Fashion

22 New Activewear Pieces To Update Your Workout Look In 2021

By Sammy Preston
21st Feb 2021

A model wearing Adam Selman Sport activewear at a tennis court.

There’s no denying it now—activewear is a style category all of its own.

Far from its gym junkie roots, you could blame this fashion evolution on 2020 and all the time we spent wearing leggings while never leaving the house. 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.

Last year, sustainable activewear came into its own (suss our favourite planet-friendly labels here). This year, activewear is embracing inclusivity via adaptive fashion—creating styles that are fit for all humans, especially those with disabilities. Fashion has also infiltrated activewear, delivering fancy silhouettes, and a lingerie-inspired sub-category called, wait for it, “leisureé” has also emerged.

So, whether you’re looking to sweat stylishly or just vibe a bit of sporty attire on the daily, here’s what’s new and trending in activewear for 2021.

Fresh Fashion Cut-Outs

Who says activewear can't be high fashion? In 2021, this section of your wardrobe is getting a welcome hit of design via cool cut-outs and intriguing shapes. Nope, probably not the best for that HIIT class or your weekend 10km run, but yes, you will look super sleek at that lunch catchup or on a casual coastal walk with friends. The vibe is a bit Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element and we dig it. 

Koral Favor Infinity Tie Detailed Crop

Price: $124

Le Ore Sorrento Asymmetric Mock Neck Crop

Price: $86

P.E Nation In Swing Fashion Crop

Price: $119

Girlfriend Collective One Shoulder Crop

Price: $55

Leisureé

This feminine spin on activewear has been kicking around for a few years, but thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of loungewear, lingerie, and activewear in 2020, it seems leisureé (a pleasing combo of all three) is back in a big way right now. 

Adam Selman Sport Bonded Active Bra

Price: $99.99

Onzie La Femme Floral Bra

Price: $66

Good American Corset Leggings

Price: $159 $80

Workout Layers

From puffer jackets to slick, stylish running jackets, cool belt bags, and luxury hoodies—layering is no longer a fashion code strictly applied to your winter wardrobe. Whether you're dressing up for the gym, or heading to a brunch with mates, complete your sporty style mood with these athletic-inspired layers. 

Lululemon LAB Revera 1/2 Zip

Price: $189

adidas By Stella McCartney Yellow Sweatshirt

Price: $200

Reebok X Victoria Beckham Belt Bag

Price: $168

adidas X IVY PARK Faux Fur Coat

Price: $480

Isabel Marant Etoile Moby Sweatshirt

Price: $350

Asics Airy Woven Long Jacket

Price: $120

Sporty Sneakers 24/7

Rather than rocking your AF1s at lunch and saving your Air Zooms for Pilates, in 2021, it’s totally above-board to wear those athletic sneakers all day, every day. It’s great news for the well-being of your feet, backed up by ultra-cool-looking performance-based kicks dropping en masse this year. Suss these powerful running shoes—perfect for a marathon or rolling around on the weekend. 

Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next

Price: $270

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Price: $180

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v11

Price: $180

Nike Air Zoom Superrep 2

Price: $170

Adaptive And Active

Right now, there are around one billion people experiencing some form of disability—that's roughly 15% of the world's population. Devastatingly, fashion has historically left out this significant group of people. However, along with the industry's shift to sustainability and size inclusivity has come a growing focus on adaptive style. Enter: adaptive activewear.

Nike very recently made major waves with its hands-free Nike GO FlyEase adaptive sneaker, and on the home front, Every Human has been leading the way. It's a new space and we cannot wait to see more. 

IZ Adaptive Faux Leather Leggings 

Price: $155

Nike GO FlyEase

Coming Soon

Activewear All-In-One

It's probably one of the boldest activewear trends floating around at the moment, but yep, ballet-inspired unitards are cool right now. It might not be for everyone, but we will say this—at least you don't have to worry about coordinating your top and tights. Check out these cool activewear onesies. 

adidas X IVY PARK Catsuit

Price: $220

Le Ore Verona Catsuit

Price: $125

Girlfriend Collective The Unitard

Price: $122

Now, check out six of the sickest kicks dropping this month

Image credit: Adam Selman Sport

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