Tine’s Guide To Getting Off Your Bum: My Favourite Activewear (And Where To Get Them)

My Favourite Activewear

Okay so technically, this post isn’t about exercising, running or plain gettting off your bum. Technically. It may seem like a frivolous thing, this “activewear” or as I saw it on telly the other day, “athleisurewear” (*roll eyes*), but believe you me when I tell you that when it comes to activewear, I’m very serious about it. Imagine me putting on my serious face.

Thaaaaaat’s right.

Seriously though, there’s power in good activewear. Compare these two scenarios:
1. You go running/working out in your usual home lounging shorts, ratty ol’ T-shirt, a regular bra and any ol’ pair of sneakers you have lying on your shoe rack, OR
2. You go running/working out in proper sports leggings/shorts, sturdy sports bra, shoes that are meant for running/working out. And maybe a ratty ol’ T-shirt but that’s where I draw the line.

I don’t know about you but #2 motivates me to run/work out any time. Even when I’m just doing yoga at home, I don’t do it in my home lounge wear. I make sure to change to my exercise leggings and a sports crop top. It’s a placebo effect but a good one that gets me off my butt nonetheless.

Needless to say, I love activewear. In fact, I’m sort of addicted to it; I cannot go past Lorna Jane, Lululemon, Nike, etc without at least going in to check out the merchandise. Thankfully, they’re usually frightfully expensive so unless there’s a good sale going on, I usually leave the store empty-handed. And before you think that I’m one of those people who wear workout gear out but don’t actually exercise, I don’t. The only time I’d be at a cafe in my exercise gear is after I’ve ran, which means I’ll usually be sweaty and stinky. My 2XU compression tights are reserved only for running, not doing grocery runs. ๐Ÿ˜›

I thought I’d share my favourite brands/types of activewear with you today and where I get them. Activewear isn’t cheap to begin with but if you search deeper, you’ll be able to find some good gems at affordable prices.


I adore Target for their activewear. As this whole activewear lifestyle is getting more and more popular, Target Australia has worked even harder to expand their activewear line and I must say, they’re good. While their sports crop tops are just so so, their exercise leggings, shorts and tank tops are great. They even have very affordable exercise gear like yoga mats, Pilates balls, weights, etc. My favourite running tights are from Target and they were only $20 (that’s at full price; get ’em when Target does their sales, which thankfully, is often).


Like Target, Kmart has also expanded their range of activewear significantly over the past 12 months. Again, their sports crop tops are a bit of a miss but everything else is A-okay in my books. I have a pair of running shorts from Kmart that I love, and it only cost me $10. They have a wider range of exercise gear than Target. If you’re looking for kettle bells, weights, jump ropes, etc, why not give Kmart a go? They’re the same as the ones you can get from Rebel Sport but at much lower prices.

Rebel Sport

Speaking of which, Rebel Sport is also another place I frequent to check out activewear. I’m usually seen at the sale racks because you can get pretty good bargains there (hello Under Armour tights for $15!). Their regularly-priced items are expensive so unless there are sales going on, I don’t normally touch the non-sale items.

Big W

Big W’s activewear range is quite small compared to Kmart and Target, but it’s still worth mentioning for Michelle Bridge’s activewear range. Personally, I’m not a big fan of hers but I cannot deny that a lot of her activewear is good. In fact, my favourite sports bra to run in is from the MB range at Big W and it only cost me $15. I loved it so much that I went back to buy another one of the same sports bra.

Cotton On

Cotton On has also picked up their game in terms of their activewear and the new ones don’t disappoint. They have lovely sports bras and leggings at affordable prices but what I usually go for is their shorts. I’d wait for their 50% off sales; I’ve picked up several good-quality running shorts for just a tenner each.

Lorna Jane

I love Lorna Jane’s activewear. I used to think that the whole concept is so very rah-rah and I still do, but damn, their activewear’s gorgeous. Their quality surpasses Target, Kmart, Big W and Cotton On and unfortunately, so does their prices. I have a couple of sports crop tops from Lorna Jane that I love including their running shorts, tights and undies, all purchased on sale. I’ve never bought anything from Lorna Jane at full price and to be honest, there’s really no need to when they do sales quite regularly. I may not be able to get the newest items but heck, even their out-of-season ones are beautiful.


