It's always a good time to support Black-owned businesses, especially in the fitness-and-wellness industry, which is known for a lack of inclusion, particularly in the activewear space. Luckily, a growing number of Black creatives, celebs, and entrepreneurs are launching their own activewear brands, and they're the perfect mix of fashion meets fitness with options that are on-trend, eco-friendly, and socially conscious.
Whether you're into high-impact, sweat-dripping workouts or just want a new spandex set to wear on the weekend, there's a range of performance-driven fabrics and silhouettes that match your activity and level of intensity. The majority of these brands also offer inclusive sizing as well, which is a must.
Scroll ahead for the 13 brands that are so functional and stylish you'll be inspired to support and get your sweat on.
1. JoJa Activewear
Founded by Victoria Secret models Jasmine Tookes and Josephine Skriver, this newly launched brand offers fashion-forward workout tops, bras, and leggings that are buttery soft and moisture-wicking. Pieces like the color-blocked, one-shoulder top are so chic you'll be tempted to wear them outside of the gym.
2. Solely Fit
Stefania Okolie, the founder of Solely Fit, was inspired by her Haitian and Nigerian roots when dreaming up this skin-baring line of spandex, which is ideal for moving in the sun. Some of her flashier pieces are high-shine bodysuits with head-turning cutouts and nude-toned mesh cutouts contoured to your body shape to make the wearer feel extra confident.
3. Ivy Park
Channel the fabulous energy of Queen B herself while wearing Beyoncé's next-level activewear, which currently has an exclusive collaboration with Adidas. This line seriously has to be the most coveted spandex brand on the market. In addition to high-performance bras and leggings, the line offers statement jackets, athleisure, and ready-to-wear.
Best known for its inclusive sizing options up to 3XL, Lukafit is created specifically for women with curves, which we love! Its beloved "squat-proof leggings" are designed to stay securely in place on your waist during high-energy workouts thanks to a hidden drawstring that guarantees the perfect fit.
5. EleVen by Venus Williams
It's no surprise that Venus Williams is behind this knockout line of cool and functional activewear. The tennis legend was tired of the dull, preppy options typically on the market and was inspired to start a line that lets you serve looks on and off the court. As a bonus, the techy, high-quality material is equipped with UV sun protection, quick-dry performance, and four-way stretch so you can spend all day on the court without any discomfort.
6. J. Dow Fitness
Perfect for a wide range of exercises, this line of bras, leggings, shorts, and bodysuits is designed in sleek silhouettes for an ultra-flattering fit. Shop its newest Black Beyond Measure collection, designed in collaboration with Target and filled with prints so energetic you'll be inspired to get off the couch and move your body.
7. Arrow + Phoenix
If eco-friendly manufacturing is important to you, this collection of recycled-spandex pieces is made sustainably and fits like a glove with sizing available up to 3XL. The brand also creates ultra-supportive, sporty swimwear that won't budge during water activities or pool time.
8. Roam Loud
Made for the woman who prioritizes health and wellness in her everyday lifestyle, this line of high-performance spandex comes in vibrant hues and aims to capture the "bold spirit" of the wearer to celebrate their individuality.
9. Full Court
Inspired by the style of retro tennis players, this sleek line of tennis basics has a sophisticated, minimalist design. Its exclusive collection with Net-a-Porter is just as chic.
10. Zoezi Sport
Using inspiration from the founder Yvonne Bulimo's rich Kenyan heritage, the name Zoezi translates to "exercise" in Swahili. The brand taps into its global heritage by merging bright colors and creativity with performance fabrication. Its leggings are known for feeling incredibly soft and smooth while providing a gentle compressive feel as you breathe, stretch, and move.
Pastry, founded by Vanessa and Angela Simmons, carries seamless sports bras, bike shorts, leggings, and dance sneakers that allow for effortless movement—a perfect recipe for dance cardio.
Thanks to a double-brushed material, Tier leggings are sure to be the softest pair in your wardrobe. The premium fabric is also sweat-wicking and hand-dyed to perfection with fun tie-dye variations.
13. Vertical Activewear
Best known for its conscious manufacturing process and inclusive brand ethos, Vertical Activewear prides itself on being a slow-fashion brand. This means it's made on-demand using recycled fabrics to avoid creating excess waste. The edgy, cutout styles are best for low-impact workouts and range in sizes XS to 5XL.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.
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