Sleek activewear that will take you from spin class to savasana in absolute style
Sure it’s all in the mind, but finding the right workout clothes can make you feel invincible in the gym – it’s probably why we take our sportswear as seriously as our workouts. And with the current athleisure phenomena in play, many kickass fitness threads are taking us from the office to the gym or yoga studio (with one less bag to tote around). If you’re all about looking good while sweating it out, you need our shopping guide for the best activewear brands in Singapore. More than enough reason to hit the elliptical or yoga mat – but we won’t judge if you get into your yoga gear just to go out for a coffee…
Sometimes, all you need is to switch up your activewear to ace that workout. The folks at Project Sora do it just right. Paying heed to discrepancies in the market, Project Sora offers sports bras (in grey, black, blush and khaki colours) with sewn-in pads so there’s no losing those removable cups in the wash again. In the mood for muted pastels or a pop of colour? Personalise your look with sturdy interchangeable straps. You do you.
Project Sora, available online
Rediscover the joy of movement – and feel truly comfortable while at it – with Sloggi’s new athleisure range. Pick a piece that’s specific for different types of movement. For beginners, ease your way into a workout with the Flow range of moisture wicking and odour preventing fabric, or reach for your limit with the Flex range of super high-stretch fabric. For the ultimate workout, the smart technology of the Fly range balances your body’s heat with the temperature of the environment to keep you cool at all times. Break a sweat with ease.
Sloggi, available at various locations including Takashimaya, Novena Square,Tangs and online
It’s easy to see why Kydra should be a staple in everyone’s workout wardrobe. What’s not to like when all designs in this range are made with a sweat-wicking and buttery smooth four-way stretch fabric – and with attractive price points? It’s just too easy. Our go-to combo: Kara pocket high waisted leggings with the power tank top. It’s minimalist athleisure at its finest.
Kydra, available at Assemble, #04-29, 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, Singapore 238869; Upper Cut Boxing, Level 2, 155A/157A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068611
We’ve seen and fallen hard for the collection of swimwear. Bet you didn’t know K.Blu also has a line of activewear. From colour block sports bras to jogger pants, printed tights to bomber jackets, K.Blu puts a stylish spin on activewear – thanks to the signature turquoise and coral porcelain prints. One thing’s for sure, you’re bound to find something at K.Blu.
K.Blu, Mandarin Gallery, #02-14, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
So you’re the type that loves to flaunt their workout regimes and kickass activewear for the ‘gram. (No judging – pics or it didn’t happen, am I right?). Need to look good while sweating it out? Naked Wear is your answer. Shop a wide range of sports bras, tops, bottoms, bodysuits and hoodies in an array of fun, vibrant colours, without sacrificing on comfort and security.
Naked Wear, available online
RUMI X apparel (pictured top) is not only perfect for high-intensity workouts, but is super stylish too – we’re fans of the bright colours and cool patterns. Plus point: the yoga pants are also 100% made from plastic bottles; perfect for environmentally-conscious fitness enthusiasts.
RUMI X, available at Barre 2 Barre, Isetan Scotts, Metro Centerpoint and Paragon, Stola Athletica, Touch the Toes and online.
This Canadian brand’s eclectic mix of leggings is a firm favourite amongst mat-toting, downward-dogging yogis, but Lululemon Athletica also stocks a comprehensive range of stylish running shorts, activewear bras, singlets, sport bags, and sweat bands for every type of sport for both men and women.
Lululemon Athletica, three stores islandwide.
The Outnet has always been our little secret for bagging designer threads on a budget; major deals aside, the collections are constantly updated, thanks to new arrivals thrice a week. Its power dressing theme isn’t just limited to work basics. For gym junkies, the activewear boutique is chock full of stylish, supportive pieces from labels like Stella McCartney, T by Alexander Wang, and Purity Active.
The Outnet, available online
It won’t surprise you that this Japanese fashion behemoth has its very own sports line. Designed to “keep you ready for everything”, the active apparel adjusts to your body movements and boasts breathable fabric with a quick dry function so you’ll stay and dry no matter how gruelling your workout is.
Uniqlo, Locations including ION Orchard and their Global Flagship store at Orchard Central
Under Armour exudes a tougher-than-nails vibe – so you can expect nothing less than high-performing fitness gear and accessories that are known for technologies such as heat dissemination and scent control. Must-buys include the brand’s staples like UA CoolSwitch tanks and shorts, HeatGear tees, and compression wear.
Under Armour, six stores islandwide.
With Vivre Activewear, the days of dealing with too-long tights are over – these guys cater to the Asian body frame. The double layer tops are also our favourites; featuring a sports bra built into a top, they’re great for grab-and-go mornings when you’re packing your gym bags in a hurry.
Vivre Activewear, Wisma Atria,B1-04, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #Singapore 238877
Calvin Klein Performance
Gym clothes feeling a little blah? Break out of your workout gear rut with Calvin Klein’s Performance line. These threads are seriously good enough to take you from barre to brunch. Throw a bomber jacket over one of their iconic sports bras and sleek leggings, and you’ve got your day’s outfits sorted.
Calvin Klein Performance, locations in Ngee Ann City, Tangs at Tangs Plaza, VivoCity and Wheelock Place.
