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When I took up running, I did not have the proper wardrobe for those miles I'd be tackling. I had no idea how a proper pair of running sneakers could support my ankles, and I definitely did not have a quick-drying tee to run in (which is how I caught a cold after my first fall run). I've learned from that experience, thankfully, and now the first place I turn to for all my workout gear is Amazon.
The e-commerce giant has a ton of cute and functional gear for all kinds of workouts, from high-waisted leggings (my favorite) and leggings to supportive sports bras. Best of all, Amazon workout clothes are affordable—think, under-$50 affordable. (Look, I love athleisure as much as the next person, but I'm less afraid to go all out in my workouts in budget-friendly options.) Ahead, I rounded up some great workout pieces I found on Amazon based on thousands of reviews, so you know they're truly vouched for by the community.
Best Workout Deals on Amazon
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Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Workout Running Shirts Yoga Tank Top
This crop top eliminates the need for a bra, which is a huge win in my book. Whether you wear it to yoga or for a day out, it comes in a ton of cute colors to match your vibe. It also comes vetted by nearly 40,000 5-star reviewers.
THE GYM PEOPLE Thick High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets
$30 $19 at Amazon
This pick is just about everything you could want in a pair of leggings: supportive, opaque, flattering, has pockets, and doesn't roll down. There's also so many colors, prints, and lengths to choose from, so for $19 why not grab a pair or two?
Best Workout Tops on Amazon
With this crop top, you don't have to wear a sports bra because it's already padded for function and comfort (the pads are removable). Spaghetti straps make this just as much of a cute option for a casual day outside as a pilates class. Just slip on your favorite yoga leggings and you're ready to work out...or watch Netflix.
Pros: Includes removable pads; Available in 20 colors; Made from lightweight, buttery soft material.
Cons: Runs small; Hand-wash only.
Customer review: "Very comfy and soft! Fits the twins perfectly. There is a band that runs under the top layer to help keep the girls in their seats. Recommend. Will order more in different colors."
Sure, your college muscle tank days are over, but if you find yourself missing that loose fit, invest in these tank tops. An Amazon bestseller, these tanks are lightweight and made with sweat-wicking fabric. Pro tip: These tops also work great thanks to their extra-wide armhole.
Pros: Comes in multipacks; Made from lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric.
Cons: Some wish the top was longer in the front.
Customer review: "I loveeee these work out tops. I hate tops that are clingy and these flow just right. The material is light but very very strong."
I can personally attest to how great this crop top is. I have the black version to pair with all of my colored leggings, but I'm seriously considering buying every color. This top is so lightweight and breathable, it actually feels like I have nothing on. And although it says it's cropped, this actually hits just below the belly button, which is perfect if you like to be a bit more covered up at the gym like me!
Pros: Made from breathable, lightweight fabric; Sweat-wicking; Available in sizes X-Small to XX-Large.
Cons: Limited color options.
Customer review: "I got this as a workout shirt. I’m not really a crop top person but the fit is great and is super cute on. I received lots of compliments when wearing it!"
There are enough crop tops in this set for a full week of workouts, with the racerback style being ideal for nearly any activity. These tanks are also perfect for layering with a running jacket or a quarterzip when cold out. At a little less than $6 a top, this set is a steal.
Pros: Comes in five sets with a mix of neutral and bright colors; Lightweight; Breathable; Stretchy.
Cons: Hand wash only;
Customer review: "Absolutely love these! the colors are great, they're comfortable on my skin, they wash/dry well, no loose stitches and they're great on their own or as a base layer. I'll be buying more colors soon!!"
Fleece Pullover Shirt
When you're done with your workouts and want to cover up your sports bra or crop top, throw on this men's pullover. The inside is nice and soft, yet it's lightweight enough to where you won't be covered in sweat immediately after throwing it on. This black one comes in a pack of three, so you'll have one for nearly every day of the week.
Pros: Comes in multipacks; Available in sizes Small through 5X-Large; Lightweight; Holds up well in the wash.
Cons: Not every color comes in multipacks.
