Remember when “gym gear” meant a pair of black leggings (maybe the same ones you wore around the house) and whatever T-shirt and sports bra you could dig out of a drawer? Maybe you don’t — that’s how far activewear has come since the days “athleisure” was still a long-forgotten word from a ’70s sneaker ad.
In 2018, not only do we have behemoths like Nike and Adidas, but thanks largely to the rise of stylish sportswear pioneer Lululemon, there’s a whole industry of fashion-meets-function brands that offer clothing you can wear from barre class to the bar.
On one hand, this means we have more options when it comes to what to wear to work out, but on the other, it can get a little overwhelming. New fitness brands are a dime a dozen these days, and knowing which ones offer style, performance and value isn’t easy.
To help steer you in the right direction, we’ve put together a guide to 16 must-know activewear lines — some brand new, others with more than a decade in the biz but whose clothes you may not have in your collection yet.
Originally posted on StyleCaster. A version of this article was originally published in November 2016.