Best Activewear for Hot Weather

Best Activewear for Hot Weather

It’s hot AF this summer and despite wanting to complete the extent of my exercise indoors, there is a certain floofy, fried chicken-looking member of this family who needs to be walked 2-3 miles a day or someone or something will pay the price. (Usually my socks or our fluffy living room rug that’s just too tempting not to chew on.) Basically, I’m hot-weather-walking aficionado so you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best activewear for hot weather!

Best Activewear for Hot Weather

Tank Tops

The key to tank tops is that they have to be ultra-breathable, moisture-wicking, and for me personally, slightly cropped because I wear a fanny pack with necessities (doggy poop bags, keys, my iPhone, etc). Here are my top 3!

Athleta Cloudlight Relaxed Muscle Tank

The Cloudlight Relaxed Muscle Tank is buttery soft and so comfortable. It has deeply cut sides so air keeps moving around your torso while you do. I also love the twist detailing at the hip – a really nice touch!

As for sizing, I go between an XS and S in Athleta, and I chose the S in this style because I wanted a roomier feel overall. I have both white and black.

Athleta Mineral Wash Crop Tank

The Athleta Mineral Crop Tank is my favorite of all – I have 4 out of the 5 colors! This tank is so incredibly lightweight – it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all. It has a totally seamless construction for maximum comfort and minimal chafing. It’s truly light as air and keeps me as cool as possible.

I wear a Small in this tank as well. (psst – they are almost half off right now!)

Mippo Cropped Muscle Tank

The Mippo Cropped Muscle Tank is my top pick for most affordable. At $15.99, it’s quite a steal! This top is definitely the most cropped of the three – prepare to show a little sliver of your belly. I love how the back of the tank is mesh so you can show off your cute sports bra too.

Word to the wise – this tank runs super small. I ended up with a Medium although I probably could have gone with a large as well. (You can see how it fits on me in the video below.)

Try-On Video and Full Review Below


Sports Bras

Fellow busty ladies with smaller rib cages, look no further than the Athleta Exhale Powervita Bra for D-DD cups and the Athleta Formation Longline Bra for D-DD. Finally, a brand figured out that larger busts don’t always equate to larger rib cages!

Up until I found these sports bras, I had to settle for ones that fit my bust but were way too large around my rib cage or fit my rib cage while smashing my bust to oblivion. No longer! (For those of you who feel my pain, I also wrote a post on bras and bralettes that work for our body types.)

These two sports bras also come in A-C sizing as well.


Now, I don’t really recommend wearing full leggings in 90+ degree weather, but I have to state for the record that I do love the Lululemon Align Leggings for all other times of the year. I don’t even want to state how many pairs I’ve accumulated over the years. (I wear a size 4, for reference.)

However, this year I found a much more affordable option at Amazon! These Core 10 Nearly Naked Leggings feel EXACTLY like the Lululemon Align Leggings and I adore them. (They also come in the 19″ capri length for warmer days.) I wear a small in both.


When it’s hotter than a two-dollar pistol outside, shorts are really the only way to go. (Although I do it kicking and screaming as I really hate shorts in general.)

The only two pairs I wear are the Athleta Mesh Racer Run Short – the mesh hem is a fun touch once in a while but I love the Balaef High-Waisted Lined Running Shorts from Amazon. These are such a steal (under $25!) and they feel great on. No riding up in the middle and they stay super dry when you are sweating buckets. I wear a small in both.


I always have a hat on for sun protection and to keep my pesky bangs out of my face. My favorite lightweight hat is my Outdoor Voices “Doing Things” hat.

Running Shoes

This is such a personal thing depending on your feet and gait, but I love Brooks running shoes. I need both cushion and stability and the Transcend line has always worked well for me.


These Bombas are the bomb. Enough said.


I finally went wireless this year and I don’t know why I waited so long. Instead of dropping $130+ for Apple AirPods, I bought these on Amazon and they work great. Did I mention they are only 25 bucks?

Facial Sunscreen

Almost nothing worse than your face feeling like it’s suffocating from sunscreen while working out in the heat. My beloved Fitglow Vita Shield SPF 30 is a godsend. (On its own, it’s sold out, but you can still get it in my Whoorl Favorites Kit at Fitglow through the end of this month! Use the code WHOORL15 for an extra 15% off the already deeply discounted price!)

Fanny Packs

When I need something super streamlined, I always wear the FlipBelt. Otherwise, this fanny pack can hold more stuff.

Walking Playlist

Everybody needs some good tunes, and my walking playlist isn’t half bad if I do say so myself.

Activity Tracker

Yeah. I’m pretty obsessed with my Fitbit Inspire HR. It’s simple and streamlined (big and clunky is not my style) and If you need a little kick in the arse and love data, it’s a must-have.

What am I forgetting?

I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all the bases, but as always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section. Happy summer to you!

  1. Shannon

    July 10, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Thanks for this list! Does your dog need to stop for water in those 2-3 miles of walking? Do you bring water with you?

    • whoorl

      July 10, 2020 at 8:22 am

      We walk first thing in the morning before the pavement gets too hot for him, so he does just fine without water!

  2. Lucy

    July 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Love this, thanks! What size did you buy for flipbelt? Do you wear it more on your hips or waist?

    • whoorl

      July 12, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Hi Lucy! I wear a Medium because I like it worn across the hips.

  3. Lucy

    July 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you!!

    PS – your quarantine influencer game is good. Belt – check. Fitglow nudie – check. Everlane tanks – check. :)