It doesn't matter if I'm heading to the gym, working from home or binge-watching the entirety of Selling Sunset, I am never not wearing a pair of the best leggings I can buy. So when I saw others recommending the best Lululemon dupes over on Instagram Stories, I naturally had to investigate.
My go-to is Lululemon's Align leggings. They've won me over with their ultra-flattering high waist, buttery-soft fabric and ability to skim every curve from your waist to ankle. Listen, it feels like you're naked and I mean that in the best way possible. The only thing I haven't been fully loving is the price point of the Align leggings. At £88 a pop, my collection has built up at a snail's pace over the years and I have begrudgingly spent hundreds.
I am so particular about my gym leggings and find that Aligns are one of the only pairs of leggings that fit me properly. Being a size 10 with a small waist and big hips and thighs, it's harder than you think. Baggy knees or a gaping waistband? Um, can you not, hun? So I ordered the Lululemon Align dupes I'd heard so much about to try instead.
Lululemon dupes: our top three shortlist
Best Lululemon Align leggings dupe: CRZ Workout Yoga Women's Leggings
Best Lululemon sports bra dupe: CRZ YOGA Women's Medium Support Strappy Back Sports Bra
Best Lululemon running top dupe: CRZ YOGA Women's 1/2 Zip Long Sleeve Crop Top
When the CRZ YOGA Leggings arrived from its eBay online store I was immediately impressed. The shape and style are exactly the same. They feel super lightweight and cosy and I could easily live in them for the foreseeable. The main difference is the material, which feels more like stretchy running leggings rather than the trademark Lululemon fabric.
Which pair is better? Okay, so Lululemons by a slither. But, with a £70 saving, I am never looking back. From sports bras to leggings, we've done the hard work for you, spotting the very best Lululemon dupes on the market.
SHOP: The best Lululemon dupes to buy online 2023
CRZ YOGA Women's Leggings
Best Lululemon Align leggings dupe
Buttery soft and ideal for yoga, these CRZ YOGA Women's Leggings are the perfect addition to your running leggings collection. They're available in lots of colours including black, grey and teal. They really are the ultimate Lululemon Align dupe.
Customer review: "Amazing leggings - so comfy and fit perfectly. Wasn't sure what to expect for the price but they are perfect quality and the material is so soft. Would definitely recommend buying these."
CRZ YOGA Women's Medium Support Strappy Back Sports Bra
Best Lululemon sports bra dupe
CRZ YOGA continues to give us fantastic Lululemon dupes. This Medium Impact Wirefree Padded Strappy Longline Sports Bra is ideal for giving you more coverage at the gym. The gorgeous strappy back detailing makes it look way more expensive than it is. The bra is available in lots of colours and prints.
Customer review: "I bought a selection of sports bras off the internet at the same time and this one was by far the best quality in terms of design/details and fabric. Fits really well, slightly on the small side but that does help with the support - would feel comfortable wearing this for high-impact sports. Really pretty and I think it looks a lot more expensive than it was!"
CRZ YOGA Women's Running Shirt
Best Lululemon running top dupe
Whether you're headed out for your morning run, or headed to the gym for your favourite pilates class, this CRZ YOGA Running Shirt has got you covered. The brushed material gives you the ultimate 'naked feeling' we all crave in gym wear and athleisure in general. Chefs kiss.
Customer review: "Love love love this top!! It’s super comfy, has very good material, and even has thumb loops. I went with a large because I have a bigger chest, but my mom went with a medium and they were both perfect!"
GLOWMODE 24" FeatherFit™ Crossover Yoga Leggings
Best alternative Lululemon Align leggings dupe
Tried and tested, these GLOWMODE FeatherFit™ Crossover Yoga Leggings are yet another Lululemon Align dupe we're obsessed with. Seriously, they are outstanding. They have the same buttery softness as Lululemon, with slightly more compression. In fact, you can tell the Shein pair won't bobble after a few months like Lulus and a lot less fluff sticks to them. They come in a ton of colours for you to choose from so sprint, don't run, huns and thank me later.
Customer review: "I was very sceptical about purchasing workout clothes from here. Boy was I wrong. I will now only purchase workout clothes from here rather than purchasing from Nike or other expensive sites. Loved every product from glowmode!!! The material feels like butter. They are durable, stretchy, and great material."
DryMove™ Pocket-Detail Sports Cycling Shorts
Best Lululemon cycling shorts dupe
Has H&M ever let us down? These DryMove™ Pocket-Detail Sports Cycling Shorts are a flattering pair of workout shorts that don't fall down during exercise. Available in different prints and colours, they're the perfect Lululemon dupe because they skim your body with ease.
Customer review: "These are super comfortable, quick-drying and come in some great colours. Great for the gym and for long walks. The only way I could love them more was if they came in a low-waisted version as well."
Dynamic Yoga Sports Bra
Best yoga Lululemon sports bra dupe
A stunning strappy sports bra from Decathlon that could easily pass as a Lululemon dupe. The material of the Dynamic Yoga Sports Bra is breathable and sweat-wicking to ensure you feel your best during a workout. The sports bra is available in a wide array of colours.
Customer review: "I am not a sports bra kinda person, but this was my very first sports bra, and I must say every penny I spent is worth it. It is super comfortable and classy. I also bought other sports bras after this one, still, this one remains my favourite. #comfortcomesfirst."
High Waist Sports Tights
Best affordable Lululemon leggings dupe
For just a tenner, (yes you read that right), you can get these very close dupes for the Lululemon Align Leggings from the ever-faithful H&M. They have tons of activewear to browse, and when we stumbled across these High Waist Sports Tights, we just had to snap them up. These ones are even in Lululemon colours. J'adore.
