13 Best Women's Contemporary & Designer Activewear

List Updated October 2021

Bestselling Women's Contemporary & Designer Activewear in 2021


Citizen Cashmere Navy Blue Hoodie, Women - 100% Cashmere (41 102-03-01) Small

Citizen Cashmere Navy Blue Hoodie, Women - 100% Cashmere (41 102-03-01) Small
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Non-Toxic Dyes
  • Incredible Comfort
  • Slim Fit Cut
  • Designed in Paris

BLOM Original Multi Style Headband. for Women Yoga Fashion Workout Running Athletic Travel. Wear Wide Turban Thick Knotted + More. Comfort Style & Versatility. (Rust)

BLOM Original Multi Style Headband. for Women Yoga Fashion Workout Running Athletic Travel. Wear Wide Turban Thick Knotted + More. Comfort Style & Versatility. (Rust)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • MANY STYLES. ONE HEADBAND. Effortless adaptability that goes with everything - even lazy hair days. Get instant confidence every day of the week. Our Patent Pending moveable knot, pleat detailing & reversible band means you can style the headband to suit you.
  • YOUR HEAD'S WORTH MORE THAN HEADBANDS THAT HURT... or snag, or slip, or even break. Keeping your hair out of your face shouldn't mean dealing with a headache. Our Happy Head Promise gives you 30 days to make sure your noggin is comfortable.
  • SWEAT AND FLYAWAYS BE GONE. Wicks away sweat while taming the hair monster we all know exists. Perfect for yoga, exercise, marathons, boho days, tending to your tulips, or a cheeky weekend getaway.
  • LOOKS AND FEELS GREAT IN EVERY SEASON. Breathable silky soft viscose fabric is cool enough for breezy days in the sunshine and retains just enough heat to keep your ears toasty warm in the winter. Hike those snowy mountain tops or laze in the sun feeling great no matter what your hair is up to.
  • COMFY AND CUTE ENOUGH TO WEAR ALL DAY. From morning yoga to running errands, from a coffee date to tucking in the kids at night. We hear they're just the thing for music festivals and road trips, too. Washable, long lasting and forever in style, this is a headband you buy once and wear always.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Devi Women's Mid-Rise Authentic Stretch Skinny Jean

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Devi Women's Mid-Rise Authentic Stretch Skinny Jean
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Skinny jeans in stretch denim. Mid rise, fly front. Standard five pocket styling.
  • 93% Cotton, 6% Polyester, 1% Elastane
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine Wash Warm, With Like Colors, Inside Out. Do Not Bleach. Tumble Dry Low. Medium Iron If Needed.

Nanette Lepore Play Women's Active Mesh Tank, Kale Heather, M

Nanette Lepore Play Women's Active Mesh Tank, Kale Heather, M
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Wicking to draw moisture away
  • Mesh Panel

Splendid Women's Waffle Loose Knit Ls Tunic, Heathernavy, M

Splendid Women's Waffle Loose Knit Ls Tunic, Heathernavy, M
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Great top back to leggings or skinny jeans
  • Super soft waffle knit fabric

Nanette Lepore Play Women's Slice Capri 25" Pant, Kale, S

Nanette Lepore Play Women's Slice Capri 25
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Wicking to draw moisture away
  • Compression

Trina Turk Women's Set Match Tank Top Black Tank Top

Trina Turk Women's Set Match Tank Top Black Tank Top
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

Citizen Cashmere Women’s Grey Zip Hoodie - 100% Cashmere (41 102-05-02), Medium

Citizen Cashmere Women’s Grey Zip Hoodie - 100% Cashmere (41 102-05-02), Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

Nanette Lepore Play Women's French Terry Jogger 27' Pant, Black, XL

Nanette Lepore Play Women's French Terry Jogger 27' Pant, Black, XL
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • French Terry
  • 27 inch Inseam

Trina Turk Women's Strapped Jersey Tank Top, Teal, LG (US 10-12)

Trina Turk Women's Strapped Jersey Tank Top, Teal, LG (US 10-12)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Made in USA

Citizen Cashmere Black Hoodie, Women - 100% Cashmere (41 102-02-05) 2XL

Citizen Cashmere Black Hoodie, Women - 100% Cashmere (41 102-02-05) 2XL
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • Non-Toxic Dyes
  • Incredible Comfort
  • Slim Fit Cut
  • Designed in Paris

Koral Women's Lustrous Legging, Lead, L

Koral Women's Lustrous Legging, Lead, L
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Mid rise legging
  • Medium performance
  • Chlorine resistant
  • Quick dry
  • h20 friendly

Theory Women's Terza Warm Up Legging, Dark Grey, Medium

Theory Women's Terza Warm Up Legging, Dark Grey, Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • Solid legging featuring contrast-tipped elasticized waistband

Whatever Happened to American Sportswear?

