Lululemon for Less: How to Buy Workout Clothes on a Budget

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Looking good while working out shouldn’t cause you to break a sweat — that’s what exercising is for! While some people are happy just throwing on an old T-shirt and shorts they have stuffed in a drawer, other people have different fashion fitness needs. One of the best-known brands for fashionable fitness is Lululemon, but its clothing isn’t exactly easy on the wallet.

Building a gym wardrobe doesn’t differ from your everyday closet. There will be pieces you splurge on and times to save, both determined by what your level of activity and budget are. Not every piece of your yoga closet has to come from Lululemon — equally flattering, cute, and practical options exist elsewhere. To keep your workout on track and help you keep your wallet fat, here are ways to get the Lululemon look for less.

Tanks with a band at the bottom, like Lululemon’s Flow & Go tank, totally have us sold. Not only will these tanks firmly stay in place as you contort your body during your session, but they minimize the unforgiving effects of yoga pants or tight shorts. Instead of highlighting any midsection problems, these tanks hide them. But they aren’t only great for yoga: They can be worn for any workout. Try one out on a jog or at spin class, when you won’t want to show the world every feature of your body in lycra-covered details. If you fall in love with the style, spending $64 per top will quickly rack up a big bill. A less-expensive option is the C9 by Champion Women’s Cowl Neck Layered Tank, available at Target for $23.

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