We focus a lot on ‘regular’ clothing on 40+Style. However, for many of us, sport and fitness is an important part of our daily routine. Style shouldn’t step as soon as you enter the fitness room so today we will look at some great fitness clothes for women over 40.


If you feel good about what you’re wearing before you hit the gym, take to the courts, hop on your bike, go for a hike, or whatever your exercise of choice is, you’re much more likely to feel motivated once you start your workout.

Sylvia wearing a purple top and blackleggings | 40plusstyle.com

What is important in fitness clothes for women?

Here is what we find important in fitness clothes.

1. Fitness clothes need to be comfortable

This is very important as fitness clothes have a clear function. It’s hard to focus on your workout or yoga session when your clothes are too tight. Many inbuilt bras are too tight and uncomfortable. comfortable. So for tops with inbuilt bras think about going up a size or two. This will still give enough support while not being so tight that they prevent you from breathing properly.

ATTRACO Ribbed Athletic Tank Top | 40plusstyle.com

ATTRACO Ribbed Athletic Tank Top

2. Light fabrics that are specially created for sports are often better

Although we generally dislike synthetic fabrics, fabrics especially created for sports often perform better than cotton. They do a better job at keeping you cool.

ICTIVE Cross Backless Workout Top | 40plusstyle.com

ICTIVE Cross Backless Workout Top

Fitness clothes for women - Adaline in a black and beige outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Adaline @sdmomstyles above chooses an outfit perfect for workouts or casual days. You could always add a sporty jacket or shacket over the top if it’s cool.

Recreate her outfit with this similar cropped T-shirt, joggers and shoes.

3. Choose tops that match your climate

In warmer climates, you’ll want more open tops that allow air to circulate. In colder climates, choose more coverage.

For tennis clothes and other outdoor workouts, choose covered tops during the day to protect you from the sun, but you could choose tank tops when the sun goes down.

The Mippo workout top (below) is made from modal to keep you cool, with a bit of spandex to ensure it keeps its shape. The mesh back should keep you cool. It comes in a huge choice of colors, and reviewers say they love the fit and overall style. One said she has this top in three different shades.

Mippo Workout Top | 40plusstyle.com

Mippo Workout Top

If it’s very sunny where you are, choose a shirt that offers the same level of sun protection you get from your sun cream. The Coolibar top (below) features moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool, and thumb holes for extra hand coverage.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Sun Protective Devi Fitness T-Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Coolibar UPF 50+ Sun Protective Devi Fitness T-Shirt

If it’s cold and you’re working out outdoors, then thermals are your answer. The Fulbelle running shirt (below) will keep you cozy while you exercise. Reviewers say it is perfect for adding warmth without extra bulk.

Fulbelle Thermal Fleece Mock Neck Running Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Fulbelle Thermal Fleece Mock Neck Running Shirt

4. Mix and match as much with fitness clothes as your other clothes

Although I sometimes buy ‘sets’. I find it a lot more fun to buy tops and bottoms that I can mix and match with each other. Even if I do buy a set, I will often wear the top or bottom with something else.

If you’re just starting out, or getting back into, your fitness journey, you could always start by buying two or three full outfits. Then you will be able to create different combinations.

The set (below) comes with longer leggings or shorts, and it has a built-in bra. Add a T-shirt or tank top if you want extra coverage.

TWFRHC Ribbed Workout Set | 40plusstyle.com

TWFRHC Ribbed Workout Set

5. Pay special attention to your underwear!

Hugely important! If you wear pants in stretchy fabrics you can clearly see the outline of your panties. Choose super thin seamless underpants that are invisible and select some of the items we featured in this article on no show underwear. Although you can wear g-strings too, they often create very defined buttocks and I personally don’t like the look of that.

The Wealurre seamless underwear (below) promises a seamless look, even under leggings.

Wealurre Seamless No Show Underwear | 40plusstyle.com

Wealurre Seamless No Show Underwear

You’ll also need a good, supportive sports bra. The CRZ bra (below) has a stylish cross back, and it’s designed for low-impact sports like yoga and gym workouts.

CRZ YOGA Criss Cross Back Sports Bra | 40plusstyle.com

CRZ YOGA Criss Cross Back Sports Bra

6. Think about the type of workout you’ll be doing.

You will need, for example, tightly-fitting clothes if you are doing yoga so that your top doesn’t ride up while doing the downward dog! But, you will have greater flexibility in what you wear if you are heading for a run or a brisk walk.

Pinspark Open Back Athletic Shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Pinspark Open Back Athletic Shirt

What to wear at fitness workouts? Here are some ideas for fitness clothes for women over 40! | 40plusstyle.com

You could also choose a dress like Claudia @beafitmom.nl above. Look out for one with inbuilt shorts, or wear a pair of short cycle shorts underneath.

Steal her look with this similar tank top (another option here), skirt, shoes and gym bag.

7. Make sure your pants are not sheer!

Leggings can be quite sheer and in clear light you can see everything. Be sure to choose a fabric that is not sheer to avoid this. The Satina leggings (below) have good reviews from women who say they are thin and lightweight, yet not see-through.

SATINA High Waisted Leggings | 40plusstyle.com

SATINA High Waisted Leggings

8. Durability

You may wish to spend more than you would on a pair of leggings for your workouts as your fitness clothing needs to retain its shape and have durability. You will be putting it through its paces as you bend, stretch or run, and you’ll also be washing it after every workout. So choose clothes you’re confident will wash well.