Tommy used to be that fourth great American designer in the trenches you didn't know about; if you were someone you may have attended one of Calvin Klein's parties and Ralph's exclusive club was invitation only, what happened?

"The 4 Great American Designers" ad was the stuff of American pop culture history; an unknown Mohan Murjani catapulted Tommy to success giving other designers forewarning, and placing the American public on notice. Mohan Murjani went on to found the Murjani Group, which was responsible for using innovative advertising to help some of the most recognized brands in the world, such as Gucci, Botega Venneta amp; Jimmy Choo. But the real success stories these days seem to lie behind corporations like Murjani Group and mega corporations like the Phillips-Van Heusen Corp, which now owns Calvin Klein Corp, along with some other high profile names in fashion you may know.

Three of those four American designers are not looking so great anymore, and the last, Ralph Lauren, seems to stay in the game based on his old victories. Indeed, Ralph Lauren in the early nineties was bigger than any one corporation could have ever hoped to be; almost four billion in sales, an extensive catalogue of nearly thousands of unique items being sold, marketed and developed every year and clothing nearly everywhere it was sold in America. Ralph Lauren was not only at the department store but in boutiques and alongside urbanwear like Rocawear and Phat Farm, when it wasn't Polo you could find Chaps (which we're never really sure if it is Ralph Lauren or not, but nonetheless). Some of the labels didn't survive; for example Double Ralph Lauren was a failed attempt at capitalizing off of grunge before anyone other designer got around to it (like Marc Jacobs), and Polo Jeans Corporation died a quiet death as well (I had to find that one out the hard way).

Ralph Lauren did it like no other designer ever will, in a different world at a different time when people actually shopped at the mall, in actual department stores (remember those) not the anchor stores of today. In a time when your department store was actually regional and reflected the city you lived in (now they're all Macy's, ugh). At a time when it actually meant something to shop in a store where the racks were sparse and the clothes were folded, and everything wasn't about price, price, price. Now that the old shopping culture has been all but destroyed for the middle class, and the only people who shop like that are the rich who frequent Barney's and department stores that even more upscale department stores in New York and London our designers aren't so important anymore.

Brands like Calvin and Tommy are without any real identity these days. I could see this happening with Tommy Hilfiger back in 2000 with his fated "H" line that was a conspicuous attempt at promising the public European design without actually delivering the quality or the tailoring of true European clothing. The line was dead on arrival and an obvious sign of larger marketing and design issues in the company that Tommy didn't seem to want to acknowledge. Calvin had sort of died quietly back in the late eighties, but it was something that people didn't want to talk about or acknowledge; indeed selling to Phillips-Van Huesen was one of the best things he had done in a long time. Journalists kept trying to convince the American public of the merits of his upscale women's collections, in spite of the fact of renewed interest in Ralph's work (Ralph Lauren continued to re-market and redevelop his women's lines in the nineties) and the realization that Tommy Hilfiger was subtly introducing a line for plus size women.

But the chic that Calvin had at one time has been destroyed by a legion of companies that have sought to take the accessibility of minimalism and create their own answer to it. Always new, fresh, and updated, other companies always seemed to have a viable answer at lower price points, indeed, you can go into any Target, Banana Republic or H M; and find Calvin's old ideas worked out on the cheap. Plus Calvin never had the exclusive culture that was commanded by Georgio Armani, where devotees of that style would typically turn too once they really began to come into some money. It doesn't help that a lot of what you see in Sean Jean evokes ideas about putting Calvin Klein's designs to urbanwear either.

So what is left for American sportswear, that seems to be predominated by large corporations that aren't putting anything memorable out there? Michael Kors was supposed to be the new answer for American sportswear in the new millennium, and in many ways still is. Tom Ford says he is putting out a line, but so far is remains exclusive and elusive to even native New Yorkers; a store on 845 Madison Avenue. He does have dress shirts in 350 colors though, according to this New York article. That seems too much like a page out of Ralph Lauren's playbook.

One thing is certain though; you aren't buying Tom Ford menswear on Ebay. The fact that he hasn't assaulted American culture with stores in every nook and cranny and high profile advertising campaigns beyond belief like Ralph and Calvin did is either a very good sign or a realization that America's infatuation with style isn't what it used to be. There is a disclaimer about the sexually explicit flash montage on his website though, before you enter it. It makes Brooke Sheild's work with Calvin Klein seem tame by comparison, but in this day of soft advertisements by Prada and the "orientation" of most Dolce and Gabbana ads I guess I can live with it. But I miss those niave Tommy Ads, that suggested that while we may not have the old money most Ralph Lauren devotees had or weren't the eurotrash that wore the hottest European designer of the day or didn't live the jet set life of the Gucci set we could wear all-American colors, red, white amp; blue, in style, and celebrate the blessings God has bestowed on us for just being here ...

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