Top 5 Autumn/Winter 2020 Activewear Trends

autumn trends for activewear

After months of working out at home or in the park, we finally have the option to go back to our favourite gyms... so we better go back in style!

Despite all the hard times we've been through, this autumn's fashion week pleasantly surprised us with awesome active styles that will help us get back on track with our fitness goals.

Here's a look at the top five major trends that will define the activewear landscape this Autumn/Winter and will soon be making their way into your closets according to The Sports Edit.

best basics for activewear


Minimalism and sustainability go hand in hand this season.

Autumn sees a shift away from trend-heavy pieces, with a movement towards styles that are designed for longevity, practicality and comfort, with minimal detailing and clean aesthetics.

In line with the return to minimalism, it's time to focus on naturally-derived leafy tones like soft green, warm brown and harmonious grey. Girlfriend Collective and Organic Basics will lead the season with their back-to-basic approach to activewear that is repurposed from organic waste, with sustainability at its core. Organic cotton tees are a truly versatile piece, as they can go with leggings in any colour or texture, redefining your “all-day” look.

This trend inspires us to make wise, sustainable choices, invest in quality over quantity and support brands on a mission to minimise the negative impact on the environment.

best athleisure hoodies


Another staple piece in line with the minimal trend direction is the beloved hoodie.

For the new season, the hoodie will be redefined by oversized and elongated silhouettes, with elements of zip detailing as seen in the autumn 20/21 collections by Lacoste and Michael Kors.

Monrow and Varley follow the trend by offering hoodies in thermo-regulating fabrics, which are an ultimate lounge option for cold autumn nights or a post-workout cover-up. Free People Movement adds interest to this staple item through subtle detailing such as lace-up fronts that will help to transport you to a zen place.

Alternatively choose a Spiritual Gangster zip hoodie with a relaxed fit and a generous hood, which can be layered over gym wear after training to enhance comfort and keep you warm.

You can style a slouchy hoodie with high-waisted leggings for a more sporty look or pair them with sweatpants and Veja’s for that everyday cozy feel.

neutral tones for activewear


This autumn's colour palette is inspired by warm hues, such as olive green, burnt toffee, slate grey and saffron yellow.

Jacquemus, Tod's, and Roksanda used neutral colour combinations in their Fall shows, mirroring the shift towards soft, timeless colours to colour up the colder months ahead.

This trend transcends beautifully into activewear too. Alo Yoga's exciting fall collection is imbued with warm olive hues and balanced shades of red that will help you to find your focus while practicing your chaturangas.

Nike, Varley and P.E. Nation have endless earth-inspired colour variations, from soft green shades to military olive, which complement the essential grey hues wonderfully.

This trend offers unique options that will suit everyone's taste. We can't wait to see what earthy tone you'll go for!

best sportswear crop tops


Thanks to functional, comfy and stylish Barre-to-Bar crop tops, you will be ready for any occasion in your life! And let’s be real, in the current climate versatility is key.

For the new season, multifunctional sport bras are updated through the asymmetrical detailing. This trend stems from Rick Owens and Givenchy convincing us that this detail can work successfully for both casual wear and special occasions.

Alo Yoga has updated its barre-to-bar crop tops with asymmetrical cutouts that offer you full functionality with the fancy aesthetics throughout a day. Such standout detailing adds a feminine touch to your sporty look and is guaranteed to make heads turn.

Alternatively, P.E Nation adds a little extra to sport bras with playful asymmetrical colour-blocking that takes us back to the 70s.

Style your Barre-to-Bar bra with a sheer t-shirt, high-waisted leggings and casual trainers. An effortless way to transition your gym outfit into a night out look, all without sacrificing comfort or performance!

best shiny leggings for autumn


One of the highlights on the catwalks was a prevalence of shiny and pearly surfaces, reminding us that the festive season is just around the corner.

Beyond Yoga, Koral, and Michi feature a more subtle and delicate take on the high-shine trend, showing how festive-inspired looks needn’t be novelty.

Koral’s famous lustrous leggings keep all the functionality and tech-rich fabric of a top end legging, with the added benefit of a glamorous and sophisticated finish. Wear these shiny leggings with an oversized tee and APL trainers for that effortless “all-day” look... or refine the outfit with heels if you want to hit the dance floor.

Alternatively, Beyond Yoga’s co-ords resemble the texture of natural pearls that will make a chic fashion statement in any class. Again these styles transition beautifully from daily wear into workout wear with no effort at all.


We haven't had cause to get excited about fashion trends for a while. But activewear has given us a balance of polished and comfortable clothing that is ideal as we enter a "new normal". Looking at these trends for A/W 2020, we can't wait to get creative with our activewear wardrobe! Which will you try?