Are you looking for stylish workout clothes? We’ve got you covered with a complete capsule wardrobe for your casual or at-home workouts.

Thinking about a new workout regimen?

Have you re-evaluated your health and fitness habits over the past year? Do you have plans for getting fitter and healthier during 2023?

Personally, I always feel much more motivated if I look the part! No matter if you work out at home or in the gym, your workout will be so much more fun if you loook good.

If you’re making a resolution to dedicate some time to yourself, to getting fitter and healthier even in these unprecedented times, I’m sure the stylish workout outfits below will help you to achieve your goals.

Reasons to choose stylish workout clothes you love

You’ve definitely heard the phrase “dress for success” before. And, it’s a saying which doesn’t only apply to the business world.

The clothing we wear affects the way we behave because it carries a symbolic meaning.

If you’re wearing workout gear that you love, you are mentally prepared for the task at hand. So, you are more enthusiastic about exercising, and you get better results.

I definitely agree that I feel better about exercising if I’m dressed well.

As I get older, it has become even more important to me to make sure that I stay fitter, stronger and healthier. I want to be around for as long as possible, being able to do what I want to for as long as possible!

If feeling great in my workout clothes can help with that, it’s definitely worth the extra investment.

How to choose the best workout clothes for women

Just as with the rest of your closet, your choice of workout gear is important. Here is what to consider when choosing a workout outfit.

The right color for your workout clothes

Is there a particular color that makes you feel motivated?

As well as soft muted tones, you could also think about brights like the shirt from Hanes (below) which comes in a vast choice of colors and has great reviews from wearers who say it wicks away sweat well, keeps its shape and is good for working out or wearing as a base layer.

Red is often associated with action, strength and determination so it could be the perfect choice if you need some motivation. For more ideas check our article on how to wear red.

Hanes Sport Cool Dri Performance Long Sleeve T-Shirt |

Hanes Sport Cool Dri Performance Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Stylish workout clothes for women - Shauna wears colorful leggings |

Shauna @chicover50 above (read her style interview here) chooses multi-colored leggings that are sure to put you in the right mood for exercise.

Steal her look with this similar tank top (another option here), sports bra, leggings (other options here and here) and Nike shoes. Here is a mountain bike that has great reviews in Amazon.

The right fit for your workout outfits

While you may want workout gear which is close-fitting, particularly if you are opting for yoga or pilates wear, it’s important that it fits correctly and isn’t too tight. You need to be able to move freely.

For a little extra confidence if you are searching for the best workout clothes for women but you aren’t so keen on your tummy area, you could choose tummy control pants like the high waist yoga pants (below). Reviewers say they are fantastic for hiding some pandemic weight gain.

THE GYM PEOPLE High Waist Tummy Control Yoga Pants |

THE GYM PEOPLE High Waist Tummy Control Yoga Pants

Stylish workout clothes for women - Claudia wears gym co-ordinates |

Claudia above opts for stylish, matching gym co-ordinates. You could always add an extra layer on top if you aren’t ready to show off your abs.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sports bra (another option here), leggings and running shoes.

The most stylish workout clothes need the right fabric

You may favor natural fabrics such as cotton for everyday wear but you will find that fabrics made especially for working out are more comfortable as they are designed to wick moisture away from your body and dry quickly.

The Amazon essentials t-shirts (below) come in packs of two in different color pathways, and are well-reviewed with wearers saying they are must-have t-shirts.

Amazon Essentials Tech Stretch V-Neck T-Shirt |

Amazon Essentials Tech Stretch V-Neck T-Shirt

Stylish workout clothes for women - Nancy wears a gray workout outfit |

Nancy @nancysstyle above (read her style interview here) opts for an outfit of tonal grays for her home workout.

Check out this similar shirt, jacket, joggers (another option here) and sneakers. Here is a treadmill that you can purchase that has high ratings on Amazon.

The best workout clothes for women

Now that you are thinking about stylish workout clothes that could work for you, below are some of the best workout outfits and the best brands of workout clothes to look out for.

