Active wear is officially EVERYWHERE. So much so that people are wearing it to the mall, to fetch their children from school, or just to hang out.
In case you’re wondering, active wear is defined as “casual clothing that was initially designed for gym purposes”. So whether you are actually going to work out, or just want to pretend you came from the gym, we’ve found the 8 best places to get cute, unique and of course, functional, active wear in South Africa.
Movepretty is a home-grown range of athleisure wear. The clothes are designed by 2 South African women — a triathlete and a fashion designer, so you know active wear from Movepretty is going to look and feel amazing.
Movepretty has recently partnered with Hi-Tec where both brands showcase their ranges that boast sleek, minimalist feminine designs. If you’re looking for style, comfort and functionality, keep an eye out for the range.
Mermaids and Unicorns
Let’s face it, the little girl inside all of us, never quite grows up. We still believe in unicorns and mermaids, so why shouldn’t our active wear reflect that?
Enter Mermaids & Unicorns — another proudly South African active wear brand started by 2 friends in Durban. We love their nod to whimsy and childlike approach to fashion and working out. Trust us, browse their site, you’ll find a limited edition print and pattern made especially for you.
(And their fun leggings are super well priced and come in bigger sizes, so they’re a great place to shop for plus-sized gym wear)
Cotton On Body
Tried and tested, Cotton On Body is a favorite in South Africa and for good reason. Their active wear is well priced and it’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need. From trendy cut-out tops and crop tops, to well-fitted tights and body warmers, Cotton On Body has everything an active woman needs.
They even have a cute maternity range for pregnant women who want to stay active. We love Cotton On, and so will you!
From weird skeleton tights to pretty cool galaxy tights, if you’re looking for head-turning designs, then Funky Tights has you covered. Great for stopping traffic on your run (or for a dress up party).
Coconut Active brings international brands to South African shores that will fit you like a glove. So yes, you really can wear these tights to the store and not worry about people seeing more than they really should.
As the name suggests, SpiritGirl emphasises eco awareness — their active wear is made from (wait for it) recycled plastic. But don’t worry, the fabrics still feel amazing. Looking great in our leggings while taking care of the environment? Sign us up!
Chloe Jane Boutique
Chloe Jane Boutique is a brand of active wear that was created by a mother-daughter duo for women who want to live, work and gym in true style. The bright colours and even prices are motivation enough to get even the laziest of us to the gym.
Ok so this could possibly be one of the most customisable ranges of gym wear available in South Africa. Boost Gymwear clients can choose to have their favourite tights or tops in colour combinations that they love. From pants rise, to different lengths and the perfect style to fit your shape, you’re sure to find something to suit you. How amazing is that?
And just for laughs, here’s a video for all of us who wear active wear even if the most strenuous thing we plan to do all day is get off the couch to make a cup of tea.