Customer review: "The perfect stay-at-home mom uniform, and looks cute with jeans and jewelry or sweatpants. Can’t beat $12. Can’t find any flaws. As soon as there are more colors available through Prime, I’ll be ordering more."
This trio of workout tank tops comes in 13 different sets, so you won't have trouble finding colors that work for you. With over 11k reviews and counting, reviewers say they love the tanks because of the quality and fit, which many say run a little closer to the body.
Pros: Comes in multipacks; Available in sizes X-Small through XX-Large; Sweat-wicking; Made from lightweight, breathable fabric.
Cons: Runs big.
Customer review: "I love these tanks, so comfortable. I wore these during a 3 week vacation to Maui. Comfy, they do run a little big, but great under clothes & and with a sports bra under it."
If you like a little ventilation as you work out, this top with a mesh back provides a cool flow of air as you run, lunge, jump, or lift. You can even knot the fabric in the back for a little detail. Based off the 9,000-plus 5-star reviews, fans think this shirt is comfortable, soft, and cute.
Pros: Made from sweat-resistant, breathable fabric; Slit and mesh on back offers extra ventilation; Can be worn multiple ways.
Cons: Can be uncomfortable exercising when back is tied
Customer review: "It fit perfectly and I loved the sweat-resistant material. I really liked the mesh piece in the back, but didn't love the long flaps if they weren't tied. They are very cute when tied, but makes for uncomfortable ab workouts or anything on your back."
This long-sleeve tee has "cool DRI technology" so the fabric dries fast, and it also has odor protection just in case you're worried about smelling bad after a workout. Based off the 8,000-plus reviews, fans of the shirt love it for its quality and comfort. On your non-workout days, you can wear this as a base layer with your regular clothes.
Pros: Dries fast; Fabric includes odor protection; Protects against UPF rays with UPF rating of 40+;
Cons: Some note the sleeves run long.
Customer review: "Nice comfortable fabric. It is a sleek stretchy material. Dog hair doesn’t stick easy. It doesn’t wrinkle easy. It kept me warm on a long run in 48° and was breathable."
Best Workout Leggings on Amazon
All you need to know about these Amazon leggings are in the name—they legitimately make you feel like you're naked, which is so good if you're tired of tight, uncomfortable leggings. These are made from a buttery soft material that is so lightweight, you'll forget you have pants on. Some even say these are a dupe for a much higher athleisure brand. Chose from over 40 colors and prints to take you from the gym to happy hour drinks with your girls.
Pros: Comes in over 40 colors; Available in sizes 2X-Small to 2X-large; Made from buttery soft fabric.
Cons: Features a front seam; Offers light compression.
Customer Review: "This is probably my 5th pair of these leggings! They are soft, they have compression, they're high-waisted, they don't fall down, they come in so many colors... the list goes on! I am an avid lulu wearer and I reach for these every single time I go to the gym or just need a pair to throw on."
If you frequent the gym a lot, there's a good chance you've seen these leggings before. I've personally seen them plenty during my workouts and on fitness influencers on TikTok, so you know they've been tried and tested. They passed the squat test, meaning they aren't see-through when you bend over and the added scrunch makes your behind look extra perky. Once you try these leggings on, you may be convinced to stick with seamless styles.
Pros: Seamless; Features a scrunch on behind for added shape; Squat-proof; Comes in over 35 colors; Offered in multi-packs; Tummy-control waistband
Cons: Over $30; Hand-wash only; Only goes up to X-large.
Customer Review: "These are the first leggings I’ve tried that aren’t uncomfortable and crazy tight but still stay up and look great on. They hide any cellulite and are squat proof."
If you're tired of traditional leggings, switch it up with a pair of flare leggings like these. This pair from TOPYOGAS features the ultra-trendy cross waist you've probably seen all over your FYP page that has magical waist-snatching powers. I'd wear these to a pilates class or to update my boring WFH outfit.
Pros: Made from breathable, 4-way stretch material; Available in sizes 2X-Small through 2X-Large.
Cons: May be too long for those under 5'4".
