Best unitards and bodysuits: The one-piece shapewear trend for beyond the gym

Ellie Davis

The next in a long line of gym-ready-at-any-moment pieces, the unitard is having a serious moment – hailing from the realms of an 80s aerobics class to the street style set, spearheaded by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski.

No longer simply offered in spandex, the garment is shedding its fitness aesthetic as strictly an undergarment. The unitard is officially the main event with a form-fitting design and the ability to dress it up or down with the right accessories.


For when you have a spin class at 5pm with trainers, to the pub at 7pm with strappy sandals, a belt and an oversized blazer – this all-in-one romper is an easy win.

See our favourite iterations of the trend.

Year of Ours Brook Bodysuit

Female-owned and operated, Los Angeles-based label Year of Ours pays homage to retro 90s styles and traditional American sportswear.

The Brook Open Back Bodysuit is peak perfection—an all day appropriate piece depending on how you style it. Other favourites? The Football Stretch Leggings featuring the brand's signature lace-up detail are one of the most enviable items in activewear right now.

£140 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Shop the full Year of Ours collection here.

adidas Originals Stretch-jersey bodysuit

From your athletic wear to everyday, this Adidas bodysuit deserves to be worn far more than just to the gym. It is composed of a polyester blend and is embellished with the brand’s logo on the thigh.

£85 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Short jersey unitard

Combine two of this season’s most popular trend by opting for a leopard print iteration of the unitard. H&M’s answer to stylish shapewear, it is given an extra added detail in the form of a zip at the top.

£14.99 | H&M | Buy it now

Joni Cycle Playsuit

Tour de France chic, the Joni jumpsuit is the versatile wardrobe addition that you need in your life. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike a day in your life, this cycling-inspired piece needs to be added straight to basket.

£39 | Topshop | Buy it now

Cotton Spandex Unitard

This unitard from American Apparel is offered in an array of colours, from more neutral black and grey to bolder leopard prints and neon yellow. The silhouette features a longer leg but a open low back.

£35 | American Apparel | Buy it now

ASOS DESIGN denim square neck unitard

Take the bold trend to the next level with an even more eye-popping print like this snake design. Ideal for festival season and beyond, you can pair with a bomber and trainers for an easy sartorial win worthy of Glastonbury or Coachella.

£18 | ASOS | Buy it now

Ernest Leoty Josephine bodysuit

Parisian activewear label Ernest Leoty will elevate your workoutwear with this bodysuit that will encourage you to spend even more time in your fitnesswear – whether you are going to the gym or not.

£250 | MyTheresa | Buy it now

Virgil Ribbed Romper

From model Emily Ratajkowski’s label Inamorata, we have fallen hard for this cotton romper. The piece is available in either black or white (we’ll take one of each) with shipping available to the UK.

$72 | Inamorata | Buy it now

Scarlet Basic Strappy Plunge Unitard

Cover the basics with this unitard from PrettyLittleThing that is available in four different covetable shades (including a neon green) and in an array of sizes from four to 16.

£8 | PrettyLittleThing | Buy it now

Live The Process Corset bodysuit

Bring major style points to your activewear arsenal by investing in this bodysuit from New York label Live The Process. It is offered in a figure-hugging technical fabric that adapts with flexibility to take you from your yoga class to your post-workout chores.

£173 | MyTheresa | Buy it now

Bloch Kyara Open Back Stirrup Unitard

Designed to behave like a second skin, the piece from dance attire specialists Bloch is even fitted with stirrups to hold it all in place. It is also embellished with a front zip and an open back with a cross over mesh design.

£43 | Bloch | Buy it now

Atoir Raining Diamonds Jumpsuit

Australian label Atoir is already a fan favourite with Kendall Jenner who wore this exact piece out and about during New York Fashion Week. It is made up of a blend of cotton and spandex with a belted waist detail.

£307 | Revolve | Buy it now

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