Zengjo Printed Capri Compression Leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Zengjo Printed Capri Compression Leggings

Fitness clothes for women - Sylvia wearing a pink top and black leggings | 40plusstyle.com

similar top, leggings and shoes

You can opt for a looser style in pants or a choose a leggings style. In the past, I personally always opted for wider options until I recently embraced close-fitted leggings. Now I prefer the look of those and they are super practical for both yoga and fitness classes.

I like my neutrals just as much as brighter colors. If you normally don’t choose a bright color for your clothes, you may want to give it a go for your fitness class and have some fun with color!

Fitness clothes for women - Sylvia wears a yellow top and purple pants | 40plusstyle.com

similar top, pants and shoes

Fitness clothes for women - Sylvia wears a yellow top and black leggings | 40plusstyle.com

similar top, leggings and shoes

I never really match my shoes to my outfits as may be clear from these photos. I’m actually due for a new pair of trainers as I tend to use these for everything, both fitness and tennis which is a bit silly.

If you’re looking for sneakers for everyday casual wear rather than sportswear, you may also want to take a look at this piece on sneaker styles.

But I always make sure I feel good in the fitness clothes I wear and will mix and match as much as with my regular clothes. I suggest you do too!

Brands to look out for when choosing your fitness clothes

fitness clothes

Now, let’s look at some of our favorite fitness clothes in stores now, and how you can mix and match them all to create workout outfits for all your exercise sessions.


Choose classic t-shirts and tank tops, as well as looking out for tops that feature interesting detailing like twists, drapes and mesh.

Fitness tops for women | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Twist Front T-ShirtZella Ava V-Neck Active T-ShirtBeyond Yoga Featherweight Rebalance TankZella Work For It Easy Tank Top

Fitness clothes for women - Shauna wears a red top and leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Shauna @chicover50 above (read her style interview here) opts for a knotted top and leggings for her workout. A bright red shade is a great option for workouts as it’s a very motivational color.

Get her look with this similar tank top, leggings and shoes.

Fitness jackets, hoodies & sweatshirts

Depending on the weather where you are, you’ll want a warmer top or jacket for exercising outside, or just getting to and from the gym.

Fitness coats and jackets for women | 40plusstyle.com

ALO Foundation Zip HoodieZella Studio Luxe Performance JacketZella Rec Room Floral Print JacketAlo Airlift Runner Hoodie

Performance jacket, tank top and leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Studio Luxe Performance JacketBeyond Yoga Featherweight Rebalance TankBeyond Yoga Space Dye High Waist Midi LeggingsON Cloud X SneakersICEIVY Gym Duffle BagFitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Fitness pants, leggings and shorts

Your workout bottoms will depend on the sport you’re doing. Choose shorts or a skort for tennis or running, leggings for the gym and wider pants for yoga. Opt for plain shades or add a fun print.

Fitness clothes for women - leggings and shorts | 40plusstyle.com

MWL Flex Flare LeggingsAlo Airlift Game Changer High Waist 7/8 Flare LeggingsBeyond Yoga Space Dye High Waist Midi LeggingsNike Sportswear Essential Woven High Waist Shorts

Fitness clothes for women - Erica in an all-black outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Erica @ericabunker above (read her style interview here) opts for a black workout set with a subtle print.

Check out this similar top, leggings, shoes, smartwatch and earbuds.

dresses and skirts

You may usually opt for shorts or leggings, but dresses and skorts are great options for tennis or runnning. Look for built in shorts so you don’t show more than you want to while exercising.

Fitness clothes for women - dresses and skirts | 40plusstyle.com

adidas 3-Stripes Recycled Polyester Running DressOutdoor Voices The Volley Racerback DressBeyond Yoga In Stride Lined SkortZella Getaway Wrap Pocket Skort

Hoodie and running dress | 40plusstyle.com

ALO Foundation Zip Hoodieadidas 3-Stripes Recycled Polyester Running Dressadidas Originals NMD_R1 SneakerETRONIK Sports Duffle Bag


Your shoe choice is always important. But it’s more important than ever that your shoes are comfortable when exercising. Choose sneakers especially designed for your sport of choice. Look out for arch support, cushioned insoles and soles that reduce impact.

Fitness clothes for women - sneakers | 40plusstyle.com

ON Cloud X Sneakersadidas Originals NMD_R1 SneakerVionic Drift Berlin Toggle Closure Active SneakersKapsen Lightweight Running Shoes

Fitness clothes for women - Alison in a stylish golf outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) opts for a stylish golfing outfit of teal and white.

Get her look with this similar zip top, skirt, shoes and visor.

Fitness accessories to go with your fitness clothes for women

Of course, if you’re heading out for a run, you won’t want to be carrying too much with you. But, a fitness tracker to monitor how far you’ve gone and a cap to keep the sun off your face will be good ideas. If you tend to go to the gym after work, you’ll want a gym bag to keep your exercise clothes, towel and shower gel in.

Take a look at these bags that will go perfectly with your fitness clothes for women. They all come in lots of different colors so you’re sure to find one that matches.

Fitness accessories for women | 40plusstyle.com

Rothco Canvas Shoulder Duffle BagETRONIK Sports Duffle BagICEIVY Gym Duffle Bagrag & bone Addison Graphic Print Baseball CapFitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

T-shirt and skort | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Twist Front T-ShirtBeyond Yoga In Stride Lined SkortVionic Drift Berlin Toggle Closure Active SneakersRothco Canvas Shoulder Duffle Bagrag & bone Addison Graphic Print Baseball Cap

Your fitness clothes together in one capsule

Below, you can see the clothes and sneakers from above together in one capsule. You can put together many different combinations so your workout outfits look different each day.

Fitness workout capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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Do you pay attention to your fitness clothes? What do you like to wear? What are your favorite brands for fitness clothes for women?

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