Review: PureLime’s summer workout kit

PureLime summer 2014 collectionRosie Price-Smith reviews a selection of workout tops from PureLime’s summer 2014 sportswear collection.

PureLime says: ‘Every PureLime garment has been carefully designed and crafted to create fashionable product that can perform in extreme conditions. PureLime tops are filled with careful thought and detail, and the Cool Max fabric moves moisture quickly from the skin to the outer layer of the fabric and helps to keep the PureLime woman cool. The diamond shaped gusset has no uncomfortable seams and gives great freedom of movement.’

Rosie says: Scandinavian sportswear brand PureLime kindly sent me some of its new sports tops to help kick start my 2014 fitness regime. Summer was coming, I had a number of trips planned during spring, including Florida, Greece and Ibiza, and some new bikinis to try out. It was time to get in shape again.

My old gym kit was getting on a bit and I needed something to perk me up for chilly runs outside and late nights at gym classes and the PureLime sets were perfect… burnt red tops and monochrome stripes that make me feel a bit more chic than my regular grey tops or old shorts. It’s time to feel good in my fitness gear, not drab.

The PureLime Movement RN Tee
The PureLime Movement RN Tee in frosty red (although it’s more hot pink than red, in my opinion), is perfect over a sports bra. It won’t give you any extra support, but it is super comfortable. It doesn’t rub or chaff, and the soft fabric makes it feel like you’re not even wearing anything – all the better for exercising and not feeling weighed down.

The top is made with Coolmax fabric, which means it lets the skin breathe and wicks moisture away from the body so you stay dry. There’s also breathable meshed fabric under the arms to help the skin breathe when you get warm while working out, and the long length and stretchy fabric means it doesn’t ride up when you’re lifting your arms or running at fast pace.

This is perfect for me, because I like aerobics classes and body pump classes, as well as running – so lots of movement and lifting weights. It’s figure hugging, but not enough to feel self conscious, so for me it’s an ideal cut.

Buy: Movement RN Tee, £29.99, XS-XL, six colour options. PureLime.

Body Tank in black and white
This strappy, stripey sports top is perfect if you want extra support on the bust and around the body. It’s a tighter fit, which suits me when I’m doing less vigorous exercise, such as walking. It’s a matter of taste, as I like to support my bust with a good sports bra (the PureLime Seamless Base Layer is good for smaller busts, but for larger busts I recommend the Panache Sports Bra) and have a looser top while I’m doing a big workout, but this is perfect for yoga, pilates, and walking.

Price: Body Tank, £26.99, XS-XL, four colour options. PureLime.

The verdict:
Super-comfortable sportswear that feels lightweight and doesn’t weigh you down when you sweat, but also totally brightens up any workout. Just a little bit of extra encouragement to get me out of bed in the morning!

Buy: To browse the collection, buy online or find your nearest stockist, visit purelime.com.

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