Like Lorna Jane, Lululemon is also another store that I don’t purchase anything at full price because they cost a whopper. Their activewear’s really pretty but also very expensive so I normally wait till there’s a sale going on. Unlike Lorna Jane, Lululemon doesn’t do sales often so I normally only get one item per year.

Active Feet

Active Feet is a podiatry footwear store based in Melbourne and while their shoes are expensive, they’re worth mentioning because they have trained podiatrists in store that will access the way you run on treadmills and recommend the right pair of shoes for you. Whether you’re a short-distanced but fast-paced runner or you prefer slower-paced but long-distanced running, they’ll be able to recommend the right pair of running shoes for you. When it comes to running shoes, I highly recommend getting a good pair that doesn’t just last at least a year, but will help prevent injuries based on your style of running. In fact, go ahead and ignore all those pretty activewear if you’re not into that sort of thing but when it comes to your shoes, please get a good pair. I got mine from Active Feet when I started running regularly.


I saved the best for last because when it comes to brands like Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Shock Absorber, SKINS, Salomon, etc, Wiggle’s a great place to get those from because their prices are much better than Australian retail. I’ve gotten my Nike Dri-Fit leggings, T-shirts, sports bras, etc for under $30 each (when they’re usually double that price in stores). I’ve gotten a pair of the latest Asics Gel-Kayano shoes for $80 when it retailed in Australia at almost $200. Wiggle is based in the UK but is now also available in Australia (items are shipped from the UK). This is a very addictive website to be on so beware!

It does sound shallow to think that one is motivated to exercise by proper activewear and I agree that it often is. Our brains tend to compartmentalise certain categories and things; mine goes into exercise mode whenever I put my sports bra, running leggings and a Nike Dri-Fit T-shirt on. When I’m in my ratty T-shirt and shorts, my body goes meh, whatever, I can’t be arsed. To me, as long as it works, I’m going for it. Can I help it that I’m really turned on by pretty activewear? ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m not the only bitten by this. Even Tim reluctantly agrees that when he has proper activewear, he tends to want to run more. There was a time when he reduced his running frequency significantly due to work commitments and when he saw that I started to run more, he said “okay it’s time to get new running shorts/T-shirt/shoes – that will get me off my arse and run in the mornnings“. And they did! ๐Ÿ˜›

You can also share your activewear with your partner. Even though I buy my own running tights, shoes, etc, I only have a few running tops of my own because I just nick Tim’s when I need one. I like wearing large-sized T-shirts to run in and there’s no point in me getting those when I can just use Tim’s. There you go, money saved right there. Ahem.

Still, I reckon it’s time to stop buying more sports bras. *looking at my 10 pairs*

Are you a fan of pretty activewear too? If so, what’s your favourite brand? What do you wear when you exercise?

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17 comments… add one
  1. Mel

    Love this post Tine! When I started doing Yoga seriously I may have spent several hundred dollars at Lorna Jane :S. And all the stuff I bought was on sale! To be fair though, I use the exercise bottoms I bought from them EVERY time I exercise, so buying those were worth it. I have 3 sports bras from them, but they’re a bit too tight atm since a certain type of birth control caused me to gain weight like crazy :\. But I’m off it now, so hopefully I can start fitting into my clothes more comfortably now!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Mel! I love sports bras from LJ; they’re GORGEOUS. Whenever I go running at a park or along the beach where there are many other runners, I keep seeing the beautiful criss-cross backs of their sports bras and instantly I knew they were either from LJ or Lululemon. I’ve been known to keep my pace behind these women just so I can see the backs of their bras. Yeah. CREEPY. ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. Mel

        LOL well, I’m not going to judge :P. Lorna Jane is on Catch of the Day today if you’re interested. I just picked up a sports bra ๐Ÿ˜›
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        1. Tine

          Argh you are not helping Mel!!

          PS: Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Kat Ness

    Oh no!! You’ve exposed Wiggle.com!! Haha now everyone will get on it =P Hubby loved that site when he was running and cycling. The delivery is also really good. I use to spend my bucks at LJ but now that I’m getting paid less, I’ve Cotton On Body. Such cute designs and patterns. I will check out Kmart as I love a good bargain. I definitely agree with you when it comes to how you feel in certain clothes – every new year before I start dance classes, I always get myself new clothes as it makes me feel good doing it lol.
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    1. Tine

      HAHAHAHAHAHA trust me, I was thinking twice of mentioning Wiggle.com mostly for selfish reasons! ๐Ÿ˜› But then I thought, more people should know about that website because it’s ridiculous how expensive retail prices are here in Austtralia! While I like them for their prices, I’m not a fan of their return policy. Woe betide you if you need to return something to them because you don’t only have to pay for the postage back to the UK, you’ll have to pay $15 restocking fee. Pffft.

