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    35 Functional Clothes To Help You Tackle Your Next Workout

    Stay comfy, dry, and supported with these amazing pieces of activewear.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. Side-stripe leggings with a sporty-inspired design and buttery-soft material that's comfortable, won't stretch too much, *and* is squat-proof (as shown in the review pic below). If you're bending or stretching, they'll stay put (buh-bye baggy waist gap) and not feel too compressive on your butt and legs.

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    Promising review: "I own a lot of leggings and these really impressed me. Completely squat-proof (not see through at all). They are very comfortable and the color is beautiful! You’d think they were a lot more expensive than they are. Do not hesitate to buy these!" —Alex

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–3X, two lengths, and 33 styles).

    2. A medium-support sports bra that's not padded and will stay secure, even if you're completing a lot of reps or jogging at a fast pace. A lightweight fabric helps keep sweat at bay and a racerback design comfortably keeps your boobs in place (for no! more! bouncing!).

    Model wears peach Nike medium-support sports bra with black high-rise leggings

    Promising review: "I started working out recently and realized how little support I was receiving with other bras. I am a 40DD and they just flew out with every bra I had purchased. I ordered this bra in a 2XL and it fit perfectly. I can cycle for an hour and still be comfortable with no back pain." —Nike Customer

    Get it from Nike for $30 (available in women's sizes XS–3X and 21 colors).

    3. A ventilated tank top so you can stay sweat-free during laps. Mesh material in the back helps wick away perspiration, while a racerback-friendly shape works with multiple types of sports bras.

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    Promising review: "I bought the small and it fits perfectly. It’s long enough to wear with leggings, not too tight, and not see through. The color is bright and vibrant. The mesh back is a nice touch for airflow during my more intense workouts and cute with sports bras. I’ll be buying this in more colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and 18 colors).

    4. A lightweight T-shirt that'll let you crush your next run in warm weather. Hate chafing and clothes that won't stay in place? This tee has you covered: it has gusseted raglan sleeves that don't hug your arms and a drop-tail design for a close to the bod fit.


    Promising review: "I bought one of these and then immediately got a second one. They're soft and so comfortable. Armpit gussets mean it's easy to move around in and the material does a great job of wicking away moisture." —Backcountry Customer

    Get it from Backcountry for $39 (available in sizes XS–L and six colors).

    5. High-rise bike shorts to wear for basically every cardio and bodyweight workout: These babies won't ride up or slide down when you're doing lunges, sprints, and other movements. Plus, your legs will actually be able to breathe with moisture-wicking material.

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    Reviewers swear by these bike shorts, which have received more than 20,000 positive reviews for their durability and design!

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! Not too snug, not too loose, no riding or sliding down, and squat proof! I wear these when I workout (HIIT/boxing/pilates) and when I run (I’m a marathoner) and I have no complaints." —Melissa

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 41 colors).

    6. Mineral-wash leggings that'll provide you with amazing support and let you rock a mauve-tone outfit when you do yoga or go for a run. They contain polyamide and elastane, so they'll have a hint of stretch and hide underwear lines, thanks to a seamless design.

    model wearing the leggings and a matching crop tee
    Beach Hours

    Beach Hours is a Black and woman-owned company that designs gorgeous activewear and yoga mats. Cutout tops, mesh high-rise leggings, and split-dye sports bras are a handful of the stylish workout pieces available for your closet.

    Get them from Beach Hours for $45+ (available in sizes S–L).

    7. A jaw-dropping mesh sports bra you'll want to wear for virtual barre and HIIT classes. It has interlocking seams that help reduce chafing and removable cups for extra comfort, so you won't have to worry about perspiration or irritation after workouts.

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    Promising review: "This sports bra is amazing! I have ordered two different colors, the white and the pink. It's comfortable, breathable, and it stays in place even when doing high-intensity workouts!" —rita camassa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in bra sizes 30B/C–40A/B and 32 colors).

