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I’m currently writing this from a coffee shop on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif., and am surrounded by workout sets. Athletic apparel sets consist of matching tops and bottoms. Often it’s a tight tank and pair of biker shorts or leggings, but sets can also include looser fitting clothes. As long as they’re the same colour, they can be a set.
These “sets” seem to be the city’s uniform and I don’t know if I’m on board with this trend.
Being a proud Canadian, I usually look first to our nation’s brands for the latest fashion trends. For workout gear, that’s lululemon, which at one point had sets (they didn’t call them that specifically) and I don’t think I liked them back then either. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s too matchy and I feel like a pencil crayon.
But I digress.
If a matching top and bottom workout outfit makes someone feel like their best self, then yes, I’m game. Set, match.
Here are some of the best-reviewed sets for your next workout, coffee break or city meander.
Align leggings , Align shorts – These leggings and shorts stay in place and keep you cool. They’re my favorite workout wear and will be my first foray into sets.
Align tank – Though I haven’t tried the tank, it seems like it’s a nice match with the high-rise Align bottoms. The fabric is called Nulu and is soft and ready to wick sweat.
High-Waist Biker Short – These shorts have a seemingly 4.8-star review. The rating is based on more than 1,000 reviews.
Seamless Delight High Neck Bra – The bra is new so it only has over 100 reviews, but it’s rated 5/5 stars. The bra comes in the same colors as the shorts to complete the set.
Women’s Natural Bike Short – I have tried these shorts and they’re great. Different from lululemon’s as they’re not as tight and are made with a mix of materials, including eucalyptus tree fiber and merino wool.
Women’s Natural Run Form Tank – I’ve also tried this tank, which makes me think I’ve worn a set before. It’s made from the same materials as the shorts.
Essentials 3-Stripes Bike Shorts – Love these shorts because they’re classic and neutral.
Essentials 3-Stripes Cropped Hoodie – Though this set is completed with a hoodie, it’s also an adidas classic. Both the top and bottom can have wardrobe longevity as a set or solo.
Ally Ecostretch Set – This set is made from 19 per cent spandex and 81 per cent Repreve polyester, which is sourced from recycled plastic bottles. Reformation is also carbon-neutral certified,
HiTouch High Rise Short – I’ve tried these shorts and enjoy the butt support. They are a bit more challenging to pull up than other biker shorts, but once they’re on they’re ready to literally support your athletic endeavours.
Good to Go Seamless Tank – This is the matching tank for the shorts. In addition to lululemon, Knix is the other Canadian brand on this list.
Compressive High-Rise Legging – These leggings are Girlfriend Collective’s #1 seller. They’re made from 79 per cent recycled plastic bottles and 21 per cent spandex. They come in many sizes, lengths and color options.
Paloma Racerback Bra – Complete the look with the brand’s #1 best-selling bra.
JN Janprint – Most people who tried these sets love them. They’re an Amazon best-seller and come in quite a few colors and styles. One of our enthusiastic writers is currently giving this set a try and we’ll be back to report accordingly.
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