Are Expensive Workout Clothes Really Worth It?

The world’s recent obsession with athleisure has led to a proliferation of pricier and presumably better-made workout wear. There are now so many athletic wear brands to choose from that it can quickly feel overwhelming, leading us to retreat to the standby old T-shirts and shorts we’ve worn ragged since high school. But everything counts when you’re trying to ace your workout, especially what you’re wearing.

Put simply, different styles and materials can make or break what you accomplish during any given workout, but it’s less clear if paying a bit more for your clothes will also lead to better results. As such, I collected pieces from the most popular pricier-than-average brands on the market right now and gave them all a shot at the gym, on the running path, and in a handful of classes. It quickly became clear to me that investing in your workout wear is not a bad idea (the nicer materials and design technology make a world of difference), but which brand you should go for largely depends on your exercise of choice. And if you're not up for spending more on every item, bottoms should be your top priority, as they take the hardest beating.

Scroll down to find out which exercise brands you should spend a little extra money on based on your preferred workout!