Working out is just that: work. Alas, your activewear wardrobe can be the reward at the finish line.

When it comes to performance wear, functional pieces that make you feel invincible, comfortable and stylish as you squat, plié or downward dog are becoming a non-negotiable in our increasingly fitness-focused lifestyles.   

While it seems that the price tags attached to workout wear are becoming increasingly unattainable, it makes sense to invest in one solid pair of pants or a supportive bra as opposed to pieces that will fall apart with overuse. The high prices are often correlated with the innovative fabrics and technologies applied - i.e, you won't find yourself with split seams as you burpee or deadlift to your heart rate's content.

The global market for activewear is projected to reach a whopping €196 billion by 2024, so it doesn't look like the trend for athleisure outfits that take you from barre class to, well, the bar isn't going anywhere.

Run, don't walk, to shop our selection of brands you need to keep you motivated towards those goals. 

P.E Nation

Who? P.E Nation was founded by Australian taste-makers Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning.

What? Street-meets-sportswear, graphic prints in primary colors, retro-inspired cropped sweatshirts and edgy jeans for people who "don't do denim".

How Much? International shipping is available through their website here. Leggings from 100 and tops from 75. P.E. Nation is also stocked in Arnotts, Brown Thomas and Seagreen.

Girlfriend Collective

Who? Girlfriend Collective, the Seattle-based company who famously gave away their leggings for free in a viral online marketing push, is an eco-conscious, sustainable athleisure brand founded by Ellie and Quang Dinh.

What? Incredibly soft leggings, supportive sports bras and cotton tops in muted colours -  all made from recycled water bottles.

How Much? Bras from €32 and leggings from €50. While their website does not ship to Ireland, you can order the goods via Reformation here.

Here's to more time with girlfriends and less stressing about resolutions in 2018 🌾

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Koral

Who? Koral is a Los Angeles workout wear label designed by Brazilian native Ilana Kugel.

What? Wet-look and metallic leggings in slimming fabrics, asymmetric cut-outs, mesh tanks and maternity workout staples for women who won't sacrifice style during their trimesters.

How Much?
Leggings from €70 and bras from €50. Their offering is stronger on their own website, but with an additional $40USD international shipping charge - your best bet is to order via Revolve's curated selection here. Koral is also to be found on shopbop.com, which offers free international express shipping on orders over $100.

Alo Yoga

Who? Alo Yoga is the Californian brand that rivals the ubiquitous Lululemon.

What? High performance, fashion forward garments and accessories for male and female yogis or those who just like to look zen. Their famed two-tone 'Goddess' legwarmer-style ribbed leggings (see below) are more popular than a pair of skinny jeans around the streets of Los Angeles.

How Much? Bras from €45 and leggings from €70. International shipping available from their website here.

Varley

Who? A London-based couple were inspired by a vacation to Venice Beach, California - their brand Varley is the fusion of their British sensibilities with a laid back LA vibe.

What? Flattering marble and leopard print separates, long sleeve crops and stirrup leggings.

How Much? Arnotts stocks Varley, and you can also hop on over to ASOS here where you'll find sets for around the €110 mark and bras from €58.

Stretching to the full potential #inVarley. Photo: @a_body_forever_pilates

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