29 Pieces Of Affordable Activewear To Buy In The New Year

A whole new set of gym gear can turn your new-year workout mindset from avoid at all costs to somewhat exciting — that is, until the newness of it all wears off. But with newcomer athletic brands slaying the game (we're looking at you, Outdoor Voices, Vimmia, Aday, and so many more), finding a cool new sports bra or pair of leggings has become a shopping-excursion norm. And, when wearing gym clothes beyond the yoga studio has become a full-fledged fashion trend, it's no surprise that fast-fashion retailers are taking note, emulating the trends we know and love and providing them in a more affordable form.

While you often get the quality you pay for, it's not always necessary to splurge on all of your soon-to-be sweat-saturated gear. Stores like H&M, Forever 21, and Aritzia, are offering up a selection of goods that aren't just cute but, mostly at under $50, won't break your bank, either. Ahead, we've rounded up 29 workout basics — minus the Lululemon prices — that will take your fitness routine from 0 to 100 in the new year.
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If your workout wardrobe usually follows an Outdoor Voices or Sweaty Betty aesthetic, H&M's pieces have a surprisingly style-forward vibe. While we're stocking up on the comfy and chic pullover running tops, the store also offers a wide variety of basic running gear, ski- and snow-wear, and base layers that double as streetwear. (Did we mention they're available in fun colors and patterns, too?) In addition to the main collection, the H&M+ line stocks a limited offering of sportswear.

H&M Sports Tights, $24.99, available at H&M.
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A racerback made for serious activity.

H&M Sports Bra High Support, $29.99, available at H&M.
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To be worn pre-, during, and post-workout.

H&M Hooded Outdoor Jacket, $49.99, available at H&M.
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Just add a neon bra.

H&M Mesh Sports Top, $17.99, available at H&M.
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This low-support piece comes with removable padding to adjust to your workout.

H&M Sports Bra Low Support, $14.99, available at H&M.
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You can pick up yoga mats, headbands, socks, and other gear here, too.

H&M Yoga Mat, $34.99, available at H&M.
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Abercrombie & Fitch
For workouts that lean toward low-impact, Abercrombie & Fitch has a small but strong collection of basics. There, you'll find shorts, leggings, tanks, and an assortment of low-support, stretchy sports bras in basic shades (white, black, gray, and navy). Note: Most of its exercise fare is online-only.

Abercrombie & Fitch Active Shorts, $30, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Pair this with an over-the-shoulder sweater for a true athleisure look.

Abercrombie & Fitch Active Mesh Bra, $30, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Wear this cropped tee for a yoga session...or just around the house.

Abercrombie & Fitch Wrap Front Crop Tee, $30, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Printed leggings are a simple way to make a grueling workout a bit more fun.

Abercrombie & Fitch Active Crop Leggings, $44, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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When your Calvins need a day off.

Abercrombie & Fitch T-Back Slim Bralette, $18, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Worry about sweating less in something strappy.

Abercrombie & Fitch Active Strappy Back Tank, $38, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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You may be more familiar with Gap Inc.'s fitness empire Athleta, but the retailer also boasts its own (albeit lesser-known) sportswear line GapFit. The eponymous collection is broken down by activity: barre, yoga, running, and more, and sticking true to the brand, it offers more patterned and bright-colored options than you'll find at other stores.

Gap GFast Bold Print Leggings, $64.95, available at Gap.
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This layering tank sports a mesh back for extra breathability.

Gap Mesh-Back Tank, $34.95, available at Gap.
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With low-impact workouts, you can get two wears before a wash in this reversible sports bra.

Gap Low Impact Reversible Sports Bra, $34.95, available at Gap.
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We feel cozy just thinking of a winter run in these sweats.

Gap Studio Lined Pants, $59.95 $44.99, available at Gap.
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Thumbholes? Check. Do we really need anything else?

Gap Geometric Quarter-Zip Pullover, $59.95, available at Gap.
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A basic top to wear in and out of the gym.

Gap Breathe U-Back Crop Top, $34.95, available at Gap.
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Aritzia already stocks all the comfy basics you need for everyday wear. But a few of the outside brands it carries, like TNA, Community, and Parklife, mix the store's normcore elements with sportswear, making for some seriously versatile fitness pieces. The prices run a bit higher than those of other fast-fashion lines, but most items are typically marked under $100. Now that's what we call chic athleisure at a competitive cost.

TNA Cadence Pant, $60 $55, available at Aritzia.
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This bra is made with contoured, double-layered cups for extra support.

Community Atomism Bra, $45 $32, available at Aritzia.
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She dunks, she scores.

Parklife Dunk Shorts, $50 $30, available at Aritzia.
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We'll gladly incorporate an oversized poncho into our daily wear.

Community Kratos Sweater, $110 $75, available at Aritzia.
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This pair of leggings is made with fast-drying technical fabric, perfect for sweating in.

Stride Pant, $55 $50, available at Aritzia.
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Start your New Year's resolution right with a cute bra that gives you one more reason to work out regularly.

Community Rasa Bra Top, $30 $26, available at Aritzia.
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Forever 21
Whether you're on a really tight budget or your approach to workout gear is "more is more," Forever 21 has you covered. With everything ringing in under $35 (save for items from the few outside brands it carries), there are hundreds of affordable pieces to choose from for every type of exercise imaginable.

Forever 21 Active Heathered Hoodie, $17.90, available at Forever 21.
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Proof ombré works everywhere.

Forever 21 Active Dip-Dyed Capri Leggings, $19.90, available at Forever 21.
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This bag converts into the perfect weekender in a pinch.

Forever 21 Active Run Graphic Duffel Bag, $24.90, available at Forever 21.
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Keep your workout fresh with an alternative sports bra option.

Forever 21 Active Zipper-Front Crop Top, $14.90, available at Forever 21.
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Retain heat during an outdoor run with this scuba-knit hoodie.

Forever 21 Active Hooded Scuba Knit Jacket, $29.90, available at Forever 21.
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