Customer review: "Just what I was looking for, in a gorgeous colour, nice fabric and finally a good fit! It been hard to find exercise leggings that fit both my small waist and large hips. Despite them being made of stretch material, if it fits my hips there's usually fabric flapping around my waist - not so here! I've been looking for sweat-wicking leggings for ages so I'm really happy to have found these."
Wrapover-Waist Sports Tights
Best wrap-over waist Lululemon leggings dupe
Ok, so we're a sucker for a gym legging with a wrap-over waist because they offer a super flattering fit. The Lululemon Align V-Waist Pants will set you back £88, while these are a reasonably priced dupe. Plus, they also come with the option for a matching SoftMove™ Medium Support Sports Bra, which just screams Lululemon to us, tbh.
Customer review: "Brilliant leggings, the waist is really flattering. They stay up which you don't always get with other brands. Would definitely recommend."
Khaki Sculpt Luxe Super High Waisted Gym Leggings
Best sculpting Lululemon leggings dupe
If you want a super sculpted shape, these Khaki Sculpt Luxe Super High Waisted Gym Leggings from PrettyLittleThing deliver. For that soft, close-to-skin feel that we thought only Lululemon could offer, these leggings are a close alternative. A thick waistband gives you a snatched waist while subtle scrunch-bum seam accentuates your best assets.
TALA Dayflex V Neck Sports Bra
Best popular Lululemon sports bra dupe
Incredibly similar to the Lululemon Align V-Neck Bra, this TALA Dayflex V-Neck Sports Bra is a close dupe. However, this super flattering sports bra is selling out, fast. Can you really blame it for being such a bestseller though? Buttery soft fabric, cleavage-enhancing design and hundreds of reviews. Excuse us while we buy 17 of them, please.
Customer review: "A flattering bra that I can actually wear in and out of the gym. Colour is pretty!"
DryMove™ Flared Sports Trousers
Best flared Lululemon leggings dupe
If flared gym leggings are your thing, these DryMove™ Flared Sports Trousers from H&M will mean you won't have to fork out £108 on the Lululemon originals. H&M has these in black, grey and dark green to choose from, with moisture-wicking fabric to see you through your workouts. They come in a skinny fit with a high, elasticated waist and legs with flared hems.
Customer review: "Great for exercise and general daytime stuff. Comfy and flattering. Gentle flares. Fed up with sports leggings tight around the ankles so love these."
MP Women's Tempo Ultra Crop Jacket
Best cropped running top Lululemon dupe
Let's talk running jackets. This MP Women's Tempo Ultra Crop Jacket from My Protein is a sure dupe from the oh-so-expensive Define Cropped Jacket. The perfect way to layer over your workout outfits, it also comes in classic black or smoke blue (which is very Lululemon, if you ask us).
Gilly Hicks Active Plunge Short Onesie
Best Lululemon bodysuit dupe
Lululemon has expanded its activewear range into bodysuits, but if you want to get in on the bodysuit trend, it'll cost you. While the Align Bodysuit sets you back £84 (and that's with it being on offer from £118) this Gilly Hicks Active Plunge Short Onesie is a lot, lot less. Plus, there's even a red design on sale for less than thirty quid. The criss-cross straps at the back are also giving us all of the Lululemon vibes.
Customer review: "So comfy and great quality."
Bianca One Shoulder Bra
Best one shoulder Lululemon sports bra dupe
We've seen these asymmetric sports bras everywhere, especially when it comes to yoga sessions. The Sports Edit has a close dupe for the Lululemon favourite, stocking sizes from XS to 3XL and colours in pink, green, black and white. A double-lined fabric with a compressive fit keeps you in place, while a four-way stretch and sweat-wicking design keep you comfy through your workouts.
Customer review: "Love the fit and colour! Already have in black, want in every colour!"
MP Women's Power Mesh Leggings
Best squat-proof Lululemon leggings dupe
If your love for colourful clothing knows no bounds, opt for these MP Women's Power Mesh Leggings with a super soft stretch, made with moisture-wicking technology and lightweight material. We're obsessed. It also brings in elements from the classic TikTok leggings style.
Customer review: "The colour is so pretty and really vibrant. The quality of the leggings is insane, they’re so thick and squatproof!"
Gymshark Longline Bra
Best classic Lululemon sports bra dupe
Looking for an alternative to Lululemon's Longline Sports bras that might just save you a few pennies? Enter: Gymshark Longline Bras. It's a medium impact level, has thick supportive straps, plus a ton of designs to choose from. Sound familiar? It's missing the famous criss-cross straps, but that's something we're willing to overlook if we're saving £15.
How to choose the best leggings for you
Consider the fit: If the fabric is itchy or the waist doesn't quite sit right, you'll only come to dread wearing your pair of leggings before lunchtime. Leggings shouldn't feel tight, so make sure you're not cutting off your circulation. If you're buying online, we suggest buying multiple sizes and testing out which works for you - as you can always return what doesn't. Body changes also mean more thought into what you wear - for example, you could probably wear your old stretchy leggings during pregnancy, but it might be better to opt for specially designed maternity leggings.
Go for comfort over style: Your leggings might have all the jazzy patterns in the world but if you don't feel comfortable you're not having fun, simple as that. We're a sucker for a classic pair of black leggings - they can truly be paired with everything.
Breathable fabrics are key: Whatever the weather, you need your leggings to be breathable. No one likes to feel like their thighs are overheating, so make sure your leggings are made from quality materials before you buy. Never Fully Dressed has a new gym range, and it's one to check out for quality garments.
Aimee Jakes is the shopping editor across heat and Closer. As well as mainly writing about skincare launches, high-street fashion and gym bag essentials, she also regularly chats to celebs about their wellness routines for heat's Self-Care Sunday.