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I recently came across a question online, where a woman in my local Facebook group was looking for some more affordable alternatives to Lululemon, and leggings in particular, to shop for her teenage niece.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do love Lululemon for their high-quality pieces, but if I’m looking to pick something up that I won’t have to worry about accidentally ruining in the wash, I’m also likely to shop somewhere that’s a little less expensive.
Over the years I’ve gone through a range of different brands and come up with a list of favourites that don’t compromise on quality or style. These top-rated picks are not only some of my favourites, but are also backed by thousands of positive reviews online and many more happy customers.
If you’re shopping for a gift or are looking to upgrade your own collection of leggings, scroll through for five brands to check out in lieu of Lulu.
The secret’s out - Old Navy actually has a stellar selection of activewear that for its price and quality can’t be beat. If you’re a fan of compressive leggings, these leggings offer lots of support that stays put through any workout. As an added bonus, most styles are also available up to a 4X, for chic workout gear at any size.
Rating: 4.7 stars, 1,645 reviews
SHOP IT: Old Navy, $55
With sustainability currently being at the top of the list of my shopping goals, Girlfriend Collective has become my new go-to. Made from recycled plastic water bottles, this inclusive line of activewear is incredibly soft, comfortable, and good for the planet too.
Rating: 4.8 stars, 2,433 reviews
SHOP IT: Girlfriend Collective, $89 ($68 USD)
With three fabrications designed to suit your activity (Chill, Play, or Move), you can choose from ultra-soft stretch cotton leggings for casual days to high-performance gear that’s made to move with you. I’m personally a fan of the Play leggings that feature a brushed interior lining for extra warmth in chilly studio practices.
Rating: 4.8 stars, 2,398 reviews
SHOP IT: Aerie, $33 (originally $55)
If you’ve yet to try out Nordstrom’s in-house activewear line Zella, it’s one to add to your list. With legions of devoted fans, these top-rated leggings regularly sell out during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and are an affordable staple for any active lifestyle.
Rating: 4.6 stars, 6,340 reviews
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $59
Amazon’s top-rated leggings for women are not only affordable, but they’re squat-proof, sweat-wicking, and just as comfortable as more expensive brands. With a 4.2-star average rating on more than 1,300 reviews, these Yahoo Canada reader favourites, are worth giving a shot.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $13 - $31