9 Stylish, Affordable Workout Tops That’ll Inspire You to Hit the Gym

Woman stretching in gym wearing red tank top

The holidays generally destroy my workout schedule and my healthy eating habits. By the time Jan. 1 rolls around, I’m sooo ready to hit the gym and eat buckets of salad with no dressing. I’ll usually kick off my New Year’s commitment to fitness by investing in a cute workout top or pant — it’s an extra little motivator to ease me back into a regular exercise routine.

For that reason, I’ve been scouring women’s fitness wear online to find just the right top. Here are my fav cute workout tops so far!

Cute Workout Tops on a Budget

Cropped workout tops I love

Muscle Love Crop Tank, $34, Lululemon

No list of fun workout apparel is complete without an entry from beloved brand Lululemon. This relaxed fit, cropped workout tank is just what you need to get your mojo back in the gym. Choose from three bright colors, but get it fast — this top at that sale price won’t last.

Gray, knotted front cropped workout top
Arc Long-Sleeve Top, $31 (on sale), Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty is a reliable source for chic gym wear, and this top fits right in that wheelhouse. Long sleeves and a crop length is so flattering, and how about that knotted front? Pop this cute top on over high-waisted leggings and a sports bra to an amazing outfit that’ll still look great after you break a sweat.

Gorgeous long-sleeved workout tops

Green long-sleeved workout top
Speedwork Top, $29.99, Athleta

This top makes my list for its loose shape and lightweight feel. Run, squat or plank in this piece without fear of getting pinched or squeezed. Long sleeves keep you protected from windchill between the car and the gym, but the top is light enough to leave on while you exercise.

Long sleeved white Adidas top
Adidas Long-Sleeved Top, $30, Big 5 Sporting Goods

The classic logo t-shirt is always on point. The simplicity of this Adidas t-shirt gives it a retro vibe, so you’ll feel like the coolest kid in the gym. Wear it to the gym over leggings or running shorts when you don’t want to blend in with Lululemon crowd.

Sexy open-back workout tops

Lavender open-back workout top
Muzniuer Open Back Workout Top, $18.98, Amazon

Have the freedom to stretch and move in this open-back top that features a flattering drape on the backside. The narrow strap between the shoulders along with thumbhole sleeves keep the top in place while you practice your child’s pose and downward dog.

Amazon shoppers love this top — just read the reviews and you’ll have a hard time not adding it to your cart.

White open back workout top
Mippo Open Back Top, $15.99, Amazon

If you have a collection of cute bralettes, you may wear this versatile top on days you’re not working out. The twist beautifully shows off your back and adds a bit of definition to your waist as well. A shorter hemline and batwing sleeves add interest to the front view, too!

You read that right: This top is on sale for $1.99 plus shipping. With a flowy fit, open back and foiled lettering on the front, this top will take you to the gym and beyond. An open neckline lets you move freely, whether you’re doing push-ups or reaching for groceries.

Fun workout tank tops

If your workout demands a closer fit, take a look at this keyhole tank by Carrie Underwood. It’s moisture-wicking and antimicrobial. But it’s that flattering side ruching that’ll have you reaching for this top again and again.

Calia Double-Layer Top, $21.97, Dick’s Sporting Goods

A tight fit doesn’t have to be revealing. This double-layer tank top gives you the best of both worlds — the snug feel of a workout top thanks to a built-in bra and the flowy silhouette of a fashion top. And if you chose to toss this on over jeans, no one would judge.

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