Women’s gym clothes: our favourite ladies workout kit for every budget in 2021

Be it running, yoga, pilates or spin: whatever your preferred form of exercise, we've found the best workout kit for women in 2021, to help you perform at your best (and look good doing it)

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 3:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th January 2021, 3:34 pm
Women’s gym clothes
Women’s gym clothes

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Thanks to rolling lockdowns, workouts have transformed in 2021 from the domain of gyms and studios to living room classes and outdoor activities.  

We all know how great exercise is for us, from the physical benefits, to improving mental health and alleviating stress.  

But without the routine of hitting a gym, it can be more difficult to muster the motivation to get moving, particularly in the wintry depths. After all, if you're in your comfiest trackie bottoms, sat next to the radiator, getting up and jumping about isn't the most appealing notion.  

Enter: decent workout clothing. Studies have shown that people are more likely to exercise when they like what they're wearing. Indeed, a survey of 2,000 gym-goers conducted in the US in 2018 showed that 9 out of 10 gym-goers believe that simply putting on exercise kit made them feel more motivated to workout when they weren't feeling up for it. Second only to seeing physical improvements, putting on exercise clothing is the most motivating thing you can do to push you into actually working out.  

So, we now know why it's worth buying decent gym clothing. Now here's our round-up of the highest-performing, most stylish women's exercise kit in the UK for 2021.  

Please note: prices vary across each clothing range, so we’ve listed the lowest priced item here, which will generally be a sports bra. It is meant to be indicative only. 

Lululemon * Ed Curtis

Lululemon * Ed Curtis

Lululemon's leggings, tops, and sports bras perform like a dream: sweat-wicking, butter-soft, guaranteed to make you look better simply by putting them on (your bum will never look better than when in Lululemon leggings). 

They've now paired up with oh-so-hot London artist Ed Curtis for a co-lab that is candy-coloured joy itself. 

We find Lululemon kit our favourite gear for HIIT workouts, as it can withstand a punishing workout and minimises the smell of stale sweat. 

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Reebok * Victoria Beckham

Reebok * Victoria Beckham

If you like keeping your look sleek, minimalist, and chic, Victoria Beckham is the brand for you. Her co-lab with Reebok has produced beautiful exercise clothing that is seam free, but also feels luxuriously comfortable to wear. 

We especially love her trainers, which colour-cordinate with the rest of her kit for a truly polished look. 

The clothing works well through any sweaty workout, but is also ideal if you like to wear athleisure for lounging about, too. 

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Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective

Wanting to look after the planet while you look after yourself? 

Don't skip past US brand Girlfriend Collective, then, who are dedicated to utilising recycled, sustainable materials for making their comfy, flattering workout kit. Each pair of leggings is made from 25 recycled water bottles. The clothing looks mighty fine, too. 

Perfect for pilates and yoga lovers. 

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Superdry Sport

Superdry Sport

Once upon a time Superdry's sports wear was simply designed to look good. Now, with an overhaul, it performs well, too. Decent prices, hard-working gear, style: it's a winning range. 

Their running kit has reflective strips, too, meaning you can wear it on early morning or night-time runs and be easily seen. 

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Prism

Prism

Are you an exercise all-rounder? One day swimming, the next yoga, cycling the next? Prism is the answer to all of your exercise requirements. 

Their effortlessly good-looking fit kit is designed to be used in all exercise situations, from swimming, to running, to pilates. 

Seamless and sweat-wicking, it's high-performing gear that looks lush. Available in a pleasingly inclusive range of sizes, too. 

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Ernest Leoty

Ernest Leoty

We love the look of Ernest Leoty's workout kit. 

The activewear provides the impressive technical specs you want, but pairs it with classic French tailoring and fashion forward design. Sexy as all get out. 

Up to the task of most workouts, but their stretchiness make them especially suited to yoga or any exercise that involves contortions. 

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Arket

Arket

Nordic clothing brand makes seriously comfortable, warm, performance sports wear at mid-range prices. They're our go-to if you're wanting to workout in the cold. 

Their leggings are renowned for being long, so we'd recommend Arket for you tall ladies out there. 

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