Workout Outfits

8 Under-the-Radar Activewear Brands to Know Before Everyone Else Does

Tamim Alnuweiri

Photo: Splits59
Shopping for activewear or athleisure pieces is now overwhelmingly easy to do. You're as likely to find the workout-ready pieces you're looking for somewhere like Asos or Shopbop as you are to find them at specialty boutiques and stores such as Bandier and Carbon38. There are so many activewear brands that are now household names that it can be easy to miss some of the more under-the-radar labels on the scene.

The brands rounded up below aren't necessarily new or extremely niche, but they are a decidedly less common choice than your Lululemon's or Outdoor Voices. Rounded up are seven of the activewear brands you should get familiar with before they become ubiquitous sightings at your workout studios.

7 Days Active

7 Days Active is made for motion—on and off the playing field. If you're someone who likes options, you'll love this brand. It has everything from sweatsuits to swimsuits to shorts, hoodies, and essentials like sports bras.

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7 Days Active KK Sports Bra — $35.00

Sports bras can get uncomfortable real quick but not this lightweight, racerback bra.

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7 Days Active Sprinter Tights — $35.00

These sweat-wicking unisex tights are great for speed work, cycling, and everything else in between.

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Live the Process

Live the process is a modern activewear line with everything from bodysuits to leggings to loungewear pieces. If you're looking for athletic wear you'll have for years and can dress up or down, Live the Process has got you covered.

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Live the Process Black Orion Bodysuit — $122.00

If we had to choose only one bodysuit to rock forever, this one would be our pick. Wear it to Pilates, to brunch, or anywhere, really.

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Live the Process Brown Crystal Short Sleeve Sport Top — $69.00

A good crop top is a must, and we love this minimal offering that pairs perfectly with any bottom of your liking.

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Live the Process Blue Orion Short — $78.00

Your training shorts just got that much cuter with this pick.

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Joah Brown

Joah Brown is the epitome of a brand that blurs or completely erases, the lines between activewear, athleisure, and ready-to-wear clothing. Take the T-shirts. However you choose to style them—they look as appropriate and outfit-completing with a pair of jeans as they do with a pair of bike shorts.

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Joah Brown Oversized Jogger — $138.00

It can be challenging to find a great pair of joggers but look no further than this oversized pair from Joah Brown.

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Joah Brown Cage Bra — $62.00

We wouldn’t recommend a sprint workout while wearing this bra, but we do suggest rocking it when you’re in a cozy, athleisure type of mood.

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All Access

All Access is a monochrome lover's dream. The line is comprised of minimal, yet bold, pieces that work in their tone-on-tone pairings yes, but that also works if you're more of the pick-and-mix persuasion.

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All Access Front Row Bra — $68.00

Add a pop of color to your workout fit with this silky-smooth compressive sports bra.

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All Access High Waisted Center Stage Biker Short — $68.00

You can never go wrong with black biker shorts, but if you’re looking for something more playful and bold, we recommend these metallic biker shorts.

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Year of Ours

Inspired by classic American sportswear, Year of Ours is all about multi-wear transitional pieces that hold up in workouts and in your everyday life. Plus, the sizes range from XXS to 2X.

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Year of Ours V Waist Biker Short — $79.00

Classic black biker shorts are a staple item and this V waist takes them to the next level.

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Year of Ours Ribbed Curve Bralette — $68.00

We love tops that make a statement, and this sweetheart neckline bralette does just that. We recommend it for low-impact workouts or wear it to your next outdoor activity.

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Year of Ours Walker Legging — $114.00

These ribbed leggings are exceptionally cozy, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself always reaching for them.

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Splits59

First and foremost, Splits59 makes performance wear. Their clothing is created with every aspect of your active lifestyle in mind—many of their pieces boast features such as moisture-wicking technology, four-way stretch fabric, and light compression. Aesthetically the clothes run the gamut from chic and refined to nostalgic-tinted (think elevated Sporty Spice).

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Splits59 Sara Airweight Bra — $42.00

Go as hard as you want and rest assured that you’ll be supported in this sweat-wicking quick-drying bra.

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Splits59 Airweight High Waist 7/8 Legging — $75.00

In search of leggings that are so comfortable, they feel like nothing? We’ve got you covered with this high-waist pair.

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Nagnata

If Staud and Missoni had an activewear lovechild, that brand would Nagnata. The brand makes environmentally conscious knit cotton activewear that Cher Horowitz definitely would be caught dead in. The pieces are beautiful and minimalist but somehow manage to bring originality to something as ubiquitous as color blocking.

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Nagnata Twin Flame Bralet — $180.00

We can’t stop thinking about all the outfits you can wear this bralet with—denim shorts, jeans, leggings, the list goes on.

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Nagnata Triad Bodhi Biker Short — $225.00

Upgrade your biker short collection with these vibrant, knit shorts.

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Nylora

If the uniforms you wore to JV sports practice were redesigned by a Parsons graduate, they would look like Nylora. The brand mixes traditional athletic materials and silhouettes (think perforated jerseys) with unexpected contours and colors.

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Nylora Alexa Striped Leggings — $125.00

These baby blue leggings will have you looking and feeling your best as you get your sweat on.

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Nylora Athena Open Back Crop Top — $108.00

You can’t go wrong with a crop top, and we love that this sculpted top also features an open back.

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