I Scoured Nordstrom to Find the Best Activewear Under $50—Here's What I'd Buy


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Affordable activewear can seem like a rare find, especially when you see leggings and even sports bras that are over $100. Now, I do see the merits of pricey activewear—a lot of these pieces are well-made, feel so comfortable and supportive, and can last you a long time, so many are good investments in my book. But I don't exactly have the budget for a whole closet of designer leggings and tops. I normally do a mix of both.

The trick to finding activewear that's within your budget is knowing which brands to shop from, and there are plenty of brands out there making some great pieces that won't exactly make a huge dent in your bank account. I also like searching for deals on some of the major retailers that I frequent and get a little thrill from finding discounts and affordable steals.

So recently, I decided to do a deep dive into Nordstrom's activewear selection to find some budget-friendly gear. I set a budget of $50 and under for my search and was on my way. Let me tell you I found a lot of gems that I couldn't keep to myself. Take a look at what I put on my wish list below.

Keep your cool in these shorts. They have a hidden back zip pocket for your keys and cards.

People with bigger busts know how hard it can be to find sports bras with enough support. This one from Glamorise is made for high-impact workouts and features full coverage.

Zella's leggings are a constant favorite with both our readers and editors. They're just so freaking comfortable.

You can't go wrong with a basic workout tank.

I love the square neck on this sports bra—it's an on-trend detail.

While you might not need this in the summer months, you're going to need it when the air gets crisp. It's made of a fleece fabric that's both warm and moves with you.

This high-performance tank wicks moisture away, dries quickly, and keeps you cool.

These tights feel like second-skin—they're comfortable and supportive for workouts and everyday activities.

This ribbed tank fits closely to the body and features a sport racerback.

Sweaty Betty's sports bra is ideal for medium-impact workouts. It features wide straps that won't dig into the skin and a breathable design.

You'll be able to keep your cool during workouts with this tank that has mesh details on the front and back.

Keep the sweating and stink to a minimum with these socks. They have targeted cushioning and airflow venting.

This seamless sports bra features breathable perforations on the front and back.

The cropped fit of this tank top ensures that extra fabric won't get in the way during your workouts. 

You can wear this relaxed tee outside of the gym, too.

Perfect for yoga classes, this pair of second-skin leggings is so easy to move in.

With a ballet-inspired silhouette, Adidas's sports bra has a unique design that stands out. It's made with Aeroready, the brand's moisture-wicking fabric.

Zella took its best-selling Live In leggings and made a shorts version. The pair even features side pockets to stash the essentials.

Tennis skirts and dresses are seriously trending right now when it comes to activewear. These have a classic pleated design and built-in shorts.

This sports bra has a double-layered design for extra support.