While the thought of working out can seem daunting to some, stylish workout wear can give you that extra motivation to hit the gym. For a chic twist on fitness attire, stand out from the Lululemon and Nike masses of the world and opt for something local.
And since the athleisure trend shows no signs of slowing down, you’ll be able to take these trendy looks from your sweat sesh straight to the streets.
Here are some of our favourite Canadian activewear brands that will have you sweating in style.
Many people don’t realize that our body can absorb the toxins from the chemicals and dyes from the fabrics we wear when we sweat — staying healthy isn’t just about what we put into our bodies, but what we put on it! Our bodies are temples and we should treat them as such. Luckily, with TMPL Sportswear, a made-in-Canada athletic line, it’s easy to do that! Not only is TMPL made with fabrics and dyes free of toxins, but it’s conscious — all of its products are made in Canada with fair living and health benefits — and it has all of the performance benefits you’d expect from a high-end athletic brand.
Toronto-based Titika was founded in 2009 and the company is still based out of the city, even though some of its garments aren’t manufactured in Canada. Titika is known for its bold, sexy collections that make women feel good inside — and outside — of the gym.
This Vancouver-based athletic wear brand has been around since 2007 and is definitely for the yogi that loves attire covered in bold prints. Public Myth offers a wide variety of bright patterns that can be mixed and matched with other garments for multiple fun gym looks.
Having first started out as a hot yoga company, Karma Athletics expanded in 2011 to become one of Canada’s most authentic activewear brands. Locally manufactured, this affordable brand is perfect for those who are on a budget and want modern simplicity out of their workout wear.
Born in Montreal, this activewear company offers over 300 styles a year that are sleek and timeless. Lolë’s fashion-forward collections are also full of colours that exude energy, and are sure to give you enough buzz you’ll be able to skip your pre-workout.
This Vancouver-based urban athletic wear brand has a rustic yet industrial aesthetic to it. Here you’ll find minimalist apparel and accessories dedicated to craftsmanship and performance that are sure to give you major streetwear vibes as soon as you walk through the door.
This budget-friendly, Calgary-based activewear company can be found online, at one of their pop-ups or at any of Calgary’s independent fitness studios. Ethically-sourced and ethically-produced, this company provides breathable, comfortable and on-trend gym attire, from graphic tees to printed leggings.
Located in Winnipeg, Sacred Tusk Athletics is an under-the-radar Canadian activewear gem. Here you’ll find a combination of dreamy separates, psychedelic prints and wearable basics that are sure to look just as good on your feed as they will in the gym. If you’re looking for athletic wear that will make you stand out, this brand’s for you.
Former competitive skier and ex-Ralph Lauren designer Michelle Watson founded her athleticwear brand MICHI in New York City in 2010. But her Calgarian roots later pulled her operation back to Canada and now all MICHI products are based out of Toronto. With its edgy versatility, you can wear this brand straight from the gym to brunch.
There’s a reason why this modern, affordable brand is our go-to for all of our Canadian activewear needs. Joe Fresh offers chic athletic wear that’s inexpensive without skimping on quality. Their activewear collection is also known for being inclusive, offering sizes XS-3X.
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