Whilst working out can be difficult, sometimes finding stylish and comfortable activewear can be even harder. This shouldn’t be the case, so here’s a quick guide to building your fitness wardrobe so you can get in shape hassle free.
START WITH THE SHOES
As Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”. This is definitely true of the right pair of trainers and smashing work-outs. Wearing the wrong style or size can lead to blisters, lower back pain and just generally put you off putting them on and getting active. German sportswear brand adidas have put their sustainable foot forward and paired their performance know-how with the scientific research of environmental charity Parley for the oceans. The 4-year collaboration features classic adidas training and running shoes made of 75% upcycled plastic bags, so you have no excuse not to put them on and run the world!
For more quirky and unique shoes then the retro style of Jinga Esportes, a Brazilian company providing light grip dance and gym shoes, is the brand to turn to. They have one standard shape shoe, which is a petite, round-toed, lace up but there is a huge selection of colour combinations available, so they’ll match any outfit- no need to save them just for your workouts. The brand have also really stepped up on the ethical scale as they are dedicated to providing their employees with fair wages, holiday and maternity leave and invests in social projects around Rio de Janeiro.
Jingo have three stockists in the UK and are also available to buy online at jingashop.com.
This London based sportswear company creates really simple and chic sports bras, leggings, bodysuits, tops, bottoms and swimsuits for yoga, barre and gym activities. Their clothing is perfect for filling the wardrobe position of minimal designs that go with everything. The central concept of the brand is to provide clothing that is flattering to every woman’s SILOU-ette and the simple style and colours definitely do this. In addition, the brand use only certified non-toxic materials and manufacture their clothing in Lithuania in a factory which exceeds EU standards and provides fair pay to all workers. Anyone trying to sell you less than this can jog on!
Head to siloulondon.com to shop!
For all the pattern-loving yogis out there, these leggings will not only help you with your downward dog but will also create good karma, as their clothing is all vegan and the Australian based company works with local suppliers to help the local community. The website stocks some stand out yoga accessories in addition to the stunning clothing, such as their over the knee grey leg warmers, their strappy cut-out sports bras and the Asana Front Wrap Tee which comes in a range of colours, perfect for fitness activities and for the coffee date afterwards.
Head to dharmabums.co.uk to shop!
BY: MIRANDA STONER