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The Best Workout Clothes for Women

author image Trinity Perkins
Trinity Perkins is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She recently completed her Master of Science in health education from Kaplan University. She is a certified personal trainer and performance nutrition specialist.
The Best Workout Clothes for Women
Exercise clothes for active women. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Comfort, dryness, durability and style are important characteristics for women's workout clothes. The best workout clothes are designed to work with the natural curves of a woman's body for ease of movement during all styles of exercise. Bright colors and different fabrics can make workout clothes more appealing than the traditional t-shirt and shorts.


Lululemon was founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson and first shared its retail shop with a yoga studio--thus came the inspiration to design and sell women's exercise clothing such as shirts, pants, shorts, socks and jackets. Wilson felt that the cotton clothing most commonly used for exercise clothes was inappropriate and thus decided to make his clothes with more technical fabrics. Luon is Lululemon's signature fabric. It has breathable coverage, a cotton-like feel and four-way stretch for freedom of movement for all styles of exercise. Another technical Lululemon fabric is pima, made from a blend of cotton with extra long fibers for durability--up to five years of wear without losing its shape. Lycra prevents clothing from bagging or losing its shape after machine washes. All seams are stitched to be chafe resistant for ease of movement and comfort, the manufacturer says.

Lucy Activewear

Lucy's passion is to design fashion-forward exercise clothing that will inspire active women to take their fitness to a higher level. Performance, fashion, innovation and style are the core principles that inspire the mix of high-tech fabrics, precision fits and bright colors of Lucy Activewear. Clothes come in three lengths--long, medium and short--three fits and various levels of compression. Fits are loose for low-impact movement, fitted for wide ranges of movement or compressive for high-intensity activities. Lucy’s fabric offers functional features such as odor protection, moisture wicking, water resistance and four-way stretch. All garments are made with one of five signature fabrics, all providing quick-dry performance, stretch and long-lasting wear. Performance fabrics include Lucy Power--great for gym and yoga; Lucy Tech--moisture protection; Lucy Powermax--Lycra fabric for maximum compression; Lucy Flex--perfect for outdoor activities; and Lucy Truetek--ultra-violet protection that is great for high-impact activities.


Danskin began in 1882 as a family-owned business that sold tights, tutus and leotards to New York City's dancers. Today, Danskin designs and sells fashionable and functional dancewear, active wear and casual clothing for women. Clothing is made with high-performance fabrics that feature smoothing compression, moisture blocking capabilities, anti-microbial properties and UV protection. Garments are divided into five collections, with a variety of clothing specific to different styles of exercise. Danskin's Tech Elements Collection is comprised of tops, bras and bottoms with features such as convenient stash pockets, inner liners for dryness and odor prevention. The Triathalon Collection is made with fabrics that are chlorine resistant, antibacterial and sown with flatlock seaming to prevent scratching. The Prima Collection is made from lightweight fabrics that move with your body. These casual pieces can even be added to your daily wardrobe--similar to the Active Basics Collection. The Dance Collection is a trendy assortment of leotards, skirts, pants and tops designed to work with any style of dance.

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