If you've taken the plunge and signed up to your first fitness class at the gym, chances are you have a lot of questions. Worrying about what you should wear should be the least of your problems, so we're here to help you feel confident in your gym clothes and help you pick out a stylish but practical gym outfit.
Stylish fitness wear
Let's face it, you want to look good while you sweat. Wearing stylish fitness clothing will boost your confidence and help you walk through the door feeling good about yourself. Of course, the most important thing is that you are comfortable, but if you can look good at the same time then that's a bonus!
Thanks to the evolution of athleisure and the rise of fashion gym wear, looking good at the gym has never been easier. Of course, you need to make sure that your sports clothing is practical, but technical fabrics now marry with stylish designs to make looking your best at the gym easier than ever.
Supportive sports bra
The base of any good gym outfit is a supportive and comfortable sports bra. You need to make sure that you choose the best sports bra for your needs and your own specific goals as there are lots of different types out there. If your first gym class is something a little lower impact such as yoga, you can get away with wearing a more crop top style sports bra which features less support but may be more stylish. If your first class is going to be something high impact like HIIT or circuit training, you'll need a high impact sports bra that can keep up with you and support you as necessary.
High waisted leggings
When it comes to gym wear, high waisted leggings are a must. They cinch your waist and hold you in where it counts. A good pair of women's gym leggings will also accentuate your curves while flattering your figure. High waisted leggings are also practical as they are less likely to slip down as you move, which can be very distracting while you're trying to workout. Look out for gym leggings which feature a draw string waist so that you can personalise the fit and they can stay put throughout your training session.
Activewear and athleisure are taking over the fashion industry and more and more of us are opting to wear comfortable, stylish womens fitness clothing as everyday casual wear. But do you know how to wear it best? We take a look at how to style activewear.
Loose flowing yoga top
When it comes to yoga tops for women, a loose flowing yoga top is the queen. Layered over a stylish sports bra or crop top and vest, a loose yoga top will create effortless style and a cool, casual look. Wear your monochrome top over colour block under-layers for a bold statement, or keep it all black-and-white for timeless style.
Black leggings should be a staple of every woman's wardrobe. They're incredibly comfortable and versatile and can be worn with almost anything. Wear your black leggings under a long top for coverage or pair with a crop top if you're feeling bold in the summer months. You can wear women's running leggings as everyday casual wear by pairing them with a casual t-shirt or vest and a hoodie. This fashionable look will not only look great, you'll be super comfortable all day and will have full freedom of movement without having to worry about being confined to tight jeans. The other big benefit of wearing gym leggings as everyday casual wear is that they are often squat-proof leggings, meaning you don't need to worry about people seeing your underwear under your black leggings!
If you're going to invest in women's gym wear, you want it to look great as well as perform well at the gym. A great pair of leggings will be slimming and cinch your waist as well as sculpting your bum. Look out for high-waisted leggings which often feature tummy control and compression-style leggings which will lift and firm the appearance of your behind. These days, it's all about wearing fashion gym wear which will look good both in and out of the gym. If you look great, you'll feel great; it'll improve your confidence and give you the motivation you need to succeed.
When it comes to gym wear, you want to make sure you're comfortable above all else. If you're constantly having to hitch up your leggings or pull at your sports bra, you'll end up distracted and your workout won't be as good. We take a look at what makes the perfect gym clothes for women.
As well as being comfortable, you want your workout clothes to look good! Think about co-ordinating sports bras and leggings and flattering colours and shapes. The Sundried Breithorn Bra 2.0 comes in three colours all with matching leggings. The flattering racerback design won't chafe and means no straps slipping down while you move. It's so stylish that you could just wear it as a crop top when you head out with friends or family.
Women's Athletic Wear
You want your workout clothes to make you feel like the real deal: an athlete! If you feel comfortable and confident in your sports clothing, you'll perform better at the gym. The Sundried Tour Noir Tank features a stylish cut-out back which will show off your figure and the mesh insert is super on-trend. If you're after something a little smarter, the Sundried Piz Fora women's training vest will make you look like a real professional and can be worn seamlessly outside of the gym too thanks to its clean lines and subtle colours.
High waisted or not? Capri or full length? Stretchy or compression? There's a lot to consider when it comes to yoga pants or gym leggings. Only you can know what works best for you and what you're most comfortable, so stick with what you know. High waist gym tights can flatter your figure and cinch your waist, but they can also be uncomfortable if they're too tight.
Above all else, make sure you're comfortable and that you feel confident enough to get on with your workout without being distracted by your activewear.
From Zumba to running, cycling to swimming and everything inbetween. We require a lot from our women's activewear so it’s important to pick a style which suits you. Sundried's handy guide to womens activewear will give you all the dos and don'ts, and will help you learn what to look out for when buying new pieces of women's activewear too.
