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
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
Claudia @beafitmom.nl 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
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.
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.
Zengjo Ruched Side Yoga Atheltic Shirt – Miusey Loose Fit Racerback Yoga Tank Top – Kimmery Criss Cross Back Yoga Shirt – MakeMeChic Yoga Workout Tank Top
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.
Zella Restore Soft Twist Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Kimmery Quick Dry Line Top – Amazhiyu Cropped Sweatshirt – Yimoon Workout Zip-Up Hoodie
Amazhiyu Cropped Sweatshirt – Kimmery Criss Cross Back Yoga Shirt – Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare Pants – Skechers Summits-Quick Getaway Sneaker – Longchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag
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.
Zella Amazing Cozy Wrap Jacket – Zella Hybrid Performance Vest – Gihuo Athletic Full Zip Workout Jacket – Zella Corded Faux Fur Jacket
Zella Amazing Cozy Wrap Jacket – Miusey Loose Fit Racerback Yoga Tank Top – Zella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket Leggings – adidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running Shoe – Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker – Gaoykai 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.
Zella Studio Luxe HW Curve Leggings – Zella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket Leggings – adidas Yoga Studio High Waist 7/8 Leggings – Beyond Yoga Space Dye Colorblock Pocket Ankle Leggings
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 bra, leggings, jacket, running shoes, headband 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.
Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare Pants – adidas Yoga Studio Flared Leggings – Nike Sportswear Everyday Modern High Waist Fleece Sweatpants – Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpants
Yimoon Workout Zip-Up Hoodie – MakeMeChic Yoga Workout Tank Top – Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpants – Skechers Summits-Quick Getaway Sneaker – Nike Sportswear Futura Mini Backpack – Gaoykai 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.
Zella Taylor Performance Skort – Blaosn Athletic Shorts – Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Running Shorts – adidas by Stella McCartney True Purpose Training Bike 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.
adidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running Shoe – Saucony Kinvara 12 Running Shoe – New Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker – Skechers Summits-Quick Getaway Sneaker
Gihuo Athletic Full Zip Workout Jacket – Zella Taylor Performance Skort – adidas Cloudfoam Pure-2.0 Running Shoe – Longchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag – Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker – Sweaty Betty Swifie Running Cap
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.
Nike Sportswear Futura Mini Backpack – Longchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag – Sweaty Betty Swifie Running Cap – Hromec Non Slip Yoga Socks with Grips – Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker – TrailHeads Running Gloves
Zengjo Ruched Side Yoga Atheltic Shirt – Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare Pants – New Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker – Sweaty Betty Swifie Running Cap – Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
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.
321 STRONG Foam Roller – Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat – Renoj Resistance Bands – Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones – Gaoykai Weighted Jump Rope – Bala Bangle Weights – Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
More of our favorite workout gadgets are here including a deep tissue massager I bought recently: TheraGun Elite.
Kimmery Quick Dry Line Top – adidas Yoga Studio High Waist 7/8 Leggings – Saucony Kinvara 12 Running Shoe – Longchamp Le Pliage 21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag – 321 STRONG Foam Roller – Beats 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.
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.
What are your favorite stylish workout clothes?
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