    8. Calf compression sleeves that'll help minimize calf tightness and shin splints. Whether you're a new runner or a seasoned marathoner, these sleeves will provide a little extra support for long-distance sessions.

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    Promising review: "I wore these compression sleeves during the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon, and they worked just fine. I ordered a small, and they fit as expected. I never had any issues with shin splints or calf tightness. Good quality and nice material. I highly recommend these for any distance running." —Pon Bath

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    9. Flintstones-inspired leggings so cute and colorful, everyone will be asking "where did you get them?!" during your next virtual class. With a slightly compressive fit and stretchy design, you'll be secretly thinking "Yabba-dabba-doo!" when you get through a tough circuit.

    Melt Fit

    Check out the entire Bedrock Collection, which also features a matching sports bra, here.

    Melt Fit is a size-inclusive athleisure company based in Detroit, Michigan. If you want to find activewear in bold colors and fun prints (like the Flintstone-inspired leggings above!), they have so many pieces that are perfect for working out or lounging.

    Promising review: "Great fit. The material is super soft and the set looks so cute on. I have done treadmill runs and HIIT workouts so far in this set and no problem with the pants staying in place." —Melt Fit Customer

    Get them from Melt Fit for $60 (available in sizes S–3X and five colors).

    10. A leggings set that'll solve the problem of "I don't know what the heck to wear" before you work out. This matching leggings and sports bra duo will make dressing for HIIT, treadmill running, or barre so easy. Both pieces are also made with quick-drying fabric, so you won't feel like a sweat puddle after exercising.

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    Purple isn't the only color you can get in this set! It's also available in red, mint green, and more pretty hues.

    Promising review: "Wow this is my new favorite workout set!! It’s stretchy but also form-fitting! The material is great quality and the leggings stay in place when you run! I’m going to order in every color!" —Alex Rinna

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–L and 12 colors).

    11. A track jacket so you won't be like "oh my gosh, I'm so cold" when you're running like the wind. It even has thumbholes that stay in place, so you won't have to awkwardly adjust your sleeves mid-workout.

    Model wears long-sleeve wine-colored zip-up track jacket with black leggings

    Promising review: "This feels great and keeps me warm on my runs in fall weather. I don't know how it will be once it starts getting colder, but it's perfect for layering. It has two small pockets inside that don't have zippers but are perfect for holding my keys, and my phone fits perfectly in either side pocket on the outside." —Miriam

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95+ (available in sizes S–3X and eight colors).

    12. High-rise capri leggings because they have a great length and pattern that'll basically go with any sports bra or top. While you're planking it out or working on Downward Dog, you won't have to worry about bunching or sagging, thanks to a calf-friendly inseam and high-rise waist.

    Model wears black tie-dye printed crop leggings while completing a yoga pose

    Promising review: "I'm very pleasantly surprised with these leggings. So these leggings are definitely 'squat-proof' for workouts. Stays in place, there's no slipping at the waistband, and I love the high waist. I do mostly CrossFit workouts with some cardio and yoga mixed in and these seem great so far." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $17.93+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 11 colors).

    13. A pullover sweatshirt that'll be perfect for times when the AC is blasting in your indoor workout space. It's made with soft cotton material to give you a lil' warmth while you cool down and stretch.

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    Promising review: "I love this. I use it for the gym and it's comfy. Most pullovers feel too heavy, this one feels breezy and I feel comfortable with my movement." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 colors).

    14. A high-impact sports bra because it will keep you supported (and *very* comfortable) during your next run, especially if you have a bigger bust. It has wide shoulder straps that'll comfortably sit on your shoulders and ventilation panels to minimize sweat.

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    Promising review: "First of all, I never write reviews unless I really like the product. This is the best sports bra I’ve ever purchased! The sizes are true and it gives me so much support! I’m big-chested and the medium is perfect." —Chelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 15 bra combinations in packs of two, three, or five).

