Workout gear can be expensive, especially well-known brands with unique cuts and bold patterns. And it’s hard to justify spending so much on clothing that you sweat in and will slowly damage. It’s no secret that I’m a Nike fanatic, but I wouldn’t be able to afford an entire drawer filled with Nike gear. Part of what makes my workouts fun is mixing and matching gear to create bright outfits. I’m usually wearing one Nike piece with a few more affordable pieces. A friend of mine tweeted that she was looking for affordable options, and I jumped in to offer my favorites. She suggested that I share them with all of you.
Cory Vines for Tops — I reviewed the Essential Long Sleeve and was very impressed by the quality of the fabric. It’s soft, durable, and tight-fitting. I wear my Long Sleeve at least once per week as a base layer on a run. Racerback Tank ($25), Essential Long Sleeve ($35), Everyday Tee ($30)
Target for Sports Bras — I’ve mentioned before that I actually prefer the C9 sports bras to pricier brands. The Reversible Compression Racer is particularly supportive without feeling too tight. These bras also come in great colors. Reversible Compression Cami ($8-15), Reversible Compression Racer ($8-15)
Old Navy for Bottoms — A few well-known brands (ahem) have been called out recently for selling crops and tights made of see-through fabrics. Old Navy’s bottoms are far more affordable and are very opaque, even after many washes. Active Printed Compression Capris ($29), Active Compression Leggings ($29)
Joe Fresh for Outerwear — I especially like the colors and patterns Joe Fresh uses on its active outerwear. I own a bright green quarter-zip pullover that’s a perfect layering piece for outdoor workouts or post-workout errands. Zip Up Yoga Jacket ($19), Drawstring Tees ($16)