Are you a women over 50 and want affordable, quality, fashionable workout clothes?
I want to share my top 5 brand picks, all under $50 that fill these particular needs. These looks are not only affordable and cool, they usually go out of style before they wear out.
As a 52 year old personal trainer and business owner, I need active wear that is multi purpose, comfortable, age appropriate and professional. My day includes a variety of activities such as working out, training clients, running errands, business meetings and working from home. Therefore, athleisure fashions are the bulk of my wardrobe except for Saturday date night and Sunday church outfits.
Throughout my 17 years in the fitness industry I have purchased many workout clothing brands; some have fit the bill and others have been a disappointment. Being on a budget, I refuse to spend a fortune for workout clothes. Therefore, to save you time and money I want to share my tried and true affordable favorites with you.
Fyi…I’m not affiliated with these brands, therefore you can count on my honest recommendations.
My 5 Tried and True Favorite Activewear Brands:
- Old Navy Active wear– The 10-15 outfits I bought throughout the years still look new. Moreover, I hope they don’t go out of business because the patterns and colors the brand offers are on trend and unique.
- Forever 21 Active wear – Even though this is a young brand, there are many options for women over 50. I stay away from the younger styles like short crop tops, jackets and shorts. I recommend ordering a size up. The active seamless leggings ($20) are so comfortable, I ordered 4 pairs. This white active hooded windbreaker ($24) and the black & white pattern block sneakers $28 (other colors available) are a major find. The sneakers are super cute for running errands, but I do NOT recommend them for exercising. Also, check out the Forever 21 Plus size activewear line.
- Walmart Activewear – My activewear wardrobe includes the Avia Brand – The workout bras are comfortable and short sleeve shirts (2 for $20) are a steal! Athletic Works Brand– The navy blue hoodie jacket ($20) is a must for Florida cool winter nights and this lime green t-shirt ($7 ) jazzes up neutral bottoms.
- Fabletics – The outfits they put together for only $49.95 are my go to for workouts and training clients. Also, they have the Fabletics Plus size line.
- Born Tough– This is a new brand and give the contoured tracksuit bottom ($39.99) a thumbs up! They are well made, available in neutral palette colors and appreciate the convenient side phone pocket detail. The ash brown color jogger I selected, pairs well with my existing pieces. I liked the jacket but it was too form fitted for large upper body. The clothes tend to run small so I recommend ordering a size up. Other Born Tough brands: Men’s workout clothes, Elite Sports.
Another surprising find is Five & Below workout clothing (also their workout equipment is great too). The above featured pink/blk tie dye leggings are unbelievably soft and cozy. One of my favorite on trend go to’s for only $5!
My thumbs down workout clothing brand:
On the other hand, my least favorite active wear brand is Target. Unlike the other brands after a few washes the clothes looked worn and did not last long.
How to take care of workout clothing:
It is important to take care of your workout clothes if you want them to last. My suggestion is to wash them inside out in a cold delicate cycle, hang tops and lay pants flat to dry and finally put in dryer delicate cycle with dryer sheet to fluff.
For adequate coverage over form fitting leggings, I order T-shirt dresses instead of regular length T-shirts. If they are too long, I cut the bottom off for a raw edge look.
Comment below, share your opinion or suggestions of workout fashions for women over 50 and under $50.