8 Indie Activewear Brands That Are So Good You’ll Actually Want to Work Out

8 Indie Activewear Brands That Are So Good You’ll Actually Want to Work Out

When it comes to getting ready for the gym, we’ve fallen into the bad habit of reaching for a pair black leggings, a black top, and a black sports bra. But have you ever tried wearing a fun, kitschy set to class? It makes you feel like a fit model with two million followers on Instagram…kind of. There’s a growing number of indie sports brands you should sweat in, and we’re not talking about basic athleisure gear. Crazy flattering cuts, hyper-technical fabrics, and unexpected fashion collaborations set them apart, adding something new and fresh to the conversation. Here are 8 activewear brands worth sweating for, just in time for your inevitable “I should probably work out more…or at all” 2018 resolution.


  1. Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

This November Jonathan Simkhai, whose form-flattering dresses are worn by everyone in Hollywood, launched his first activewear collection with Carbon38. The result is everything in gym clothes we didn’t know we needed: corseted sports bras, lace-up leggings, and flared sweat pants. A little extra for Equinox? Hell yes, but the gym selfie will be worth it.

This is the brand behind the 2016 viral campaign that offered free leggings, because that’s how much they believed in their product. They gave you a pair knowing you’ll come back for more. Since then the brand has expanded into loungewear, but it’s their matchy-matchy sets in colors like burnt orange and sky blue that have us collecting everything they produce, just as they predicted.


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