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Best Affordable Active Wear

Best Affordable Active Wear

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Tired of looking at your pile of workout clothes and only seeing the free XL t-shirts from middle school spirit week? I’ve found that when I like the way I look before exercising, I invest more into my workout. After all, who wouldn’t want to flaunt a little bit at the gym when you know your outfit’s on point? After looking at the price tags at places like Nike and Lululemon, it’s hard to justify buying such cute but expensive athletic wear. But why break the bank? Nowadays there are plenty of options for adorable, yet affordable workout clothing. Here are some of my favorite places that offer most active wear pieces under $50!




My safe haven for any form of retail therapy. As one reviewer says, “Target truly has everything and all at reasonable prices.” You could make one shopping trip to Target and buy your own home gym equipment, post-workout meals, exercise videos, and athletic wear in a single round and still be happy after looking at your final total. Target’s clothing has become especially trendy in recent years, and its active wear is no exception.

Target Activewear, C9, Affordable Activewear

1. Premium pullover: $28

2. Printed Capri Legging - $25

3. Fitted Tank - $12.99

4. Champion Edge sneakers: $35


Old Navy

Old Navy is probably one of my best-kept secrets and consists of roughly half of my wardrobe. Their semi-annual sale is like a national holiday for me. Last winter I got workout shorts and tanks for $4 a piece! Even when there’s not a sale, Old Navy offers adorable active wear pieces for a steal.

Old Navy outfits, Old Navy athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Half-zip pullover: $25

2. Seamless sports bra: $20

3. Patterned-waist capris: $20

4. Wide-grip headband: $10

5. Mesh sneakers: $22 (on sale!)





H&M has recently jumped on the active wear bandwagon as well, and now offers pieces that’ll make you the most stylish member of the gym. Like its other clothing, H&M’s athletic options won’t break the bank.

H&M active wear, H&M athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Running top: $30

2. Running tank top: $15

3. Outdoor tights: $40

4. Yoga mat: $35


The Gap


You can always count on The Gap for great quality clothing with a classic style. The addition of GapFit only adds to their dynamic; all of their active wear is comfortable, practical, and durable.

Gap Active Wear, athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Roll-sleeve tee: $30

2. Reversible sports bra: $27 (on sale!)

3. gStride running hat: $20

4. gStride shorts: $40

5. Long sleeve hoodie: $40


Forever 21

Forever 21

On the hunt for trendy yet inexpensive athletic wear? Look no further! Forever 21 now offers fashionable active wear pieces featuring colors and patterns. Even after getting all sweaty from your workout, you’ll feel like you’re walking straight down the runway.

Forever 21 Active Wear, athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Space dye pullover: $28

2. Sunburst workout shorts: $11

3. Striped paneled sports bra: $15

4. Faux leather gym bag: $23




Kate Hudson co-founded Fabletics with the intention of offering innovative and high quality active apparel that fits your budget. Signing up for the subscription gets you your first outfit for just $25. Individual pieces are a little more expensive but are stylish and sure to last.

Fabletics Active Wear, athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Headband: $5

2. Norwalk tank: $35

3. Sydney capri: $40




Kohl’s is another hidden treasure where you can get a great deal not even including the discounts Kohl’s always gives out. With an extensive array of active wear, you’re sure to find something you’ll love that won’t break your budget.

Kohl's Active Wear, athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Asymmetrical yoga tunic: $39 (on sale!)

2. Yoga sports bra: $24 (on sale!)

3. Printed capri yoga leggings: $43 (on sale!)

4. No slip yoga socks: $15



TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx

With options abound, you’re almost always guaranteed to find something you love at TJ Maxx, although it might take some digging to find it! The search is worth the effort, though; TJ Maxx offers a great selection of active apparel that’ll look great both in your closet and on your bank statement.

TJ Maxx Active Wear, athletic gear, Sports, affordable sports wear

1. Cowl neck top: $25

2. Strappy sports bra: $13

3. Harem capri: $20

4. Lace up sneakers: $30


There you have it! My secret’s out, and I hope you take advantage of this wonderful selection. Here’s to hoping that these cute workout clothes will be a new incentive for you to hit the gym!

Do you frequent any other stores when on the hunt for stylish but affordable active wear? Share your secrets with us in the comments below!

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