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Fashionable Fitness: The Best Sportswear for Women

28 July 2020By Holly Overton

The right workout gear can go a long way to motivating you to drag yourself out for a run, to the gym or even inspire you to do a home workout. It's worth remembering not all technical clothing is made the same, with some better suited to low-impact activities such as yoga, while higher impact workouts require more structure and stability.

Shop our guide to the best women's summer sportswear to buy now.

The Best Sports Bras For Women

Sweaty Betty Stamina Sports Bra

Close-fitting with plenty of support thanks to the thick shoulder straps and underband, this Stamina sports bra has substantial elasticity to provide ample support for more rigorous workouts.

£35 from Sweaty Betty


Vaara Roo Crossover-back Sports Bra

Vaara's Roo sports bra features a flattering curved neckline with a cross-strap back. It's a stylish option for low impact sports and perfect for your morning pilates.

£95 from MatchesFashion


Adidas by Stella McCartney Sports Bra

A great choice for high-impact works outs, this bra provides plenty of support and security while conforming to high standards in comfort and wear.

£22 from The Outnet

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The Best Sports Tops for Women

Lululemon Swiftly Racerback

A barely-there light summer tank top that doesn't soak up the smell of sweat. Perfect for both light and intense workouts, it is weightless and one worth considering for long endurance training. This racerback is easy to clean, featuring Lululemon's Silverescent® technology fabric which inhibits odour-producing bacteria growing on the fabric.

$58 from Lululemon


PRISM² Intuitive Tank Top

For an eco-friendly piece that withstands the harsh elements of one-wear-one-wash that follows a high intensity workout, this PRISM tank top does just that. It's tight fitting for extra support, though requires a thorough wash as i's made of technical jersey.

£65, matchesfashion.com


Nike Pro Women's Mesh Tank

This all-mesh, lightweight tank top from Nike is another great summer staple. With no irritating seams to cause chaffing and an easy to wash, robust fabric, there's durability in this Nike tank that will see it stand the test of time.

£22 from Nike


The Best Gym Shorts For Women

Live The Process geometric black stretch-jersey shorts

These super high-waisted shorts offer a sculpted silhouette with a wide elasticated waistband and geometric panels. Team with a crop top for less sweat-inducing workouts.

£100, ssense.com


Fendi FF-jacquard Stretch-jersey Bike Shorts

For the finest athleisure, these Fendi bike shorts and more about form and style. Perfect for low intensity workouts or casual wear, they are flattering though don't have the sweat-wicking technical fabric suited for more sweat-inducing workouts.

£250 from Matchesfashion


The Upside Zebra Shorts

These single layer shorts with an elasticated waistband are lightweight and best suited for warm-weather training. With a well-elasticated waistband and a flattering cut, these are faultless running shorts suitable for all.

£100 from Matchesfashion