By Miriam Fried, Personal Trainer
The good news: Athleisure is IN! It’s officially acceptable to prance around to the grocery store, shopping, enjoy brunch, and even (with the right pair of leggings) the bar in your workout clothes.
The bad news? A trip into a store like Lululemon or Bandier can cost you more than a month’s rent these days.
As a personal trainer, my daily wardrobe consists of exclusively Athletic apparel. I’m happy to invest and indulge in my fair share of designer leggings, but when you’re trying to build an entire wardrobe of cute exercise gear AND pay the bills, you simply have to seek more affordable options.
Don’t worry... I’ve got you covered! Here are a few of the places I look to satisfy my workout clothing addiction that WON’T break the bank...
If you follow fitness accounts on social media, you might be familiar with this up and coming UK based brand. Gymshark leggings generally run from around $40-$50 (less than half the price of a pair of Lulu’s!), are great quality, and are known for their booty enhancing capabilities! The downside? You can only find them online and they’ve recently blown up in popularity so they tend to sell out quickly. Get on their email list to stay posted on restocks!
2. Alphapack Fitness
These are a recent find of mine! You can also only order these online, but their best selling mesh leggings are comparable to many of the designer brands on the market in style and fit, and for less than $40 a pair! Can’t beat that.
Did you know that GAP sells cute activewear? They have great leggings in styles pretty similar to the big brands, but you can snag a pair at the GAP for less than $50. I’m especially a fan of their tops which you can grab in multiple colors since they often sell for under $30!
4. Forever 21
While I’m not a huge fan of their leggings as the quality is subpar, it’s an excellent spot to find sports bras! I have a sports bra from there that people tend to mistake for Lulu, as it looks nearly identical...but I snagged mine for just $12.99!
My final secret to affordable workout gear! People always ask me where I get my crop tops and Amazon is where I find nearly all of them -- often for less than $10 each! Plus, if you have Prime, you can usually get it delivered next day, just in time to rock it in that P.E. Club class you’re taking tomorrow. ;)
*Note: Amazon is also an excellent place for leg warmers!
There you have it! It IS possible to have a fashionable workout wardrobe without spending half your paycheck on leggings! New clothes to exercise in can be incredibly motivating...so get shopping!