Womens Gym Top
Fitted Gym Tops
Fitted gym tops are beneficial for those who want to show off a well earned physique. These tops are usually crafted with stretch materials which hug your shape and flatter your frame. Opting for a fitted gym top helps to ensure that your session is restriction free, as loose garments can catch on equipment or trap wind when running outdoors. A well-fitted top will also allow you to monitor your form, particularly watching for an arched or hunched back which is a common cause of injury. Sundried’s Tour Noir tank features 4-way stretch materials which create a streamlined silhouette and unique cut outs to the back engineered to provide the ultimate ventilation and freedom of movement.
Drape Gym Tops
A drape gym top is great for those looking to cover up that little bit more. Loose materials skim the body and flatter all body types. Drape tops such as the Sundried Grivola Tee are also perfect for fitting into your normal day wear and can easily be taken from casual to active. With its super stylish fit, this type of top is perfect for wearing to a yoga class or for a gym workout. A loose gym top is perfect layered over a more tight fitting top or just a stylish sports bra.
Compression Gym Tops
Compression wear is designed to be worn like a second skin and is great for becoming streamlined in sports such as cycling. It is also typically lightweight in design which is what makes it so popular for sportswear. Compression technology has also been shown to increase blood flow and help prevent aches, however this is often questioned and more supporting research is needed. For more information on the benefits of compression wear, have a read of our in-depth article.
Women’s Crop Gym Tops
Those wanting to flash their washboard abs tend to opt for crop tops. In warmer summer months, a crop top can make a stylish statement whilst keeping you cool. We suggest wearing our Breithorn bra solo when exercising in warmer weather, like our ambassador Sophie.
Finding the right gym bottoms is vital for your performance when training.
The Sundried Ruinette tights are multi-functional, providing support for a multitude of sports with extra waist support and a reflective trim for running in low light.
There are lots of different elements to activewear, and to complete your exercise outfits you'll want a stylish sports bra. There are lots of different types of sports bra, so it's important to pick the right one.
Sports Bra Crop Top
If you don't need too much support, for example if you are doing low impact exercise like walking or yoga, you can wear a sports bra crop top. These are incredibly stylish and fashionable and can make for really cute gym clothes. The Sundried Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra is designed in a crop top style so it can be worn on its own or under a casual jacket to take your activewear from gym to casual wear effortlessly. Sophie here is wearing hers under a denim jacket for chic style at a casual lunch with friends. When it comes to street style, there's nothing better.
High Support Sports Bra
If something more supportive is what you're looking for, take a look at the Sundried Busazza Sports Bra. It is made with seamless materials so it fits like a second skin and will give you that locked-in feel you want when doing higher impact activities like a circuit class or CrossFit. It is made with premium fabrics which are super soft to the touch and will feel amazing on your skin.
Womens Gym Clothes Online
Buying womens sportswear online can be a minefield, but if you know what to look for, you'll end up with cute gym clothes and exercise outfits that are the envy of all your friends. Have a read of our guide on What To Look For When Buying Sportswear so that you have everything you need to know in one place.
The main difference between buying ladies gym wear online and in a store is that you can't try it on. That's why Sundried have a comprehensive womens activewear size guide with tips on how to measure yourself properly and international conversions so that you know exactly which size you'll need. It's also a good idea to check that the online store you're buying from offers free shipping and free returns so that if it is the wrong size, you can swap it for a different size hassle-free.
There are lots of benefits to buying womens sports clothing online, the main one being convenience. You can browse the collections at your own pace and compare different styles of workout attire. Plus, when it gets delivered, it's like Christmas and all the presents are for you!
Run with confidence in Sundried’s activewear collection, trialled by triathletes to provide style, comfort, and function during your run.
The Breithorn Bra is perfect for building your running base. This sports bra features a functional racer design with a mesh back for extra ventilation and to distribute the weight of your chest across your back, as opposed to over your shoulders, leaving them free to move with ease throughout your run and reducing the amount of weight bearing on the shoulders, which can lead to running with an arched back or poor posture.
The Breithorn bra has been ethically produced with Italian technical fabrics which allow your skin to breathe throughout your run, wick moisture and most importantly support your chest to lock down movement.
Wearing a correctly fitting sports bra will help you run better, improving your technique and minimising breast tissue damage. Make sure you wear the best sports bra for your cup size.
Ladies Running Vest
The Sundried Tour Noir ladies running vest makes the ultimate running partner for warmer weather. The unique design with a mesh back and ventilation zone allows for maximum skin breathing when you need it most. The soft, sweat wicking fabrics sit comfortably against the skin protecting from friction burn and chafing to support your run. No women's fitness clothing wardrobe is complete without the best ladies running vest.
Women's Running Leggings
The Sundried Ruinette women's running tights are made with technical performance in mind. Things to look for when buying women's running leggings that the Sundried leggings feature:
- A mid-rise waist which is supported by both a smooth elastic waistline and a drawstring which fastens on the outside. The double securing ensures that your leggings don’t fall down during your run and allows for a completely personalised fit.
- A large but discreet zip up back pocket, we’ve tested the back pocket of our tights and it is large enough to fit an iphone. The zip keeps it secure and provides confidence that your valuables are safe during your run.
- Reflective trims line the tights, making you more visible during dark nights or early mornings.