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2020 may have been the year we lived in our active and loungewear - but who says 2021 has to be any different?
And that's not a bad thing as a recent survey sponsored by Chobani Australia of more than 1,200 Aussies revealed that activewear can in fact be responsible for helping us be more motivated to eat healthier and be active. In fact, 30 percent of people said they were more inclined to eat healthier foods when wearing activewear.
So in that spirit, we've rounded up some of our favourites pieces around in the current activewear game to top up your workout (or not working out) wardrobe.
The Echt motto is "engineered for the modern day athlete", and they make good on it by creating multi-use clothes "that can be worn from the gym to brunch to the shops". They are based out of Melbourne – so shipping is super fast - and have an international following. They also have an online outlet that is always stacked with SALE items.
Perth-born brand STAX is another Aussie label that’s seen its popularity skyrocket, with the likes of Hailey Bieber, Ashley Graham, Olivia Culpo, Lucy Hale and The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco all wearing their threads. The brand specialises in matching activewear sets in block colours and have become something of a cult buy. They recently launched The Originals collection, with the Originals waffle sand crew selling out in 9 minutes. Their Umber tights from Premium Seamless V2 also sold out in 2 minutes! According to co-owner Matilda, their next huge launch, Premium Seamless V4 “is going to rock the industry”.
Top pick: The Best Black tights are a consistent best seller for $74.95-$79.95
Heading overseas UK brand Gymshark has grown a global cult following from its humble creation in a garage by a group of high school friends. Gymshark is a huge name in the activewear biz thanks to its functional and fashionable high quality designs. And in a huge win for Aussies, you'll no longer have to wait weeks for online orders to be shipped from the UK, with the opening of a new distribution centre in Melbourne cutting delivery down to less than three business days.
Under Armour's mission has been "to make you better through the relentless pursuit of science and innovation". They pride themselves on using top notch technology in their gear like the No-Slip Waistband that never moves or the Super-light HeatGear® fabric that delivers superior coverage without weighing you down, not to mention material that wicks sweat and dries really fast.
NZ label Clique uses 12.5 plastic bottles saved from landfill to make their limited edition compression tights. They’re super flattering and have a snug fit without feeling tight so they won’t slip down when you’re working out.
Top Pick: Limited Edition Hampton Compression tights for $92 - though if you miss out on them they've just launched a popping Bel Air collection, or stick with the staple Core Collection.
LSKD is an Australian-owned and operated brand that prides itself in producing high-quality functional sportswear with a street aesthetic. Launching in 2007, the brand is constantly evolving and 'challenging the status quo'. Their gear covers the three pillars of sport, fitness, and adventure.
Top pick: Rep Tights for $80 - we love the deep pockets and they are so stretchy and comfy.
Sydney-born activewear and streetwear brand P.E Nation has only been around since 2016, but it's successfully made a splash in the athleisure scene. It is a brand that is designed to suit any active lifestyle; providing a range of well-constructed, functional designs with a strong streetwear influence.
Top Pick: Baseline Endurance Leggings for $99
Nimble Activewear is a Bondi Beach based label that was launched in 2014 with the ethos that performance and comfort should never be at the expense of style. They offer premium comfortable fabrications in a fun range of super chic prints and colours.
Born in Vancouver, Canada in the 90s, Lululemon has since gone on to conquer the world of activewear. From its humble beginnings as a yoga wear brand, it now stocks designs for running, cycling, training and plenty more "sweaty pursuits".
Top Pick: Lululemon’s iconic Energy Bra in Cafe Au Lait for $79
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