Finding attractive workout clothes that fit and flatter can become more challenging for women over 50. Many of us do not want to wear skin tight tops which show every lump and bump, and we want bottoms that don’t show our imperfections or have waistbands that slip down while we exercise. It is also important that we look for high quality fabrics that will hold up to frequent use. Practical details like pants with pockets for our cell phones and tops that we can wear with traditional bras when we want to are also worth considering.
While there are many retailers offering high quality workout wear, for this article I have focused on Lululemon, Athleta and Vuori. I have included lots of stylish tops and bottoms, many available in petite and tall sizing as well. I found some sports bras that do not need to be put on over the head, a big plus for those of us with shoulder or arm injuries. These friendly styles will also alleviate the tug-of-war that can occur after a sweaty workout! If you haven’t updated your workout wear in a while, you may want to consider some of my stylish and practical selections below.
Workout Tops and Sports Bras
I own this Athleta top in 4 colors. You can tie it in the back or leave it loose. Helps to camouflage any extra weight in the abdomen area. In 8 colors, some on sale like this one. Over 2000 positive reviews!
The Swiftly Relaxed Tank Top from Lululemon is not skin tight and is flattering on most figures.
This Love Tank from Lululemon is pleated in the back for added interest. A fan favorite, but requires a sports bra. In 7 colors.
The Lululemon All Yours Tank Top is made from a soft, comfortable fabric and an easy-to-wear silhouette that feels amazing and goes with just about everything. Extra large arm holes to show your favorite sports bra. In 6 colors.
Vuori makes fabulous workout and casual clothing. Their signature DreamKnit fabric is so soft but also very durable. With a cropped but not too short length. Great for outdoor activities in the spring.
The Sculpt Tank from Lululemon is lightweight and has mesh fabric panels for breathability. Looser fit around the abdomen. Can be worn with a traditional bra. Highly rated and in 5 colors.
Finally a sports bra that doesn’t have to go over your head! Available in traditional bra sizing and several colors, this Lululemon sports bra offers a high level of support and is a winner.
This zip front sports bra from Athleta makes is so easy to put on and take off. Available in lots of cup sizes.
Semi-fitted, so it skims over the body. Can be worn with a traditional bra. This Ahtleta tank also comes in petite and tall sizing. Lots of colors too.
Made for yoga but great for lounging too, these Athleta joggers come in several colors and are high waisted. Also in petite and tall.
I bought 3 pairs of these last summer and they remained in heavy rotation. Love the shorter crop length, now with pockets. From Athleta and available in petite and tall lengths too.
Powered by Luxtreme fabric, these Lululemon tights hold you in and minimize any lumps and bumps. In 7 colors with a 28 inch inseam for full length coverage.
Now available in 13 colors, Vuori’s Performance Jogger has a slim but relaxed fit with a cropped leg and pockets. I am wearing a pair as I write. LOVE these. Great for travel too and so versatile. Over 10,000 positive reviews!!!
This buttery soft Align high rise pant sits right above the ankle at 25″ and has pockets. Comfortable enough to wear all day.
From Vuori, the Wayfarer Pant has lots of stretch, and is made of a technical knit fabric that looks like a woven. Perfect for walks, hikes and travel. In 4 colors.
Lululemon’s 23″ high rise Align Crop is buttery soft and has added pockets to hold your essentials. In 4 colors.
I own these ankle pants from Athleta in several colors and love the petite and tall sizing options. Great for golf, walks with friends. In 6 colors including navy.