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17 Of The Best Activewear Brands To Shop In 2024

By Sammy Preston and Phoebe Youl

There’s no denying it now—activewear is a style category all of its own. Far from its gym junkie roots, the truth is, this sporty lifestyle category is simply key to a modern wardrobe.

Fuss-free, easy, and cool, it’s denim’s more comfortable sibling and the good news is, there are stacks of labels playing the field these days, giving you ample opportunity to make that whole tights-and-a-crop look all your own. So, whether you’re looking to sweat stylishly or just vibe a bit of sporty attire on the daily, here are Urban Lists picks of the best activewear brands you need to add to your collection in 2024. 

The Best Activewear Brands To Shop In 2024

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Girlfriend Collective

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Image Credit: Girlfriend Collective | Instagram

Ethically made activewear gets a major tick from us. That’s why we’re huge fans of Girlfriend Collective, who make their stunning activewear pieces out of recycled materials. Their minimal tonal designs are such a vibe and we honestly want a set in every colour. As they say, trash looks miles better on you than it does destroying the planet.


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Image Credit: Lululemon | Instagram

For over 23 years Lululemon has been absolutely killing it in providing the best yoga clothes and activewear around the globe. Lululemon leggings are pricey but trust us, they’ll be on high rotation for years—there is a reason they are consistently voted number one. Also hot tip: they really back their products so if they don’t stand up to the task—i.e. you notice any rips or breaks—you can bring them back and they’ll give you a new pair.

On Running

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Image Credit: On Running | Instagram

Known for their line of technologically innovative footwear, On Running has recently extended their offering into a curated edit of apparel. Specifically designed with runners, hikers and explorers in mind, there’s everything from perfectly fitting running shorts to wet-weather gear on offer.

Alo Yoga

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Image Credit: Alo Yoga | Instagram

Despite the name, Alo Yoga doesn’t just specialise in yoga pants. You can find activewear for both men and women, whether that be for cardio, barre, pilates or running. The price might seem steep but trust us, the quality is insane and we’re in love with all the cute styles, available in eye-catching prints and colours.

Cotton On Body

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Image Credit: Cotton On Body | Instagram

We can’t go to Cotton On’s site without stocking up on a few of their activewear goods. They’re so cheap, but surprisingly long-lasting, which is great because they have a massive range of cuts in some seriously adorable colours and prints so we might just have to buy them all.


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Image Credit: Nike | Instagram

Think sportswear, and Nike is bound to be one of the first brands that comes to mind, and for good reason—they’ve been at the forefront of activewear for decades and are the go-to for athletes around the world. You’ll be pretty much in the same league as Aussie Athletes Sam Kerr, Tayla Harris and Ben Simmons just by getting kitted out in Nike, right?


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Image Credit: Stax | Instagram

Stax might just be the active brand of the moment right now, so if you’ve managed to get your hands on a pair of these on-trend seamless designs we’re jealous. High quality, must-have colours and supreme fits in inclusive sizes—it’s not hard to see why these sell out.

The Upside

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Image Credit: The Upside | Instagram

When thinking of women’s athleisure, you should be thinking of The Upside. Yes, it’s high quality and looks great but we also love that their stuff is made with sustainability in mind, using organic cotton and recycled materials. Plus, with every transaction a dollar is donated to the Cambodian Children’s trust.


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Image Credit: Tracksmith | Instagram

An indie running brand, Tracksmith was designed with a deeply preppy aesthetic in mind. Their gear will not only make you feel great on every run thanks to the thoughtfully designed products, but will ensure you look the part too.

Nimble Activewear

Nimble Activewear is an Aussie brand making waves for its sustainable active threads. They’re super comfortable and their designs are bang on trend, so be warned you might just need to buy one in every colour once you’ve slipped these beauties on.


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Image Credit: Adidas | Instagram

Another classic and iconic activewear brand is Adidas. With their high-quality and stylish pieces, ranging from runners to jumpers, you’ll be ready to conquer the court (or whatever other sport you do). 

P.E Nation

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Image Credit: P.E Nation | Instagram

Created in Sydney by fashion legends Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, P.E Nation combines the premium functionality of activewear with the style and flair of streetwear—so rest assured you’ll look like a total badass while feeling 100% supported when you’re smashing out a bajillion burpees.


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Image Credit: LNDR | Instagram

Made with cutting-edge technology and a self-professed attitude towards quality and fit, the activewear experts at LNDR pour time and consideration into every garment. The dedication to quality can be seen in the fact that it can take up to 20 times longer to knit LNDR seamless leggings, for instance, compared to other brands.

Under Armour

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You’ll see some of the best athletes in the world repping Under Armour, so you know their goods can stand up to the toughest tasks. No matter your sport of choice, their no-fuss designs have you covered, and better yet these pieces are all super affordable.

Outdoor Voices

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Image Credit: Outdoor Voices | Instagram

Famed for their collection of on-trend and alternative workout pieces, including their cult Exercise Dress, Outdoor Voices has long been the choice of activewear for those in the know. While the brand itself doesn’t ship direct to Australia, thankfully a few select retailers now stock the brand making it available to shop from our shores.

Free People Movement

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Image Credit: Free People Movement | Instagram

The activewear dedicated line from fashion retailer Free People, Movement is all about celebrating and encouraging an active lifestyle. With a unique selection of products on offer, the range has everything from hiking specific gear to yoga and running essentials covered.

dk active

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Image Credit: dk active | Instagram

From Brisbane, dk active is the size-inclusive, ethical activewear brand that is manufactured locally using solar power. The brand is deeply invested in circular fashion working with Textile Recyclers to minimize waste across the board and pieces are made using recycled materials. As well as all their planet-friendly cred, dk active makes seriously good tights, bike shorts, and crops that will go the distance with you.

Image credit: Nike Instagram | Girlfriend Collective Instagram | Adidas Instagram

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