      Cotton On Body is getting better and better, and so’s Kmart and Target. Previously, their activewear were pretty, for the lack of a better word, shit. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Norlin

    Me and Cotton On body are like besties I tell ya! Especially their running shorts at 50% off. Their tops are pretty good too – on sale of course! I don’t mind lululemon but only bought from DFO – way cheaper. As for sports bras, I think I’ve harped on this over and over again – Berlei. But I love the one with the underwire. Not sure about the other sports bras. I think they do have the Electrify non under-wire version too. GREAT support!

    1. Tine

      Oh yeah I’ve seen Berlei sports bras and they do look good! Unfortunately, I don’t like underwired sports bras and Berlei seems to only have wired ones (or very little non-wired ones). If you’re looking for amazing support, check out Shock Absorber. Man, those will flatten your puppies in a jiffy! ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. I’m a sucker for Lorna Jane, it’s my fave. I’m also not one to just wear active wear out but I spend a fair bit of my spare time at the gym and at dancing so it feels like I live in it anyways! X

    1. Tine

      Hahaha so you’re one of THOSE! Kidding! ๐Ÿ˜› I must say, LJ does have very lovely activewear that you can wear out as non-exercise gear.

  5. Karyn

    I love activewear too but I find the sizing stops at 14. I’m usually a 12 but thanks to some medication and a new illness I’ve ballooned to a 16. There is nothing in Lorna Jane or the high end that fits. (Stuffs another potato chip into mouth)
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    1. Mel

      Medication recently caused me to balloon up two sizes larger as well!! It’s awful not being able to wear the clothes in your wardrobe
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    2. Tine

      Oh I know! Before I lost weight from running, I couldn’t wear anything from Lorna Jane. Their leggings didn’t fit me, their bras were too tight, I couldn’t wear the largest of their tanks…bloody hell, nothing fit. It was so frustrating, and before I started running regularly, to be honest, I used to mock them for not stocking sizes above 14. While I don’t mock them anymore because dammit I’ve fallen in love with their workout gear, I still wish they would increase their sizes. Not everyone’s a bloody size 8 (I’m nowhere even near size 8 now).

  6. LeGeeque

    I’m starting to enjoy getting pretty active wear ๐Ÿ™‚ When I first started running, it was dead smack in the middle of winter so I pulled on a pair of Uniqlo heattech leggings and just ran for my life. As I dabbled into running a bit more, I realised the beauty of proper compression wear. Not only do they keep me toasty, it helps hold all the jiggly bits together. Now that I have a little less jiggly bits thanks to the crazy running I’ve been doing, I love how compression wear helps with the recovery process. After a particularly tough run (anything more than 5km- with sprints and uphills and crazy shit I feel like subjecting myself to), I’d change to compression wear the moment I get home.

    Now that it’s summer, trust me, cute flippy running skirts from Lululemon will change your life. I credit it to my long run with good pace yesterday. Don’t say I didn’t tell you ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Tine

      Hahaha I remember you mentioning long before we did our City2Sea run that you’d just put on your tatty t-shirt, shorts, shoes and run. I didn’t tell you back then but I gasped in horror a bit hearing that. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Erm, no thanks on running skirts for me. Can’t do them at all. ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. MonicaP

    I LOVE Lorna Jane active wear. Yes, it’s flippin’ expensive, but OMG .. the compression capri’s can’t be beat – not even by LuLulemon, in my opinion.

    In fact, over the holidays, I was so lucky to walk into a local LJ and find a second pair of capri work out pants for half off and then they were having another 20%, I seriously did a happy dance in the store.

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    1. Tine

      Oh I agree; I prefer LJ’s tights to Lululemon’s. The material’s just better I reckon. I subscribe to their mailing list and as soon as they announce a sale, I’m ON IT. Their items are so expensive; it’s hard to buy anything on full price! ๐Ÿ˜›

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