Psychologists say that activewear that helps you look good will also help you feel good, which in turn encourages you to get moving. Here’s a roundup of the stylish new kit you’ll find in my gym bag this season…
A stylish spin on cycling gear
The one thing that cycling gear is not is sexy. Until now. The clever fitness fanatics at Sweaty Betty have created a new cycling line that includes bold, Bauhaus-inspired geometric printed leggings (I’m wearing the red colourway here), jackets and lightweight layers all with reflective SB logos to keep you safe on the road. Padded cycle leggings, £115, jacket, £185, and top, £75, all sweatybetty.com.
Power up the prints
Why wear boring black for working out when instead you could opt for a sunset-inspired gold and black mandala print? My latest find is Wolven, whose leggings are made from discarded plastics that are recycled into soft, durable fabrics. My favourites are these super-flattering Noor leggings, £64, Wolven, thesportsedit.com
Wrap & Relax
Homebody is a brand committed to helping you get the most out of your down time. Using incredibly soft ModalSens fabric which is made from sustainable European beech trees, the range consists of simple loungewear which can also be worn as sleepwear. Warning: you won’t be able to stay awake wearing them. From £75, homebody.co.uk.
Dip in, dry out
If you’ve been wild swimming this year you’ll have seen more Dry Robes (dryrobe.com) ‒ a fleece-lined, waterproof knee-length hoodie for use after a dip – than wildlife. Now there’s a weatherproof onesie on the block, the Wylding boilersuit, £160, wylding.co.uk. Lined with micro-fleece, lightweight and flattering, it has a dropped crotch for easy dressing, making the chilly transition in and out of cold water effortless and stylish.
When it comes to fitness wear, it’s hard to bridge those seasonal transitions. So allow me to introduce your new BFF, the Down for it Vest, £148, lululemon.co.uk. This warm gilet, is slim fitting (no jacket flapping about as you run), plus it’s water- and wind-resistant. Perfect for colder days.
Cachet and carry
Forget the old-school holdall – today’s sports bags are too cool to be hidden in a gym locker. Sandqvist is my favourite brand for understated style, durability and sustainability. The Konrad, £135, sandqvist.co.uk, has a place for my laptop, lots of space for sweaty gym kit and is waterproof.
I’ll be wearing these rainbow Bala bangles whenever I can. Designed to increase resistance during a workout, Bala suggests you wear them for a walk or even to fold the laundry for muscle activation everywhere. Available in 1lb and 2lb weights. From around £37, shopbala.com.