As a regular gymgoer before the whole world turned upside down, it felt a little disheartening to say goodbye to my collection of cute workout clothes at the start of last year. I know most people consider leggings a wardrobe staple, but outside of the gym, I rarely ever wore them in a true sartorial sense. That was until I discovered Girlfriend Collective—the IG-famous cult activewear brand championed for its size inclusivity and ethically made workout clothes. In a feeble attempt to get enthused over working out at home (FYI: I hate home workouts), I bought a set from the brand after hearing so many glowing reviews from friends. I was not disappointed.
Although I quickly dropped working out at home, I kept wearing the set everywhere I went. It was a cool, figure-hugging alternative to sweatsuits, and the simple, elevated design made it easy to wear with any layer I threw over it. Shortly after, my obsession with minimal activewear sets was born, and now that I can officially hit the elliptical and weight room in full form, you can bet I'm shopping for more.
In case you're wondering, no, these aren't the frumpy workout clothes you may have worn in PE years ago—these activewear sets take the elevated look of athleisure and combine it with the sporty performance ability to make it through an hour of yoga, HIIT, boxing, or all the above. Consider it the fully evolved form of athleisure that you can actually break a sweat in. Read on to check out all of the gorgeous sets I'm tempted to buy as well as how a few of our favorite fashion girls are wearing them.
The best part about Girlfriend Collective's sets is that you can always mix and match between colors and styles, and they're all reasonably affordable.
Shop the matching Compressive Stretch Leggings ($68).
Everyone needs a stylish basic black set.
If you're too frightened over potentially going to the gym in a pristine white set, I highly suggest this rich, neutral oatmeal shade, which feels like the next best thing.
Even if you hate the gym, this cute set will keep you motivated to be seen.
Shop the matching Spacedye Team Pockets High Waisted Biker Shorts ($72).
The ribbing on this just takes this set to a whole other level.
Shop the matching Seamless Ribbed Leggings ($79).
Take a cue from our favorite fashion girls and pair your two-piece with a classic trench coat for full-on Sporty Spice vibes.
Shop the matching Geometric Leggings ($115).
The delicate touch of iridescence immediately catches the eye.
Shop the matching Stretch Leggings ($128).
I'm all about this icy blue nowadays.
Although the design is pretty understated, this punchy green is definitely not.
Be the star of your barre class.
Shop the matching High Waist Stretch Leggings ($124).