Choosing workout clothing can be a challenge in itself. But if you’re looking for workout tops for women, then you have come to the right place. Many of us have endured the hassle of completing an exercise which leaves half the class exposed to seeing our belly after the t-shirt rises up for the millionth time. Equally irritating is completing a sweaty workout with a top that is restrictive to your movement, doesn’t allow your skin to breathe or worse still, a top that sticks to you like a second skin and leaves you pondering whether you’ll need to get yourself cut out of it.

Within this article, you’ll find a range of workout t-shirts, vests and midlayer tops that are suitable for practically all exercises. So whether you’re lifting a dumbbell, doing downward dog, simply out for a walk or running some errands, these below tops will ensure you achieve maximum comfort and functionality while also being paired with style.

The criteria that the below items needed to pass to achieve a mention on this blog includes:

  • Being made of light material that has breathable properties
  • Having unrestrictive material that allows ultimate mobility
  • A shaped design to flatter your appearance
  • A stylish design while being functional during an array of exercises and for athleisure

There’s a range of types of tops to suit all occasions and styles too. Perhaps you’re looking for a vest that’s nice and light, maybe you’re seeking to find a t-shirt that covers up a bit more of your skin, or if you’re on the hunt for a midlayer top to keep you warm in the cool weather, then we’ve got you covered!

Workout tops for women

Workout t-shirts for women

Women’s Defy Quick Drying T-Shirt Meteor Grey

  • Available in sizes 8 – 20
  • Stylish mesh design on t-shirt which encourages air flow to allow your skin to breathe
  • Quick drying material so you’ll never be short of t-shirts for the gym
  • Built-in antibacterial odour control
  • Made from 100% polyester material which is designed to allow the wearer to have a workout unrestricted by clothing
  • The slim design allows it to be fitted and breathable without being tight on the skin
  • Also available in black and fiery coral

Workout tops for women - Women’s Defy Quick Drying T-Shirt

Workout tops for women - Women’s Defy Quick Drying T-Shirt

Women’s Vigilant Active T-Shirt Black

  • Available in sizes 8 – 20
  • Also available in 5 other colours: pink, grey, fiery coral, white and freshwater blue
  • Made from 90% polyester and 10% elastane
  • Lightweight material and soft to wear
  • Built-in antibacterial control technology
  • Material helps keep sweat away from skin
  • Fast-drying material so you’re never without a t-shirt for the gym
  • Dropped armhole design facilitates greater movement

Workout tops for women - Women's Vigilant Active T-Shirt

Workout tops for women - Women's Vigilant Active T-Shirt

Workout vests for women

Women’s Akin Graphic Print Vest

  • Available in sizes 12 – 16
  • Available in a range of colours including: white, fiery coral and grey
  • Fashionable racer back design
  • Stylish logo and design on the front and back
  • Made from 100% cotton for a breathable material
  • Slim design for fitted look without being tight on the skin

Workout tops for women - Women's Akin Graphic Print Vest

Workout tops for women - Women's Akin Graphic Print Vest

Women’s Modernize II Vest

  • Available in sizes 10 – 20
  • Fashionable racer back design
  • Available in a range of colours including: white, ebony grey, petrol blue, active pink and fiery coral
  • Matching shorts and leggings also available for a coordinated look
  • Anti-bacterial odour control treatment
  • Quick-drying material for easy cleaning
  • Made of 90% polyester and 10% elastane
  • Side seams provide shaped-fit for flattering appearance

Workout tops for women - Women's Modernize II Vest

Workout tops for women - Women's Modernize II Vest

Workout midlayer tops for women

Women’s Involved II Half Zip Lightweight Core Stretch Midlayer Black 

  • Available in sizes 6 – 20
  • Lightweight overhead sweather
  • Also available in 7 other colours: neon pink white, white argent grey, active pink white, white grey white, seville red white, dark denim whitefall navy and azure blue white
  • Fitted with half-zip to allow breathability
  • Inner zip and chin guard also provided for added comfort
  • Made from quick-drying materials
  • Soft material with brushed interior for soft and fuzzy fleecy experience
  • Made of 97% polyester and 3% elastane

Workout tops for women - Women's Involved II Half Zip Lightweight Core Stretch Midlayer Black

Workout tops for women - Women's Involved II Half Zip Lightweight Core Stretch Midlayer Black

Women’s Impearl Full Zip Faux Fur Luxe Stretch Midlayer Black Charcoal

  • Available in sizes 10 – 20
  • Fitted with full-length zip and inner zip guard for extra comfort
  • Zipped pockets provided to store belongings without worry that they’ll fall out
  • Streamlined fit for shapely, flattering appearance
  • Can be paired with a range of clothes, including denim, gym gear and layered with ski clothes for extra heat
  • Made from 100% polyester
  • Fabric is knitted to allow optimal motion and unrestricted movement

Workout tops for women - Women's Impearl Full Zip Faux Fur Luxe Stretch Midlayer Black Charcoal

Workout tops for women - Women's Impearl Full Zip Faux Fur Luxe Stretch Midlayer Black Charcoal

