Ever since activewear transitioned from fashion faux-pas to downright trendy, luxury athleisure is giving us a run for our money (pun intended). You’ve seen it everywhere and worn by everyone — including our favourite celebrities — from the streets to the runways, from fitness studios to happy hour and back again.
From a buzzword to a trend to now a lifestyle, luxury athleisure is here to stay. Many brands (both up-and-coming names and offshoots of legacy labels) are now offering activewear lines to fit multi-faceted luxury lifestyles.
With this ever-growing and overwhelmingly saturated athleisure market, it can be hard to know which fashion-meets-function brands are worthy of purchase.
To help steer you in the right direction, we’ve put together a guide to the top luxury activewear lines you need to shop right now. From stylish sneakers to cool bomber jackets and athleisure wear designed by Beyoncé herself, we rounded up the top activewear brands that you can wear whether you want to look good while you break a sweat, or just run errands sipping a chai tea latte. Granted, some brands shown here are so cool you’d rather wear them to hang out than to work out, but they definitely make legit functional activewear.
Keep reading to discover the most stylish luxury activewear labels on the market that every modern trendsetter needs in their life.
Warning: Once you start buying these luxury workout clothes, you’ll be wearing them everywhere all the time.
The best athleisure brands for active luxury lifestyles
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From the line behind the #DoingThings movement to celebrity athleisure wear, here are the best luxury activewear brands (in no particular order) that you should know today. They are ideal for the gym, for out-and-about, and for everything in-between.
To help you find the activewear brand that’s best for you, we’ve broken down our list into luxury athleisure brands and affordable activewear brands. In no particular order, here’s our list of the top brands:
|14||Nike x MMW|
|17||Adidas by Stella McCartney|
|24||FP Movement by Free People|
|28||Athleta (by Gap)|
|30||Kit and Ace|
Italian heritage label FENDI gives a luxury spin to athleisure wear. One of the world’s most renowned luxury labels, FENDI’s activewear collection includes everything from leggings to tanks, tees, and bomber jackets.
Beyoncé’ Ivy Park offers high-fashion meets high-tech performance wear. The collection of activewear is effortlessly cool and includes everything from sports bras to leggings, crop and oversized sweatshirts, bodysuits and more.
Launched in 2016, Fenty Puma is a collaborative line of activewear clothes between PUMA and singer Rihanna that work, work, work, work, work.
Tory Sport is the performance luxury activewear for women by Tory Burch that seamlessly balances style and performance. Defined by classic American sportswear, Tory Sport offers a comprehensive range of stylish and wearable sports clothing and athletic wear for coming and going, running, studio, tennis and golf.
Perfect for the fitness fashionista.
Founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, Ultracor is a luxury activewear brand that effortlessly marries luxury, cutting edge styling, high-performance and shapewear. Created with the finest technical fabrics, seamless construction, and anti-camel toe technology (seriously!) to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions, Ultracor redefines activewear with strong silhouettes, deeply saturated colours and bold prints.
With many celebrities championing the brand on the regular, you have definitely already spotted the best-selling leggings with foil star motifs in your social media feed.
NO KA’OI is an Italian-made, Hawaiian-inspired luxury activewear line. Rooted in the spirit of yoga and powered by style, NO KA’OI combines high performance and high fashion to offer state-of-the-art athleisure pieces.
NO KA’OI uses bold textures, vibrant hues, and patterns that set it apart from other athleisure brands.
A favourite of the Kardashian-Jenners, P.E Nation is an Australian sportswear brand that has taken your social media feed by storm. This uber-chic athleisure brand with a “tomboy meets city girl” attitude is best known for merging technical qualities with retro-inspired designs through its body-sculpting and eye-catching garments from geometric shapes to bright colours.
Seamlessly merging high fashion and fitness, P.E Nation is the perfect fit for fast-paced urban lifestyles.
