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The gym clothes you can afford on a budget

The Growing Up Guide fitness woman gym workout fashion

With ‘New Year, New Me’ dominating social media, it’s hard to avoid the fitness inspiration that’s plastered all over our news feeds. If you want to follow the trends but don’t have the big bucks to splash out on fancy activewear, here are some cheaper alternatives to make your gym wardrobe insta-worthy.

Missguided have recently updated their Active range for the New Year trends. From sizes 4-16, you can find a range of items from lounge-worthy workout leggings, to embroidered towels. Here are our top picks:


Active Black Wrk It Elasticated Sports Leggings – £18.00

These contrasted stretch-fit leggings are great for sweating it up at the gym, plus the added ‘WRK IT’ elasticated waistband is sure to keep you motivated during the January blues.


Active Mesh Panel Hoodie – £22.00

You are sure to look luxe in the gym sporting this number. Not only do the mesh panels heighten the style of your wardrobe, but they also allow you to stay cool whilst working out.

For more of a subtle, yet luxe look, H&M offer a wide range of affordable sportswear that’s fashionable and functional. Their website displays a range of apparel that is suitable for a variety of exercise, from yoga to outdoor sports. Here are a few of our favourites:


Sports Tights – £17.99

These H&M leggings are so versatile, we can’t get enough! Whether you’re going for a run, practicing a new yoga routine, or just popping out to the shops, these leggings are sure to send you into a fitness frenzy!


Sports Top – £8.99

Everyone needs a plain workout vest, but why not mix it up with this ‘Fiérce Vibes’ workout top. And if you tend to sport a resting bitch face whilst your working out, at least this top gives everyone a pre-warning.


Sports Bra Medium Support – £17.99

For us girls, a sports bra is a necessity if you’re planning to get in shape over the next few months. This supported V-neck sports bra not only provides extra support, but it’s also good for the environment as it’s partly made from recycled materials!

With such a wide range of clothes in general, you can never go wrong buying your new activewear wardrobe at New Look. With their 10% student discount all year round, you’re sure to save some pennies whilst shopping. Here are just a few of our must-haves from their site:


Nude Fishnet Front Lace Up Jogging Trainers – £27.99

Now we all know that Nike trainers may look a lot more trendy than other brands, but these running shoes are a cheaper alternative that still look stylish.

These cushioned trainers are perfect for everyday use, or for intense workout sessions. The breathable fishnet outer layer ensures that your feet stay cool whilst you get hot.


Red Racer Back Sports Vest – £7.99

Not everybody wants a trendy slogan tee to workout in, some people just prefer a standard vest that does the job. This low-price sports vest is great if you’re shopping on a budget; and it comes in a variety of colours, as well as sizes from small to XL.

We may all only think to use Pretty Little Thing to find our next party outfit, but their activewear range is severely underrated.

With a range of new season styles, there’s something here to meet everyone’s tastes. You might even manage to look as luxe as that fitspo woman on Instagram; budgeting doesn’t always mean practicality. Here are some of our faves from their range:


Black Caged Back Contrast Sports Bra – £15.00

This sports bra with a twist is sure to inspire you to hit the gym and flaunt your new threads. This stylish addition to your wardrobe will definitely make you look like a natural in the gym. An affordable must-have!


Red Panelled Gym Leggings – £15.00

These ultra-modern workout leggings are a great investment to your collection. The stretchy contrasted fabric is sure to keep you cool and comfortable whilst you work on your New Year body. Plus, you’ll win best-dressed at the gym for sure!


Black Long Sleeve Gym Top – £15.00

This wardrobe essential is perfect to keep you motivated, even during winter workouts. The streamlined fabric will show off your toned figure, whilst helping you boss any workout that you power through.




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