5 Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

5 Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces, According to Our Editors.

 Athleisure wear for wherever life takes you. Essential activewear brings you comfortable, quality, and affordable workout clothing that keeps up with your active lifestyle. 

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

Not to sound melodramatic, but when I mysteriously misplaced my favorite pair of Lululemon leggings last year, I felt a small piece of myself die. That's because when you find a pair of comfy, flattering workout leggings that make you look like you go to one or two Pilates classes a week more than you actually do, you hold on for dear life.

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

As editors, we have strong feelings about which pieces we think are the most flattering workout leggings on the market: In such a saturated athleisure wear scene, you can trust that these Essential Activewear top 5 picks are mad comfortable without stretching out, and (importantly) make you look like you have lower abs, long lean legs, and the squat booty of Instagram fitness girl.

Looking to drop a little cash on the best workout leggings you can get your booty into? We got you. Keep scrolling to discover our faves affordable activewear for women.

1. BASIC NKD HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS $0 FREE! Grab it now.

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

"I won't act like I've worked out that many times in these leggings, but I can tell that they would hold up. I love how comfortable they are, how they stay put without riding up or rolling down, and how flattering they look. Oh, and hurry because once the free leggings deal is over, they'll sell for around $22, which is still affordable." —Nikki

2. BASIC NKD HIGH-WAIST LEGGING WITH POCKETS $21

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

"When I'm in a groove of working out a lot, I wear these leggings at least three times a week. Even though my activewear drawer is overflowing with gym leggings, these are still the pair that I always reach for first and force myself to do laundry more often so they're always fresh and ready. Nothing beats having leggings with pockets while on the go. And I know they're super durable because they've held up throughout the most intense workouts." —Nikki 

3. BASIC REST DAY YOGA PANTS $15

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

"You'll instantly fell in love with the ultra-soft fabric. I have quite a few pieces from the brand but these are my favorite, dress up or down pair of leggings. (I have both grey and black because, duh). What sold me is the soft cotton blend and the high-rise waistband because it makes me feel super confident about my body even on the days when I may not be feeling myself." —Mia

4. BASIC RIBBED LEGGINGS $15

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

My second but equally beloved leggings pick is from Gymdeity NKD Activewear. The pair features the same waistband style I love so much but in a stretchy ribbed material. I should probably mention the brand makes the exact same style in a biker short. —Mia

5. BASIC GYM DAY WORKOUT SET $25

Must-Have Essential Activewear Pieces

"This lululemon alternatives matching gym outfit is great for any type of workout. I even love wearing them when I'm lounging around or running errands. They're supportive, flattering, and so easy to move in." —Mia