Customer Review: "I own the navy and when I tell you these are my favorite pants, believe me. These have challenged my Athleta, Lululemon, CRZ Yoga, and HeyNuts leggings and won - these are the best pants I own."
If you're under 5''5, these capri leggings are made with you in mind. They have a high-waisted design and come in 39 different colors and patterns, so take your pick. These leggings are extra-stretchy, too, with four-way stretch, yet offer enough compression to make you feel snatched. It's the best of both worlds.
Pros: Offered in 39 different colors, patterns, and lengths; Has pockets; Sweat-wicking; Available in sizes X-Small through 3X-Large; Tummy-control wide waistband; Breathable.
Cons: Hand wash only; Offers light compression.
Customer review: "These are the fourth pair of The Gym People leggings I have bought in the past 2 months. They are beyond comfortable and keeps your stomach secure."
If you like your workout leggings to have some color (I definitely do), this hue will speak to your soul. The high-waisted leggings have a four-way stretch and offer both compression and support. Plus, they have a "gusset crotch," which will maximize movement and help with rubbing/chafing.
Pros: Tummy-control wide waistband; Breathable; Has pockets; Not see-through; Available in sizes X-Small through 3X-Large; Comes in over 30 colors; Some colors are available in multipacks.
Cons: May run too long on those under 5'5".
Customer review: "They fit like a dream! They’re nice and soft, great material. They are extremely flattering; holding in the places I want held in without being so tight I can’t breathe. They are durable and well made."
With a lifting ruching on the behind, you'll be shocked to see what your butt looks like in these leggings. Close to 13,500 people have rated these butt-lifting leggings—and according to the reviews, they do the job. Not only are they great for shaping behinds, but they're a staple for any fitness enthusiast or athleisure connoisseur.
Pros: Features a scrunch on behind for added shape; Available in 35 different colors and styles; Tummy-control wide waistband; Some colors have pockets; Offers medium compression.
Cons: Some colors are see-through.
Customer review: "You can feel the quality of the material and the work to put the leggings together, as soon as you take them out of the bag. They also definitely make my butt look so fantastic!!! I will for sure be buying more. I give them overall a 12 out of 10."
Best Workout Shorts on Amazon
These loose-fit shorts may be the answer to all of your running woes. They are made with a little bit of legroom and with a built-in liner, so you can forget about any painful chafing. The outside material is lightweight and breathable, yet it still holds up well in the wash. Plus a zippered pocket will keep all of your running necessities secured. Choose your pick from over 30 different colors.
Pros: Available in sizes X-Small through 3X-Large; Has zippered pocket; Breathable; Has inner lining; Comes in over 30 colors.
Cons: Some colors are inconsistent with the website description.
Customer review: "The colors are vibrant, the built-in underwear are very comfortable, and the fabric is very breathable. I would recommend these shorts to anyone who loves a high waist, good quality, and fast shipping. I'll eventually own every color!"
Biker shorts are proving to be a true wardrobe staple, so it's time to stock up. This pair has pockets (!!) so you won't lose track of your belongings while on your evening jog. Its buttery soft material is just as good for lounging as it is for working out, plus there's plenty of colors to match with your favorite tops and sports bras.
Pros: Comes in 29 colors and prints; Has pockets; Made from stretchy, buttery soft fabric; Breathable.
Cons: Runs a bit small at bottom seam.
Customer review: "These bicycle shorts are the best! I'm a size 12 and got the large, it fit perfectly. I felt shaped and smooth when they were on. They are soft material and look just like the photo. I'm probably going to order a second pair!"
Want the look of a skirt but the coverage of shorts? This is the pick for you. Overlaid with a flowy, soft material, these shorts will swish in the wind just like a skirt, only you can take comfort in knowing you're completely covered up. Reviewers say these shorts are extra breathable and the colors are nice and bright.
Pros: Comes in over 30 colors; Available in sizes X-Small through XX-Large; Breathable; Drawstring waist; Has inner pocket.
Cons: Hand wash only.