    15. High-shine leggings to make you feel like you're headed to a disco, when IRL, you're actually attending a virtual dance class. Made with faux-leather material that's stretchy *and* comfy, they'll look amazing with a strappy sports bra or crop top. With color options like mauve or teal, you'll score so many compliments when you sign on.

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    Promising review: "These are great. They do not slide down. They are a bit shiny and look great for going out or working out. I usually use them for dancing, they are so comfortable and stretchy. I was very impressed, especially given the price. Other shiny leggings are all about $100. The expensive ones are more shiny but they snag easily. These do not snag." —RYan Mooney

    Get them from Amazon for $24.89+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    16. A crop top that'll stay dry during cardio sessions and also double up as a cute piece of athleisure. Its breathable fabric will feel great on your bod and keep you cool if you're taking your workout outdoors.

    Model wears light. green crop top with matching shorts and colorful athletic sneakers
    Ju’Nae Fit

    Ju’Nae Fit is a Black-owned business known for their comfy athletic apparel. They have colorful and super soft crop tops, bike shorts, leggings, and more run-friendly clothes.

    Promising review: "I love the entire Earthy Tones Collection! The material is thick, but still breathable and is comfortable for a variety of activities. I enjoy a great crop top that allows me to get a great workout in and this is it!" —Ju’Nae Fit Customer

    Get it from Ju’Nae Fit for $25 (available in sizes S–L).

    17. Thermal workout leggings because your butt and legs will stay warm if you're hitting up a trail or running an outdoor race. They're windproof, waterproof, and have reflective detailing for better visibility.

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    They're made with moisture-wicking, brushed fabric that prevents you from feeling too chilly and sweaty during workouts.

    Promising review: "Best light colder running pants ever! Just ran a 5K, 10K, and a half-marathon this weekend and ran in my Baleaf pants. They kept me warm. Not too hot. They were comfortable during all of my runs. I have two pairs and I might buy two more just to keep on the shelf for a later date." —Jillnaomi

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    18. A criss-cross sports bra that ~has your back~ and will keep your boobs dry when you're doing cardio or strength training. The pads are also removable, just in case you don't want extra cushioning for your workout.

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    Promising review: "I love the design of the backs of this sports bra. I did burpees, jump squats, and jumping jacks and everything stayed in place! I also appreciated not having to dislocate my shoulder trying to take the sports bra off. It came off easily without the normal struggle of high-support bras that are so tight, you sometimes have to ask for help. After my workout, I immediately bought two more in different colors." —Jessica A. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.10+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    19. Squat-proof leggings with a body-hugging fit and a high-rise waist that'll let you power through leg day. You can bend, lunge, twist, and squat without having to pull them up constantly. Yes to getting through reps without fabric problems!

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    Promising review: "These leggings have far exceeded my expectations and I’m in love! They are very high waisted and don’t roll down during HIIT workouts. They are breathable, buttery soft, and squat-proof! They have nice compression so everything is held in place but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable. I have only worn them once, so I have yet to see how they wash up, but I don’t foresee having any issues with that. You can’t beat these leggings at this price!" —kes

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 colors).

    20. High-rise patterned shorts that'll add a pop of color to your running uniform. With a high waistband, vibrant design, and body-hugging fit that's comfy as hell, you can focus on your sweat session and look stylish at the same time.

    Model wears bright blue, red, yellow, and green-printed high-rise shorts with a matching sports bra

    RochellePorterDesign is a Black woman-owned business based in Atlanta, Georgia. They're known for colorful activewear (leggings, sports bras, crop tops and more!) that'll brighten up any workout outfit.

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect! Bright, bold, and super comfortable. I can't stop gushing about and recommending them to everyone." —Etsy Customer

    Get them from RochellePorterDesign on Etsy for $42 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    21. A short-sleeve top with an open tie-back and lightweight fabric that'll make you forget about exercising in the heat. It won't stick to your skin and give you a lil' protection from the sun.

