Stay effortlessly stylish and comfortable on the daily
Athleisure remains a huge trend as fall approaches... and we aren’t complaining. Functional, chic activewear isn’t just for the gym anymore, but can instead be worn and modified into ensembles for your next physically-distanced outing, or work-from-home look.
With Canadian designers on top of the game, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites so you can support local, sustainable fashion...
1. Public Myth
Facebook/ Style by Kim xoThis Vancouver brand thrives on creating upscale, ethically-made activewear using natural fibres such as bamboo and organic cotton. With style and high quality at the forefront, Public Myth’s clothing is a great pick for work, fitness or travel. Our top pick is the funky High Rise Shadow Legging, part of the brand’s collaboration with stylist Kim Appelt. (And we love that everything comes in recyclable packaging!)
LolëEmbracing the idea of wellness as a lifestyle, Montreal’s Lol-1ë features a variety of trendy athletic gear, dresses, jackets, accessories and more and they are perfect for daily wear or specific activities. The brand’s Yellow Label Program also promotes re-using gently worn outerwear while funding food banks across North America. Our favourite for the season is the Yana Pullover made with cozy Sherpa.
IndustryBased in Montreal, Industry creates functional, innovative clothing that can be worn for all sorts of occasions on the daily. From meetings to the yoga studio to lounging around, you’ll stay comfy and fashion-forward with this brand. We love the League Short Sleeve Cropped Top that works with leggings, jeans, biker shorts, you name it…
RYUVancouver’s own RYU-1 has quickly become a cult favourite for athleisure lovers, and all for good reason. Known for its stellar design and fabulous quality, this company produces multi-purpose garments that are long-lasting and sustainable (The name stands for Respect Your Universe). We love the best-selling Core Bra Top which comes in a number of colours, and can easily go from the gym into a street style hit.
LululemonFounded in Vancouver, Lululemon continues to reign as one of the top brands for all sorts of lifestyles, as well as promoting healthy living and inclusive communities. We love that the materials used focus on breathability with each item made with comfort in mind. Our top pick are these trendy Super High-Rise Shorts that you can wear to yoga class, or even with an neutral oversized tee and heels. The deep grey colour is perfect for fall.
6. Sweat Society
Sweat SocietyThis Calgary brand creates its own trendy, ethically-sourced products, and partners with various companies which follow the same philosophy. Three dollars from every item sold from Sweat Society’s own collections benefit Made By Momma, a local charity helping families in need. Stay warm and represent Canada with this Cropped Crewneck in grey.
MichiAlthough this luxe athleisure brand was launched in New York City, founder Michelle Watson is a Canadian girl who has based her company’s headquarters and production in Toronto. Taking her experience in working with household names such as Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren, she puts her love for style and background of competitive sports into fun, practical garments filled with personality. We are obsessed with this Dusk Wrap Jacket for the fall which will quickly become an everyday staple.
8. Joe Fresh
Joe FreshJoe Fresh features everyday pieces that are great for staying in, running errands,or heading to the gym. We love that this brand is affordable, practical and caters to women of all sizes, meaning you can stay comfortable in your essentials... no matter what. This Side Ruched Dress makes our top pick because it’s super versatile and easy-to-wear.
9. Sacred Tusk
Sacred TuskThis Winnipeg-based brand is for the modern day woman who balances being active along with everything else going on in her daily life. With its relaxed boyfriend fit, the Lasso Short is a great option when you’re lounging around the house or tasking yourself with a morning stretch.
TMPLIf you’re looking for clothing that is toxin-free, ethically-conscious and long lasting, TMPL is the answer. This Canadian brand is fabulous for individuals who appreciate clean activewear. Feel confident in this high-impact sports bra that’s breathable, and is complete with anti-odour properties. Throw on an oversized jean jacket for a stylish look.
11. Cherry Gardens
Cherry GardensMade in Toronto, Cherry Gardens creates everyday minimalist pieces that look good, and—most importantly—make you feel good. The collection features versatile athleisure items with a chic, feminine touch. Our favourite is this Romeo top in navy which can be mixed and matched whether you’re going for a sporty feel with neutral leggings, or with high waisted joggers and a combat jacket.