Whether practicing yoga, biking, running, taking a HIIT class, boxing, or more, we make it easy to find the best activewear for your greatest sweat-sesh yet. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab puts all types of workout clothes to the test in Lab and with consumer testers. They evaluate sports bras, workout leggings, sneakers and more to find the most comfortable workout gear for every activity.

In the Lab, fiber scientists test shrinkage, moisture-wicking capabilities, stretch recovery and more, while our testers wear the gear while exercising to give real user feedback on fit and comfort. In the latest workout clothes tests, experts evaluated over 10,000 data points and evaluated feedback from over 100 testers before making these recommendations for the top tested brands and best workout clothes:


Best Overall Workout Clothes for Women





Popular for its wide range of workout clothes designed specifically for women, Athleta’s leggings, sports bras, and swimwear have aced our evaluations. In the top tested Elation tight, the Powervita fabric hugs your curves, ideal for yoga and barre. Reviewers rave that their leggings are durable and stay in place no matter the activity. We also love that the sports bras offer excellent support for cup sizes A-DD. For trendy workout clothes that can be worn from the gym to brunch, Athleta continues to impress.