With the start of the New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start in the areas of our lives we aren’t 100% happy with. In this article you’ll find the best workout clothes for women.

If you’re making a resolution to dedicate some time to yourself, to getting fitter and healthier, I’m sure these stylish workout outfits could help you to achieve your goals.

Reasons to choose workout outfits 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 heading out to my exercise class if I’m dressed well. And, with my fitness gear all looking rather old and tired, I’m going to treat myself to some new pieces for the New Year.

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 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

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.

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Nike dry long sleeve shirt

Choose a comfortable sports bra

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.

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Alo sports bra

The best workout clothes for women

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:

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


A favorite for yoga bunnies, Lululemon is a good option for stylish basics which will last.

Best workout clothes from Lululemon | 40plusstyle.com

Strong rays long sleeveInvigorate braIn Movement Tight 25″ EverluxOn My Level Bag Large 30LThe Reversible Mat 3mmWater bottle


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.

Workout clothing from Athleta | 40plusstyle.com

Inlet jacketTwist tankSutton joggerSports braASICS sneaker16 oz Canteen by CorkcicleUrban gym bagSnow leopard beanie

C9 Champion at Target

A budget-friendly option, C9 Champion at Target has upped its game when it comes to the styling of its sportswear recently, with details such as asymmetry and two-tone pieces. 

Workout clothes from C9 Champion from Target | 40plusstyle.com

Capri leggingsSports braWoven t-shirtWindbreaker jacketKnit sneakerDuffle bagYoga mat

Sweaty Betty

Helpfully, workout gear is grouped depending on the type of workout you usually do.

I love the burgundy pieces that are available at the moment from Sweaty Betty.

Activewear from Sweaty Betty | 40plusstyle.com

Workout t-shirtRunning leggingsRunning jacketSports braLux Kit bagRunning cap

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

Twist crop topSports braQuilted jacketLeggings


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

Nike racerback tankSPANX leggingsZella quilted jacketFreya sports braDagne Dover duffle bagNike running shoeS’well water bottle


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.

Activewear from Amazon | 40plusstyle.com

Adidas leggingsWANAYOU workout topMIRITY sports braAdidas running shoeNike headbandVENUZOR waist trainer

Alo Yoga

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

Best workout clothes from Alo | 40plusstyle.com

Long sleeve topTank 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 cru teeWe Over Me joggerAll Access sports braAdidas x Missoni sneakerChuchka sport toteAmanda Kloots jump rope

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. You can opt for plain items, or choose bolder patterns.

Workout clothing from Outdoor Voices | 40plusstyle.com

CloudKnit tee¾ flex leggingsTechSweat zip braHOKA x OV Clifton sneakerOutdoor Voices hat


ADAY tends to be about simple, classic style rather than following trends. Reviewers particularly praise Aday’s leggings styles for their comfort.

Best workout clothes from ADAY | 40plusstyle.com


What are your favorite workout clothes for women? What do you usually wear? What brands do you love?

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