It’s barely been a week since we’ve welcomed in the new year. New year, new me? More like new year, same f*cking person. It’s around this time of year we start thinking of crazy ideas to try and improve ourselves. Almost like an excuse to make us feel better about ourselves while we blackout on tequila, eat our weight in carbs, and judge people we haven’t spoken to since high school. We all clearly have our vices and we all have our coping mechanisms, whether that be taking part in Dry January (lolz), getting a new hair cut, or my personal fave: buying a discounted gym membership that I might just cancel in a few weeks from lack of commitment. Shocker. If there’s anything to motivate me to go to the gym other than staring at fitness Instagram influencers, it’s a new wardrobe to strut and feel good in. Cute workout clothes can be like, ridiculously expensive, especially when you want one of those chic workout sets that doesn’t consist of mismatched college t-shirts and leggings with holes. So, I’ve combined two of my best talents—online shopping and intense deal searching—to score affordable workout sets under $100 that will probs make me stick to at least one of my New Year’s resolutions.
1. Puma Women’s Bra Top and Retro Women’s Leggings
Not gonna lie, I’ve only started liking Puma again since Selena Gomez became an ambassador or whatever. Hate me for it, but it’s true. While they may have always had sleek workout clothes, I haven’t really appreciated their clean-cut styles until recently. Take this basic black sports bra, for example. It’s super flattering with great support and breathability, and it looks even better paired with these comfortable, color-contrasting leggings.
2. Gymshark Dreamy Set
This set is for those who prefer a good fitted short on their leg day, with a super soft and versatile sports bra to go with it.
3. Beyond Yoga Lightweight Keyhole Tank and High Waisted Legging
Crop leggings are always a must-have when it comes to building a solid athleisure wardrobe. They’re your perfect in-between when it’s absolutely freezing outside, but you’re a puddle of sweat by the time you’re done with your workout. Matching them with an essential lightweight tank only makes it that much better and gives you an extra top to wear with like, everything else you own.
4. Zella Body Sports Bra and High Waist Ankle Leggings
I, for one, love workout sets that I can also wear while running my weekend errands. Bonus points if I can casually wear them out to the bar, too. This trendy mesh triangle sports bra features v sexy velvet straps that you can totally wear to other events that don’t involve the gym. It would look v Insta-worthy with black mesh panel leggings that also show some cool see-through detailing.
5. Free People Movement Casual Laying Tee and Bike Shorts
Honestly, I am not on board with the whole wearing-bike-shorts-to-the-club thing. I just think the only place they should be worn is the f*cking gym. Where they belong, duh. If you want to start off 2019 by putting your best stylish foot forward, look no further than flattering high-waisted shorts. Since we still have a few months of winter to go, invest in warm gym attire like this ribbed long sleeve top that comes with a crop fit and surplice back for breathing room.
Photo: Bruce Mars / Unsplash; Puma (2); Gymshark (1); Beyond Yoga (2); Nordstrom (1); Nordstrom Rack (1); Revolve (1); Free People (1)
Motivating yourself to work out is hard enough. You def don’t need the added stress of wondering what the hell you’re going to wear to your workout. And, you shouldn’t have to succumb to wearing your sorority rush tank when you’ve clearly been out of college for five years now. Of course, I’m totally aware that those $30 SoulCycle classes are already breaking your bank enough. So really, your workout clothes shouldn’t be costing what’s left of your paycheck. (You know, the part that’s supposed to be going to rent.) At the end of the day, none of us need any more excuses to not work out, so let’s make your workout outfit an easy no-brainer. And, if you’re going to work out, you want to ensure you look as good as possible doing so, right??? Right. So you need some affordable workout clothes that aren’t just an oversize T-shirt. Here are four places to shop for affordable workout clothes that are still super cute.
1. FP Movement
Free People’s Movement collection definitely isn’t your cheapest option, but it’s still almost half the price of Lululemon. Plus, if you ask me, it’s also a hell of a lot comfier. FP Movement leggings are the COMFIEST leggings ever and, if you don’t believe me, try them. At roughly $78 a pair, they’re totally worth the investment.
Free People Tighten Up Tank ($20)
Free People Freestyle Rise Legging Solid ($78)
Free People Fuji Short Solid ($58)
2. TJ Maxx
You can get tons of name-brand athletic pieces at TJ Maxx for a fraction of the price that they would normally cost. I know I sound like one of those TJ Maxx fashionista commercials right now, but hear me out. I’m a #maxxinista to my core and I’m proud to admit it. Like, Under Armour leggings for $20?! And they have ton more brands just like it, such as, Puma, Nike, and Adidas.
Betsey Johnson Performance Slit And Distressed Pullover Top ($19.99)
Under Armour Favorite Cropped Leggings ($19.99)
PUMA Above The Bar Fashion Tee ($12.99)
If you don’t know about Carbon38, it’s time to get informed. Not only do they have the most stylish high-performance workout clothes, but you can also almost always find a promo code to use on your order. They have an incredible sale section with amazing pieces at super discounted prices. They carry top athletic brands like Alo Yoga, Nike, and Adidas by Stella McCartney. Plus, they even have their own brand of affordable workout clothes and exclusive pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
Fiona Long Sleeve Tees In Neutral ($41)
RUN:WAY Cora Top ($43)
Olympia Short ($56)
You probably know Missguided as your go-to site for trendy going out clothes, but what you probably didn’t know is that they also have an incredible selection of affordable workout clothes. The brand’s active collection has cool pieces that are vvv in sync with the whole athleisure trend right now. So even if you don’t end up making it to the gym, you’ll still look good in your outfit. Not to mention, you can get a full matching workout outfit for half the price of a pair of Lululemon leggings. Warning, though, the sizes do go fast, so if there’s something you
want need, order ASAP.
Missguided Khaki Sports Bra ($15) and Full Length Gym Legging ($15)
Missguided Black Leopard Sports Bra ($22) and Black Leopard Leggings ($15)
Missguided Active Mesh Panel Hoodie ($33)
We all want to be the betch that works out at 6am, seven days a week. However, not all of us can be. Most of us are lucky if we make it to the gym three or four times a week. So don’t make it any harder on yourself to get that workout in. Stock your closet with trendy workout pieces that you’ll feel good in and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Hey, you can even use that money you’ll save for more overpriced workout classes! Woohoo!
Images: @max_libertine / Unsplash; Free People (3); TJ Maxx (3); Carbon38 (3); Missguided (3)
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