I’m sure you’ve heard the term “athleisure” flying around in the fashion and fitness world. Gone are the days where going out in leggings or sweatpants are faux pas but are being considered as chic. Merriam-Webster defines athleisure as casual clothing — like yoga pants, sweat pants, and hoodies — that are designed to be worn both for exercising and for doing (almost) everything else.
So what does this all mean? Well with big brands vying for marketshare in the athleisure world, there are a lot more options available for us consumers. Not only are there more cute pieces for us to choose from, they are many affordable options too!
With pieces starting from the low price of $7.90, Forever 21 is a great place to pick up trendy pieces! The pieces are surprisingly sturdy and you can find dupes of your favourite high end pieces here. Here’s a pair of leggings that I picked up that were dupes of Lululemon for under $20!
Similar to Forever 21, Old Navy also has a bunch of Lululemon dupes. However, they do have a lot of their own designs that are very affordable. Combined with the 35%-50% off sales that Old Navy runs every month or two means you have shop to your heart’s content because *sale* is *guilt-free* haha. One of my favourite long sleeve running tops is from Old Navy (pictured below). The quality not only matches but goes above some of the bigger brands! I’ve had items that I bought for grade 10 gym class that are still in good condition.
Yes, the place you go for bulk toilet paper, Costco. My friend has some extremely cute outfits that she got from Costco and I’ve heard some rumours that they are made just like the Lululemon items in British Columbia.
Somewhat recently, H&M launched their own activewear line. I’ve been dying to check it out and now that they ship in Canada, there’s a good chance I’ll be checking it out! They have basic tanks, bras, t-shirts, and socks. The collection is not as large as the Forever 21 one but it has everything you would need to work out.
Thanks to Ange over at Cowgirl Runs, I now know that Joe Fresh has their own line of active wear. I cannot comment on their quality as I haven’t tried it first hand but based from what I see, they have some super cute prints!
QODT: Where do you get your active wear from?