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    Promising review: "Wow, these tops absolutely blew my mind. They’re light, breathable yet provide coverage. The open back detail is very cute and I love the knotted detailing as well. I can literally wear these with any workout outfit and feel totally comfortable in it. If you’ve been debating on getting this, don’t! Totally worth every penny!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors).

    22. A pair of 7/8 watercolor leggings you'll want to slip into for your next yoga session at home. Soft material gently hugs your bod, a seamless silhouette hides underwear lines, and to top it off, a gorgeous blue hue will make your next workout ensemble ~ohmmazing~.

    Model wears blue tie-dye leggings with matching bra

    Promising review: "I saw these in an Athleta ad that was sent to my house and I knew I had to have them! I just love the colors in them! They remind me of a swirled painted Easter egg. These tights are so buttery soft and hold you in at the waist without being too tight." —Athleta Customer

    Get them from Athleta for $89 (available in sizes XXS–3X, petite and tall inseams, and three colors).

    23. A wind and waterproof rain jacket so you'll be prepared for impromptu showers on solo hikes and walks. It comes with breathable fabric *and* a hood (water is *not* going to mess up your hair and workout today).

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    Promising review: "I have tested this raincoat in two hiking trips in the past four months and it has worked beautifully. It protects me from the wind (especially if I tighten the sleeves, zip up all the way, and put the hood on), and it stops the rain. I tested it in the rainy conditions while hiking in Peru (at the end of the wet season/ beginning of the dry season), and I can report back that it perfectly protects the clothes from getting wet, and keeps the warmth very well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26+ (available in sizes XS–5X and 28 colors).

    24. A long-sleeve top that'll show off your fave sports bras and double up as a cute piece of loungewear. It has an open back that'll provide you with amazing breathability while you're doing barre, Pilates, or yoga. You'll be so comfy in it even if you're exercising at home.

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    Promising review: "I love the open back. It doesn't fly open or create any weird gaps when carrying a bag or purse. I love the open back for ventilation and looks adorable with a strappy sports bra. I have since purchased in multiple colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98 (available in sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    25. A two-piece workout set so ~purrfect~ and comfortable for daily workouts. Seamless fabric feels like a gentle hug on your legs, while removable padding lets you customize support for your chest. Wear this matching bra and bike shorts whenever you go for a stroll or quick run. (No layers required.)

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    Promising review: "Probably not thick enough for squats, but great for lighter workouts and super cute! Loved where the waist hit and how far the top came down." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.55+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    26. A graphic print sports bra that you'll wear again and again for yoga: This gem, which is made from recycled plastic bottles and spandex, feels so comfortable on your chest. A V-neckline and racerback design will keep you supported while you hit the mat and move from pose to pose.

    me wearing the orange and blue swirly sports bra while standing in tree pose
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    Onzie is a female-founded, made in Los Angeles apparel brand known for their colorful activewear, lounge pieces, and workout-friendly onesies.

    I have this sports bra and I've worn it countless times for low impact activities (see me wearing it above during an indoor yoga session). Even though it doesn't have full padding, it *still* provides great support during my workouts. It doesn't cut into my shoulders or feel too tight on my chest while I switch poses. It's also made with sustainable materials, which is definitely a plus when it comes to activewear.

    Get it from Onzie for $52 (available in sizes S–L).

    27. A seamless tank top because you won't have to deal with uncomfortable straps or red marks whenever you exercise. Yes to actually lifting your arms up without feeling like you're wearing a corset!

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    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this tank top. Hands-down the best workout tank I’ve ever worn. Love the ribbed compression material, the skinny straps, and supportive built in bra. This tank is the total package in my opinion and I would like to own it in every color!" —Ellie Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes XXS–XL and 12 colors).

    28. Over-the-heel leggings that'll be a pretty addition to your activewear wardrobe and work well for yoga or Pilates. They're not see-through, smoothly slide onto your butt and legs, and come in floral prints that'll make your workout outfit ~bloom~ with color. The over-the-heel fabric is an extra touch, in case you want to cover part of your feet.

