Australian gals nailed the stylish activewear look long before the term ‘athleisure’ rolled around. Leading the pack today are young designers who blend comfort with cool in only the way Aussies can.
Our mates at ClassPass round up 5 beaut active wear brands to take you from plane to cardio, to post-workout smoothie and back again.
1. NIMBLE ACTIVEWEAR, BONDI
Founded by Katia Santilli and Vera Yan in beautiful Bondi Beach, Nimble is stylish yet technical activewear that won’t break the bank. Everything is designed and made in Australia and shipped and stocked all over the world. Nimble’s latest line, launched earlier this month, combines electric blue florals with edgy mesh and just enough compression (think “hard flowers” a la Mistress America). See ClassPass‘ fave Nimble picks here.
2. DHARMA BUMS, SYDNEY
Image Instagram @DharmaBumsActive, @Clairefalconer_
If you’re a practicing yogi, chances are you’re more than familiar with Dharma Bums. And if you’re on Instagram, you’ll have seen these fun, colourful prints adorning plenty of bendy people and their pins. Dharma Bums are not only ultra soft and super comfortable, they’re also ethically made in Australia using ecologically sound dyes, zero animal products and packaged in recycled materials. The brand only ever uses real people in promotional material, and the images are never airbrushed. How’s that for a feel-good workout? See
3. THE UPSIDE, SYDNEY
Launched by Aussie legend and style icon Jodhi Meares in 2013, The Upside is a go-to for those effortlessly chic outfits that take you from the barre to the bar. Their famously lux tights have sported everything from python and paisley prints to palm trees and polka dots. And don’t get us started on those muscle tees—it’s near impossible to walk through Sydney without seeing that ultra cool arrow emblazoned on a piece of activewear! See ClassPass‘ fave The Upside picks here.
4. L’URV, MELBOURNE
The brainchild of Libby Pettit, L’urv is a fashion-inspired sportswear brand that combines style and comfort with some seriously fun prints. Color is known to have a huge impact on mood, and if L’urv’s bright zesty hues and nature-inspired designs are anything to go by, you’ll be energized in no time. See ClassPass‘ fave L’urv picks here.
5. FIRST BASE, SYDNEY
Started by surf-loving, skateboard-rocking beach girl Ali Cotton, this laid-back, sporty label expanded to technical fabrics when people started wearing First Base clothes to their workouts. Now, First Base Fit boasts a cult Instagram following of over 150,000 and is a hit both at home and overseas. See ClassPass‘ fave First Base Fit picks here.
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