Looking for something stylish to work out in? Here are the best places to buy gym clothing and activewear online.
Just because you are going to get sweaty, doesn’t mean you can’t look good, right? What better motivation is there to hit the gym or make it to a yoga class than to debut your new workout gear?
You can do it in style thanks to these online retailers that offer fashionable, and functional, activewear.
Are you looking for specific activewear?
Top sites to buy gym gear and activewear online
Guide: What to wear for different activities
If you're new to fitness you may not be sure what the essentials are for getting started. Here's a quick rundown of the must-haves.
Activewear for the gym and running
Your main requirements here are a good sweatshirt, shorts or track pants, and runners. A water bottle and towel are also a good bet.
Breathe Miler SS Top
2XU X-VENT Vaporise Mesh-Panelled Shell Running Shorts
Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 Men's Trail Running Shoes
Anna Fit Leaf Printed Sports Bra
Power 7/8 Workout Leggings
Asics Gel Superion Women's Running Shoes
Activewear for yoga
Look for yoga pants, crops and a good non-slip yoga mat. As you progress towards becoming a fully-fledged yogi, you can invest in yoga blocks and straps.
Nike Dri-FIT Miler Cool
Nike Elite Powerup Shorts
Puma Sportstyle Drink Bottle
Hannah Fit Spacedye Yoga Set
Garudasana Yoga Capris
Favourite Yoga Mat
Swimming and surfing
A good-quality, comfortable swimsuit or pair of swimming trunks are the main things to purchase. Beyond that, consider a swimming cap, goggles and flippers.
Arena Solid Max Life Swimming Jammers
Santa Cruz Cali Dot Wetsuit Vest
Speedo Fastskin Elite Mirror Swim Goggles
Speedo Snapper Lines Leaderback One-Piece
Free Dive Swimsuit
Land and Sea Fiji Snorkel Set
Which of these retailers offers free delivery?
Nothing feels better when shopping online than realising you’ll get your goods delivered to your door – for free. Many online retailers ship for free when your order exceeds a certain amount.
- THE ICONIC: Orders over $50
- Target: Orders over $39
- Lorna Jane: Free shipping to Australia
- ASOS: Orders over $40
- Free People: Orders over $100
- City Beach: Orders over $75
- David Jones: Orders over $50. All orders are shipped for free for American Express and David Jones store cardholders
- Boohoo: Free standard shipping on all orders
- Missguided: Orders over $80
- Onsport.com.au: Orders over $75
- SurfStitch: Free express and standard shipping for orders over $25
- Sporting House Direct: Orders over $80
- Hallenstein Brothers: Orders over $50
- Mr Porter: Orders over £200
Which are the cheapest of these stores to buy activewear online?
After a bargain? Look for stores that have a sales section to get the best deals.
Sporting House Direct is an online outlet store, when means you can expect outlet prices when shopping online.
Bonds online store offers the Bonds in-house label at a lower price point in comparison with other big name brands.
SurfStitch's activewear sections are reasonably priced in the $40–$80 range, and you can often find coupon codes for THE ICONIC.
Stores such as David Jones and City Beach have frequent sales. Look out for David Jones sales on bras and underwear; it's the perfect time to stock up on sports bras, which normally can be quite expensive.
Missguided and Boohoo also offer extensive clearance sections where you can find some great deals.
Where can I buy plus-size activewear?
Activewear is for everyone. Here's who's selling fashionable gym gear online for curvy women and broader men:
Destination XL: Men's activewear and golf clothing available for sizes XL–7XLT
Missguided: Activewear available up to size 14, swimwear available up to size 24
New Look: Dedicated activewear section with sizes 18–32
City Chic: Swimwear in sizes 14+ available but no gym wear
Autograph Fashion: Swimwear in sizes 14–16 but no gym wear
M&S: Activewear section includes sizes up to 42
ASOS: Swimwear in sizes 18–30 but no activewear
Yours Clothing: Swimwear available in sizes 12–24 and a very restricted line of sporty crops
Millers: Swimwear available in sizes 14–22 but no activewear
Running Bare: Activewear in sizes 10–22.
Where can I buy stylish exercise and dance gear?
This is, of course, a matter of preference, but both THE ICONIC and Free People pride themselves on selling beautiful clothing, and this extends to their activewear sections. Their exercise gear is so chic, you'll want to where it all the time.
In late 2015, you'll get another option to choose from: Beyonce x Topshop. They're collaborating together to start a new exercise clothing brand, so you can get #FLAWLESSS while dressing like Queen Bey.
What do I need to look out for when buying exercise gear?
Function should always be an important factor when selecting activewear. Most online retailers offer a refund or exchange if something doesn’t fit. This is particularly important when buying items such as running shoes. Make sure when you try them on, you do so indoors, and don’t damage or otherwise alter the original state of the product.
Bulky items, like exercise equipment, might take longer to arrive or incur inflated shipping costs. Make sure you read the product description before purchasing, or consult the shipping page for more information.
Which websites will let me return gym gear if it doesn't fit?
The clothes you exercise in have to be the perfect fit; there's no point going for a run if your shorts are too loose. Be aware of the returns policy before you press the pay button.
THE ICONIC has one of the best returns policies around. It's free, it's valid for 100 days, and you can either get a full refund, or a 110% store credit.
SurfStitch gives you 100 days to change your mind (30 days on return items), and if you've spent over $99, it's free. David Jones lets you exchange items in-store.
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Feature image: Lorna Jane