With many of us now at home, except for one trip outside for daily exercise, how are you making sure you stay fit and healthy? Personally, I always feel much more motivated if I look the part! In this article you’ll find the best workout clothes for women no matter what your exercise of choice is.

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 these stylish workout outfits could help you to achieve your goals.

Reasons to choose 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

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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

Sandra (above) opts for a bright pop of pink with her coordinated workout out separates.

Check out this similar sports bra and 7/8 leggings from Girlfriend Collective, and running shoes from Adidas.

Is there a particular color that makes you feel motivated?

The right fit

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.

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Nike training tights

The right fabric

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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.

Eve (above) opts for black workout wear and a pretty floral sports bra.

Exercise with this similar tank top, sports bra, cycling shorts and visor.

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Sweaty Betty quilted running jacket

Choose a comfortable sports bra

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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.

Psyche (above) is wearing past-season Ivy Park, which is no longer available. But you can check out this similar sports bra, leggings and sneakers from Adidas that you can try on your next workout session.

Zella Body sports bra | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Body sports bra

The best workout clothes for women

Now that you are thinking about workout clothes that could work for you, here are some of the best workout outfits and the best brands of workout clothes.

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:

Gym outfits from Nordstrom

As you would expect from a department store with such a range, Nordstrom has a good choice of activewear. You will find a huge range of brands including Zella, Sweaty Betty, Spanx, Nike, Beyond Yoga, and Free People FP Movement.

Workout clothing from Nordstrom | 40plusstyle.com

Alo tankZella Body sports braZella crop leggingsASICS running shoeCaraa backpackS’well insulated water bottle

Workout outfits from Amazon

There aren’t many things that you can’t buy on Amazon and workout wear is no exception. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find workout gear to suit you.

Amazon workout outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Mippo tank topSYRINX workout leggingsMIRITY racerback sports brasCAP Barbell Neoprene Dumbbell Set with RackSkechers D’Lites sneakerSports Research waist trimmer

Best workout clothes from Nike

Of course, you could opt for workout clothing from one of the big-name sports brands. One of my favorites is Nike where you can find what you need, no matter what your activity of choice is.

Best workout clothes from Nike | 40plusstyle.com

Hooded running vestYoga lux tankSports braRunning tightsDuffel bagDri-FIT headband and glove setTerra Kiger 5 running shoe

Gym clothing brands: Sweaty Betty

Helpfully, workout gear at Sweaty Betty is grouped depending on the type of workout you usually do, whether you’re a runner, a yoga bunny or you like to workout in the studio (of course you may well have transferred your studio work to your living room right now!).

Sweaty Betty workout outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Storm Seeker batwing jacketAthlete seamless workout tankPower workout leggingsAll Sport backpackTech running glovesSwifie running cap

Workout clothing brands: Vuori

Vuori means mountain, but you don’t necessarily have to be climbing a mountain to wear it. In fact, you’d definitely be a bit cold if you went mountain climbing in a t-shirt.

Starting out as a tiny business based in its founders garage, Vuori is now well-known for bestsellers like its performance joggers.

Viouri workout outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Saltwater AnorakLux Performance teeDaily braPerformance jogger

Fitness outfits from Lululemon

A favorite for yoga bunnies, Lululemon is a good option for stylish basics which will last and which stand out from the crowd. You’ll find some great new prints every season.

Best workout clothes from Lululemon | 40plusstyle.com

Goal Smasher jacketEnergy bra long lineWunder Under high-rise tightOn My Level Bag – Stay Hot Keep Cold BottleThe Reversible Mat

Gym attire from Athleta

Part of the Gap brand, Athleta is another good alternative for yoga and athletic wear which can definitely be worn as stylish casual wear too.

It’s also a good place to go if you’re looking for warm jackets, either for cold weather training, or to get you to and from your exercise or yoga class when you’re able to head out again.

Workout clothing from Athleta | 40plusstyle.com

Nirvana two-way wrapEssence twist tankEssential braWarp knit 7/8 tightCaraa x Athleta Everyday Vinyasa toteSavvy Grip socks by Tavi NoirTwisted headbandeKO 4mm 71″ Mat by Manduka

Affordable workout clothes from Target

A budget-friendly option, Target has upped its game when it comes to the styling of its sportswear recently, with details such as asymmetry, layering, prints and two-tone pieces. 

Workout clothes from Target | 40plusstyle.com

All In Motion running jacketAll In Motion high support zip front braAll In Motion long sleeve open back t-shirtAll In Motion high-rise 7/8 leggingsStainless steel bolt water bottleAll In Motion athletic socksManduka yoga matSkechers athletic shoe

Fitness clothing brands: Old Navy

Another of Gap’s brands, Old Navy offers very affordable workout wear.

It’s a good option if you are tall or petite as most options come in these sizes as well as regular.

Best workout clothes from Old Navy | 40plusstyle.com

Lightweight open-Front sweatshirtRacerback sports braWrap-front performance TopHigh-waisted mesh-trim compression crops

Exercise outfit ideas from Alo Yoga

Originally designed especially for yoga, Alo Yoga is definitely one for other low-impact exercise classes such as barre and pilates too. Reviewers particularly praise the soft material.

Best workout clothes from Alo | 40plusstyle.com

Glimpse long sleeve topLong arch tank topMoto leggingsGlass water bottleStow backpack


Stocking a range of brands, Bandier tends to be a go-to for yoga and pilates wear. Take a look at the We Over Me for seasonless active wear with a soft mossed finish.

Activewear from Bandier | 40plusstyle.com

Adidas x Missoni PHX jacketWe Over Me crew tankThe Streaming Shavasana KitDagne Dover carryallStance Athletic Tab 3-packTiem sneaker

Outdoor Voices

Whether heading to the gym or you just want an outfit for running errands, Outdoor Voices has ultra-soft athletic wear which offers support without being constrictive. There’s a great range of on-trend colors.

Workout clothing from Outdoor Voices | 40plusstyle.com

Cotton t-shirtSTV.OV braSTV.OV leggingsRec ankle socksDallas hatWomen’s HOKA x OV Clifton


ADAY tends to be about simple, classic style rather than following trends, which is great if you love a classic, timeless style. Reviewers particularly praise Aday’s leggings styles for their comfort.

Activewear from ADAY | 40plusstyle.com

Made It t-shirtLighten-Up braLayered Up leggings

Stella McCartney for Adidas

A definite favorite, Stella McCartney for Adidas may be pricier than some workout gear, but it’s also very stylish! You’ll find gear for running, yoga or the gym, depending on what you’re into.

Workout clothing from Stella McCartney for Adidas | 40plusstyle.com

Adidas t-shirtAdidas track pantsAdidas jacketAdidas sports braAdidas sneakersStella McCartney tote

What are your favorite workout clothes for women? What do you usually wear? What brands do you love? And how are you staying fit right now? I’d love to know – you can tell me in the comments below.

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