It’s one of the most popular brands in yoga and athleisure: Lululemon continues to be a dynamo that has few peers that even come close to being as desirable. Lululemon traces its roots back to 1998, where it began as a yoga-inspired apparel brand in Vancouver. The company has since expanded to offer running, cycling, training, and other athletic wear and is known for designing pieces that incorporate innovative technology like the fast-drying Everylux fabric and the feather-light and comfortable Nulux fabric.
But the problem for some yogis and fashion lovers is that you get what you pay for — and in Lululemon’s case, that quality often comes with a high price tag.
If you love Lululemon gear, but can’t afford to fill your drawers with its merch, these five Lululemon dupes will satisfy your need for quality, comfy, and attractive workout attire.
Shop now: Old Navy Go Dry Compression Tights ($29.99)
Old Navy offers a range of compression tights and shorts that vary from Bermuda short style to crop pants. Some are mid-ride, others are high-rise, but they all share the same thing in common: go-dry moisture-wicking technology that zaps away sweat before you can even detect it, helping you perform better and for a longer period of time. Four-way stretch, a flat-lock seam that prevents chafing, and an elasticized waistband are just some of the other features that make them so great — and you can’t beat the price, which hovers around $20 for most pants.
Shop now: Athleta Chaturanga Tight ($69)
One of Athleta’s most popular tights, the Chaturanga is a next-to-skin fitted pair of pants that is made with its signature moisture-wicking and stretchy Pilayo technology. Like Old Navy’s tights, it also boasts a flatlock seam to reduce chafing and has a wide waistband with an internal key pocket. Expect to pay around $69 for a pair of these tights.
Shop now: PopFlex Active Pointe Legging ($44)
Popflex Leggings offers a gorgeous, trend-forward selection of tights that include and assortment of colors and patterns like mermaid designs and tights with ankle zippers and side pockets. The CEO and designer of the brand is Blogilates’ Cassey Ho, and details like sweat-wicking fabrics, stretch that never sags, and pockets galore show the mindful attention that went into creating workout attire for active women who don’t want to sacrifice style.
Shop now: Aerie Play Mesh Pleat Leggings ($19.98, down from $49.95)
For less than $40, you can own a pair of these super soft mesh pleat leggings, which are made with 4-way stretch and moisture-wicking fabrics. This is a high-waisted style that hits below the ankle and is perfect for both yoga class and day-to-day living.
5) Under Armour
Shop now: Under Armour Breathe Lux Crop Legging ($90)
Many Under Armour leggings are highly-rated for performance, warmth and/or non-chaffing. The price tag is high, but the quality is matched. Get Under Armour leggings almost anywhere–Zappos, Nordstrom, Macy’s and more. We’ve partial to these breathable crop pair, especially in summer. You can really work up a sweat–and they never slip down or feel uncomfortable.