Customer review: "These are SO soft. They literally feel like butter and they’re super comfy!! True to size. I will get more of these in different colors. Not a paid review either, I truly recommend these. Very flattering with my curves!!"
Sometimes, we just need clothes to throw on for summer WFH days. This two-pack of cotton shorts is perfect for working out or just lounging around the house. Don't believe me? Then take a look at one of the 15,000 five-star reviews. Reviewers note these are especially comfy and a great choice for the price.
Pros: Comes in 20 different sets; Available in sizes Small through 3X-Large; Not see-through; Made from soft cotton-blend material.
Cons: Runs small.
Customer review: "They exceeded my expectations! Flattering, nice colors, very comfortable, great stretch, they nearly mimic the exact same booty shorts I've owned for last 5 years."
Whether you're a tennis pro or just started taking lessons, you need to look the part. This pleated tennis skirt comes in 17 colors, so you can match it to all your favorite sports bras. Although technically a skirt, this one comes with shorts underneath, so you won't have to worry about any wardrobe mishaps.
Pros: Available in sizes XX-Small through XX-Large; Comes in 31 colors and prints; Has built-in shorts; Has pockets; Breathable.
Cons: Some note the length is too short.
Customer review: "It’s very comfortable, stretches nicely, and isn’t too short or too long. I also like the material, which is light but still pretty thick and not see-through at all. Overall I’d definitely recommend!"
Like to wear shorts when working out, no matter the weather? This pair of lightweight bottoms has a snug waistband and built-in mesh briefs, so you don't have to worry about those periodic gusts of wind. Two side pockets will keep your keys and phone safe.
Pros: Has built-in briefs; Made from breathable and lightweight fabric; Has pockets; Sweat-wicking; Drawstring waist.
Cons: Limited color options.
Customer review: "I purchased one color of these BALEAF shorts & needed the rest. I now have 4 colors :) They are super comfortable for walking, running, lounging, running to the store or attending my Son’s baseball games. All overall wear kind of shorts."
Best Workout Sports Bras on Amazon
This sports bra has more than 22,000 reviews, so they're worth your time—especially since they come in an easy-to-wear pack of three different colors. This style is great for non-racerback lovers and is free from wires, clips, and hooks that can dig into your skin. Don't be surprised if they end up replacing your everyday bra.
Pros: Available in sizes Small through 7X-Large; Great for bigger chests; Has removable pads; Extra wide straps for added support; Comes in multipacks.
Cons: Runs small.
Customer review: "I wanted stretchy, comfortable bras that I can wear around the house on the weekends. That's what I got with these. They fit as expected based on the size chart guide. Good value for the money."
With this strappy sports bra, you won't have to sacrifice style for support. This bra has just the right amount of support for your low to medium-impact workouts like running, pilates, and weight-lifting. This one is long enough to wear alone, or pair with a tank to let the cute strappy back peak through.
Pros: Top has removable pads; Made from soft, lightweight fabric; Cool to the touch; Comes in 31 colors and prints.
Cons: Pads move around.
Customer review: "I bought this sports bra and after the first workout, I ordered another one. This is great for both strength training and running - provides nice support and is very flattering!"
If you're in need of a cute sports bra for large breasts, you've come to the right place. This bra from RUNNING GIRL comes in over 35 colors and prints to suit your style and with a strappy back to go with all of your tank tops. The extra straps also provide support for your sweaty sessions in the gym.
Pros: Comes in over 35 colors and prints; Sweat-wicking; Has removable pads; Great for medium-impact workouts; Breathable.
Cons: Pads move around.
Customer review: "This one fits so well. Has good shape. The straps are cute and comfortable. And provides support (though I'm speaking for a 34b, however I feel full coverage and not exposed at all). Would absolutely recommend even over my Reebok bra."
Is it just me or are comfortable sports bras so hard to find? This highly stretchable sports bra has removable padding and is made with lightweight, breathable quick-dry fabric, making it extra comfy. This multipack means you have a bra for (almost) all of your workouts. Wear it underneath your workout top or by itself.
