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How to get Brand-Name Activewear for Less!

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Have trouble finding fashionable, affordable activewear?

If you’re like me, you love to buy activewear. In the last few years, especially, activewear has really embraced fashion trends. Tops have special cuts and designs, and bottoms can be cropped, full-length, high-waisted, and more. And forget the days of neutrals or one-color items. Women’s activewear racks are loaded with different patterns that are all so eye-catching and beautiful. Unfortunately, some name-brand athletic apparel can be incredibly expensive for the average millennial buyer (Lululemon, anyone?). Some companies have tried the subscription-style type of selling, where you’re charged upwards of $50 monthly even if you don’t choose an outfit to get (no thanks!).

Steeply priced activewear has emerged with a vengeance in recent years. And if you can’t afford Lululemon – sometimes it may feel like you are limited in your choices for fashionable clothes, especially in a modest price range. I will tell you, though, that I have some clothes from Lululemon and what I have is incredible. Both my leggings and my sweatshirt have held up after 8 years of hard use, with barely any sign of wear! That being said, very rarely do I spend the money on it.

So where can you shop for top-name brands or fashionable, affordable activewear for cheap? Read below to find out!

Prices (for Leggings):
$ – Under $15
$$ – $15-$30
$$$ – $30 – $50
$$$$ – $50 – $75
$$$$$ – $75 +

Please note that there are some affiliate links in the post below. This has had no impact on any of my opinions.

 

Yoga Outlet

I love this website so much that it’s actually bookmarked between my “Switzerland Trip” folder and my “Georgia Trip” folder. It’s one of the first places I look for the most fashionable, name-brand, affordable activewearI love Yoga Outlet because you can buy some of the top brands here for a discount and the selection is fantastic. Their sale section is also incredible. You’ll find brands like Hard Tail, Free People, Bella + Canvas, and Marika here among many others. They have a great return policy as well, and are considered to be a safe website to buy from. Ebates may give you some cash back as well!

Prices: $ – $$$$$

 

TJMaxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory

This is like the trifecta of good, affordable activewear (and shoes!). I know you’ve heard of it before, so I won’t spend much time discussing it. Some of my longest-lasting leggings have come from TJMaxx, and I’ve gotten some perfect tops from Burlington.

Prices: $ – $$$

 

Ebay

If you have the time of day to check out eBay, it can definitely pay off. Unfortunately, brands like Lululemon are definitely scouted out on eBay and watched religiously. You have to almost fight tooth-and-nail to nab some brand-name items. I’ve never successfully been able to buy any Lululemon on eBay – I’m always outbid at the last second. I’m also unwilling to pay more than $25 for something if it’s used, so part of that is my own fault.

What eBay is really good for is for the lesser-known brands. So sure, you may not be able to actually snag Lululemon – but what about Prana or Vimmia? Just searching for “Vimmia,” which is a luxury brand, I can find $24 leggings, $10 sports bras – and the list goes on. You definitely have to sift-through the expensive gear, but it’s there just waiting to be bought by the right buyer. I like to sort by “ending soonest” so that I can bid on the stuff that will be selling in just a couple minutes. This is how I’ve been able to get some great Free People clothes.

Prices: $ – $$$$$ (Obviously depends on which brand you search for)

 

Backcountry

Listen, if you look up “good customer service” in the dictionary, Backcountry will be listed there. I ordered these epic Salomon hiking shoes (for $40 less than anywhere else!) from them and had a fantastic experience even though I returned them in the end. Backcountry (specifically Katie) called me on the phone and e-mailed me to tell me when I would receive my package and later, ask me how they were working out. Unfortunately, I found the actual shoe a bit too stiff for me. It wasn’t a problem – she sent me the return shipping label within about twenty minutes. Despite me forgetting to send the receipt and writing the RMA number on the box, returning it was completely hassle-free and I had my money refunded within four days.

