Under $50 Activewear that’s actually cute

I’ve spent thousands on activewear to keep me motivated to hit the gym every morning. I’m obsessed with Koral, Alala, APL…and given how often they release new items it’s hard not to continuously splurge. Not every activewear purchase, however, needs to be a splurge! There are a number of brands that make totally cute items, for a lot less.

I recently wrote about how Australian brands are now huge in the activewear space; the brands I featured are for the most part on the pricey side, but not all of them are. Checkout Cotton On, for example. They have hundred of items to choose from, many of which are $10-$25. I love their prints! They also make solid-colored men’s activewear.

I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price at Gap. It seems they always have some sort of sale going on and a ton of activewear options to choose from, all of which in my experience wash really well. Note Gap sizing runs big (I’m usually an S, but with Gap I’m XS).

Target stocks a bunch of activewear brands, but C9 Champion is the best in my opinion. Pretty much everything is under $29.99 and all the items I’ve tried feel great. The brand gets brownie points because their sizing, like Gap, runs big so I always feel “smaller” when wearing something from them.

The thing I have found with Old Navy is that the quality isn’t great. Items will start to pill or smell quicker than they will with other brands, but like Gap they’re always having a sale which makes their pieces super affordable. If you’re the kind of person who wants quantity over quality (and there’s nothing wrong with that!) I would check them out, especially because they have a lot of nice styles.

Skinny Tees is known for their bandeau workout tops, which you can get for as little as $15. If this is your style, they have dozens of options!

RBX Active makes a mix of fashion-forward and staple activewear items (think everything from black leggings to bright florals and mixed panels).

Arctic Cool gives you the “tech” for less. It’s a line of fitness apparel that has cooling technology
built into the fabric – basically a s your body starts to sweat, the fabric begins to cool down to keep you comfortable. The styles are pretty basic so they’re great to mix in with your bolder pieces.


  1. January 12, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Hi! Would it be possible for you to please hyperlink both the word “Arctic,” and the words, “Arctic Cool,” as the brand is “Arctic Cool?”

    Thank you so very much!

    Bianca Bucaram and the Arctic Cool Team.

  2. January 15, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Wow! I love that beautiful activewear. Beautiful and affordable. Skinny tees that are just $15 are nothing but really great!

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