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28 of the best Australian activewear brands primed for your next gym session

Best Australian activewear brands

Athleisure as a fashion statement – whether you carry a gym card or you're simply looking for a comfortable set to don on your way to get a morning cuppa - is a movement that has continued to gain momentum, and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. While many of our favourite activewear brands are still going strong, luxury Australian brands are also trending toward including a sportswear offering in stores and online.

Whether you start your Sundays with pilates or end your Wednesdays with a cardio block, Australian activewear brands have you covered for design, functionality and, most importantly, comfort. In preparation for your next gym day, we've compiled 28 of the best Australian activewear brands to shop today.


1. Afends Activewear


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Byron-based fashion label Afends has always had a strong vision of sustainability as part of their surf, skate and streetwear. Their activewear offerings come in a mix of sweet patterns and knits – perfect for moving from the pilates studio to your local coffee hang.


2. Aje Athletica


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Designers of the perfect puff sleeve dress, Aje is now expanding in to the activewear scene with their new off-shoot Aje Athletica. Not only can you shop the pieces online, but they also have Aje Athletica flagship stores popping up - replete with holistic health offerings from sustainable skin and bodycare brand IKKARI.


3. Bonds


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The iconic Aussie undies brand also has an activewear branch – offering a swathe of comfy sweatsuits, bike shorts, sports bras, leggings and yoga pants. You can also pick up some new sport socks and seamless undies while you're at it.


4. Gorman activewear


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Lisa Gorman's eye catching designs also apply in the activewear space. If minimalist black leggings aren't your thing – Gorman has several bright, bold and playful patterns to choose from on their website.


5. Lorna Jane


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Probably Australia's most well-known homegrown activewear label, Lorna Jane is known for their lasting quality and timeless designs. Their full range is avaialable online, or they also have a bunch of brick-and-mortar stores to visit in most cities around the country.


6. Nimble


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The passion project of high school friends Katia Santilli and Vera Yan, Nimble was crafted out of a desire for stylish and affordable activewear, made consciously. With certain pieces made from recycled plastic bottles, the brand is known for its refined prints and dependable support necessary when exercising.


7. Solo the Staple

Those sleek bodysuits you see at your pilates studio? They’ve likely been crafted by the team at Solo the Staple, known for their functional and refined activewear pieces interpolating contemporary shapes with practical garments. Designed to be supportive and comfortable, all bodysuits are crafted to the highest standard and made to last.


8. Jaggad


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A triathlon brand evolved into a fully-fledged activewear brand, Jaggad is known for its high-performance fabrics quality construction, dynacmic printing and vibrant colorus. Not to mention, each piece fits as though moulded to your body. Comfort if we’ve ever seen it.


9. Soloman Street


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Adelaide brand Soloman Street’s approach to activewear is colour, pop and pattern. Underscoring the brand is a sustainable and conscious approach to design, employing only natural fibres and synthetics (where necessary) and sourcing from responsible suppliers.


10. Contrology


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Optimised for pilates, Contrology's activewear are form-fitting yet unrestrictive, meaning you can flow through controlled movements with ease. A blend of feminine and minimalist styles, think


11. Ryderwear


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For activewear with an attitude, look no further than Ryderwear. From dynamic patterns and silhouettes, the label crafts pieces designed to be functional, versatile and last for many workouts to come.


12. Dharma Bums


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When looking for garments specifically for yoga, Dharma Bums is the brand for you. High-performance activewear to wear inside the studio and out, designs are crafted to b sleek and colourful, produced to the highest ethical standard with eco-friendly materials.


13. Cleo Harper

Cleo Harper’s mantra is sweat-proof and squat-proof, meaning their activewear is here to support you when the gym session calls for more vigorous exercises than a stretch and tone. Reliable and refined, these pieces slip into wardrobes with ease.


14. Nagnata


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Nagnata brings fresh textures, styles and fabrics to activewear with woven check and houndstooth prints not uncommon for the brand. Ribbed knits and merino wool bodysuits are also brand staples, core pieces to be revered.


15. Active Truth


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An inclusive Brisbane-based brand, Active Truth are known for their signature leggings, designed with a high-waist and made from premium compression material to provide ample core support. The brand caters to pregnant women, alongside a core range for all sizes.


16. The Upside


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One of the most well-known Australian activewear bands, The Upside are a go-to brand for many seeking reliable, durable activewear pieces. Since launching in 2014, the brand has gone on to craft a cohesive range of gymwear, yoga pieces, swimwear amongst leisure pieces for post-sweat attire.


17. P.E Nation


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A global symbol of Australian activewear brands, P.E Nation is a favourite of those wanting elevate their exercise gear. With fetching patterns and experimental silhouettes, the brand has become a staple brand on the activewear scene.


18. Boody


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With ethical practices at the heart of the brand, Boody produces soft, comfortable workout essentials using bamboo viscose to produce sustainable activewear. Designed in Australia, the brand carries a comprehensive range from swim to active to loungewear.


19. dk active


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At the core of the dk active brand is environmentally responsible design, with a passion for ethical business practice. Pieces are designed for their longevity and comfort, meaning they can call your wardrobe home for longer.


20. Elle Evans


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A swim and active brand made locally in Queensland, Elle Evans crafts affordable and eco-friendly pieces from deadstock fabric sourced by the brand. When looking to freshen up your exercise staples, the brand’s diverse range is a one-stop destination.


21. Bay Active


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The aptly named Bay active – a Byron Bay native – crafts activewear made of organic and regenerated fibres, often collaborating with other brands in repurposing surplus fabrics. Ideal for yoga and pilates, its pieces are a dream to wear on accounf of their functionality and muted tones.


22. Exoticathletica


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The bolder, the better in the eyes of Exocticathletica whose vibrant leggings and printed garments are the statement pieces of the brand. To add some colour and pop to your workout, look no further.


23. Rockwear


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A pioneering Australian activewear brand, Rockwear launched in 19991 and continues to craft rigorous, versatile pieces designed to support you through your workout. The brand carries an all-encompassing range from sports bras to leggings and outerwear.


24. Maggie Marilyn Sport

Despite technically being from New Zealand, Maggie Marilyn has made themselves a home on Australian shores - with a flagship store now in Sydney. The brand's understated sportswear line is situated at the crossroads of luxury, sustainability and minimalism.


25. Saski 


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The newest activewear brand on the scene is Saski, and it's owned by one of Australia's biggest fitness influencers, Tammy Hembrow. Only a quick glance at Hembrow's social media will assure that she spends a lot of time in workout gear and at the gym, so you know she's got to have some insight. The brand's first collection is a confectioner's palette of yellows, blues, pinks, but there's also some staple black pieces for the less colour-inclined.


26. Leelo Active


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The small Perth-based activewear company believes in a sartorial coalescence of efficacy and form, offering a stellar lineup of sportswear basics in rich and muted hues.


27. First Base


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Bondi girl and founder, Alison Cotton, started First Base activewear as a way to get back to the basics. It's a stripped-back, no-nonsense approach to gym gear that spotlights ethical production and sustainable practice. They even use recycled nylon in some of their pieces!


28. Stax


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Inclusivity and luxury quality are at the forefront of Perth activewear brand Stax. For seven years, the brand has been peddling flattering activewear, designed with specially formulated fabrics.


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