I love the look of fancy Lululemon workout garb. But I can’t wrap my mind around forking over more than I’d typically spend on a cute dress for something that I’ll simply sweat in.
Luckily, several of the same stores that I scour for everyday clothes at great prices are also awesome sources for fashionable, functional, wallet-friendly workout wear -- including stores like Nordstrom Rack (which now has anonline store!) for scoring big-name brands like Puma at extra-palatable prices. It’s also worth checking out stores/sites like Lucy and Nike.com -- you can often find killer steals in their clearance sections.
In addition to looking great, these items also often sport many of the features you’d expect from higher-end brands, such as built-in sports bras, moisture-wicking fabrics, and tiny pockets for keys.
When it comes to pants, make sure you do a bend-over test in the dressing room for opaqueness. As we recently learned, this is a crucial test with fancy-pants brands like Lululemon as well. There’s nothing worse than worrying about a peek-a-boo scenario while trying to perfect your downward dog.
Here are three hot workout outfits under $50 to get you started, whether your mission is to look as fly as the ladies in your Soulcycle class, or to find shiny new inspiration to hit the gym.