If you’re rather bewildered by the array of workout clothes available, and who can blame you, a great place to start is with our picks and the brand recommendations from the women of the 40+ Style community:

Best sports bras for women

Let’s start from the inside out.

In order to be comfortable working out, you will need to make sure that your bust is supported. Not only that, but you won’t want underwiring digging into you while trying to exercise.

If you’ve made a resolution to work out more during 2023, a pack of sports bras like the Evercute (below) could be perfect. They have more than 11,000, largely postive, reviews from women who say they’re a great everyday bra. A good choice for working out or for relaxing at home.

Stylish workout clothes for women - sports bras |

Evercute Sport Bras

Best workout tops for your gym outfits

Your work out top should fit well, wick away moisture and allow you to move. You can wear alone, or layer up with a extra layer or two if you’ll be exercising outside in cold weather. You can opt for long or short, with sleeves or without, depending on your preference.

Workout tops |

Zengjo Ruched Side Yoga Atheltic Shirt – Miusey Loose Fit Racerback Yoga Tank TopKimmery Criss Cross Back Yoga ShirtMakeMeChic Yoga Workout Tank Top

Stylish workout clothes for women - Emms in a navy outfit |

Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above opts for a flowy navy outfit that would be ideal for workouts or for wearing as loungewear.

Recreate her outfit with this similar workout top (another option here), wide pants (another option here) and sneakers.

stylish Workout sweaters

The best workout sweaters should look stylish and keep you warm while making sure moisture is still drawn away from your skin. If you’ll be lounging in your workout wear after your exercise, or running errands, you could also try a sweater or zipped hoodie.

Workout sweaters |

Zella Restore Soft Twist Long Sleeve T-ShirtKimmery Quick Dry Line TopAmazhiyu Cropped SweatshirtYimoon Workout Zip-Up Hoodie

Stylish workout outfit: sweater, toga shirt, pants and running shoes |

Amazhiyu Cropped SweatshirtKimmery Criss Cross Back Yoga ShirtZella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare PantsSkechers Summits-Quick Getaway SneakerLongchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag

workout jackets

Of course, if it’s really cold or rainy, or you want to stay warm while getting to your fitness venue, you might also want to consider a jacket.

A shorter style will still give your legs freedom of movement while you’re running! Think about puffer and fleece styles for warmth. If you choose a form-fitting jacket, you can layer over the top, or choose a looser style for over your t-shirts.

Workout jackets |

Zella Amazing Cozy Wrap JacketZella Hybrid Performance VestGihuo Athletic Full Zip Workout JacketZella Corded Faux Fur Jacket

Blue and gray workout outfit |

Zella Amazing Cozy Wrap JacketMiusey Loose Fit Racerback Yoga Tank TopZella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket Leggingsadidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running ShoeFitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness TrackerGaoykai Weighted Jump Rope

best workout leggings 

When considering what to wear on your bottom half you have a number of choices open to you, but leggings are often one of the best ones as they’re suitable for any exercise from yoga to running.

Leggings are also some of the best gym clothes for women if you like to exercise indoors.

Best leggings for working out |

Zella Studio Luxe HW Curve LeggingsZella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket Leggingsadidas Yoga Studio High Waist 7/8 LeggingsBeyond Yoga Space Dye Colorblock Pocket Ankle Leggings

Workout outfits for women - Sandra in a black gym outfit |

Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above looks great in her all-black workout outfit. Her hairband keeps her hair out of the way as well as adding extra flair.

Check out this similar sports braleggingsjacketrunning shoesheadband and water bottle.

best workout pants for women

When thinking about workout outfits for women, you could also consider a pair of tracksuit bottoms, which could be particularly appropriate for running in cooler weather. Or look for yoga pants for stretching exercises.

