My Favorite Workout Wear & Go to Activewear Brands

After talking about workouts yesterday, I thought I should dive into workout wear. Including my personal favorite workout wear and go to activewear brands. Great (and cute) workout wear only increases your desire to workout, may increase your performance, and makes sure you are properly supported! Trust me when I say I have tried a lot of workout wear from a variety of brands and the ones below are the clear winners of each category!

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Favorite Workout Wear

Favorite Workout Bras

I have two brands I absolutely love for workout bras – Calia and Fabletics. Every single one of my workout bras are from one of these two brands. Personally, I think Calia is better for high-impact/high-intensity workouts. While Fabletics has great options for lower-impact workouts.

For reference, I am a 30D and like my workout bras to fit quite tight when it comes to high-impact/high-intensity workouts. I want serious support and minimal movement. When walking or partaking in yoga I typically go a little looser and opt for bras with no padding/cups. Just super simple and minimal workout bras but those that still offer great support.

Mila Medium Impact Sports Bra – low/medium impact

All Day Every Day Sports Bra – low/medium impact

Go All Out High Support Sports Bra – high impact

Favorite Workout Shorts

So I feel as though I am in the minority when I say this BUT I HATE working out in leggings/pants. The only exception is when I am practicing yoga. Otherwise it is 100% shorts for this gal. I use to reach for nike shorts 10 of 10 times but recently I have really been loving biker shorts! They are so comfortable to wear, very breathable, and offer a little more coverage. Their biker shorts fit true to size – I am typically a 2 or 4 in shorts/pants and own a pair in each size – love the fit of both.

My go to nikes have also started to be replaced by calia and athleta shorts. They just bit better, have wider waist bands, and honestly are more comfortable.

Favorite Workout Tops

Calia is my jam for workout tops! They’re comfortable, lightweight, breathable, and simple. Everything you need in a great workout top!

Side Tie T-Shirt

 Everyday Tank Top

Flow Ruched Side Racerback Tank Top

Diamond Mesh Long Sleeve Shirt

I am also loving this easy sweatshirt – ordered it earlier in September and have already ordered a second one. Fit is true to size but if you want a more oversized fit I would recommend sizing up. I ordered the first one in a small and the second in a medium.

Favorite Athletic Sneakers

After getting married Joshua turned me onto the Brooks brand and I haven’t turned back since. They are so comfortable, incredibly supportive, and have so many options available. I love that they work for taking walks, doing strength training, and HIIT workouts. Linking a few of my favorites below – ones I own now and/or have owned in the past.

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What is some of your favorite workout wear? favorite brands?


  1. I am a sucker for a pair of Lululemon Align pants because they feel so buttery soft! I also love the shorts you’re wearing here — thanks for sharing your fave workout brands because I am on the hunt to find more!

    xo Amanda | Affordable by Amanda

    Posted 9.24.20
    • oh I need to try those! of course gal – thank you for checking out today’s post!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.29.20
  2. Morgan wrote:

    Considering I don’t workout, don’t know if I can “really” speak to this question – but, I love Fabletics and Old Navy activewear for lounging! haha

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    Posted 9.24.20
    • oh I haven’t tried out Old Navy’s activewear. will have to give it a go!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.29.20
  3. rebecca wrote:

    i am with you about leggings!! i am a shorts girl all the way and ever since i discovered biker shorts with pockets, I am not looking back! thx for sharing your faves, gf.

    xx rebecca //

    Posted 9.25.20
  4. Kileen wrote:

    All of these pieces are perfect and look so comfy! I’m always looking for new active wear.

    cute & little

    Posted 9.26.20
  5. Tanvi wrote:

    My favorite workout brands are Spplit59, Alala and Nike. Everything I have from them is what motivates me to workout daily. I love all your workout great in this post though 🙂


    Posted 9.26.20
    • haven’t tried those first two – need to check them out. thank you for sharing! definitely agree a good workout outfit can be very motivating!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.30.20
  6. Greta wrote:

    I love Athleta leggings because they come in tall and have the side pocket! I also like Aerie bike shorts.

    Posted 9.27.20
    • will have to try out athleta’s leggings – I’ve only tried their shorts and tops. thanks for the recommendation!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.29.20
  7. Stephanie wrote:

    I really haven’t experimented with much activewear or workout wear because I don’t workout as often as I’d like. I love Adore Me for sports bras, and Chicwish has some great biker shorts and leggings. I’m still on the hunt for favorite tops though, so it’s good to know about Calia!

    Posted 9.27.20
    • I didn’t even know chic wish offered activewear – will have to check that out. thank you for the rec gal! and yes definitely try out Calia!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.29.20
  8. Cute workout attire is the best, and really motivates me if we’re being honest. It’s so much easier to be in a cute outfit when you’re busting your ass x

    Posted 9.27.20
  9. Lizzie wrote:

    You look amazing girlie! I love those pink shorts! I definitely need some cuter gym stuff. will check these out!


    Posted 9.28.20
  10. Love the shorts! Admittedly I don’t work out much but I love mu lululemon leggings when I do. xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 9.28.20
  11. Rach wrote:

    Oo I’ll have to check out the high impact sports bra. I’m always looking for a good one!

    Posted 9.28.20

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