What you wear to work out in can have a big impact on how you feel, and we’re not talking fashion stakes here, although there is that too! While your old jogging bottoms might be comfortable for slouching round the house, purpose-designed sports kit will be more comfortable and more supportive when you are exercising.
Fabrics that wick moisture from the skin to keep you cool and dry, garments cut to prevent chaffing, and in-built features for carrying essentials like keys and MP3 players are all advantages of performance sports wear – and you’ll look the part as well..
But, like everything else, where to start? There are so many brands out there offering sports garments from the big names like Adidas and Nike to a plethora of smaller brands. So, to help you narrow down your choices, we’ve picked out three of our favourites.
Freya Active Performance Wear – best for odour-free freshness
Freya Lingerie’s Active range includes a line of stylish performance sportswear that uses Polygiene active odour control technology. This is a natural anti-bacterial agent that neutralises odours by stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause them. Garments can be worn several times between washes without getting whiffy, so they last longer and have less impact on the environment – it’s a win/win.
The sports vest has built-in support and uses Coolmax fabric for moisture control. It comes in cosmic blue, black and red and the matching 3/4 length Capri pants have a handy zip pocket for valuables.
Sports vest, £56, 30D to 38H
Capri pants, £42, XS-XL
Berlei Move X collection – best for posture
Berlei has made sports bras a focus over the last couple of years, and the result is a range of products designed for specific activities such as running, tennis and swim/gym. One of these, Move X, is a yoga collection that includes not only a crop top but also a support vest, shorts, socks and trousers.
In striking black and pink, the kit looks good, but what we love about it is way the cross back of the crop top and vest has been designed to improve and straighten posture. The line also features practical details like gel cushioned fastenings for comfort and silicon anti-grip soles on the socks.
Move X crop top, £32, 32B to 38F
Move X vest top, £45, S-L
Move X sports trouser, £40, S-L
Lulu Lemon – best for style
Lulu Lemon is the brand of the moment in women’s active wear, offering everything from crop tops and sports bras to workout gear for a range of activities with specialities in yoga and running.
Fun, bright and super stylish, the brand has amassed a devoted following despite a not being widely available in the UK – buy it online from lululemon.co.uk or in store from King’s Road Sporting Club in Chelsea.
The brand has a quick turnover of styles and colours so there is always something new, and the colourful collection includes accessories such as gym bags, yoga mats, head bands and briefs. Some of our faves include the special edition Cool Racerback Surf Bonded vest top (pictured), super breathable Burn It Out Tank and the cute Boogie shorts.
Burn It Out tank top, £42, 6-14
Cool Racerback Surf Bonded vest top, £45, 6-16
Boogie Shorts, £38, 6-14