Active Clothing

Call Up The ’80s, Because Workout Onesies Are Back and They’re Better Than Ever

Saanya Ali

Photo: Koral/Girlfriend Collective Art: W+G Creative
When thinking of workout jumpsuits, onesies, unitards, or bodysuits, it's easy for our brains to rewind back to those '80s home jazzercise videos featuring leg warmers, pink lipstick, and near unnatural levels of pep. But cut to 2021, and the hype is back. Whether you opt for the tank-style unitards for total coverage, biker short bodysuits, or mid-length Olympic swimmer-like onesies, activewear brands have received the one-piece workout-wear memo, and they are delivering.

Personally, I was skeptical. Weary of a dreaded camel-toe disaster and unsure if they would actually hold up to my highest intensity workouts, after trying a few, I can confidently say that my worries evaporated quicker than sweat on Spandex. Not only do workout jumpsuits save you time getting dressed (they're only one piece, after all), space in your laundry hamper, and the pre-coffee headache brought on by questions like "What top matches with these neon, six-patterned leggings?" they are also comfy and perfect for layering.

These are the seven best workout jumpsuits that are staying in my gym (and couch lounging) outfit rotation for good.

1. Koral Test Blackout Jumpsuit, $155

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Photo: Koral

To start the new year off with a bang, Koral, a brand loved by everyone from J. Lo to Rebel Wilson, launched their first collection made using both sustainable fabrics and manufacturing processes. This jumpsuit made out of their new blackout fabric, which keeps Koral’s iconic look, fit, and buttery soft feel, but is fully biodegradable.

Shop now: Koral Test Blackout Jumpsuit, $155

2. Girlfriend Collective Unitard, $88

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Photo: Girlfriend Collective

If you're looking for a pop of color, this number from Girlfriend Collective comes in eight. The cut gives it a very off-duty-ballerina feel, and because it's made from 36 recycled water bottles, it's eco-friendly too. Perfect for a quick Pilates sesh or a run to the grocery, it's everything you could imagine would happen if your go-to cami and favorite leggings had a baby.

Shop now: Girlfriend Collective Unitard, $88

3. Free People Movement Side Hustle Onesie, $128

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Photo: Free People Movement

Ask me if there's one brand that has perfected the art of one-piece workout attire, and I'll say Free People Movement without a second thought. This sleek one-piece features a sexy, open back while still being supportive enough to brave a sweat with banded sides and V-straps.

Shop now: Free People Movement Side Hustle Onesie, $128

4. Ernest Leoty Ilona Bodysuit, $251

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Photo: Ernest Leoty

This light and breathable full-length bodysuit sports a V-neckline and a low back. Though not made for a high-intensity Barry's At-Home class, it's fashionable silhouette is prime for lounging and ideal for a yoga flow or low-impact workout.

Shop now: Ernest Leoty Ilona Bodysuit, $251

5. Gigi C Sport Hunter Catsuit, $175

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Photo: Revolve

The latest addition to bikini brand, Gigi C's Sport collection is this trendy catsuit with a throwback twist. The laser cutouts and front zipper make it different from other jumpsuits on the market, while the racerback back and built-in shelf bra with removable padding make it seriously supportive.

Shop now: Gigi C Sport Hunter Catsuit, $175

6. New Balance x Staud Body Suit, $130

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Photo: New Balance

You've got to love a modern, minimalist moment. This fitted bodysuit, made in collaboration with LA-based brand, STAUD, is created with drying technology that wicks moisture away while you workout. Though lightweight and stretchy, the one-piece is still majorly supportive, with a full back and a soft inner bra.

Shop now: New Balance x Staud Body Suit, $130

7. Meshki Asteria Playsuit, $57

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Photo: Meshki

The perfect compromise if long leggings aren't for you but you still want to hop on the one-piece train, this biker-short onesie is incredibly versatile. Whether to wear under a baggy sweatshirt and pair with some small sunnies for a trip to the store or to keep you covered as you run, jump, squat, bend, and stretch, this do-it-all masterpiece has got you covered.

Shop now: Meshki Asteria Playsuit, $57

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