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    Promising review: "I bought these because I am tall, and since these were made to go over the foot I figured they would fit me normally; which they did. They have a pretty design and don’t slip down when I’m working out." —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL, sets of two, and in 35 colors).

    29. A convertible sports bra with straps you can wear crossed or uncrossed for your workouts. Whether you're kickboxing or jogging, you'll get amazing support and not have to think twice about your chest bouncing.


    Some reviewers suggest buying the next sister size up if you want a looser fit.

    Promising review: "The band on this bra runs tight, so use the next sister size up. I’m normally a 32DD, but the 34D fit just right! Love the convertible straps. I got it to wear playing Ring Fit Adventure, so I do a lot of bodyweight exercises and jogging, and the support is great." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $24 (available in bra sizes 34B–44DD and four colors).

    30. A cropped tee to keep you cool during your next sweat session. Made with 100% cotton, this top won't stick to your bod and will work perfectly with high-rise bike shorts and leggings. You can also wear it on nonworkout days if you feel like lounging at home.

    model in white cropped tee that says "zoezi sportswear" on the front
    Zoezi Sport

    Zoezi Sport is a woman-owned activewear brand founded by Yvonne Bulimo. Their stylish pieces, including crop tops and yoga leggings, are designed in California.

    Get it from Zoezi Sport for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    31. Windproof pants because they're so warm, comfortable, and breathable for waterfall walks, trail hikes, and mountain trips. These babies are also waterproof and have plenty of pocket space for your phone, keys, and wallet.

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    Promising review: "Bought this pair for my trip to Iceland and they were great! Went to waterfalls, hiking, and they held up under rain. Super comfy and kept me warm in 50 degrees Fahrenheit and below temps because of the lining." —Alli J

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 11 colors).

    32. And a fleece thermal that'll keep you toasty and not drench you in sweat when it's cold outside. It's made with fabric that wicks away moisture *and* helps you stay warm, so you can crush your next run or jog.

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    Promising review: "I was running my first 10K and bought this top last minute. When they switched the forecast to be chilly (47 degrees Fahrenheit), I ran in it and it kept me warm, but even more important it was comfortable and didn't bother me at all. I am going to order another one in a different color for my other fall races. And what a good price!" —Noah J.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes XS–3X and nine colors).

    33. A pretty onesie so versatile for basically every type of workout. It's made with a stretchy material that won't feel tight and has cutout detailing that'll help keep sweat at bay. It also comes in a bunch of colors, in case you want to stock up on more for your fitness routine!

    model wears light orange sleeveless onesie while stretching legs
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    Promising review: "I am loving the FP Movement collection. The eyelet detail is gorgeous, the fit is comfortably compressive, it is stretchy, and it is completely opaque worn on its own. Versatile and very well made. Yoga, gym, walk, or run—just do it!" —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and four colors).

    34. A quick-drying muscle tank because you need a top that's not going to cling to you during sweat sessions. Breathable fabric will keep you cool, dry, and free from pit stains.

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    Promising review: "I bought these for summer running and they are perfect. They wash well, and are good quality. They are very cool to the touch, and even on hot summer days they are comfortable. They don’t stick or cling no matter how sweaty I get. Sizing was right on, my normal size was perfect." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).

    35. And basic high-rise solid leggings that'll feel so comfortable when you lift weights or go running. Slip into these babies that have four-way stretch fabric (buh-bye tightness), a small *hidden* waistband pocket for your essentials, and so many color options to match sports bras, tees, and sneakers.

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    Promising review: "I love these leggings! They've held up to every workout I've put them through (running, HIIT, hiking, strength workouts, etc). I've washed and dried them several times with no pilling and no shrinkage. The price is a steal for the quality of these leggings! I'll definitely be buying more!" —Erin l.

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 54 colors).

    You, wearing the best activewear before your next workout:

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