Athleisure Wear

The Best Places to Find Affordable Workout Clothes Just as Good as Their Luxury Counterparts

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If you're on the hunt for some cheap workout clothes that still offer performance and durability, you're in luck: There are plenty of brands that give you that without stressing out your wallet. After all, there's nothing more motivating to get to the gym than a new 'fit. Throw on brand new pair of performance leggings or a snazzy new crop top, and you feel like you can take on the world, right?

Problem is, sportswear isn't always affordable. Some of the biggest names in activewear sell sports bras and sweatpants well into the triple digits. While we love the occasional splurge on a designer pair of bike shorts or trendy exercise dress, outfitting a whole new fitness wardrobe shouldn't break the bank. Scroll to find the brands for affordable active wear that's as long-lasting and high-quality as the big name brands.

9 of the best cheap workout clothes brands

Aerie

You probably know Aerie for its adorable, affordable lingerie, but the brand has amazing workout clothes, too. From trendy cropped leggings to supportive sports bras, Aerie is a goldmine for activewear that doesn't drain your savings. The best part is, most of their clothes double as loungewear, so you get twice as much bang for your buck.

Our picks: 

OFFLINE By Aerie OG Scoop Longline Sports Bra
Offline By Aerie OG Scoop Longline Sports Bra — $30.00

For the price, this bra top rivals those from top brands without breaking the bank. It’s ultra-soft, with a scoop neckline, light support, and adjustable straps.

Offline Real Me Crossover 7" Bike Short — $24.00

You can spend big bucks on bike shorts, or you can snag these ones for just $24. Made of lightweight, supremely soft fabric, they’re form-fitting but virtually weightless, while the crossover waistband adds extra support.

Aerie ANYTIME Down-To-Earth Oversized Sweatshirt
Aerie ANYTIME Down-To-Earth Oversized Sweatshirt — $42.00

Whether you’re heading to the gym and need something to throw over your sports bra, or are chilling on the couch, this cozy, oversized sweatshirt goes anywhere. It’s lightweight and has little details like interesting seams at the neckline, center, and back to make it stand out.

Halara

By now, you've almost definitely seen ads for Halara on IG. The workout brand made waves for its budget-friendly exercise dress (which is editor-approved, BTW), but it has a ton of other activewear pieces that are just as inexpensive. Sports bras, crop tops, leggings—you name it and Halara has it, all at a budget-friendly price.

Our picks: 

Everyday 2-in-1 Activity Dress-Wannabe — $40.00

Jump on the exercise dress bandwagon at an affordable price with this 2-in-1 dress. Lined with bike shorts and complete with pockets, it has everything you need to hit the court, spin class, and beyond. Plus, it comes in just about every color you can imagine.

In My Feels Waistband Pocket 2-in-1 Short — $30.00

These stretchy shorts have everything you want in a good pair of athletic bottoms. They’re sweat-wicking and flexible, designed to move with you as you run, stretch, and jump. The high-waisted band also features a hidden pocket for keys, phones, and more.

Old Navy

Old Navy is another great bet for cheap workout clothes. It's not just women's pieces, either—like the brand's other line, Old Navy makes quality activewear for men and kids as well.

Our picks: 

PowerSoft Performance Bodysuit — $55.00

Bodysuits can sell for serious dollars, but this one is only $55. The compression fabric is featherlight and stretchy, maximizing comfort while you play. With a empire waist and scoop neck, it’s just as stylish in the gym as it is out of it.

Old Navy Dynamic Fleece Hybrid Half-Zip
Old Navy Dynamic Fleece Hybrid Half-Zip — $50.00

This half-zip is made of a lightweight fleece and has a kangaroo pocket in the front as well as side openings for your hands. The breathable material keeps you cool no matter how sweaty you get and is stretchy enough to keep up whether you’re mid-workout or in a recovery sesh.

Mid-Rise PowerPress Compression Leggings for Women — $20.00

These compression tights are a steal that don’t skimp on quality. Between the 4-way stretch, sweat-proof fabric, and chafe-proof seams, they have everything you want in a performance pant at a bargain price.

Melt Fit

Melt Fit, the Black-owned performance apparel, designs high-quality activewear at wallet-friendly prices. In addition to a minimalist, neutral collection, Melt Fit has a line of vibrant prints and colors, too, including a geometric collection and a snakeskin collection. The best part? Everything is $60 or less.

Our picks: 

melt fit oasis sports bra
Oasis Collection Sports Bra — $36.00

Buying a cute sports bra can be expensive, but Melt Fit’s snakeskinprint collection is fun and affordable. The wide waistband means it doesn’t move around, while the removable pads ensure a little extra breathing room. Available in yellow, blue, purple, and black.