    Summary

    • Functional and comfortable clothing is essential to ensuring exercise is at peak performance
    • Poor quality and restrictive clothing can hinder your workout
    • Workout tops are an excellent and valuable gift for yourself or others
    • When choosing workout tops, look for properties including breathability, light material and stretchy material that’s unrestrictive to movement

    It’s evident that having comfortable and breathable clothing is a must when it comes to workout tops. I hope you found at least one that meets your needs, budget and desires. The above items also serve as excellent gift ideas, whether it’s a present to yourself or someone else. If you need some more stocking fillers to add to the gifts, protein shakers could be just the trick. Fortunately for you, I’ve reviewed the best ones available and there’s one to fit all tastes and budgets too, so why not check it out while they’re on special offer: Top protein shakers – great gift ideas!

    Workout tops for women

    What type of workout tops do you wear when you exercise? Is functional apparel that helps prevent sweat and dries fast important to you or would you happily wear any casual top? Finally, which of the above tops are your favourites?

    Please share your experiences and opinions below, I’d love to hear what you have to say. I personally love the Women’s Impearl Full Zip Faux Fur Luxe Stretch Midlayer Black Charcoal, I could see myself pairing it with a pair of jeans for a walk, going shopping or even just as something cosy to wear around the house.

    Sources

    Dare2b. 2020. Dare2b: Ski Wear, Cycling, Clothing, Sports Clothing & Equipment | Dare2b IE. [online] Available at: https://www.dare2b.ie/ [Accessed 06 September 2020].

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    8 Comments

    Jade · 09/09/2020 at 9:46 PM

    I actually really need some new work out tops and am familiar with the frustrating issue of having T-shirts fly up mid-workout – so this is super helpful! Which type of shirt do you prefer/recommend the most? And do you have any kind of sizing chart, or information on how the numerical sizes you mention measure up to typical American shirt sizing (S, M, L, XL, ect)? Thanks for the info!

      Sharon · 10/09/2020 at 7:30 PM

      Hi Jade,

      It is very frustrating when that happens! But at the same time, having a clingy top isn’t comfortable either. Glad that the post has been of benefit. I personally love the Women’s Defy Quick Drying T-Shirt Meteor Grey but that’s mostly from a style perspective. All the tops I recommended are equally suitable, it’s just a matter of preference.

      With regard to the size chart, there’s a very good one on the page, so when you view the top, click ‘view size guide’ on the page and this should help you out.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting on my page!
      Sharon

    Aria Len · 10/09/2020 at 2:18 AM

    These are awesome suggestions. I especially love the t-shirts because I’m always looking for workout tops that aren’t too baggy, but not too tight. I like a snug, yet comfortable fit and it’s even better that they’re so cute! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Also, do you find that the faux first workout top is good for a climate that snows if you’re going to go jogging in the winter months? I’ve always used just a regular sweatshirt, but I often get too hot and then I start freezing when I slow down to let my body temperature cool down and I know it’s partly because my sweatshirt is soaked.

    I sweat a lot, so do you feel this is good at absorbing moisture more than the typical workout top you can get at, say, Wal-Mart or Target?

      Sharon · 10/09/2020 at 7:36 PM

      Hi there

      Thanks so much, I’m happy to hear that you found some useful suggestions! Same, too tight and it’s uncomfortable and sticky, too loose and it’s flying up during the workout.

      It should be suitable, the Women’s Impearl Full Zip Faux Fur Luxe Stretch Midlayer Black Charcoal can also be layered to suit the temperature, so that’s always an option too, depending on how hot/cold it is. I feel your pain there though, hard to get a right fit. All the tops I recommended in Workout tops for women are designed with exercise in mind, and t-shirts are made from fast-drying material that helps keep sweat away from the skin, so you probably won’t find that in an everyday top.

      Thanks for visiting and providing your feedback on my page!

      Best wishes,
      Sharon

    Amy Smith · 10/09/2020 at 8:36 PM

    Theres some really nice options here Sharon, quite like the t-shirt but in the fiery coral colour! I do a lot of yoga and hate it when the top drapes down so everyone can see down your front but can’t stand feeing restricted but these look perfect.

      Sharon · 11/09/2020 at 6:23 PM

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope the article was of interest and use to you and you found some tops that you might like yourself or for someone else!

      If there’s anything I can be of assistance with, don’t hesitate to reach out!

      Best wishes,
      Sharon

    Christine · 11/09/2020 at 12:33 AM

    Hi, I really like the work out vests and the modernize vest. They have a pretty style and they are indeed long enough to cover the belly during exercises. The full zip faux fur is also great. I love that it is faux fur and not real! That makes me feel a lot less guilty about buying it 🙂
    Really nice choices.

      Sharon · 11/09/2020 at 6:27 PM

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you so much for your kindness and the comment. I did want to provide options that are both stylish and functional, so I’m glad you enjoyed the selection. True, plus it still looks fabulous, fake fur or not!

      If there’s anything I can be of assistance with, don’t hesitate to reach out!

      Best wishes,
      Sharon

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