What is it? Quarantine day 33,456?? And the only thing I’ve seen on my timelines are… “Home workouts!”, “Two-week home workout plans, DM me for the info!”, “Wonder how I got like this? Check my bio for my homework workout!”, “Going live at 5 pm to give you all the best home workouts for your booty!” The gym rats will ALWAYS find a way to stay on our necks, with or without a gym. But, it dawned on me… this would be the perfect time to get my summer body together before Miss Fall sneaks up on us (that’s if we ever touch outside again). That being said, I did what we all do best, I filled up a cart!

My timeless style mantra will forever reign true, “If you look good, you’ll feel good.” This applies to your activewear too, ladies! So, I hopped on an old faithful, Forever21.com, for some workout goodies. Although many of their stores have closed, Chicago still has a few standing tall, and I noticed that Forever 21 is here to compete in the activewear game! Let’s get into these fashionable finds: 

We know the purpose of a quality sports bra is to hold everything in place, but quality and style are not mutually exclusive. This low impact, perforated sports bra from Forever 21 gives you the best of both worlds for $11. Just eleven dollars.  I was able to complete workouts without readjusting or worrying about a lack of support. This bra has a little padding that can be removed with ease for those like me who do not prefer padding. Pair this bra with your favorite leggings, and you’re IG live workout ready! 

From a lounge set to activewear, our love for a two-piece set is undying! I love two-piece sets because they are a ready-to-go outfit with a versatility that can transform your gym look into a comfy, cute loungewear look. These Forever 21 Active camo print 7/8 leggings pair perfectly with their low impact, camo sports bra for just $32. The camo print turns this grey combo into a fab, fit look for the girl who is ready to conquer any activity. This look is perfect for a hike on Stone Mountain or a run on Runyon Canyon.

You heard it here first, sports bras can be tanks too. This Forever 21 low impact, ruched sports bra is perfect for those who love a cute basic. There is no padding in this bra, so I would mostly suggest this one for those who require less support. The ribbed material complements the ruched center by giving a little more detail than your average bra for only $12. This sports bra can be paired with any legging, making it a must-have basic for your activewear and athleisure collection.

Move over Carol Baskin, Forever 21 owns the exotic cat print with this active two-piece set. I paired Forever 21’s low impact, leopard print sports bra with their active shadow leopard print legging creating a fun, sleek workout look. The reflective leopard detailing line up seamlessly down the sides of each piece, while the keyhole detail at the bottom of the sports bra meets within inches of the waistband of this high-waisted legging. If you are searching for the perfect peachy-booty legging with a matching top, this $38 set is your girl.

And the winner of Forever 21’s Active collection is…the Active Marled Leggings. I SWEAR by these. The ribbed detailing down the sides of this legging gives the lifting and snatching effect to your waist, booty, and legs. Forever 21 definitely showcased an improvement in quality with these must-have leggings. The thickness, elasticity, and comfort rival the more prominent activewear companies all for $14.  

I give Forever 21 Activewear collection a 6.5/10. The selection is affordable with a vast array of styles and sizes for every girl. They have a few stores open and quick shipping, so the collection is very accessible. The downside is that these clothes are true to Forever 21 size. Therefore, if you aren’t an avid Forever 21 shopper, you may need to find a store or do a test order to figure out your size. With many Forever 21 stores closing, that may be a tedious task. Also, Forever 21 does not restock many of their activewear items, so once they are out of stock, they are gone for good. Overall, Forever 21’s Active collection is of good quality for the price and an excellent choice for those who are just starting to build their gym wear collection.

What are your go-to’s and one-stop shops for activewear? What home workouts you are doing during quarantine? Comment below:

-Arial Marie 

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