But customer service isn’t the only thing they’re good for. Backcountry carries some amazing (top-name) activewear brands. You’ll find Prana and Aloyoga among the brands of yoga clothing, and even Free People if you’re looking for other clothing. I wouldn’t say they’re cheap, but this is a great site if Lululemon is just out of your reach and you’re still willing to splurge a bit. When I use Google Search (shopping) for a particular item, Backcountry consistently will have the lowest prices. Also, Ebates often has between 4-8% cash back on your purchases on Backcountry.

Prices: $$ – $$$$$

 

Poshmark

I love Poshmark for buying beauty products and affordable activewear at a discounted rate, among the many other types of items they carry. In my experience, Poshmark has better prices than eBay when it comes to Lululemon-like clothing. On Poshmark you’re also able to trade items which may not be so easily an option on other sites. You just have to be smart about it and make sure you’re both getting an equally beneficial deal. I’ve seen people trying to trade a Lululemon skirt for full-length Lululemon pants and they are just not worth the same.

Prices: $ – $$$$$

 

Planet Gear

Planet Gear has fantastic sales, though you have to give them your e-mail address. While most of the brands I had never heard of before, after searching for reviews, these brands are rated pretty high, some of them considered luxury brands. However, you definitely want to follow my tips in this post, because I found a pair of capris on Planet Gear for $49, when I actually bought them 6 months ago from UAOutlet for $30 – so always do the Google Shopping Search. This was the only instance I noticed, however, so keep that in mind.

Prices: $$ – $$$ 

 

Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Trading Post is another website that has great deals through Ebates (5% at the time of writing this), where you can find some fashionable, affordable activewear if you sift enough. On this website, you’ll see a lot of brands that you would see on many of these other websites. Like Backcountry, they tend to focus a bit more on rugged sports, though you will be able to find plenty of yoga pants and similar items.

Prices: $ – $$$$

 

The Clymb

The Clymb is another site that has a fantastic selection of leggings and plenty of brands to choose from for affordable activewear. It’s another website that you’ll have to give them your e-mail address but at this price point, who even cares? There are so many on-trend styles available, and The Clymb offers way more than just workout pants – you can get hiking and camping gear here as well, among many other things!

Prices: $ – $$$$

 

Amazon

Okay, I’m going to say this one with a bit of caution. Yes, Amazon is amazing for just about everything – and it’s easy to find some (extremely) affordable activewear! However, you need to be careful about who you’re buying from in some of the stores and please check the reviews. Sure, it’s easy to find leggings here for well under $15, but in some cases you get what you pay for. Still, you can find some name-brand (and some not-so-name-brand) items on here. Just come check it out and see for yourself.

Prices: $ – $$$$$


So there you have it; where I go to get high-quality, brand-name, high-fashion, affordable activewear. Did you find any of this useful? Have you tried these websites? Let me know in the comments below and tell me where you get your deals! Check back or subscribe so that you’ll be the first to know next time I write about budget fashion!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Annika Barnett

    Awesome post! With the increase popularity of “athleisure” wear, I have definitely noticed an increase in prices. Thanks for the suggestions for affordable items. Another one to add to the list is, surprisingly, Sears.

    21 . Feb . 2017
  2. Akialah

    This post was so helpful! I love some of these stores/sites (like TJMaxx, Poshmark, and Amazon) but there were a lot I never heard of that I will definitely have to try out!

    21 . Feb . 2017
  3. Abbey

    This is so smart! And I definitely agree about Amazon! There’s some great stuff, but also some not-so-great stuff! Just gotta be careful. 🙂

    22 . Feb . 2017
  4. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    I’ve gotten NIke and Puma and Adidas from Burlington for SO CHEAP – I’m so obsessed!

    Coming Up Roses

    22 . Feb . 2017
  5. Kiara A Catanzaro

    LOVE this list. You mentioned some great picks and places here. Thank you for sharing!

    22 . Feb . 2017
  6. Rachel G

    Thanks for the links! I hadn’t heard of all of these–for me, I think the hardest thing is finding affordable but high quality shoes for athletics–if there’s a chance of getting a few dollars off on a good brand, that’s a very good thing!

    22 . Feb . 2017

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