When it comes to exercising, having the right clothes on hand is key. Whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey or regularly work up a sweat, filling your closet with the best workout clothes is a great way to stay motivated. Much like fitness trackers and exercise equipment, these pieces of clothing will help you achieve an effective workout. Plus, they serve as a reminder to get you moving (while keeping you cool and comfy!).
We’ve rounded up the best workout clothes
From basics such as tank tops and t-shirts, to high-performance jackets and the ultimate yoga pants, we’ve rounded up the best, most essential workout clothing that will make you feel great about exercising.
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Where to buy: $89 (Originally $128), Lululemon
A workout jacket is a fitness essential in any season, and Lululemon’s Ventilate Jacket is a top-of-the-line pick. Designed to help you stay comfortable during even the most intense workouts, this sweat-wicking hooded topper has open-hole ventilation to help you stay comfortable and dry. Complete with a slimming silhouette, a media pocket, and a unique zipper design to protect you from chin chafing, this is one piece of fitness clothing that’s well worth the investment.
Where to buy: From $9.99, Amazon
While many women opt for super tight workout pants, they’re not always the right choice for your workout. On days when your legs need to breathe, put on a pair of Jorlyen’s modal drawstring pants. Lightweight and airy, these slimming, straight-leg bottoms are made from a soft and stretchy material that offers optimal comfort for everything from hardcore workouts to trips to the store. They’re also equipped with a wide, elastic waistband to make for the perfect fit. Our prediction? You’ll find yourself reaching for these pants more often than not.
Where to buy: $18.74 (Originally $24.99), Kohl’s
From the athletic apparel masters at Under Armour comes the ultimate workout top: the Under Armour Tech Twist V-neck tee. Available in six sizes and nine stand-out colors, this short-sleeve crewneck is made with Under Armour’s quick-drying fabric technology, so it will wick away sweat and dry in a flash. With its added anti-odor protection, this top also prevents the growth of stink-causing microbes, so you can get your sweat on with confidence.
Where to buy: $98, Lululemon
Made from the brand’s own lightweight, buttery-soft Nulu fabric, the Lululemon Align pant is one of the most comfortable pairs of workout leggings on the market today. They feature a high-waisted band that lies flat against the skin and won’t dig in and wick away sweat with ease. With four-way stretch, you’ll be able to move about any which way you choose. You can also mix and match them, as they come in 16 fashionable colors.
Where to buy: $12.99 (Originally $24.99), Kohl’s
Whether you’re trying to keep warm on the way to the gym on cooler mornings or are wanting to boost your sweat and overall calorie-burn, Tek Gear has you covered with its long sleeve workout tee. Featuring a crewneck and jersey construction, it’s great for layering under a jacket or a vest once temperatures begin to drop — there’s even handy finger holes to keep your hands nice and toasty!
Where to buy: $64.99 (originally $89), L.L. Bean
To avoid overheating while you’re trying to break a sweat, opt for a sleeveless vest, like this soft-to-the-touch L.L. Bean version, which is made from an exceptionally wind-resistant recycled high-loft fleece. With a high collar and zippered hand pockets for additional warmth on chilly morning runs, it works just as well outdoors as it does inside.
Where to buy: $13.99, Amazon
If we had to name one item on this list as the ultimate workout essential for older women, it would be the FITTIN racerback sports bra. A vital part of comfort for any workout, sports bras ensure everything stays right where it should — especially during vigorous exercise. We love this one for its integrated Climacool technology, which provides ventilated heat and moisture management for a dry performance, every time. Complete with removable padding, wide shoulder straps, and a racerback design, this bra’s smooth, supportive fit is one you won’t want to go without.
Where to buy: $27.96 (originally 34.95), Lands’ End
It’s no secret that workout shorts are notoriously, well, short. For an option that’s a bit more modest, but still easy to move in, head to Lands’ End. The brand’s active relaxed shorts are made with a moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you dry and odor-free when you’re working up a sweat. These shorts also have a UPF 50 factor, providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays for those taking their sweatathons outdoors. With a stylishly-fitted shape that won’t cling, these bottoms are bound to become a treasured part of your workout collection.
Where to buy: From $64.95, Amazon
Finding the right running shoes can feel like an impossible task, especially if, like many women over 50, you suffer from debilitating foot pain from a condition such as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, the ASICS GEL-Venture 5 is here to help. Equipped with extra heel cushioning, removable liners for medical orthotics, and a design that provides excellent traction on all types of terrain, these sneakers are best-sellers for a reason. As one Amazon buyer raved, “I would give six stars if possible.”
This article originally appeared on our sister site, WomansWorld.com.