Having spent the past week wearing pretty much nothing but activewear as we hiked, canoed, and explored around Banff & Lake Louise I wanted to share with you my activewear favorites for summer 2020.
I’ll share a bunch of a photos from our trip this past week and link up what I’m wearing. At the end I’ll also round up everything I’m wearing plus a few more of my current activewear favorites.
We may be limited in what we can do this summer and who we can see, but mother nature has got our back and being outdoors away from people feels like a safe, fun way to explore this summer.
I also want to take a quick second to mention body positivity. It is SO hard seeing ‘perfect’ bodies flood social media. It can make you feel self-conscious about your body and what you’re wearing in general, and I think this is especially amplified when it comes to activewear. There’s this horrible imposter syndrome that can set in when you put on activewear. A voice that says you don’t look like the fitness models so you don’t deserve to be dressed like them. I’m here to remind you that is a lie.
One more time louder for the people in the back:
Every body deserves to wear activewear. You don’t need to hide your cellulite, your jiggly bits or anything else that society has tried to sell you on as being ‘bad’. Your body deserves to feel sunshine on your shoulders, a breeze on your back and grass as it tickles your legs. Wear the activewear. Embrace it. Allow your body to move. I definitely still get a feelings of unworthiness when I wear just a sports bra and not a top over it or when you can see my cellulite (yep, that above picture has both!) but you know what? I love that picture anyway. Because it’s my body having completed a hike and getting to enjoy a cool breeze and an insane view. I hope you fight the insecurities this summer, I hope you wear your activewear with pride no matter your size.
I’ll step off my soapbox now and get to my activewear favorites for summer 2020, starting with the outfit shown above.
Outfit 1: My sports bra and leggings in that first photo are probably my top activewear favorites for summer 2020. The sports bra is high neck with is a trendy look right now and perfect for those of us with larger chests since everything is actually held in place. I also love the cross back detail and the wide band around the rib cage which is super comfortable and prevents that digging in feeling.
If the sports bra is a bit too much of a splurge for you though I did find this similar looking sports bra from Old Navy for only $15. I can’t speak to the quality of this one, but if you’re looking for a good look-a-like, this is your bra!
My leggings are a subtle blue camo print, which I love, and they have side pockets!! They’re on sale and come in a couple other subtle camo print colors as well.
Outfit 2: Same sports bra and leggings as above, but you can also see this tie-back tank which I think is SO cool and my new favorite casual sneakers – the lilac stripe Adidas Superstar sneaker. I wouldn’t recommend these for legit hiking or running, but for going for walks or doing some outdoor adventuring they are great. They do run BIG though – I recommend sizing down one full size!! I love the lilac stripe color for summer but they do have other colors as well. I’ve linked them up at multiple retailers too to make it easier to shop! My tie-back tank unfortunately sold out in .2 seconds, but I linked two similar styles for you.
Outfit 3: My exact sports bra is sold out, but I linked a similar one. As you can tell, I am all about the high neck sports bras for summer, and having a cut out detail is a fun touch. These palm print leggings I recommend to EVERYONE. They are the AE move legging ( which also comes in a bunch of colors with laser cut outs which I also love) and there is also grey & black palm print. They are a great high rise fit and really comfortable. They’re also on sale for under $35!!
Outfit 4: This light pink sports bra is under is only $25 and comes in a bunch of other colors as well. It’s a high support one so great for working out in! These bike shorts are by Sketchers and are only $31. Affordable quality workout wear does exist y’all! I also have to talk about my hat because I never knew I needed a workout hat until this. Unlike a regular ball cap it is made of sweat wicking material that is designed to stay in place and fit the exact shape of your head. It also has an elastic back (so nothing digs in) and a giant opening so you have room for a ponytail!
Outfit 5: I talked about this white zip-up hoodie on my instagram stories because it is seriously worth the investment. This style has been copied by a lot of retailers, but the lululemon original is actually worth it on this. The material feels like butter, the cut creates an hourglass figure and it’s just so well made. I also love this leggings, again they’re a splurge but I’ve had mine for 4 years and they still look good as new! PS. Just an FYI the colors are different in the widget above – I don’t know why I can’t link with images of the colors I am wearing, but both the zippy and hat are still available in white, as well as other colors!
