15 top-rated women's activewear items you can buy at Nordstrom
You better make room in your closet.
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When it comes to shopping for women's activewear, a few retailers quickly pop into mind. And, as much as we love Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bandier, and Target, few retailers offer quite as much variety as Nordstrom. That’s because the cult-favorite Seattle-born store offers the perfect mix of activewear and athleisure, ensuring that all your athletic (and athletic-looking) needs are met.
Of course, with hundreds of products to choose from, you might not know where to start. Thankfully, the brand debuted its activewear microsite, which allows shoppers to more easily search by category and activity, as well as focus on gear, product performance guides, and quick tips from fitness experts around the globe. The site also offers plus-sized activewear. In other words, they’re stocked and ready.
If you don’t have the time to fully peruse their site, we've already done it for you and extensively looked through the microsite for 15 top-rated activewear items from Nordstrom worth adding to your workout apparel.
1. A pair of incredibly cozy leggings
Leggings are leggings are leggings, right? Wrong. Some leggings slip down with every step while others ride up with every move. Thankfully, these best-selling, high-waisted Zella leggings do neither. Available in five colors, the non-slip leggings stay in place during the most rigorous workouts as well as the most chill Netflix seshes. They have earned cult-favorite status with more than 7,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating with many Reviewed staffers obsessing over them
You can also find them in a cropped, pocket version, too.
2. Cushioned running shoes
Beloved by hundreds of Nordy shoppers, these ON running shoes feature a removable memory foam insole, a cushioned CloudTec sole, and a convenient slip-on fit that will save you from worry about your laces coming undone. They’re sold in 10 colors, all of which were tested by the brand for both running performance and everyday jaunts.
3. A lightweight long-sleeve shirt
Looking for a bit more coverage than a T-shirt or tank but hoping not to overheat mid-workout? This lightweight long-sleeve shirt from Sweaty Betty will do the trick. Sold in five colors, the soft, stretchy, moisture-wicking shirt features a seamless silhouette made of antimicrobial fabric, so not only will you not appear sweaty, you won’t smell like it either.
4. A roomy sweatshirt
Oversized sweatshirts are all the rage right now—and for good reason. They’re roomy enough to offer an ultra-comfy fit for lounging around, as well as airy enough to throw on over a sweaty sports bra post-workout. Instead of wearing any old sweatshirt though, check out this fun animal print design from Adidas that reviewers love because it can be dressed up or down. Available in four colors, you can choose between a full cheetah silhouette or one with cheetah arm stripes instead.
5. A trendy tie-dye cropped tank
Who needs a full-length top when a crop has less constriction during a workout? That’s why this Free People Movement tie-dye muscle tank is such a hit. The airy, cropped silhouette offers more coverage than a sports bra without hindering performance in the slightest. The cotton-polyester blend is pre-shrunk and machine-washable, so you’ll be able to maintain your perfect fit long after clicking ‘Add to Bag.’
6. A pair of supportive socks
Have you ever been running, cycling, or jumping between HIIT sequences only to find that your socks are riding down your foot? No fun. Thankfully, Bombas is here to save the day. The cult-favorite socks are designed with built-in heel cushioning, as well as added arch support and a seamless toe for optimal comfort. Best of all, for every pair bought, another is donated to those in need. And, since they’re available in three colors, you might just want to buy a few pairs to do a world of good for your fitness and athleisure routines.
7. An underwire sports bra for extra support
If you’ve ever layered sports bras for extra support while working out, then it’s time to make room in your drawer for this fan-favorite underwire sports bra. Made with wide, adjustable straps and an ample band, the lined, foam cup bra provides medium-impact support without fully strapping your ta-tas down and reviewers with larger busts say it's comfortable and keeps everything in place. It’s sold in three colors, all of which are designed to be hand washed and line dried.
8. A pair of vintage-inspired sneakers
When it comes to lifting, the flatter the shoe, the better. That’s why you often see folks squatting and doing deadlifts in Chuck Taylors. While we love those classic sneaks, we can’t take our eyes off of Nike’s Blazer Mid '77 Vintage Sneakers. The high-top, lace-up sneaks are flat and bold, making them equally as appealing for the gym as simply strolling around town. Best of all, they’re available in a bunch of colors (though, many of them as separate products on Nordstrom’s site, so be sure to search if you’re craving a particular hue).
9. A pair of classic running shorts
The trick to finding good running shorts is to keep the hem short and the material breezy. That’s why these moisture-wicking shorts from Nike are such a big hit with more than 200 reviews and a 4.3-star rating. That and the fact that they’re made with curved hems that don’t restrict your legs, ultimately ensuring that your bottoms won’t interfere with your stride. They come with built-in briefs and an interior pocket that can fit a key, ID, and some cash.
10. A pair of ultra-cozy joggers
So often sweatpants get a bad rap for being baggy and unsightly, which likely why joggers became a trend. The fitted sweats give a bit more shape to the lower half without sacrificing any of the comfort. And while many jogger variations exist on the internet, these Zella ones are some of the most beloved with more than 1,000 reviews on Nordstrom. They’re sold in four colors, all of which feature deep pockets and a tie waist.
11. A simple yet adored sports bra
Longer than a bra and just shy of a crop top, this sports bra from Girlfriend Collective is famous across social media and Nordstrom. Available in eight colors, the bra is designed for low-impact workouts like yoga, barre, and pilates, but works well for leisurely strolls around town, too. It’s made of moisture-wicking recycled polyester, so it’s an activewear purchase you can feel good about. You can also pair it with the brand's popular leggings for a matching set.
12. A pair of the softest leggings you’ll ever own
Beyond Yoga has a wide variety of products but done are quite as popular as their Spacedye leggings. The buttery-soft material stretches with your body’s every move, but never so much that they slip or ride up throughout the day—whether mid-vinyasa or mid-market walk. As a long-time fan of the brand—not to mention someone who owns more Spacedye sets than she cares to admit—I can wholeheartedly say that they’re the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn, and our tester agrees. Here’s hoping they continue to add new colors to the collection (so far, 10 are available at Nordstrom).
13. A form-fitting workout tank
Breathable? Check. Lightweight? Check. Full-length? Check. Form-fitting? Check. What more could you want from a workout tank? This Sweaty Better racerback tank checks all the boxes, which is likely why hundreds of Nordy shoppers swear by its seamless design.
14. A pair of leggings that can go from working out to going out
Looking for a versatile pair of black leggings that work as well for working out as they do for going out? Look no further. These top-rated Sweaty Betty leggings feature an eye-catching sheen, slip-proof silhouette, and cropped hem for the perfect pair to wear with sneakers and heels alike. They have 500 reviews and a 4.6-star rating with reviewers agreeing they have offer compression and the shine doesn't fade even after multiple washes.
15. A pair of bike shorts with—wait for it—pockets
If you’ve ever gone running in warm weather only to struggle over how to bring your phone, wallet, and keys along for the jog, these best-selling bike shorts might be the solution. Designed with deep side pockets, the quick-drying Zella shorts offer a place to hold all your essentials without weighing you down mid-run. They’re available in three colors.
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