2020 was a lot of things — and let’s be honest, a lot of them weren’t great. But one thing I really loved about last year was that it FULLY ushered in the era of athleisure.
And as someone who’s pretty much always in yoga pants or bike shorts, I am HERE. FOR. IT. Like, finally, we’re blending cute and comfy with something I can get my sweat on in.
But I think there’s still this idea that you have to spend $100 to get those really good leggings. And girl, let me tell you, that’s not true! There a ton of affordable activewear options that look as good as they feel.
If you didn’t already check out my blog on finding the activewear look for less, scope it now! It’s full of outfits that cost like $100+ less than the high-end option, but still look just as cute! If that’s not proof that affordable activewear is out there, then I don’t know what is!
Forever 21 Activewear Haul!
Okay so I needed a few new pieces but I didn’t want to spend a ton. Cue in…. Forever 21!! I’ve been a bit skeptical about their workout clothes so I decided to order some and experiment. And honestly? I’m impressed! Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t going to last for years and years, but if you need a few new affordable activewear pieces now that won’t break the bank, these are totally great options.
Leopard Half Zip, $20
How cute is this half zip?? I love a good crop situation, and this one is so easy to throw over a sports bra post workout. It’s not too heavy too so it’s great for Spring coming up.
Black Biker Shorts, $12.99
Everyone needs a pair of black biker shorts, amiright? These are so cute, comfy and totally seamless. I also love the length because sometimes biker shorts that go down to my knees aren’t the most flattering on my body type, so this mid-length is a good happy medium.
Ribbed Sports Bra, $12.99
How cute is this sports bra? I love the little zip up the front and it’s RIBBED. My fave. This one is so cute for a workout or an athleisure look.
Grey Biker Shorts, $12.99
These are the same as the black ones, but a different color. So good I had to get more than one. These are so versatile and comfy!
Criss Cross Sports Bra, $12.99
Okay first off, the color though??? So so pretty and bright! It’s giving me all of the summer vibes and I’m here for it. This sports bra is totally seamless and the straps are criss crossed in the back! It’s surprisingly pretty supportive but still comfy enough that I’d wear it just lounging around.
Seamless Leggings, $14.99
Seamless leggings are my favorite rn. They just can’t get any comfier than this. I love this pair because of the color (duh) but because they’re so simple and cute. You gotta grab this set!
I’m not done yet. Here’s even more!
Want even more cheap, cute workout clothes? You’ve come to the right place! Here are a seven more of my affordable activewear faves.
Ombre (read: cute)? Check. Seamless (read: ultra-comfy)? Check. Affordable activewear (read: $30)? Check.
These leggings have it all. I love the 24” length. It’s super cute with tennies but also really functional. And these bad boys are moisture-wicking, too. Plus, who doesn’t love a high waist??
On top of all that, they come in a handful of cute colors so you can pick your fave.
If you’ve already peeped my Amazon athleisure faves, you’ve probably already seen this set. I mean, that green is so memorable!
I love this set because you can throw it on in two seconds and totally look like you made an effort. Plus, it’s seamless so you get that comfort that makes it as good for lounging as it is for working out.
I personally love the green, but this set comes in a whole bunch of colors. And it’s just $30 for both pieces, so it definitely ticks the affordable activewear box!
Don’t sleep on Old Navy’s workout gear! It’s super cheap and super cute!!
Like, how great is this sports bra that can totally double as a top? It’s got light support, so you can throw it on without feeling totally compressed (I wouldn’t recommend it for a workout where you’ll be jumping around a lot, though).
And to make it even better, there are matching leggings with pockets! Heck yeah!!
I love this tee! It’s got a fun feature in the back that makes it so cute you could wear it anywhere, but it’s also functional because it’s going to be super breathable while you’re sweating in it! And, I mean, if you’re looking for affordable activewear, you’ll have a hard time beating that price.
Another pick from my Amazon list, these yoga pants rock! They have enough breathability that you don’t die in them while you’re getting sweaty, but they’re also def not seethrough.
Plus, pockets! I love having a pocket in my yoga pants so I can throw my phone in there and make a quick trip to the store. It’s also great for stashing your phone while running!
These yoga pants probably won’t change your life, but they’re pretty great for $20.
Target JoyLab Marble Collection, $20-40
I really like JoyLab’s stuff! It fits and feels great, plus they’re definitely staying on top of the cutest patterns and cuts. And because it’s at Target, you know it’s gonna be relatively affordable activewear, too.
This marble collection is ultra-cute. You can get the matching sports bra ($20) and leggings ($30) and be out of pocket $50, but if you really want to get an athleisure outfit that you could conceivably wear out to brunch, you might wanna consider adding the $40 sherpa jacket. It’s super comfy and has a hood to keep you cozy if you head out for an early morning workout!
I own so much activewear, and I love it! But sometimes, I do feel like it all starts to look the same.
This top is definitely a departure from the norm! I love the little sleeves — it’s a great way to change it up. Plus, I feel like sometimes I like to see my arms in a sleeve while I’m working out. It just highlights your muscles differently and can give you a little extra motivation! And, I mean, that dusty pink is so hot right now.
If you want a full look with this top, you can add the $30 matching leggings into the mix.
How’s that for some affordable activewear? I hope you found some pieces you love and got some inspo for the next time you upgrade your workout wardrobe!
Where are your favorite places to shop for cheap workout clothes? Let me know, babes! You know I’m always on the hunt for a good-looking outfit at a good price!