Best Activewear Brands: NZ Buying Guide

If you’re ready to invest in some new pieces, here’s a quick run-down of the best activewear on the market.

Last updated: 22 May 2024

Activewear — the new MVP of our wardrobes. Why do we love it so much? Because it’s comfy enough to wear all day and stylish enough to take you from a morning jog to a coffee date. It stretches, it moves, and it never complains, no matter what we're doing. Plus, it's become totally acceptable to rock leggings and sports bras anywhere, which is a win in our books. If you’re ready to invest in some new pieces, here’s a quick run-down of the best activewear on the market.

Top activewear brands in NZ

Whether you're actually hitting the gym or just keeping it casual, these activewear brands have got your back:

1. Lululemon

With sleek designs and high-tech materials, Lululemon is top of the activewear game. Whether you’re into yoga or running, this brand has everything you need to look good and feel great. Plus, their outfits aren’t just for workouts — they’re super trendy for just hanging out, too.

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2. Lorna Jane

Big on high-energy workouts? Lorna Jane's activewear is all about keeping you moving freely and breathing easy, with some premium fabric technology. Started by a fitness pro in 1989, Lorna Jane lives by a simple rule: Move, Nourish, Believe. It’s the perfect fit if you want your gear to keep up with both your workouts and wellness goals.

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3. Cotton On Body

Looking for trendy gym wear that won't break the bank? Cotton On Body is the go-to. They might not have the high-tech fabrics of the pricier brands, but they’re perfect for light activities like walking or low-impact workouts.

Find Cotton On Body activewear.

4. Allbirds

Allbirds’ activewear, like their shoes, uses eco-friendly materials — think merino wool and eucalyptus tree fibre. While they’re still expanding their activewear line, their offerings are ideal for those who prioritise the environment as much as their workout.

5. P.E Nation

P.E. Nation blends retro vibes with modern performance. Co-founded by Pip Edwards, who brought her creative flair from Sass & Bide, this gear works just as well for a tough cross-fit session as it does for coffee afterwards.

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5. Boody

Boody specialises in super soft, eco-friendly activewear made from organic bamboo. Perfect for yoga or Pilates, their gear offers comfort and breathability without skimping on environmental responsibility.

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6. Lucy

Lucy, now part of The North Face, continues to deliver versatile and durable activewear for everything from yoga to high-intensity workouts. With a focus on inclusive sizing, they make sure every woman finds her perfect fit.

Browse all Lucy activewear on Trade Me

7. Nimble

Nimble combines fashion with function, using recycled materials to craft activewear that’s as good for the planet as it is for your workouts. Known for their support and durability, their clothes are perfect for everything from running to team sports — and you’ll look great wearing them, too.

8. Embrace

Embrace Activewear is all about celebrating diversity in body shapes. Their line offers supportive, comfortable, and stylish pieces that help women feel confident and empowered during their workouts.

9. Glassons

Glassons may be more known for their fashion, but they’ve stepped up their game with an activewear line that’s chic and affordable. Great for low to moderate workouts, their pieces also double as stylish everyday wear.

Shop the new Glassons activewear range.

Types of activewear

From high-tech performance gear to comfy loungewear, activewear comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are your options: 

Plus size activewear: Finding activewear that fits well means you’ll have more comfort, support, and confidence while you move. Fortunately, most brands now offer lots of different sizes.

Shop plus size activewear

Maternity activewear: Designed with expectant mothers in mind, maternity activewear offers extra support and flexibility, adapting to changing bodies and providing comfort during exercise.

Browse all maternity activewear. 

Activewear for running: You want lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying fabrics that minimise discomfort and chafing. Features like reflective elements and secure pockets can also enhance your running experience.

Shop activewear for running

Activewear for yoga: Yoga demands stretchy, soft, and non-restrictive clothing. Opt for tights and tops that move with your body, made from materials that offer both stretch and moisture control.

Buy activewear for yoga.

Stretch, sweat, relax

Whether you’re scaling mountains, stretching into your warrior pose, or just running errands (because let’s be honest, that can feel like a sport too), you’re now all set to do it in style and comfort. Grab your gear and get moving — your new favourite outfit is waiting to make its debut at the gym or the grocery store. Remember, in the right activewear, every aisle is a runway!

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