5 standout activewear brands to follow (and shop) on Instagram

Our Insta-loving social media manager has found five standout activewear brands to follow (and shop) on Instagram

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I've become somewhat of a fitness fanatic. Somewhat being the operative word here. In the past two years, I've found my inner Sporty Spice when I never knew she existed. I've got big into all things Pilates, boxing and spin. That's right — spin. And I genuinely enjoy it. Who knew that was even possible?

One of the best things about becoming a 'gym person' is activewear. If I could, I would choose to wear a fun pair of leggings over anything else in my wardrobe. They're just so ridiculously comfy.

With a habit of trawling through Instagram (mostly for work, mind you), I've discovered five activewear brands that are definitely worth the hype. They are...


The Upside

Without a doubt, The Upside has become my favourite go-to brand for printed leggings. Not only do I wear the Aussie label to the gym but I also adore pairing their leggings with oversized knits for cosy days at home or when I'm out running errands.

PE Nation


I'm probably really late to the PE NATION party, but I have become obsessed with their urban, slick style. I have to confess that I don't own anything from this brand yet – but they're definitely on my Christmas wish list.


The LA brand ONZIE said it best when they declared: "Yoga pants. Because jeans are stressful, and you don't need that in your life." Definitely my kind of vibe.

Tory Sport

I mean, who hasn't seen this tie-dye dream set on Instagram? Spotted on everyone from Oprah to Amanda Seyfried, I am in love with the activewear label, Tory Sport.


Dharma Bums

Dharma Bums is another Aussie label that ticks all the boxes (they sure know how to do printed activewear). I spotted the sustainable brand on Instagram and, like a magpie to all things conscious, I immediately proceeded to 'add to basket'.

Shop our edit here

The Upside peony-print leggings,
€115 from matchesfashion.com



PE Nation zip-detailed stretch leggings,
€154 from theoutnet.com


Onzie high-rise leggings – Gold Dust,
€81.60 from thesportsedit.com



Tory Sport tie-dyed stretch-jersey leggings,
£95 from net-a-porter.com

Dharma Bums Equinox high-waist printed legging,
€62.40 from thesportsedit.com

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