After countless summer barbecues, cottage weekends and music festivals, it’s time to get our rears in gear and back into the fitness game now that September has rolled around and (dare we say it) summer is coming to an end. Trust us, we love a good workout as much as the next fitness-obsessed gal, but the motivation to get to the gym can become more of a struggle when the weather gets cooler and staying cozy at home becomes all the more appealing.
One major thing that never fails to light the fire under our booties to hit the gym is if we’ve got a brand spankin’ new outfit to wear that makes us feel fly af. It may sound a wee bit shallow but hey, whatever gets you to that sweat session, right?
Since the athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, we’re highlighting the brands you need to know for the most stylish fitness gear that’ll have you turning heads from the fitness studio to your shared work space.
Keep reading for 7 seriously stylish fitness brands to know about:
Hailing from Down Under, P.E Nation is a glorious blend of activewear and streetwear that’s guaranteed to perform all day, everyday. We’re obsessed with the clean lines and bright colours that can be found on their super wearable and trendy pieces. We’re currently coveting their Man Up Jacket in Pink ($199) to serve some serious P.E. teacher realness!
A bit of a splurge but totally worth it, Ultracor is definitely a brand you need to know about. You might recognize their mega popular star-studded leggings from seeing them on every fitness star in your Instagram feed, and they’re guaranteed take your workout wardrobe from zero to 100 real quick. Their Knockout Leggings not only have an amazing fit but they don’t lose their stretch and the stars don’t peel off no matter how often you wear them (trust us, we’ve live in ours). Right now we’re v into for their Gradient Velvet Knockout Legging in Sapphire ($198) that are oh-so appropriate for channeling your inner mermaid at the gym.
One of our go-to for Toronto-based fitness brands, MICHI is known for empowering women and giving us super chic workout gear that’s also highly functional. We’re constantly going wild for their sophisticated sportswear that’s undeniably sexy but designed so you can continue to workout out like a BOSS. With its rouched fine mesh detail, we couldn’t be more obsessed with the halter-style Dune Crop Top ($155) that you’ll definitely be wearing out on the town as often as you wear it to the gym.
Giving us chic activewear with an attitude is Alala, a NYC-based line known for luxe pieces that are high performing and will see you through everything from a sweaty hot yoga class to badass bootcamp. We’re all about activewear that’s both gorgeous and functional and with these super sleek pieces, Alala does not disappoint! Our top choice right now? Their Shore Hoodie in Black Lace ($165) that’s the perfect layering piece to throw on over your sportsbra and under your favourite leather moto jacket.
Based in Australia, The Upside is a mega stylish fitness brand that’s focused on the philosophy of a healthy lifestyle made attainable through activewear. This brand has got us obsessing over their bold colours and fun prints that make getting dressed for the gym as exciting as any other major fashion event. Right now we’re seriously into their Paintbox Midi Pant ($139) and Paintbox Zoe Bra ($79) for a show-stopping matching set.
It’s known that Aussie style is pretty on point and First Base is no exception. Their activewear line is inspired by streetwear with a cheeky vibe, and every piece is ethically produced and made with high compression fabric. Their hella sexy low-cut Centre Court Crop ($85) was quick to make it onto our wish list for obvious reasons.
Blending the elegance of London with breezy vibe of Los Angeles, Varley creates performance-driven, timeless and wearable pieces that still manage to be super cutting edge. Since we can never get enough of a good animal print, we are absolutely living for the grey snakeskin print Quincy Leggingthat comes in a high-waist cut made from a seamless knit.
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)