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Fitness 1 March 2024

Chic Moves: 5 Playful Women’s Activewear Picks

Elevate Your Workout in Style: Unveiling 5 Playful Women's Activewear Collections for Fitness Fun

Ready to slay your pilates class, conquer the dance floor, or simply strut your stuff during that 'hot girl walk'? Your activewear game is about to hit the next level! Let's dive into the world of activewear excellence and discover the perfect companions for your sweat sessions and strut sessions alike!

Words By Erin Visagie

Outdoor Voices

Step into the world of Outdoor Voices, where fitness meets fun in the sun! Founded in 2014, this Austin-based brand knows how to cater to the happy-go-lucky recreationalist in all of us.

Picture this: cute reconstructions of classic fitness gear made from innovative textiles like SuperForm, providing the ultimate support during your high-energy adventures. And hey, they’ve got you covered (literally) with UPF 50+ protection for those sunnier days. But wait, there’s more!

These pieces aren’t just about looking good but about feeling good, too. With sustainability in mind, Outdoor Voices crafts its gear for a lifetime of wear, encouraging repurposing, repairing, and recirculating to lessen environmental impact.

So, whether you’re jumping, skating, dancing, or just out for a leisurely dog walk, Outdoor Voices has got your back – quite literally with their Open-back Dress featuring crossed straps and built-in anti-slide shorts liner with pockets.

Need to dash out for errands or conquer miles on the track? Fear not; their Recycled-shell Track Jacket with a relaxed, boxy shape and tonal ribbed trims has got you covered – stylishly, of course!

So, kick-start those happy, healthy habits and embrace joy-filled living with Outdoor Voices’ athleisure lineup designed for every adventure life throws your way.

Outdoor Voices Open-back LightSpeed Tennis Dress, was $183.18 now $92, Net-A-Porter


Get ready to dive into the sun-soaked world of Vuori, where fitness, surf, sport, and art collide in the most vibrant way possible! This California-inspired brand isn’t just about activewear; it’s a lifestyle choice aimed at igniting your passion for living your best, healthiest life.

With a lineup that’s as diverse as the Golden State itself, Vuori’s collection boasts everything from sleek Tops & T-shirts to performance-driven Trackpants & Leggings, all designed to blend style and functionality seamlessly.

Whether you’re hitting the waves or hitting the trails, Vuori has got your back, offering pieces that stand the test of time while keeping you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Take their Cove Top, for instance—crafted from stretchy modal fabric, it’s the ultimate companion for beach adventures or lazy days at home, all while flattering your figure in the most fabulous way possible.

And let’s not forget about the Evolve Leggings—engineered for maximum performance and comfort; these high-rise wonders sculpt your silhouette for those moments when you’re pushing your limits in the gym or simply strolling along the shoreline.

So, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or someone who loves soaking up the sunshine, Vuori has something special waiting for you.

Vuori Cove High-neck Brand-patch Stretch-jersey Top, $112, Selfridges

Sporty & Rich

Sporty & Rich, the brainchild of the fabulous Emily Oberg, started as a mood board for life – a treasure trove of images embodying a world filled with beauty and nostalgia.

What began as a simple Instagram mood board evolved into a print magazine and eventually blossomed into a captivating lifestyle and activewear label. Emily, a Calgary native, landed in the hustle and bustle of New York, where her journey with Sporty & Rich took flight.

Now residing between the chic vibes of Los Angeles and the romantic allure of Paris, Emily oversees the brand’s visual magic, from design and marketing to social strategy and art direction.

Initially envisioned as an annual print magazine, the label became a leading name in effortlessly chic womenswear with a penchant for elevated leisure. Picture this – dynamic interpretations of affluence and athleticism with a touch of ‘80s Sloane Ranger vibes.

From the retro logo-adorned tracksuits that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hailey Bieber adore to the signature preppy tennis dresses and Ivy League baseball caps, Sporty & Rich has it all.

The tennis gear is a game-changer, especially the Striped Pleated Stretch-jersey Tennis Skirt that’s as stylish as it is functional. And let’s not forget the vintage-feel Sweatshirts – pre-shrunk for that perfect fit and oh-so-soft for maximum comfort and capture that stylish, sporty, chic vibe we love.

So, whether you’re embracing the throwback vibes or rocking the latest drops inspired by country club chic, Sporty & Rich has got your style game covered, making it the go-to for those in pursuit of the highest forms of coziness and coolness!

Sporty & Rich Striped Pleated Stretch-jersey Tennis Skirt, $170, Net-A-Porter

Reformation Active

Get ready to break a sweat in style with Reformation’s Ref Active line! While you may already know them for their dreamy dresses and bridal wear, their foray into activewear in 2021 is a game-changer.

Think sustainable pieces that not only make you look good but feel good, too, all crafted from recycled plastic bottles. From fitted tennis dresses to 80s-inspired unitards, they’ve got it all in sizes XS to 3XL because inclusivity is always in fashion.

And let’s talk about those colours – sweet and sexy shades that let you move in tones that make you feel your best. Plus, with their trademark REPREVE fabric, you know you’re getting performance and sustainability rolled into one fabulous package.

Take the Adelina Ecomove Two-piece Set, for instance. Minimal chic meets maximum comfort, perfect for any workout. Or slip into the Farrah Mini Dress, a structured yet comfortable look that’s ready for whatever activity you throw its way.

So whether you’re hitting the gym or brunching with friends post-workout, Reformation’s Ref Active line has got you covered in sustainable, stylish goodness!

Reformation Adelina Ecomove Two Piece Set, $182.09, Shopbop

Year of Ours

Get ready to amp up your athleisure game with Year of Ours – the brand that’s got celebs like Hailey Bieber and Gisele Bünchen breaking a sweat in style! With their signature cinching effect, especially popular in their lace-up football waistband leggings, you’ll be feeling as fierce as your favourite stars.

And let’s talk about those rib-knit versions – they offer functional pockets (because who doesn’t need pockets?), and they also come in bike-short lengths for when you’re feeling extra sporty.

Founded in 2016 by Eleanor Haycock, Year of Ours was born out of frustration with ill-fitting activewear and a desire to empower all body types.

Teaming up with Lily Shin and celebrity stylist Alejandra Hernandez, they set out to create high-quality athleticwear that not only performs but makes you feel like a total boss.

With extended sizing, cuts, and fabrics designed to flatter everyone from XS to 2X, Year of Ours is all about making you feel confident and comfortable, whether you’re hitting the gym, running errands, or just living your best life.

So, lace up those Ribbed Football Leggings, slip into that Longline Sports Bra that is super comfy and stylish, and get ready to conquer the day with Year of Ours by your side – because we’re all part of the same winning team!

Year of Ours Ribbed Football Leggings, $186.47, Saks Fifth Avenue