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The Strategist declared Girlfriend Collective to be “the new Outdoor Voices” way back in 2018, and the sustainable-athleisure brand has remained a firm favorite among staff ever since. So we were excited to hear that it would be joining the likes of Target, Best Buy, and Dermstore by offering early-bird Black Friday discounts across its entire site this year. All products, including the leggings, unitards, and compression bras our writers have sworn by time and again, are at least 35 percent off right now, with those deals continuing all week. Some styles are even marked down as much as 70 percent off. This means it’s a great time to stock up on tried-and-true, Strat-approved workout (or work-from-home) gear that’s unusually size-inclusive and comfortable, not to mention constructed from recycled materials like plastic bottles and fishing nets .
To help you make some hard decisions, we’ve broken down the best deals into categories, from sporty skorts and bodysuits to winter-ready puffer jackets and socks. Some of our top picks include a romper that’s smart enough for Zoom meetings, a timeless one-piece bathing suit, and stylist-approved seamless maternity leggings. There’s a lot to choose from, so when making up your mind, be sure to browse our full guide to the brand’s best designs. For maximum holiday shopping intel, find all of our other Black Friday sales coverage here, browse our full list of gift guides, and sign up for our newsletter for even more insider tips.
“The Paloma stays put, is structural, and feels like it’s really supporting my chest without compromising comfort,” writes Strategist contributor Brodie Lancaster in her guide to the best work-from-home bras. “If anything, it encourages me to sit up straighter, for which my osteopath is grateful.”
Model and writer Lydia Okello tells us that this halter-neck is “easy to toss a sweatshirt over,” while the cut still offers enough support for intensive workouts.
Rachel Warren, the founding instructor at Forward Space, wears this bra (made from 10 recycled plastic bottles) for medium-impact workouts like biking or boxing. She says “it features a super-low back and a minimal design” that looks good both in and outside the studio.
The hype for Girlfriend Collective’s “insanely comfortable” leggings is real and deserved. Like all the brand’s products, these super-stretchy and moisture-wicking leggings come in sizes XXS to 6XL. But the true secret to their perfect fit is a choice between three inseam lengths.
Leilani pairs her bra with these matching leggings, made from a softer and lighter fabric than the pair above. They’re quick-drying and available in two inseam lengths.
The high waist of these bike shorts “means I never need to pull them up, and the length is perfect for under tunics or paired with loose tank tops,” photographer and style expert Marielle Elizabeth tells us. She adds that while they are cute on their own, they “work double duty as thigh-chafing protection under dresses on hot, sticky summer days.”
Deeply discounted right now, these leggings stay true to their name by incorporating two discreet pockets that are big enough for your smartphone.
And here’s a flouncy and flattering workout skort for just $25, featuring two hidden pockets and a high-rise, compressive waistband.
The spaghetti straps on this exercise dress make it look surprisingly elegant, and a built-in compression unitard creates a smooth silhouette.
This dress, meanwhile, extends the silhouette (and support) of the brand’s bestselling Paloma bra.
It’s technically designed for exercise, but we can see ourselves wearing this long-sleeve tee with jeans and a cardigan all winter long.
The drapey fit of this tee (one of our most recommended long-sleeved styles for women) means it also works as a non-athleisure look. Sade Mims, founder of jewelry and accessory line EDAS, pairs hers “with a denim jean or a skirt and cardigan.”
This unitard is a favorite of social-media manager and activist Kara Smith, who calls it “flattering and functional.” Smith says the form-fitting silhouette is equally suitable to wear on “a casual day and to work out.”
Strategist writer Dominique Pariso — a unitard expert — describes this one as “Tour de France meets beginner ballet class.”
This pretty pink bodysuit is perfectly balletcore.
Many of Girlfriend Collective’s rompers are sold out already, but this one — with a high collar that would look plenty professional on Zoom — is still available in blue, green, and black.
Slouchy but not sloppy, these joggers fit like your favorite pair of jeans yet feel like pajamas. The 50/50 in the name refers to the fabric composition: half recycled cotton, half organic cotton.
And here are those same sustainable sweatpants, but in shorts form.
For the full look, a matching sweatshirt that’s similarly 100 percent biodegradable.
This bra is designed to accommodate shifting cup sizes, which makes it a comfortable choice for women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or just like to have a bra that will adapt to the typical fluctuations that many of us experience month to month.
Girlfriend Collective’s maternity line has found many fans, among them developer Caláh Jones, who recommends these “easy to throw on” leggings made from recycled fishing nets and available in two inseam lengths.
And here are those same ultralight maternity leggings as bike shorts.
It’s no wonder that Girlfriend Collective’s pleasingly minimalist puffer is already mostly sold out, but act fast and you can still snag a baby-blue one in small size, or white in sizes 4XL and 6XL.
This more stashable style, meanwhile, is still mostly in stock — and handy for in-between weather.
Here’s an irresistibly classic-looking one-piece that’ll outlast every passing summer trend. It’s made from recycled nylon and has a UPF rating of 50-plus.
It doesn’t get much cuter than these ribbed flower socks, woven with compression mesh to reduce ankle swelling.
And it doesn’t get much more comfortable than these ultrasoft pairs of underwear in an array of neutral colors.
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