Athleisure has become one of the trendiest areas of clothing as of late for a few substantial reasons. First off — it’s super comfortable to wear. It’s basically made up of the stylistic love child of workout gear and loungewear — making it easy to move in, breathable and perfect for wearing on nearly every casual occasion. Grocery store haul? Athleisure. Morning yoga class? Athleisure works. Airplane ride? If you don’t wear athleisure… what are you doing?
It’s mostly comprised of joggers, well-fitting sweatshirts, leggings, cloth sneakers and soft tops that can double as high-performance in the gym and utilitarian during long working hours. The clothing is not strictly made for the gym, nor is it shapeless like loungewear is. It’s somewhere in the middle — in a beautiful, convenient and fashionable place.
We’ve gathered some of the best women’s athleisure out there that’s been tried and tested from sneakers to sweats and more.
1. Colorfulkoala Store Women’s High-Waisted Leggings
These high-waisted leggings pass the squat test and will make it through countless vinyasas, grocery runs, airplane rides and stretch sessions. They’re a women’s athleisure staple due to the soft, flexible fabric that’s breathable and compressing at the same time. It’s made of 75% polyester and 25% spandex that combine for a form-fitting, flattering fabric hug. They also include a waistband pocket for your phone or keys while you’re on the move, and compliment all types of curves and body shapes.
Pros: Flexible, breathable fabric blend, colorful patterns, form-fitting and comfortable compression.
Cons: The stitching around the crotch may be bothersome for some users.
Colorfulkoala Store Women's High-Waisted Leggings
2. New Balance Women’s FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker
These sneakers from New Balance are the perfect athleisure footwear because they’re athletically-inclined but also a more attractive fashion statement than other sneaker options. They’ve got midsole cushioning that’s lightweight and responsive as well as a NB Memory Sole that’s made for wearing anywhere. They’ve got a trendy bootie design that takes the regular sneaker look up a notch and adds a chunky feel to your typical shoe. They’re available in a wide range of colors and styles, but the all-black option is what we recommend style-wise.
Pros: Designed for performance and fashion, comes in a wide range of colors, comfortable and supportive soles.
Cons: The sides and sole of the shoe are not firm — so they’re comfortable but not as rigid or structured as some users may want.
New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker
3. Lemedy Women’s Sports Bra Top
This sports bra/yoga top from Lemedy is a perfect loungewear piece because it’s sort of like wearing a bra but is much more comfortable. It’ll hold everything in place during activity and is a comfortable top to wear with high-waisted leggings, joggers and other athleisure bottoms. It has removable pads for convenience and a soft cotton-like material that’s breathable and comforting at the same time. It’s made with moisture-wicking high-performance fabric and is highly elastic so it fits most body types well.
Pros: Performance fabric, comfortable, bra/top hybrid, removable cups.
Cons: The white fabric may reveal the cups in certain lighting.
4. Dr. Scholl’s Madison Sneaker
These sneakers from Dr. Scholl’s are perfect for an athleisure outfit looking to tow a perfect balance between attire for yoga class and street style. Pair these with the leggings above and a nice pull-over wrap and you’re in business. Their insoles are designed with Be Free energy technology that contains three distinct comfort zones along the foot and a super soft collar lining. They have a stylish fabric exterior and rubber sidewalls for support. They’re also available in a wide range of colors, including grey pictured below.
Pros: Super comfortable, stylish design, neutral enough to pair with a variety of outfits.
Cons: Feet can get overheated due to the fabric exterior.
Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker
5. HIYIYEZI Women Casual Tunic Top
This casual tunic top is perfect for throwing on over a pair of leggings for comfort cozy vibes before yoga, after a workout or during a chill night on the couch. The material is unlined, lightweight and can be paired with jeans, leggings, joggers or shorts. It’s a flattering design for a wide range of body shapes and comes in more than 30 colors and patterns.
Pros: Flattering cut for most body shapes, lightweight material, pullover design makes it warm but not form-fitting.
Cons: Has to be hung dry.