With workout clothes that are both comfortable and fashionable it’s no wonder that Lululemon took the athletic market by storm when their first store opened in 1998. But with their trademark yoga pants costing nearly $100, it’s just too expensive for the average consumer to spend for something they’re going to sweat in. Fortunately, other brands are starting to catch on and are making fitness gear that is as attractive and feminine as it is functional, and all for a fraction of the cost of Lululemon gear. Here are our 10 favorite Lululemon lookalikes that are sure to make you look and feel good while you’re working out.
Instead of: Lululemon Groove Pant, $98
Try: Fold Over Yoga Pant, $39.90
Basic black yoga pants are what really put Lululemon on the map, but you don't have to drop nearly $100 to get the same curve-hugging fit the Groove pants offer. Express offers a nice line of great-fitting yoga wear for 60 percent less.
Instead of: Lululemon No Limits Tank, $64
Try: Ideology Top, Racerback Tank Peplum Layered-Look, $27.99
What first drew me to Lululemon was their cute tank top designs. I especially love the No Limits top, which offers a cutout tank with a built-in sports bra that is both flirty and incredibly forgiving. Macy's sells a similar look for a fraction of the price, but even better, the fabric is as good for running as it is for yoga.
Instead of: Lululemon Energy Bra, $48
Try: Zella Strappy Seamless Bra, $28
Even the sports bras at Lululemon are adorable. I love this version with the extra straps, since it offers both support and style. The Zella version offers the same unique style, but comes in $20 cheaper.
Instead of: Lululemon Fastcat Skirt, $68
Try: Xerson Workout Skort, $20
Once I started running in athletic skirts I never went back to shorts again. They are both feminine and practical when the weather gets hot. I prefer to stick with basic black on the bottom, and Lululemon's Fastcat Skirt hits the mark. However, it comes with some serious sticker shock. Fortunately, JCPenney offers a similar alternative that checks all the boxes and comes in at only $20.
Instead of: Lululemon Forme Jacket, $108
Try: Tek Gear Performance Jacket, $24.20
Lululemon jackets are immediately recognizable because the logo is integrated into the shape of the front panel. The knockoff jacket has a design across the front that is strikingly similar to the Lululemon logo, which makes it a great alternative to the original. Other detailing like thumb holes and a zipper garage to protect your chin are also identical, but at under $25, the knockoff is a steal compared to the $108 you would spend on the original.
Instead of: Studio Crop No Liner, $88
Try: C9 by Champion Women's Woven Capri, $27.99
I love the studio crops from Lululemon, but I don’t love the $88 price tag. I stumbled on the C9 Capris the other day at Target and was surprised at how similar they are to their expensive counterpart. Not only are they identical in length, but they also have similar ruching on the seams, the same forgiving elastic waistband, and lots of pocket space.
Instead of: Lululemon Rest Day Pullover, $98
Try: Zella's: Flattery Cowl Neck Top, $43
Lululemon makes some fantastic layering pieces that work just as well for running weekend errands as they do over your workout gear. The Rest Day Pullover features a generous cowl neck and breathable athletic fabric, but at nearly $100 it has the price to go along with the high-end features. Zella's Flattery Cowl Neck offers the same versatile look and thoughtful features at a fraction of the price.