnel neck that you can wear with your jeans as well as your activewear bottoms.

I love to wear layers on top. A crop top will look good layered over another longer top, which is a good technique for making your legs look longer, while still covering your belly.

Activewear tops |

BP. Crewneck T-ShirtNordstrom Swingy Hooded T-ShirtZella Restore Soft SweatshirtTreasure & Bond Crop Crewneck Sweatshirt

jackets and coats

Depending on where you live, it’s likely you need a coat for at least part of the day, or part of the year. Look out for lightweight jackets you can easily add to your outfit. Shorter jacket options will make sure you can still move freely if you’re running or exercising.

Jackets to wear everday|

Zella Live In Track JacketNordstrom Hooded Puffer JacketZella Hooded Hybrid Running JacketBP. Sport Fleece Jacket

activewear for women: Bottoms

You have a number of different choices for your activewear bottoms. A pair of leggings is always handy for working out, or for wearing with longer tunic tops for a slightly dressier look.

You could also look out for a pair of traditional cuffed tracksuit pants or choose a pair of stretchy, flared yoga pants. For a look that will take you from working out to working from home, you could opt for a pair of on-trend, wide leg pants.

Casual bottoms |

Nordstrom Go-To High Waist LeggingsZella Live In Pocket JoggersZella High Waist Cozy Performance Flare PantsCaslon Sweater Pants

Shoes to go with your activewear

When it comes to your shoe choices, comfort is key. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo style.

Add on-trend elements to your look with platform sneakers. Or, you could choose another key trend this season, the lug sole, which will not only look good but will help you to keep your grip if you’re heading out for a walk.

If it’s very wet where you are at the moment, a pair of water resistant booties will be a good idea to keep your feet and ankles dry.

Activewear shoes |

Zella Running ShoeCaslon Andes SneakerCaslon Cura Water Resistant Quilted BootieCaslon Hanley Water Resistant Lace-Up Bootie


Any outfit isn’t complete without the right accessories. You’ll definitely need a good supportive bra if you’re exercising. Plus, if you’re working out outdoors, a money belt could be a good option so you can keep your essentials safe without impairing your movement.

A hairband will keep your hair, and sweat, off your face. If you’re likely to get chilly, a good beanie hat and pair of gloves will keep the cold at bay.

Activewear accessories |

Zella Slim Running Belt BagZella Run In Zip Front Sports BraTreasure & Bond Faux Fur Pom BeanieBP. Oversized Cuff BeanieBP. Pop Top Knit GlovesZella Studio Lite Twist Headband

Your activewear for women outfits together in one capsule

Below, you can see the clothes, shoes and accessories together with a number of outfit options for you. You can mix and match the tops and bottoms for different looks. Or choose to wear the tops with your jeans for more versatility.

Activewear capsule wardrobe |

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How much activewear do you have in your closet? Do you wear only for exercising or for day-to-day?

The best activewear for women whether you're working out or lounging about |

This article was sponsored by Nordstrom


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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