There you have it! That is all the activewear I wore while in Banff & Lake Louise. As far as the rest of my activewear favorites for summer 2020; shop any of them my clicking the image below! My personal must-buy (it’s in my cart right now) is the “low squats, high standards” tank top! It’s too good! 🙊
I have some active wear pants in the same color as the first outfit you shared and I love them. Ohh, these are all so stylish and I swear I need some new workout clothes now. I love that view of the mountains, too!
Aw love it! And I know, the view is amazing right! Hope you’re having a great start to your week!
Gorgeous photos! Definitely a bucket list spot for us! XO
All of those workout sets are cute! And those locations are gorgeous!
Curated by Jennifer
Loving all of your activewear favorites! Your activewear game is very strong! Inspiring me to step mine up!
xo Laura Leigh
Aw thanks Laura Leigh!
My favorite part about this post was your chat on self love right there at the beginning. I recently shot an athleisure article and felt SO self conscious in the photos, so I began sucking in my tummy here, or contorting my body there, just to look flawless – or at least sorta toned. But if I’d just let myself share the real me, I probably would’ve felt a whole heck of a lot better, because I got so many “you look perfect” messages, and it was hard knowing that I’d kinda faked it – at least with the shoot itself (I don’t photoshop). The reminder here was ridiculously necessary. So, thank you for that! I also LOVE the activewear items you chose to share. Tons of cute pieces!
Aw thank you so much Steph. It needs to be said. heck, it needs to be screamed from the rooftops. and I totally understand what you went through mentally for that – I absolutely do the same thing. In these photos I am definitely trying to squeeze my abs, pose my legs so they look slimmer etc. It’s so second nature to most of us women that it’s hard to break the habit.
I am in desperate need of more activewear that is comfortable but also doesn’t show sweat quite so much. Since we have to do our gym OUTSIDE now (no indoor activities) I definitely want to make sure I have more options that don’t show my sweat quite so much!
Thats totally fair! I definitely recommend getting lululemon then. Their material is sweat wicking so even the white’s don’t get gross looking!
I love your third outfit! Those palm print leggings are so fun.
Thank you so much Alexa!! Aren’t they fun! I’m thinking of getting them in the grey/white color as well!
These photos are so dreamy! I also love good activewear! Athleta has been my faorite lately
Thank you! And ahh I need to check out Athleta more often! You had such a cute set a while back from there that I wanted to buy, but they were sold out in my size.
These are all great workout options! I’m putting some of these on my wish list 🙂 Hopefully the gym opens soon ha!
Thanks Lizzie! And aw, i hope it does for you guys! I know Cali has been hit really hard. Hope you are doing well.
Yes! And active wear is so comfy and freeing. Especially now with being pregnant and all the physical changes that’s going to bring, I imagine I’ll be wearing active wear a lot – when I’m active and not!
Totally! Activewear is a great way to just feel comfortable and like your body can move freely. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!
Lululemon and athlete are two of my go-to brands for athletic wear! I also love Beyond yoga, too!
All good brands for sure! I know Lulu is pricey but I love it so much because the quality is just hands down the best I’ve found. I like Beyond Yoga too but don’t have many of their things, I need to check them out more often!
Love these activewear finds girl!! So cute and perfect for the summer months! Xx.
These are all so perfect! I love the printed leggings, so cute!
Aw thanks Nailil!!
Obsessed with all these leggings ! They’re so chic and fab!
Thanks for sharing your finds! I don’t find I wear a lot of activewear – I can’t do much exercise with my knee unfortunately! it’s a shame as there are a lot of cute pieces around, as you’ve shown! 🙂
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Hope that you had a great weekend 🙂 Ours was busy with a birthday party and our rescheduled family photo shoot – making the most of all the relaxed restrictions here 🙂
Aw I’m sorry to hear that, knee problems are the worst! Two of my three sisters had to have surgery on their knees and I know they still struggle with them years later.
That sounds like such a great weekend!