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8 athleisure brands our editors are wearing in 2022

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Activewear and athleisure wear are looking to flourish this year as we continue to ditch stuffy corporate wear and opt for stretchy leggings while we WFH.

A majority of our face-to-face business calls and meetings have now been replaced with a copious amount of screentime, with leggings, bicycle shorts, sweatpants and loungewear becoming part of our daily wear.

According to a research study by Statista, the US sports apparel market was valued at US$105.1 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach US$113.4 billion in 2021.

That being said, this trend is not new, as we've seen athleisure wear taking over the '80s and '90s music and exercise videos. In the '90s, I must admit, I was into cropped tops and bicycle shorts as much as I am into them today (sans nerdy glasses and a bad perm).

According to Yahoo's team of editors and producers, these are some of the brands we can't get enough of, as we transition into a hybrid-remote work scenario.

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1. Mulawear

South Korea's popular activewear brand that's known for their leggings, is now here in Singapore. Expect to move at ease with their stretchy, "miraculous leggings" that are claimed to have an average life span of six years or more, thanks to their own fabric and design.

Shop online at their official store in Lazada Singapore, or at their physical stores in Mandarin Gallery and Funan Mall.

These are some of our favourites:

Mulawear New Noble Leggings

S$72 at Lazada

Mulawear Noble Leggings. (PHOTO: Lazada Singapore)
Mulawear Noble Leggings. (PHOTO: Lazada Singapore)

Mulawear Adore Mesh Mix Short Bra Top

S$54 at Lazada

Mulawear Adore bra top. (PHOTO: Lazada)
Mulawear Adore bra top. (PHOTO: Lazada)

2. Sweaty Betty

UK brand Sweaty Betty's activewear combines body-sculpting technology with a fashion-forward aesthetic. In an interview with Yahoo Life SEA, the reason why the company chose to open in Singapore was the demand.

"We had so much inbound demand from the Singapore community and Singapore 'Betties', as we call them our customers – that was really organic," shared Sweaty Betty's CEO Julia Straus.

Shop Sweaty Betty's bestseller items:

Power Gym Leggings

S$135 at Sweaty Betty

Power Gym Leggings. (PHOTO: Sweaty Betty)
Power Gym Leggings. (PHOTO: Sweaty Betty)

Balance Seamless Bra in Antique Pink

S$72 at Sweaty Betty

Power Seamless Bra. (PHOTO: Sweaty Betty)
Power Seamless Bra. (PHOTO: Sweaty Betty)

3. Lululemon

The Vancouver-based company brand Lululemon is synonymous with sustainable practice.

Thanks to their commitment to sustainability, the company released accessories made from Mylo, a vegan alternative made from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.

These are some of our favourites:

Lululemon Energy Bra Long Line

approx. S$84 at Lululemon

Energy Bra Long Line. (PHOTO: Lululemon)
Energy Bra Long Line. (PHOTO: Lululemon)

Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 25"

approx. S$155.77 at Lululemon

Align High-Rise Pant 25
Align High-Rise Pant 25". (PHOTO: Lululemon)

4. Alo Yoga

Los Angeles-based fashion and lifestyle brand Alo Yoga – that's yet to have a store in our region – continues to make waves with their comfortable wear and entry into the virtual wellness space by offering customers an immersive digital space for yoga and meditation. Pretty cool!

While we await with bated breath for their presence in Asia in the near future, you can shop the brand on their official store, with direct shipping to Singapore!

Shop Alo Yoga's bestseller items:

Ribbed Destination Bra

S$94 at Alo Yoga

Ribbed Destination Bra. (PHOTO: Alo Yoga)
Ribbed Destination Bra. (PHOTO: Alo Yoga)

7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Leggings

S$135 at Alo Yoga

7/8 High-Waist Airbrushed Leggings. (PHOTO: Alo Yoga)
7/8 High-Waist Airbrushed Leggings. (PHOTO: Alo Yoga)

5. P.E. Nation

Australian sportswear brand P.E. Nation has only been around since 2016, but it counts actress Jessica Alba and Olympian synchronised swimmer Olia Burtaev as their ambassadors.

The brand offers stylish and modern activewear that's always seen as fashion-forward, so it's no wonder the editors can't get enough of it!

Here are some of our favourites:

Grand Stand printed recycled stretch sports bra

S$29 US$52.99 at P.E. Nation

P.E. Nation Grand Stand recycled bra top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
P.E. Nation Grand Stand recycled bra top. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

P.E. Nation Victory printed recycled stretch leggings

S$103 US$105.99 at Net-A-Porter

P.E. Nation Victory printed recycled stretch leggings. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)
P.E. Nation Victory printed recycled stretch leggings. (PHOTO: Net-A-Porter)

6. Imala

Singaporean brand Imala's brand mission is to provide well-made, affordable and good-looking gymwear/activewear such as leggings, sports bra, sports shorts, bike shorts and more.

So whether you're weightlifting, practising yoga or just lounging at home, you can count on Imala to provide the best comfort all day long.

Here are some of our favourites:

Kayleigh Navy Sports Bra with back pocket

S$40 at Shopee

Imala Kayleigh sports bra. (PHOTO: Shopee)
Imala Kayleigh sports bra. (PHOTO: Shopee)

Aila Comfort Buttery Soft Leggings in Rose

S$47 at Shopee

Aila leggings. (PHOTO: Imala)
Aila leggings. (PHOTO: Imala)

7. Lorna Jane

Australian brand Lorna Jane offers a wide range of high quality, affordable women's workout clothes that you could move seamlessly in.

Founded in 1990 by the Clarksons, the brand counts fans from around the world, including US, China, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Here are some of our favourite items:

Checkerboard Long Line Bra

S$39.20 S$80 at Lorna Jane

Checkerboard Bra. (PHOTO: Lorna Jane)
Checkerboard Bra. (PHOTO: Lorna Jane)

Lotus 19cm Bike Short

S$60 S$69.90 at Lorna Jane

Lotus Bike Short. (PHOTO: Lorna Jane)
Lotus Bike Short. (PHOTO: Lorna Jane)

8. Cotton On

Cotton On is one of Australia's largest global fashion groups in the world, with the aim to offer easy, affordable essentials and the latest trends to customers.

Cotton On Body's range of activewear covers an extensive list; from yoga pants, tights to tank tops, sports bra and accessories, you'll be spoiled for choices.

Here are some of our favourite items:

Comfort Knit Bike Short

S$15 S$34.99 at Cotton On

Comfort Knit Bike Shorts. (PHOTO: Cotton On)
Comfort Knit Bike Shorts. (PHOTO: Cotton On)

Workout Cut Out Crop

S$24.99 at Cotton On

Workout Cut Out Crop. (PHOTO: Cotton On)
Workout Cut Out Crop. (PHOTO: Cotton On)
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