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Affordable sports clothing brands: saving money while staying active

By Wenxin Lai

The cost of living crisis has meant that many students can’t indulge in expensive activewear, but there are still plenty of options that won’t break your bank account.

When it comes to shopping for sportswear, it’s important to strike a balance between affordability and sustainability. While it’s not always easy to find sportswear that meets both criteria, there are plenty of brands and options out there that fit the bill. With the current cost of living crisis impacting so many people, especially students, it’s no surprise that many of us are looking for more affordable options and are reluctant to fork out a lot of cash for new activewear. The good news is that there are plenty of sports clothing brands out there that won’t break the bank. 

ASOS is always a good starting point for any of your clothing wants or needs. At ASOS, you can find a range of affordable sports clothing from a variety of different brands, including Nike, Adidas, and more. ASOS usually has some sort of discount on their site and if not, student discount is always an option..

Another store to consider is M&S. The highstreet store has a dedicated sportswear collection called Goodmove. This collection is not only affordable but also eco-friendly, using sustainable fabrics like recycled polyester in their range. Some of the items in the collection, such as sports bras and training tops, are available for as little as £12 or £14. 

H&M is another brand that offers affordable sports clothing, with its DryMove collection starting at just £5, although the brand is not known for its slow fashion. Quite the opposite.

Sustainability is also a factor that many students consider when purchasing new items for their wardrobe. There are several brands out there that are worth supporting. Pangaia and Yew Clothing use 100% organic or recycled materials. People Tree and Girlfriend Collective both offer sustainable options at reasonable prices. People Tree is the most affordable out of the following options. 

That being said, it’s not always easy to find affordable and sustainable sportswear, especially if you’re on a tight budget. In these cases, second-hand activewear can be a great option and can be procured on a number of websites including Depop, Vinted, and eBay. Not only is this a more sustainable option, but it’s usually much cheaper than buying brand-new items.


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