Over the course of the past few years, the activewear market has really taken off, which I'd imagine is due to the movement in boutique fitness studios. In a group fitness setting, we all want to look cute when we sweat, especially when paying $40 per class + on-brand water or post-class juice (if you don't own a S'well water bottle already, buy one).
My interest in activewear all began when Bandier first opened its doors in NYC conveniently down the block from my neighborhood Equinox. The more classes I took, the more printed leggings I wanted to buy. The problem was over time I felt like an outfit repeater at my weekly AKT and barre classes (haven't we all been there?). It was then when I began admiring my husband's simple athletic uniform over my kitschy collection of spandex and overpriced cotton tank tops.
That's when I decided to donate my workout clothes that I no longer wanted like swimsuit tops disguised as sports bras, gingham print SoulCycle x Lululemon leggings, etc., and began sourcing the best-fitting tank tops, leggings and sneakers, and bought everything in pairs of two. One thing worth noting, I only buy in neutrals (with the exception of shoes) so I can mix and match outfits, and get ready to workout in under 60 seconds.
Here's what you need to build your own workout wardrobe:
- 4 tank tops (form-fitting and loose)
- 4 pairs of leggings (high-waist for winter and knee length for summer)
- 2 sports bras (low-impact and high-impact)
- 2 pairs of sneakers (because I like to rotate)
- 2 packs of no-show athletic socks
- 1 BPA-free water bottle
- 1 hair product to save your post-workout/post-shower hair
- a few layering pieces for the colder months
- extra hair ties
Note: this post is not sponsored by Nike or Stella McCartney by Adidas, I just really dig their stuff. Also, be sure to take advantage of sales to stock up on basics like Net-A-Porter or Nordstrom's Half Yearly, or find discounted name brand goods at Nordstrom Rack or The Outnet.