Pros: Comes in multipacks; Made from stretchy, breathable fabric; Has removable pads; Sweat-wicking; Available in sizes Small through 3X-Large; Great for bigger chests.
Cons: Does not come in smaller sizes.
Customer review: "I’m always concerned when shopping for supportive sports bras because I’m heavy in this area. These fit perfect, comfortable, perfect for working out and suuuuuper supportive. I highly recommend!"
Best Workout Matching Sets on Amazon
Who doesn't love a matching workout set? Whether you're at the gym or running errands, they instantly make you look put together and they take all of the effort out of putting an outfit together. This biker shorts set is made with a stretchy, seamless material so you'll be comfy the entire day no matter what's on your schedule.
Pros: Made from stretchy fabric; Seamless; Top has removable pads; Comes in 30 colors and prints; Sweat-wicking.
Cons: Limited sizes.
Customer review: "Think thick, ribbed, slimming material - that is this set! The colors are gorgeous and the set is adorable. Buying in all colors!"
Sometimes it may feel impossible to get out of bed to go to the gym. In those cases, a cute workout set will be your savior. This long-sleeve set is especially great for chilly winter days but will keep you cool during sweaty gym sessions thanks to its perforated details. Some styles even have a cut-out for added sexiness, and if you prefer short sleeves, there are options for you, too.
Pros: Made from a four-way stretch, lightweight fabric; Seamless; Perforated details always for breathability; Has long-sleeve and short-sleeve styles; Tummy-control waistband.
Cons: Pants may be too long for those under 5'5".
Customer review: "I wear this to work out and also as athleisure. Hugs the curves, comfortable material, not see-through at all."
Not only is this set a stunner for your workouts, but this top is too cute to only be reserved for the gym. Although it may not be best for your HIIT class, this halterneck top and shorts set is perfect for activities like yoga, pilates, or even hiking. Available in punchy colors, this set would be even better to wear outdoors in the sprint and summertime.
Pros: Top has adjustable straps; Not see-through; Made from breathable, four-way stretch fabric; Sweat-wicking; Tummy-control waistband; Top has removable pads.
Cons: Limited sizes.
Customer review: "Cute and comfortable. Passes the squat test without the shorts rolling down. It’s not see-through which is a plus. The bra comes with padding inside, although it is not a high supported bra you can adjust the straps. I will definitely purchase in different colors!"
Here's a cute workout set that will provide you with the fashion motivation you need to do that 30-minute Pilates class. There are tons of other color options available and the scoop neck top adds a little flair to your workout 'fit. This set has over 10,000 reviews so you know it's a winner.
Pros: Comes in 26 colors; Sweat-wicking; Seamless; Breathable; Top has removable pads; Tummy-control wide waistband; Top has removable pads.
Cons: Limited sizes.
Customer review: "I was surprised by how supportive and flattering the top is. I feel so much more confident in my yoga classes! The outfit looks expensive. It kept me warm on my walk to hot yoga, and kept me cool during my class."
Best Workout Socks on Amazon
No workout is complete without a proper pair of moisture-wicking socks. The last thing you want in the middle of working out is to worry about how gross your socks will be afterward, so not just any pair will cut it. These pairs were specially designed for working out with cushioned heels for shock absorption and heel tabs to prevent blisters.
Pros: Comes in multipacks; Stays up while working out; Has cushioned for comfort and shock absorption; Heel tab prevents blisters; Breathable; Reinforced heel and toe for durability.
Cons: Runs a little big.
Customer review: "Finally!! My socks didn’t fall down into my shoe for the first time in months! They look good and they stay up. They have just the right amount of padding."
For fashion girls, Nike socks are a must. The simple check just brings an elevated coolness factor to your 'fit. Wear over your leggings or scrunched up with biker shorts and trendy sneakers for a look that's both comfy and cool.
Pros: Sweat-wicking; Cushioning on sole for comfort and shock absorption; Holds up well in the wash; Comes in multipacks.
Cons: Runs big.
Customer review: "Very soft and not too long. I love the texture of these socks and the look!"
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