Want all eyes on you as you asana? You’ll need Ohsosom’s yoga pants – they come in a variety of in-your-face colours and prints. We’re talking neon reds and greens, multicoloured stripes and strategically placed pineapples. Tops are no runner-ups either, thanks to cheeky slogans like “Vino and Vinyasa” and “Kiss my asana”.
Shop Ohsosom online
Not just for yogis, Kitted is loud and proud with their support for other athletic fields, including crossfit and weightlifting. If you’re looking to put a sexy spin on your gymwear, look for Daquini – its sports bras won’t look out of place on the dancefloor, thanks to the peekaboo mesh cutouts and adjustable criss-crop straps.
Kitted, available online
What’s not to love about this Aussie brand? Paving the way for fashionable activewear, Lorna Jane is every fitness-loving fashionista’s dream come true: think chic tights, colourful slogan tees, strappy sport bras, and stylish accessories to complete your look. Now you’ve got no more excuse for looking sloppy at your next spin class.
Lorna Jane, 4 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069786, p. 6221 8641.
Touch the Toes
Helmed by yogis, Kelly Hotta-Moung and Wuen Lin Tan, this green and stylish co-venture brings in yoga apparel and accessories by international brands like Wellicious (London), Manduka (California) and Hanuman (Hong Kong). It’s all sustainably produced with organic cotton, bamboo blends or recycled/upcycled materials. We love that Touch the Toes curates collections that are funky, colourful and fun with fabrics featuring everything from snake prints to vibrant geometric patterns.
Touch the Toes, 4A Haji Lane, Singapore 189197, p. 6396 5025 .
With Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, and Cara Delevingne at its forefront, it’s no surprise that PUMA is one kickass sports brand. Whether your tastes veer towards PUMA’s more timeless styles like the Suede Classic or a more edgy vibe, courtesy of FENTY PUMA By Rihanna, there’s no denying that PUMA is also one of the leading contenders in the streetwear/atheleisure arena.
PUMA, ten stores islandwide.
French mega sports retailer, Decathlon, is a great hit amongst fitness enthusiasts. Head over to its massive stores in Bedok, Joo Koon or City Square Mall for an extensive array of sporting goods, clothing and accoutrements at shockingly affordable prices.
Decathlon Singapore, two outlets islandwide.
In case you haven’t noticed, H&M stocks a pretty decent range of sportswear. Its outlet at Singapore Sports Hub has a dedicated section for that, offering lots of basics like leggings, running shorts, sports bras and tank tops. With racks replenished every week and a shelf-life of not more than five weeks, you’d be crazy to pass up togs that start from $9.90 and generally hover under $80.
H&M, Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road, Singapore 239693, p. 6235 1459.
Colourful and slick, Adidas not only houses its cult Originals range, but also carries super-exclusive limited editions and big-name collaborations including Jeremy Scott, Opening Ceremony and Bedwin & The Heartbreakers. The standout in our books? You can never go wrong with the Miss Stan Shoes in white.
Adidas, Locations islandwide including Pacific Plaza and Marina Bay Sands.
… never disappoints. We adore this sportswear behemoth for its expansive collection of highly coveted fashion and athletic gear such as Flyknit racers, Air maxes and Roshes. Their stuff doesn’t stay on the shelves for long, so we suggest you get that pair of sneakers, stat! We’ve also got major love for the new Nike Pants Studio: a range of nine new tights specifically designed to suit a range of athletic activities, including ones for running competitively, high intensity interval training, spin classes and yoga.
Nike, Various locations islandwide.
Since they’ve undergone a redesign, New Balance has been riding high on the sneaker fashion trend. Stop by its beautiful concept store at Bugis Junction that has an interior which evokes an industrial gym feel. Here, you can find high-quality running shoes and the lifestyle MadebyNB range we’d be happy to wear every day.
New Balance, eight stores islandwide.
Stemming from a love for yoga and fashion, BURD Activewear’s threads are guaranteed to get you to the gym. Made from moisture wicking fabric, they offer compression, high support, and a comfortable feel. They’re also as striking as it can get. Designs come in assorted show-stopping prints like clashing florals, purple houndstooth and even the Milky Way.
Shop BURD Activewear online
Founded by sisters Alice and Michelle, Om going caters to gym bunnies with a weakness for fun activewear. Case in point? You’ll find tops and tanks with cheeky motivational slogans, and tropical printed pants. Brands stocked by Om going are sourced from all over the world, and include celebrity favourite Alo Yoga and the brand’s in-house collections.
Shop Om Going online
Think strong is the new sexy? Then consider yourself a Tough Cookie. The brand’s fitness wear celebrates strength and resilience. All of its sports bras come in black, and feature cutouts, mesh and geometric straps. Fully lined with removable padding, they’re suitable for medium to high-intensity workouts.
Shop Tough Cookie online
TripleFit’s presence at Millenia Walk is hard to miss; spanning 23,500 square feet, it occupies most of the third floor with its gym and accompanying retail space, which features activewear brands Under Armour, Japanese compression gear C3fit and stylish British activewear brand Every Second Counts.
TripleFit, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-63, Singapore 039596
Tired of sporting the same active gear as everybody else? Focus Active your new go-to for indie activewear brands. The selection is extensive; you can #supportlocal by repping homegrown brands Outfyt, Rangoon Club Culture and Theia Active, or labels like the Jiva Shop, Mika and Vie Active.
Focus Active, available online
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