Have you re-evaluated your health and fitness habits over the past year? Do you have plans for getting fitter and healthier during 2021?

Personally, I always feel much more motivated if I look the part! That’s why this article has all 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 below 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

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

Best workout clothes for women - Eve wears pink shorts and leopard print sneakers

Is there a particular color that makes you feel motivated?

Eve (above) opts for a pretty shade of pastel pink and adds some fun to her outfit with her leopard print sneakers.

Recreate her look with this similar sports bra, biker shorts, running shoes and water bottle.

As well as soft muted tones, you could also think about brights like the tank from Mippo (below) which comes in a vast choice of colors.

Red is often associated with action, strength and determination so it could be the perfect choice if you need some motivation.

Mippo workout tank top | 40plusstyle.com

Mippo workout tank top

The right fit for your workout outfits

Best workout clothes for women - Sarah wears leggings and pink sneakers | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Sarah (above) chooses stretchy leggings and a jacket which fits well but still allows for some movement.

Check out this similar jacket, leggings, running shoes, socks and turban.

VOEONS yoga pants | 40plusstyle.com

VOEONS yoga pants

The best workout clothes need the right fabric

The best workout clothes for women: How to look stylish while getting fit and healthy in 2021 | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Sandra (above) chooses a striking co-ordinated outfit in different shades of blue.

Steal her look with this similar running shirt, leggings, shoes and water bottle.

icyzone racerback athletic tank tops | 40plusstyle.com

icyzone racerback athletic tank tops

The best workout clothes for women

Best workout clothes for women - Estrella wears a black sports bra and co-ordinating leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Now that you are thinking about 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.

Estrella (above) opts for a supportive, style sports bra with her monochrome leggings.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sports bra, leggings and running shoes.

Best sports bras for working out | 40plusstyle.com

Alo sports braZella print longline sports braWacoal contour underwire braNatori convertible sports bra

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.

Workout tops | 40plusstyle.com

Zella T-shirtMISS FORTUNE dri-fit workout T-shirtZella seamless tie dye teeOnzie knot front tank top

Workout sweaters

The best workout sweaters should look stylish and keep you warm while making sure moisture is still drawn away from your skin.

Workout sweaters | 40plusstyle.com

Zella cinch waist pulloverElectric & Rose pulloverAll in Motion Fleece twist-front pulloverBrooks hooded pullover

workout jackets

Of course, if it’s really cold, 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.

Workout jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Zella ribbed detail track jacketZella tie dye jacketWantdo hooded packable jacketGlobal Blank full zip workout jacket

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Zella crop leggingsBandier top blocked leggingsAlo jacquard houndstooth leggingsSweaty Betty pocket workout leggings

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.

Workout pants for women | 40plusstyle.com

Socialite crop wide leg pantsZella woven joggersNike woven pantsadidas pleat front knit track pants

best 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Beyond Yoga biker shortsBrooks shortsTen Sixty washed bike shortsNike sheen shorts

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Reebok Floatride Run 2.0running shoeadidas Cloudfoam running shoeNike Free TR 8 running shoeASICS GT-2000 8 running shoe

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Sweaty Betty sport backpackRains waterproof gym bagZella 3-pack no show socksOutdoor Research lightweight glovesThe North Face beanieFitbit Versa 2 health and fitness smartwatch

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 equipment | 40plusstyle.com

Yoga Design Lab yoga matS’well water bottleFITFORT resistance bandsTANGRAM LED display jump ropeBala weighted bangle321 STRONG foam rollerBeats by Dr dre Powerbeats2 wireless in-ear bluetooth headphone

Your workout outfits together in one capsule

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

Workout capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

What are your favorite workout clothes for women?

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