No luxury activewear edit would be complete without the Canadian brand Lululemon. Best known for its yoga-inspired athletic clothing roots, Lululemon now offers an expansive and reliably well-made range of elegantly muted activewear products (from basic gym gear to trail and hiking apparel). A sure win for both the gym and the street style scene.
Born in London in 1998, sassy activewear brand Sweaty Betty (which defines its name as “Someone who works out, but definitely likes cake”) offers an incredible range of workout essentials.
Sweaty Betty is one of the first active fashion brands to bring a holistic lifestyle approach to their high-end workout clothes. Their covetable selection of studio-to-street designs features quirky graphic tees, pops of colours and fun patterns.
London-based activewear brand LNDR incorporates cutting edge technology (from waterproof outdoor pieces to temperature regulating pieces) into its apparel to suit well-rounded active lifestyles.
Keeping things minimal and stylish, LNDR offers an exclusive range of temperature-regulated sports bras, shorts and leggings, and weatherproof coats that can easily take you from yoga class to brunch. LDNR uses integrated seams and premium ‘second skin’-like (read: breathable, high-compression) fabrics that slim physiques and allow movement.
Perfect for busy energetic city lifestyles, high-intensity workout or a long plane ride.
Launched by extreme sports documentary-maker Thierry Donard, Perfect Moment is a French athleisure brand for the adventure-seekers.
Blending high-performance with style, Perfect Moment creates rigorously tested activewear (including ski, surf, swim and workout staples) offering optimal athletic performance and an exceptional fit.
Italian luxury brand Versace brings its characteristic “more is more” philosophy to athleisure wear. The luxury activewear collection combines bold prints and sexy detailing with a high-fashion edge that elevate your casual look.
Versace Gym offers everything from sweatshirts to sweatpants and sports tanks for a stylish active look.
The best affordable high-end athleisure brands
One of the most successful and recognisable sportswear brands in the world, Nike offers everything from quality shorts and t-shirts to shoes and socks that are both fashionable and functional.
Over the years, Nike has developed a cult following by constantly innovating on new designs and reissuing its classic ones. A cut above the iconic brand’s mainline offering, Nike Sportswear NSW Collection is the pinnacle of Nike’s performance apparel that totally looks good for everyday wear.
Nike x MMW
Designed by Matthew M. Williams (the American designer behind luxe streetwear brand Alyx), and using Nike’s vast repository of athlete-informed performance data, Nike x MMW capsule collection offers versatile, fluid training apparel and accessories.
Inspired by movement, the elevated training collection purposefully blurs the line between performance gear and street-ready clothing in a city-ready palette of black, white, and more black.
The American sportswear label Under Armour launched in 2016 Under Armour Sportswear (UAS), a premium athleisure range designed by Belgian designer Tim Coppens. UAS fuses high-performance sportswear designs with an elevated sartorial touch.
Adidas is a sportswear powerhouse that combines quality and style to create modern, street-savvy activewear. Its signature three-stripe motif has gained iconic status in popular culture.
Adidas by Stella McCartney
Adidas by Stella Mccartney is the ultimate chic activewear brand for fashion-forward women. This highly successful long-term collaboration between the fashion designer and sportswear giant continues to hit the mark.
The collection (which includes clothing for yoga, running, tennis, athleisure and more) features bold hues and prints, high-quality and high-performance fabrics, elegant silhouettes, and undeniably fashionable designs that will stand out no matter where you roam.
The brainchild of a collaboration between Adidas and Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3 blends sport functionality and fashion elegance.
Los Angeles-born Alo Yoga offers elevated athleisure clothing that features unexpected details such as rips, cutouts, lacing and mesh detailing. A celebrity favourite – from Gigi Hadid to Taylor Swift, and Kendall Jenner – Alo Yoga transitions easily from practice to the coffee shop.
Their leggings, tanks, sports bras and other activewear staples are all made of high-performance, innovative fabrics for that perfect move-with-you fit.
With its modern and refined approach to activewear, Olympia Activewear offers a unique balance between strong and feminine aesthetics. Olympia Activewear is designed with the active women in mind, combining utmost comfort and style.
