The best workout clothes for women in 2022

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Even though we all own workout clothes, it’s rare to come across a top or shorts you really love. But comfortable, well-fitting women’s workout clothes can make or break your motivation to go runninggo to the gym or just take a walk with your dog.

Well-designed workout clothes should be made of technical fabrics that wick sweat, dry quickly, and potentially offer light compression to support your body. It must also be well designed so that nothing rises or falls.

As a fitness writer for nearly a decade and a woman, I’ve not only tried many brands of women’s activewear, but I also know the struggle of finding something that fits your body properly. Whether you’re looking for cheap workout clothes to hit the gym, picture-flattering workout clothes, or the best place to buy shorts for the summer, I’ve got you covered.

Below are the best workout brands to buy based on my own testing and feedback from a number of colleagues and friends I’ve asked about what they wear. The brands below each hit the sweet spot of value and quality, and offer inclusive sizing and fit.

Here are the best places to buy workout clothes for women:

Best Overall: Nike
Nike caters to nearly every sport with a variety of inclusive styles, making it our top pick for high-performance training gear.

Best budget: Core 10
Amazon’s Core 10 offers comfortable, sweat-wicking, well-designed workout gear for around $25 per item.

Ideal for runners: Athlete
Athletica’s running apparel is comfortable, moisture-wicking, reasonably priced and comes in a wide range of sizes and styles to fit different body types.

The better is madness: lululemon
Lululemon gear fits well and flatters most body shapes, works for all types of workouts, and stands up to many washes, so it’s well worth the effort.

Best Lasting: girlfriend collective
Girlfriend Collective’s workout clothes are carefully crafted with buttery-soft fabric for a wide range of sizes, and everything from its fabrics to its packaging is made mostly or 100% from recycled materials.

Best Plus Size Brand: super hero cup
Superhero Fit uses soft fabrics, flat seams for minimal chafing and specifically designs its garments to support and move with sizes large and larger.

Ideal for outdoors: new title
When you need technical fabrics with UPF, merino wool and abrasion resistance, Title Nine has some of the best clothes to move in on without breaking the bank.

The most beautiful: Outside Voices
Outdoor Voices is the brand for Instagram-worthy workout gear, and the quality and fit of its activewear makes it worth it.

Elizabeth J. Harless