Athleisure is all the rage, but the hefty price tag isn’t

Keep reading for some cheaper options that will still get you the look


Anna Claire Edenfield, Culture Reporter

Athleisure is a fashion trend involving athletic clothing that is both comfortable and aesthetically appealing. Currently, it’s become one of the biggest fashion trends amongst college students.

The trend has been around since the ‘80s, but became even more popular during the pandemic. As more people were stuck at home, Forbes Magazine reported that athleisure orders rose by 84% in 2020. 

When walking around campus, you’ll notice many students wearing popular athletic brands like lululemon, Nike, Athleta, Aerie, GymShark and more. It can be anything from leggings, sweatshirts, sweatpants, running shorts and comfortable shirts. 

Most college students resort to this style of clothing because of its comfortability and accessibility. With the fashion trend continuing to rise, almost all stores carry some form of athleisure clothing. 

The problem with athleisure for college students is that most popular brands are not on a college friendly budget. Luckily, there are many cheaper alternatives that can be seen as “dupes” for higher-end brands. 

Amazon is a great place to start when searching for cheaper athleisure with their wide variety. Other stores like Old Navy, TJ Maxx and Target are good places to find cheaper men and women’s options as well.

Check out the links below for popular, “high-end” athleisure dupes.

Lululemon Align Tank Dupe: 

Lululemon Align Leggings Dupe: 

Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover Super Flare Leggings Dupe

Click through the gallery below to see some Georgia Southern students in their athleisure looks.

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  • Avery Hertel and Olivia Dupree, sophomores

  • John Jennings, junior

  • Michaela Harrison and Catherine Peacock, juniors

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