Activewear. It’s what’s on my mind these days, as one of the millions of Australians in lockdown, only allowed to leave the house for a few specified essential reasons — exercise being one of them.
Basically, it’s all I wear. And so, naturally, I’m looking to buy more of it. But with so many activewear brands on the market these days, not to mention product styles, colours and features, I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m feeling completely overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
“The first thing to consider when shopping for new sportswear is what you intend to use it for,” says Dylan Osborne, head of brand LSKD, which recently launched activewear range BASE. “Different products will be better suited to different activities and training types.”
“Secondly, consider the fabric,” says Osborne. “No matter how great the design, your activewear won’t fit and feel great unless it uses a quality fabric. Plus, it’ll last longer.”
And, finally, when looking for activewear, focus on finding what makes you feel confident and excited to get moving, says Alexa Silva, associate design director of Allbirds, which also recently launched an activewear range. “I always look at fit, fabric, colour and silhouette that I feel represents my personal style and overall vibe.”
So, with these three key things to look out for, here are just a few of the best activewear brands you can buy in Australia right now.
Originally a design studio by day, yoga studio by night, located in Canada, Lululemon has since grown to be worldwide. It’s known for its high quality, technical yoga-wear, but also makes every kind of athletic-wear product you might need, from hats and compression socks to running tights with extremely flattering (if I do say so myself!) waistbands.
Top buy: Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant
Everlane is an American clothing brand known for its chic styles. So it makes sense that its activewear collection consists of classic pieces you’ll wear for years, too. Choose from leggings, sports bras and shorts in solid-coloured designs.
No round-up of Australian activewear brands would be complete without a mention of Nimble, which was founded by two Bondi-based best friends. In a wide range of colours, patterns and styles, the brand’s activewear is meant to work perfectly for both serious backward bends and for coffee-and-walk dates.
Top buy: Nimble Zip and Go Bra
Known for its wool-blend shoes that count Hilary Duff and Leonardo DiCaprio as fans, Allbirds recently launched an athleticwear range for men and women. The range aims to be as sustainable as possible, by using cutting-edge material innovations for its fabrics.
Top buy: Women’s Natural Run Shorts
Another sustainability-focused activewear range is Nude Lucy, which recently launched and is crafted from recycled fabric. The new collection is designed to be comfortable and to extend beyond just your workout.
Top buy: Nude Active Full Length Tights
Under Armour was first started in 1996 by uni student Kevin Plank who made a skin-tight, sweat-proof T-shirt he could workout in. Today, however, the brand has grown to revolutionise the way athletes (and normal people like you and me) dress for exercise.
Top buy: Women’s UA Infinity High Sports Bra
Minimal design, maximum performance is the tagline for LSKD’s BASE activewear range. Mix and match colours, choosing from a range of tight and shorts lengths and top and bra styles.
Top buy: Twist Tank
Cali-brand Alo Yoga was started in LA by two yoga obsessives. Its workout clothes are seamless with good airflow and are engineered to sculpt and contour for a complimentary fit. The brand is loved by Chrissy Teigen, Hailey Bieber and Jenna Dewan, if that’s anything to go by.
Top buy: Alosoft Ribbed Crop Calm Tank
Stylish and affordable is what Uniqlo is known for, and its activewear range — or, as it calls it ‘sport utility wear’ — is the same. Sports bras are supportive with stay-fresh features, leggings are thick enough to stay opaque (and keep everything in).
Top buy: Women AIRism Soft Biker Shorts