I always have my radar up for new fitness fashions to try. This list has a few of my favorite places to find new brands and new styles, not to mention the occasional great deal. If you’ve never checked out some of the stockists on this list, consider this post your public service announcement.
C38 is quickly becoming the gold standard of high-end fitness wear stockists. Their site is devoted exclusively to luxury activewear, gravitating toward the more expensive brands, including ultra-luxury brands like Lucas Hugh. They carry a range of brands including recognizable names like Alo, Beyond Yoga, Teeki, Lorna Jane, and Splits59, to lesser-known labels like Nimble Activewear, Vimmia, and SukiShufu. They add new brands to their pretty regularly, and I’ve discovered a ton of new names from their site. I also really appreciate that C38 uses fitness instructors for their photo shoot instead of your typical fashion models. Also, returns are free, yay!
Evolve Fit Wear
Evolve has been around for a while, and they’ve built up a pretty sizable online shop. They carry a range of brands, mostly focusing on brands that are in the moderately to slightly high price range (almost everything is <$100). Evolve is definitely a bit biased toward the yoga side of things, but plenty of what they stock is useful for just about any type of fitness. Returns will cost you a few bucks, but the minimum for free shipping is pretty low at $75.
Bandier started as a brick-and-mortar NYC store and only very recently launched their online shop. Bandier’s schtick is pretty similar to Carbon38: luxe brands at higher price points. They carry a really nice variety of brands and I really like the clean layout of their site. Returns are free here, too.
For the second half of this list, these are some general retailers that have killer activewear sections:
As far as retailer quality is concerned, it’s hard to beat Nordstrom. Their customer service and return policy are top-notch. Despite Nordstrom’s reputation for being a luxury brand, their selection is actually on the cheaper side compared to the others in this list. The brands they carry veer a little more toward the sporty side, including iconic sport brands like Nike, Under Armor, and The North Face, though they do carry a handful of smaller, more indie brands. And of course, Nordstrom is also home to their own popular activewear line, Zella.
ShopBop is staying pretty competitive with their activewear section, incorporating quite a few up-and-comers and super-luxe brands. Quite a bit of loungewear is sprinkled throughout as well. Their sale section sometimes includes items that are pretty hard to find at a discount elsewhere. Fast, free shipping and free returns are a huge plus, too.
Revolve’s fitness selection is pretty formidable. They include quite a few brands that aren’t stocked by other retails previously on this list, like Maaji and Pink Lotus. If you’re new to Revolve, you get 10% off your first order. Their free express shipping and free returns make them even more appealing.
Bonus! Here are a couple more sites that might be worth checking out for you, too, although their selections aren’t necessarily as strong as some of the others:
B-Fly Activewear has a pretty good selection of brands, but I didn’t put them on my main list because the stocking seems a little less consistent than the others. Still, they have a nice array of brands to choose from.
Six:02 is a branch of Foot Locker exclusively dedicated to women’s fitness. Their online shop includes clothing as well as accessories and shoes. The brands they carry online are more sporty brands than luxe brands, like Asics and Nike, but apparently there’s more variety at their brick-and-mortar locations. They just opened one up here in AZ, so I will be paying them a visit next time I am in the area.
Free People’s FP Movement section is devoted just to activewear. True to FP form, the styles here have a slightly more boho and feminine vibe. They also have their own line, FP Movement, which is available exclusively on their site.
Urban Outfitters’ Without Walls section includes a big dose of their in-house Without Walls line, as well as quite a few others like Adidas, Teeki, and Alo.
Anthropologie rounds out the list with their active section. They carry a lot of the same brands as the previous two, but the styles they stock have a bit more of a feminine, yoga/lounge focus.