10 Aussie Athleisure Brands we're Loving Right Now - Women's Health

10 Aussie Athleisure Brands we’re Loving Right Now

Spring clean your workout gear with these home-grown labels! - by Nikolina Ilic

by | Sep 20, 2021


Since 1991, Rockwear has been encouraging Australian women to live an active life on their own terms. Creating high quality, functional, technical activewear for the most rigorous workouts, running, stretching in the studio and everything in between. Be inspired for Summer with their newest collection in-store and online now.



You can just tell that Aussie brand LSKD’s design team work hard to get the fit and feel of their tights just right. While a lot of other brans sacrifice support to increase stretch or comfort, they spend a lot of time making sure they can to provide the perfect balance of both. Check out their seamless range – perfect for activities such as yoga, pilates, or weight training.



Australian Activewear brand, Nimble Activewear is centred on the celebration of female individuality and self-acceptance through their designs and initiatives. Not only do they have some seriously comfy activewear, but their ‘No Bounce’ Bra is a game-changer.


Faebella activewear

Faebella activewear was created by Indigenous scholarship student, Alisha Jayne after she was inspired by her role as art tour guide art her university. Taking visitors through and explaining the significance of these artworks for her people and culture, she envisioned a lot of the paintings would look stunning on clothing and so enrolled into her university’s business accelerator to kick-start her business, creating the brand of Faebella.


West Activewear

Founded by Queensland local Victoria West, West Activewear as a brand focuses on creating fashion that betters the environment by using regenerated fabrics from old fishing nets and landfill. They also use using eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes, fully biodegradable cassava starch packaging and home compostable, and zero waste mailers. Nice.


Solo The Staple

If you’re looking for something a little more fashion-forward and love a good pilates session – Solo The Staple is for you. Founded by Adelaide-born Alicia Superina, the activewear brand started with one pilates bodysuit, one that “would feel incredible, fit beautifully and look amazing – creating a silhouette to flaunt,” and has now expanded into a collection of beautifully designed pieces.


Duke the label

Most known by its founder’s decision to ditch the size ‘large’ for a more body positive ‘curve’, Duke the label was founded by Rhiannon Duke in the effort of creating an activewear line that better represents Australian women’s bodies.



While primarily known for their period undies, Aussie brand Modibodi also have a small but sweet collection of activewear that is – you guessed it – period proof!!. Not only with their tights hold a moderate-heavy period but they’re also crafted from recycled materials. Win, win.


Nude Lucy Active

With a focus on sustainability (crafted from recycled fabric), Nude Lucy’s activewear offering is designed to be comfortable, versatile and extend beyond your workout. Focusing on the mission to inspire movement & flow, empower body positivity and to protect the planet.


Whether you’re a runner, spin junkie, boxer, lifting fanatic, or yogi, you know that the right gear makes alllll the difference between feeling like a superstar during your sweat or fidgeting and adjusting so much that you never quite get in the zone. Heck, you need the right activewear to comfortably run errands, curl up on the couch for the night, or give “business casual” meaning of your own.

And while there are tons of activewear brands churning out fun, functional gym clothes for women right now, we’re the first to say that supporting our home-grown designers should be your first stop.

From seamless construction (which means no scratching or chafing) and bold prints to modern metallics and funky cuts, the activewear offering in Australia has never been more exciting or diverse. Sure, classics like Nike and Lululemon never fail, but there are plenty of Aussie labels worth investing in too. And if sustainability, size-inclusivity, and budget-friendly designs are top-of-mind, look no further than the list of brands below.

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8 Of The Best Exercise Shorts That Will Power You Through A Summer Of Movement

It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?