Workout pants for women |

Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare Pantsadidas Yoga Studio Flared LeggingsNike Sportswear Everyday Modern High Waist Fleece SweatpantsAviator Nation Stripe Sweatpants

Green and black workout outfit for women |

Yimoon Workout Zip-Up HoodieMakeMeChic Yoga Workout Tank TopAviator Nation Stripe SweatpantsSkechers Summits-Quick Getaway SneakerNike Sportswear Futura Mini BackpackGaoykai Weighted Jump Rope

stylish workout shorts for women

If you’ll be exercising indoors where it is warm or it’s summer where you live, then a pair of shorts might be better for you to go with the rest of your fitness outfit.

You could consider tight bike shorts for any exercise from yoga to running and cycling, or you might prefer a looser fit.

Workout shorts |

Zella Taylor Performance SkortBlaosn Athletic ShortsNike Dri-FIT Tempo Running Shortsadidas by Stella McCartney True Purpose Training Bike Shorts

Workout outfits for women - Beth wears a sweater and shorts |

Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here) chooses running shorts for her home exercise bike workout.

Recreate her outfit with this similar zip workout top, shorts and water bottle.

Workout shoes to go with your workout attire

Of course, your choice of shoes is super important when putting together an exercise outfit. You can’t possibly workout effectively if your feet are uncomfortable.

Look for a sneaker specifically for the type of exercise you are doing, whether that is running or tennis, for example. And, don’t forget to make sure your feet are supported in the same way as you would your everyday shoes. Choose sneakers with arch support if you need them.

You’ll find more stylish and supportive footwear ideas in these articles on arch support shoes and sneakers for plantar fasciitis.

Workout shoes for women |

adidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running ShoeSaucony Kinvara 12 Running ShoeNew Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerSkechers Summits-Quick Getaway Sneaker

Workout outfits for women - skorts |

Gihuo Athletic Full Zip Workout JacketZella Taylor Performance Skortadidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running ShoeLongchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel BagFitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness TrackerSweaty Betty Swifie Running Cap

Workout accessories

No outfit is complete without your accessories and the same holds true for your workout clothes.

You may need a gym bag to pop your outfit in if you’re heading to exercise straight after work, for example. Or a hat or gloves if you’re running in winter.

A special fitness watch could also be a good idea for motivation so you can see how many steps you’re taking and the progress you’re making.

Accessories for working out |

Nike Sportswear Futura Mini BackpackLongchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel BagSweaty Betty Swifie Running CapHromec Non Slip Yoga Socks with GripsFitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness TrackerTrailHeads Running Gloves

Workout outfit: ruched long sleeve top, pants, backpack and running sneakers |

Zengjo Ruched Side Yoga Atheltic Shirt – Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare PantsNew Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerSweaty Betty Swifie Running CapOwala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Workout equipment

As well as accessories, you may want to think about treating yourself to some simple equipment so that you can workout anytime and anywhere, such as a yoga mat, resistance bands, weights or a skipping rope.

A water bottle is, of course, essential for hydration. And, to warm up and cool down your muscles, you may want to consider a roller.

Workout equipments |

321 STRONG Foam RollerGaiam Essentials Thick Yoga MatRenoj Resistance BandsBeats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless EarphonesGaoykai Weighted Jump RopeBala Bangle WeightsOwala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

More of our favorite workout gadgets are here including a deep tissue massager I bought recently: TheraGun Elite.

Workout outfit for women: dry line top, leggings and running shoes |

Kimmery Quick Dry Line Topadidas Yoga Studio High Waist 7/8 LeggingsSaucony Kinvara 12 Running ShoeLongchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag321 STRONG Foam RollerBeats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Your stylish workout outfits together in one capsule

Below, you can see how you could put some of the stylish workout clothes, shoes and accessories together to form fabulous outfits.

You can always switch the tops and bottoms around to create new looks. Plus, many of the tops and jackets would look great with jeans for weekend wear too, and you can always elevate the leggings and pants by changing the tops for everyday wear.

Stylish workout clothes for women over 40 - Workout capsule wardrobe |

shop some of the stylish workout clothes above here:

More workout inspiration for you

This is a another example of a stylish workout capsule. These items are no longer available but may serve as inspiration for your stylish workout outfits.

Stylish workout capsule wardrobe |

What are your favorite stylish workout clothes?

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