Best matching workout sets 2022

To match or not to match. That is the question Canadians must ask themselves when it comes to the latest fashion trend (love it or hate it) – workout sets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Align tank and legging
Align tank and legging Photo by lululemon


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.

High-Waist Biker Short
High-Waist Biker Short Photo by Alo


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.

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Women's Natural Bike Short
Women’s Natural Bike Short and Tank Photo by Allbirds


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.

Essentials 3-Stripes Bike Shorts
Essentials 3-Stripes Bike Shorts Photo by adidas


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,

Ally Ecostretch Set
Ally Ecostretch Set Photo by Reformation


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.

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HiTouch High Rise Short and Good to Go Seamless Tank
HiTouch High Rise Short and Good to Go Seamless Tank Photo by Knix

Girlfriend Collective

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.

Midnight Compressive High-Rise Legging and Paloma Racerback Bra
Midnight Compressive High-Rise Legging and Paloma Racerback Bra Photo by Girlfriend Collective


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.

JN Janprint
JN Janprint Photo by Amazon

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