I Wear Leggings 5 Times a Week—Here's What I Recommend

I’m very into working out, which is well documented on my Instagram. Whether I’m headed on a hike up to Griffith Park in L.A., going to a class at Y7 or Body by Simone, or hitting the gym, I try to squeeze in workouts at least five days each week. What all of this means is that I spend a substantial amount of time wearing leggings and workout gear.

Over time, I’ve tested out a number of activewear brands, but right now I find myself slipping into pieces from JoyLab more than anything else. Not only are the fits great, but the pieces also hit at the right price point. All of the items I own range from just $17 to $35 but have the quality and wearability of much more expensive pieces I’ve worn. I swear by the high-rise leggings but also love that the sports bras and crop tops are designed to make matching sets, if you’re in the market for that. Ahead, shop some of the JoyLab leggings and matching sets I’ve been wearing for all of my recent workouts.


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Here's the latest workout outfit I'm loving. The high-waisted leggings hit at the perfect spot, and the matching sports bra has an ultra-flattering shape. Plus, I'm very into this purple shade.


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Clearly, I have a thing for cool matching workout sets. What I love about this one is the crop top doubles as a sports bra.


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If you're looking for the most comfortable workout set ever, this is the one you'll want to get.


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This is a JoyLab set that I picked up last year. While these exact pieces aren't available anymore, the brand just released a similar style in a pretty red color that I'm currently eyeing.


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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.