Oasis Collection Bikers
Oasis Collection Bikers — $45.00

Pair your sports bra with a matching pair of leggings like these patterned biker shorts. The fabric features a medium strength compression that’s designed with the right amount of give, and comes with a pocket for storing personal belongings. Available in a size small to 3XL.

Asos

Sure, Asos has tons of brand-name activewear brands to shop. But it also has its own line of athleisure, Asos 4505, that's inclusive and accessible. Whether you're looking to stock up on essentials like tees and tanks, or want something a little more cutting-edge, chances are, Asos 4505 has what you're looking for.

Our picks:

Yoga Short Unitard — $15.00

Head to your next flow in this extra trendy unitard. It features a high-neck and a strappy back that allows for extra flexibility during all of your poses. Also available in tall sizes.

Training Shorts with Jersey Panel — $26.00

These premium athletic shorts have it all, minus the designer price tag. Stand out features include a color block design, drawstring waist, and side pockets for easy storage.

ASOS 4505 Icon Yoga Cami
4505 Icon Yoga Cami — $26.00

Whether you’re heading to a fast-paced HIIT workout or slowing it down in a stretch class, this fitted cropped cami can do it all. The built-in bra, adjustable straps, and smooth, stretchy fabric are designed with support in mind.

GapFit

Similarly, Gap also has its own line men's and women's activewear, all available for a reasonable price. The site even allows you to shop by activity, such as yoga, running, and hiking, making it easy to find exactly what you're looking for in just a few clicks.

Our picks: 

GapFit High Rise Recycled Power 7/8 Leggings
High Rise Recycled Power 7/8 Leggings — $41.00

Leggings and tights can rack up some serious bills, but this pair is under $50. The high-performance interlock fabric has built-in softness and breathability that maximizes coverage without ever weighing you down. They’re stretchy, moisture-wicking, and are made with 79 percent recycled polyester.

Active T-Shirt — $23.00

At less than $30, you’re going to want to stock up on these lightweight T-shirts. They’re made with 72 percent recycled polyester, so you’ll feel good about your carbon footprint, and are airy enough to keep you cool and dry while you exercise.

GymShark

GymShark is another premium choice for all-things fitness. Like Asos 4505, it's another sure short for basics but also has a plethora of men's and women's trendier styles, like cropped shirts, joggers, and jackets.

Our picks:

Adapt Fleck Seamless Long Sleeve Crop Top — $45.00

Keep your biceps, triceps, and forearms warm while you work out in this long sleeve crop top. The silky, soft fabric keeps sweat at bay as you move, plus there’s no tags or seams for added comfort.

gym shark recess joggers
Recess Joggers — $45.00

Give your old sweats a break with these new trendy joggers. Between the slim fit, drawstring waist, and vintage-inspired piping, you’re bound to want to wear them to the gym, track, studio, and everywhere else.

gym shark essential t shirt
Essential T-Shirt — $20.00

Training t-shirts shouldn’t break the bank. This regular fit tee is just $20 and has a split asymmetric hem you can leave hanging or tie. Pair it with bike shorts, leggings, or a skort—it looks great with anything.

Amazon

You already shop for Amazon for tons of household items; go ahead and add some activewear to your cart, too. Amazon Essentials has a variety of clothes that are great for workouts, including sports bras, tanks, tees, bottoms, and more. Bonus: with Prime, you can get a new outfit delivered in just a couple of days.

Our picks:

Amazon Essentials Brushed Tech Stretch Crop Jogger Pant
Brushed Tech Stretch Crop Jogger Pant — $14.00

These joggers are comfy and functional. They’re made of a lightweight fabric that’s soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and have a drawstring closure to keep them in place whether you’re on the couch or on-the-go.

Amazon Essentials Studio Lightweight Keyhole Tank
Studio Lightweight Keyhole Tank — $11.00

You can never have too many good workout tank tops, and this one is priced so affordably, you can stock up on a few. It’s made with a stretchy, breathable fabric and has a keyhole on the back to give it some extra style.

Target

Target's owned activewear brand, All in Motion, has style at great prices, and a majority of the line is made with sustainably sourced materials. You can find find workout clothes for women, men, and kids that are moisture-wicking, water-resistant, and stretchy.

Our picks:

Target Cropped Long Sleeve Top
Cotton Cropped Long Sleeve Top — $20.00

Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resistant, this top has everything you need for a great sweat session, whether that’s HIIT, cardio, spin, or more. It also has thumbholes and a UPF 50+ rating for those days where you want to move your body outdoors.

Target Soft Stretch T-Shirt
Soft Stretch T-Shirt — $18.00

Whether you’re training or want to throw on something pre or post workouts, this t-shirt is a great option. It has four-way stretch and is moisture-wicking, and it has an odor-resistant treatment to keep the stink away.

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