Minimalist activewear – the kind you wear to the gym, but also out to coffee and grocery store runs – can be elusive. Some love extra frills, loud patterns, or straps that wrap around your torso an indeterminate number of times. But many of us are after something more simple: athletic-wear that is comfortable, high-quality, high-performance, and looks as good during a workout as afterwards.
If that’s you, we’ve got you covered. There’s a number of activewear brands that have developed the ideal pieces for you, whether you want something for yoga, spinning, weight-lifting, running, or for lounging on the couch watching Netflix (or all of the above, depending on the day).
Here’s the best minimalist activewear, from leggings to bodysuits and more:
The Swedish brand rooted in sustainability, transparency, and high-quality basics launched their athletic-wear line in 2011 to much acclaim. The line is exactly what fans of the Scandinavian minimalist’s line would want from athletic-wear: it’s sleek, hard-working, made with luxe fabrics, and made with the clean lines we’ve come to know and love from Filippa K. This is the kind of athletic-wear you won’t mind wearing outside the gym. Our only complaint is that we wish there was a wider range of sizes.
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Made from organic or sustainable fabrics, Organic Basics has grown from a brand specializing in underwear to all kinds of basics, including a few athletic wear items. They currently produce leggings, t-shirts, tank tops, and sports bras, as well as other things you might need while active, such as underwear and socks.
The minimalist look of their clothes is part of their DNA, as is their ethical production and high-quality. Once you start buying your basics from this Danish brand, you might find it impossible to go back.
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Outdoor Voices captured a true Millenial vibe with their goofy hashtag, #doingthings. That’s right, we can all do things! Their tagline, “technical apparel for recreation,” gives a good sense of what the brand is all about: comfy athletic-wear that’s easy to take from your workout to your everyday life. Their massive hit, The Exercise Dress, is a 90s-inspired, tennis-style workout dress that you can also wear out to the bars at night. While the brand has a number of colors and some pattern in its repetoire, the bulk of Outdoor Voices products are solid colored and minimalist.
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Perhaps you’ve heard of Swedish tennis star Björn Borg and his tremendous head of hair? If you’re too young for that, you’re more likely to know about his namesake brand, also Swedish, that specalizes in men’s underwear. In recent years, the brand has launched athletic-wear for both men and women, and the results are very good: high-performance legging, shirts, bras, mini-shorts, and more. We’re particularly fond of the hyper-branded pieces (call us nostalgic) for their 90s flair and simple typography.
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Good ole ASOS; they really do have it all. Their selection of athletic-wear covers both classic brands like Puma and Nike, as well as their own designs, many of which are sleek and minimalist. There’s something for all styles here, as well as all sizes, and even maternity activewear. If you’re looking for good prices and good quality, you can’t go wrong with ASOS.
For those looking for a cool, fun selection of activewear that’s also environmentally-friendly, Girlfriend Collective is it. Their colorful but minimalist selection of tops, leggings and bike shorts is all you need to get yourself moving. They work with recycled polyester and nylon, and are very transparent about their production process. Bonus: if you decide you’re no longer into the GC piece you own, you can actually send it back to be recycled and get 15 USD towards your next purchase.
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American brand Live the Process brings something a bit more elegant to sportswear. With items like wide-leg sweatpants and knit cross body tops, the overall activewear silhouette is more ballet dancer than long distance runner. Not all activewear has to look the same, and this brand takes that to heart.
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If you’re after a more refined activewear experience, Vaara is the brand to know. Founded by model Tatiana Korsakov, the pieces are luxurious and expensive, with a focus on elegant silhouettes. The activewear is broken down into three categories: Enhance, Perform, and Rest. The “Perform” collection offers the most typical activewear – leggings, sportsbras, and bodysuits – while Enhance is more about sophisticated seasonal pieces and Rest is for, well, rest. These are definitely investment pieces, but they’ll last and look good for years to come.
Universal Standard began as a brand dedicated to offering size-inclusive, high-quality basics. They’ve kept that core value and have expanded to offer activewear. Their pieces are fantastic – realy stylish, high-quality, and a blend of athletic and street-wear. Their sizes start at 4XS and go to 4XL; it’s activewear that’s made for everyone. They currently have a deal on: two activewear pieces for 75 USD!
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For even more activewear, check out the site ThyHalo. You’ll get 20% off your entire order with the code SCANDITH.
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