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The best Australian activewear brands to shop

Step out and step up in duds designed for getting sweaty from these local brands

Alannah Maher
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Alannah Maher
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Aussie activewear is a much broader world than the Lorna Jane empire. If you’re ready to get your tuckus back into the gym or you’re after some duds that can withstand rigorous walks and runs, have we got some options for you.

This list mainly focuses on clothes designed for women (and others with hips), and we’ve gone to the trouble of earmarking the size range each brand stocks, as well as the price range you can expect for that staple of activewear items: leggings.

Whether you’re ready to hit the treadmill running when gyms can welcome back eager exercisers, or you’d just rather step into some stretchy pants over your old jeans, we’ve got some options. After all, as that viral 2015 skit from all-women comedy trio Skit Box likes to remind us whenever the monotone chorus of “activewear, activewear” gets stuck in our heads, activewear is great to wear for all manner of activities that don’t strictly involve exercise – like doing the groceries, showing off babies, and nursing hangovers.

Looking for something more cosy and casual? Check out the best Aussie loungewear brands to shop.

7 local brands to get sweaty in

With designs created using recycled water bottles and fishing line, the tights and crops from this brand are a fabric to feel good about. Born and bred in Sydney, this range is designed with fitness in mind from Australia’s unofficial outdoor training capital, with fits that would not look out of place on anyone who chooses to jog the Bondi to Coogee. While their quick-dry, four-way stretch, compression fit fabrication helps smooth and support the body, their density knit fabric has got you covered for squats, lunges and jumps.

Sizing: stocks sizes 6-16 AU

Price range: leggings start at $69.99

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

This Aussie brand with a bricks and mortar store in Bondi was created by a couple of Sydney-based best friends in 2013 with a mission to make quality activewear that feels great so wearers can enjoy “picking, pulling and adjusting-free workouts in on-trend pieces”. This enviro-conscious brand even makes clothing out of used plastic bottles! If you shop the recycled edit, including some exclusive sets on The Iconic, you can find pieces made from their signature MoveLite fabric, which is made from used plastic bottles that are broken into flakes, melted into pellets, spun into yarn and knitted. The result is said to be silky soft and easy to move in.

Sizing: stocks sizes 6-14 AU

Price range: leggings start at $89 for three-quarter length and $99 for full length

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

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This oh-so-very-Sydney brand specialises in activewear that is as fashionable as it is workout ready. The newest collections bring you easy-breezy pieces with a subtle retro-flavour that take inspo from the coastal environment, perfect for weekend getaways and brunch dates after sunrise beach jogs. The Upside also has bricks and mortar stores at Bondi Junction, Miranda, Mosman and Macquarie Centre. 

Sizing: stocks sizes 6-16 AU

Price range: leggings mostly range from $99-$139

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

This Aussie activewear and more brand is quickly gaining popularity for its leggings made from in-your-face fabric prints and its truly inclusive sizing range – stocking from an XXS (size 4-6) to an XXL (size 22-24). If you’re not in the market for designs sporting leopard print unicorns, hypnotic skulls and tropical themes, there are also plenty of mono-colour pieces in their form-fitting range including high-waisted bottoms to cinch you in and ‘booty scrunch’ shorts for enhancing derrieres. There are also booty shorts, bra-tops, baggy tees, and even a kids range in case you have a tiny human you’d like to match with. 

Sizing: stocks sizes 4-24 AU

Price range: capri leggings start at $54.99 

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

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This fashion-forward local brand is dripping with sleek, pastel and soft monochromatic sets that would look right at home in a paparazzi shot of Kim Kardashian grabbing a salad with a disgraced sibling as well as a staunch power walk by Bondi Beach. 

Sizing: stocks sizes 6-14 AU (an L is 10-12 or 12-14 fit)

Price range: leggings range from $69-$89

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

One of Australia’s original activewear brands, Rockwear was launched in Queensland in 1991 by some pioneering fitness instructors. The products are designed to “lift the barre” and endure the most rigorous workout. Sports bras come in a range of styles suited to different impact levels of workouts and tights, tops and whatnot come in different types of fabric to suit your needs, though you’ll find just about all of them boast four-way stretch and moisture wicking technology. 

Sizing: stocks sizes 4-18 AU

Price range: leggings start at $69, you can also score two pairs for $100 

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

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This Australian-owned and operated brand founded in 2007 prides itself in producing high-quality functional sportswear with a street aesthetic. Many of the garments are constructed from LSKD’s own buttery-soft, super stretchy Rep fabric, and tights come in three different styles so you can find your perfect fit. In addition to an extensive womenswear range, this brand also has duds in menswear and unisex collections to get all bodies into movement friendly threads. LSKD is also working towards being ecologically sustainable with its Project Earth initiative. 

Sizing: stocks sizes 6-16 AU

Price range: three-quarter leggings start at $70

Delivery? Yep! Check out the website.

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