In addition to versatile cotton and custom elastics, Olympia Activewear offers stunning silk lounge pieces you’ll never want to take off.
The Upside is an Australian luxury activewear label that offers chic, versatile athleisure pieces in dynamic prints, florals, and patterns. The Upside combines body-sculpting styles with high-tech materials to elevate your workout wardrobe – from leggings to bras and tanks.
A favourite amongst A-list celebrities, from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Bella Hadid, and Kim Kardashian, The Upside creates functional pieces that look great in and out of the studio.
Inspired by the liveliness of Brazil and laidback spirit of California, Koral is a technical activewear that combines fashion, form and fitness.
Think fashion forward style (including faux leather workout pants and fishnet mesh tops) meets luxurious sportswear engineering and high-tech materials to empower women with very active lives.
New York technical clothing brand ADAY produces hardworking, versatile styles that seamlessly bring you from barre to the bar. ADAY adopts a ‘less-is-more’ approach and a design ethos based on seasonless pieces and sustainability to offer everyday, athleisure-inspired clothes that are both performance-driven and stylish.
Every ADAY piece of clothing features novel technical material properties (sweat-wicking, quick-drying, UV- and chlorine-protected and wrinkle-free).
FP Movement by Free People
FP Movement is Free People’s active fashion line which triumphs both bohemian chic style and function. Their leggings, bras and sweats offer ultra-chic details (such as decorative cut-outs and added straps), trendy colour schemes and impeccable fit.
Perfect whether you’re actually working out or not.
Alala is a super trendy New York City-inspired luxury activewear brand. Featuring high-tech performance fabrics with high-fashion details (from mesh backs to cut-out tops and more), Alala’s sophisticated pieces can be worn anywhere from dinner to a party, or even work.
Effortlessly cool and contemporary.
Varley is a performance-first lifestyle brand that offers technically innovative, fashion forward athleisure apparel for the modern woman. Varley’s clothes can be worn ‘from the school-run to the office, from the ballet barre to the boxing ring’.
From leggings to outwear, the collection features pastel and neutral tones, mesh details, and trendy patterns.
Beyond Yoga is a luxury athleisure brand with mostly muted solid-colours. Their high-performance leggings, bras and tanks feature intricate straps, mesh insets, and luxe textures.
The yoga-inspired collection is made in the USA from soft, durable, easy-care fabrics.
Athleta (by Gap)
The Gap-owned fitness brand Athleta offers stylish athleisure wear for women and girls for a variety of activities including yoga, running, swimming, and hiking.
Taking a lighthearted approach to activewear, fitness label Outdoor Voices is on a mission to celebrate active lifestyles of all different backgrounds. Made for “casual activity”, Outdoor Voices is fundamentally about “Doing Things” and daily activities which require movement – whether you’re a rock climber or just an avid dog walker.
A firm favourite of millennials, Outdoor Voices offers minimalist designs in ultra-comfortable, perfectly fitted styles and breathable fabrics. Perfect for those into outdoor recreational activities.
Kit and Ace
Kit and Ace creates apparel for the Modern Commuter. They are for people who value the functional details that cycling gear provides and the tech properties of athletic wear, all wrapped up in a office ready aesthetic.
Commuting by bike is their benchmark. If it performs on a bike, rain or shine, their apparel has you covered for all the other ways you are moving in your day. Think bike to boardroom.
Kate Hudson’s fitness fashion brand Fabletics features a collection of comfortable workout and athleisure clothing. This American retailer sells sportswear, footwear and accessories.
There you have it: the best luxury athleisure and activewear brands for getting your sweat on in style.
But what exactly is athleisure wear?
Chic activewear has become a wardrobe staple. One of the hottest trends in fashion, athleisure is casual wear that combines high-quality athletic staples with versatile leisurewear to offer the utmost comfort whilst maintaining style.
Focusing less on sportswear as technical apparel, and more as a lifestyle, athleisure can be worn anywhere, anytime.