Spending $100 for a pair of leggings or $50 for a sports bra just isn’t in the budget for many of us. Thankfully, lots of stores now offer activewear options in beautiful designs and extended sizes for a fraction of the price of more expensive brands. This is perfect for people like me, who like to wear activewear as streetwear or just while relaxing at home. Or for those who want affordable pieces they can mix and match to create many different looks.
That being said, below is a list of some of the best places to purchase affordable activewear and workout apparel to add to your collection. But be careful, you may end up buying much more than you intended!
J.C. Penney offers a large and stylish selection of activewear options that are very reasonably priced. Their styles tend to be feminine but not overly revealing or trendy. Some of the brands they carry include Nike, Adidas, Champion, Fila, and Puma. They also offer their own brand called Xersion which includes colorful leggings and sports bras. Many of their activewear options come in multiple size ranges including petites, misses, and plus sizes.
Most activewear items are $30 or less.
T.J. Maxx & Marshalls
Although T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are two different retailers, they both offer deep discounts on tons of different activewear brands in a wide variety of styles and colors. Since their inventory changes frequently you can always find an updated selection of items. Some of the brands they offer include Reebok, Free People Movement, Max Studio, and New Balance.
Most activewear tops and bottoms are under $20.
Shein offers one of the biggest and most affordable collections out there with over 4,000 products listed in their activewear section. Thankfully their website offers tons of different search options and filters to help narrow your choices. Their style selection includes everything from modest to ultra-sexy. They also offer a large plus-size selection and returns are free for those in the U.S.A. Just be careful, depending on the piece, the quality can be iffy.
Most bottoms are $5-20 and the majority of sports bras are less than $10.
Target offers a smaller but well-rounded collection of cute styles (including some nice matching sets). Some of their best items are from their own brands like Joy Lab and All In Motion which carry a one-year return policy. Their items are not overly revealing but just enough to be pretty and feminine. They also offer plus-size and maternity options along with free return shipping for mail orders.
Many bottoms are under $30 and most tops are $25 or less (depending on the brand).
Old Navy offers over 700 activewear items in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. Unlike other stores, you can search their leggings by compression level. And their user-friendly website makes it extremely easy to find your size which includes petite, plus size, and maternity options. Like Target, they offer cute matching sets and returns by mail are free.
Most items are $40 or less when regularly priced and less than $30 when on sale.
Nordstrom Rack & Sacks Off 5th
Both Nordstrom Rack and Saks off 5th offer a large collection of discounted designer items with a frequently changing inventory. Nordstrom Rack has a massive selection with over 3,000 items in its activewear section. Some of the brands they carry include Nike, Free People, Adidas, and Puma. Saks off 5th is a little more expensive and has a slightly smaller selection with over 900 items. But you can still find great deals on brands like Kensie, Calvin Klein, Spiritual Gangster, and other high-end designers.
Varies widely by brand but many styles are under $20.
Victoria’s Secret doesn’t have a huge selection, but they do offer a well-chosen collection of activewear in feminine colors and styles. Like Target, they offer cute matching sets and their styles are sexy but not over the top. Their sports bra collection is a little bigger than most and includes some beautiful styles you won’t see elsewhere. They also offer free returns by mail.
Most leggings and sports bras are $40 or less when full price but you can find better deals during sales.
Kohl’s offers a large collection of over 2,000 different items. Some of the brands they carry include Adidas, Under Armour, Champion, Nike, and Tek Gear (which is their own brand). I don’t find Kohl’s activewear to be as colorful as other brands and it’s harder to find matching sets. But on the bright side, their coupons and sales are amazing and they have a large assortment of athletic shoes.
Most active tops are $25 or less and most bottoms are $30-40 when full-price.
Aerie offers a smaller collection of activewear but they are extremely popular due to their extended size options, cute styles, and pretty colors. Their sports bra collection is also larger than most. The only downside is that the majority of their leggings are high-waisted and they don’t mention anything about their compression level.
Many leggings are $49.95 when full price but less than $40 when on sale. Sports bras are normally $34.95 but less than $25 when on sale.
Macy’s offers a large collection of over 2,000 activewear items. Some of the brands they carry include Champion, Adidas, Nike, and Under Armour. They also offer designer items by Calvin Klein, DKNY, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger. And like Kohl’s, they have a great selection of athletic shoes to complete your activewear look. Like Victoria’s Secret, they are currently offering free returns by mail.
Leggings and sports bras are typically $35-60 when full price but less than $30 when on sale.
Amazon offers a huge selection of activewear in a variety of cute styles and colors. Along with well-known brands, they carry items sold by smaller companies and independent sellers. Some may find their large offering overwhelming, but reading reviews can help you narrow it down. Also, those who are Prime members can get free 2-day shipping on many items along with free returns. And as a bonus, you can earn 5% back on purchases if you use your Amazon credit card.
Varies by brand but many options are $30 or less.
Know any other great places to save money on activewear? Please let me know in the comments!