There’s a time and place for the Lululemons and Alos of the world, but when it comes to your everyday sweat sessions, it’s hard to argue with cheap workout clothes. When you’re squatting or running up a storm — then immediately throwing your leggings in the laundry on the turbo cycle — you can’t be too precious about your activewear.
By this point, you may have become an at-home fitness devotee, or you may be itching to get back into the studio for an in-person class (or maybe you just like the look and feel of athleisure — if so, we salute you!). And while we can’t ignore our love for higher-end fitness staples, sometimes the cost is a little more than we’re willing to pay, and there are plenty of affordable activewear brands that don’t skimp on quality.
Finding the right sports bras, leggings, shorts, and other workout essentials isn’t just about maintaining a budget. After all, you have to factor in comfort and style, among other personal preferences. To save you the mental gymnastics of pinpointing where to spend your coin, we found 15 brands that check all the boxes. Scroll down to shop the best workout clothes online right now.
In a move that would surprise no one, Old Navy comes through as our top pick for affordable activewear (of course, it delivers for every other wardrobe staple you may need). The brand is chock-full of solid-colored basics like the turmeric leggings below, as well as seasonal, colorful pieces like breathable tanks that’ll take you straight from the gym to your post-workout brunch.
If you’ve ever perused Target’s massive clothing section, odds are you’ve seen its selection of stylish workout clothes. Within it, you’ll find everything from minimalist-approved sports bras and athletic shorts to bright, coordinated sets that look way more expensive than they actually are.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Come for the fitness equipment, stay for the clothes. Dick’s Sporting Goods has everything you can imagine when it comes to owning your workouts. You’ll find trusted brands like Under Armour, Nike, and Adidas; but the hidden gem may just be DSG, the retailer’s high-performance in-house clothing line, which will get you through the most intense set of reps.
If TikTok has taught us anything, it’s that Amazon has some of the savviest buys you can find on the market, and its virtually endless workout clothing selection is no exception. From no-brainer leggings shoppers can’t stop raving about to affordable pieces reviewers say rival those of more expensive brands, there’s no doubt Amazon should be on your radar for affordable activewear.
No place seems to master timeless basics quite like Everlane, and every time the brand puts its no-frills spin on a wardrobe staple, it’s good. Case in point: it’s activewear. The Everlane-obsessed can’t seem to get enough of its Perform Leggings, and neither will you.
Leave it to Zara to create affordable activewear pieces that feel undeniably chic. The Spanish retailer’s collection of workout gear has some of the most comfortable separates to take your gym ensembles to the next level—and they come in a handful of candy-colored hues just in time for all those outdoor workouts. Only downside? The clothing is so cute, it rarely stays in stock for long.
Madewell knew exactly what it was doing when it first launched athleisure — and even more so when it expanded its workout-ready collection to leggings. The fashion and lifestyle brand has become a favorite among longtime fans and newbies alike for the easy, everyday pieces you can truly live in. And since Madewell is constantly having a sale, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find its popular MWL pieces for a fraction of the OG price.
Savvy shoppers will know Asos as one of the must-stop shops for anything cheap and trendy. The brand carries the latest Tik Tok and Instagram-approved styles to add to your closet (like flared yoga pants and statement-making cut-out bras). On top of that, Asos sells countless matching sets from its in-house brands and classics (think Adidas and Champion) alike.
You might know Zappos for its vast array of shoes, but judging by its truckload of household names like Champion, Puma, Free People, and more, its activewear section is just as good. And since the brand is constantly marking down its stock, finding your favorite brands on a budget is simply a waiting game.
Whether you prefer solid hues for your vinyasa flow or you like to go all-out with bold prints for an intense HIIT class, Torrid’s sure to have the pieces for any type of workout. Gear up on coordinated sets or mix and match. There’s no going wrong here.
Those of you looking for cheap workout clothes with a streetwear edge will love shopping at PrettyLittleThing. The brand has so many activewear pieces that’ll look as cool during your sweat sessions as they will after. Plus, PLT’s wide variety of styles are designed with whatever trend is currently popping off on Instagram in mind — which means a selfie isn’t far off.
You already know Aerie for its ultra-comfortable intimates and loungewear, but the brand’s “Offline” selection offers a versatile mix of under-$50 leggings, bike shorts, and sports bras you’ll want to live in day-in and day-out.
Danskin’s long been known for touting some of the best pieces for anyone taking up dance classes. And while leotards and unitards have made an unexpected (but very welcome) comeback, those aren’t the only things the brand specializes in. Danskin also makes budget-friendly activewear designed to work with every move you make.
Those who consider themselves minimalists to the core will love stocking up on cheap workout clothes from H&M. The brand has everything from seamless tops and bottoms to outerwear and maternity-specific staples in a range of muted hues. If you want to add a polished air to your workouts, be sure to peruse the virtual aisles.
Adidas remains one of the most popular activewear brands on the planet, and for good reason. The label makes high-performing workout gear for, well, anything. From everyday training essentials to activity-specific items, you can shop for days. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that its pieces double as streetwear staples, too.