Best matching workout sets 2022

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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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Jun 20, 2022  •  20 minutes ago  •  3 minute read  •  Women’s Natural Bike Short and Tank Photo by Allbirds

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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.

lululemon

Align legging | Align shorts – These leggings and shorts stay in place and keep you cool. They’re my favourite 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 Photo by lululemon

Alo 

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 colours as the shorts to complete the set.

High-Waist Biker Short Photo by Alo

Allbirds

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 fibre 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 and Tank Photo by Allbirds

adidas

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 Photo by adidas

Reformation

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 Photo by Reformation

Knix

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 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 colour options. 

Paloma Racerback Bra – Complete the look with the brand’s #1 best-selling bra. 

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

Amazon

JN Janprint – Most people who tried these sets love them. They’re an Amazon best-seller and come in quite a few colours and styles. One of our enthusiastic writers is currently giving this set a try and we’ll be back to report accordingly.

JN Janprint Photo by Amazon


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