It’s become an accepted, and indeed, meme-worthy, phenomenon that once one begins wearing leggings as everyday pants, there’s no going back.
With the impending wellness revolution well on its way, though, we are lucky enough to be of the generation that not only allows the wearing of gym attire in everyday life but actually encourages and celebrates lycra-clad brunches. Casual kicks, pony-tails and sporty backpacks are in, and the staple green juice has even pipped 90s Spice Girl chokers (remember those? They’re back…) to be this season’s must have accessory.
Sportswear’s transition from the confines of the gym to the social realm has of course seen an upsurge in new activewear brands hitting the UK of late with dedicated lines designed to take you from meeting to girlie catch-up to the studio. E-Commerce is thriving on sales of luxury activewear, high street stores now have dedicated fitness sections and even Beyonce is getting in on the action – she’s working on a dance and gym line for Topshop.
This bounty of new brands is undoubtedly exciting and essential in representing the shift in the health movement but it can leave us fit girls with a serious case of option paralysis when it comes to choosing where to spend our cash. So we’ve compiled a run down of the very best and most exciting brands worthy of adorning your hard-earned bod this season so you need never subject yourself to the confinement of jeans again:
We social media butterflies love a good slogan, and activewear lends itself superbly to motivational emblazoning. Enter Five Feathers and its line of shiny quote tanks to inspire your yoga practice and jazz up your street wear. Designed with a focus on inspiring creativity and to honour the five senses, continents and elements, Five Feathers is a brand for all you children of the Earth to flaunt your dedication to the fit life.
Five Feathers offers pieces that are as easily workable with buckled boots as with your monochrome Nikes. That’s the mark of a brand that will surely survive the revolution. Layer your ‘With Intention’ and ‘Fearless’ tanks with shape-hugging vests and colour-block leggings for a truly Instagram-able headstand shot.
Fresh over the pond from Vancouver, luxe design brand Kit & Ace is the one set to turn the heads of even the most loyal of Lulu devotees. The epitome of hybrid functional sophistication thanks to their development of technical cashmere and use of breathable fabrics and smooth seams, Kit & Ace offers a relaxed and sporty edge on luxury apparel to suit those of you who enjoy a more elegant style of workout – think post-coffee date barre and Ashtanga classes.
If the kit itself isn’t enough, K&A is set to become a tangible hub of wellness on our very own shores when it opens its first UK store in Shoreditch later this year. So not only will you be able to indulge in some good old fashioned offline spending, but the in-house coffee bar and community focus will see the brand offer a whole new religion to London’s health set.
If you favour a more demure aesthetic, hit up Sports Philosophy for a subtler range of sports-inspired clothing. Uniting the comfiness of yoga pants with a more office-friendly look with clothing designed for running, spinning, yoga and pilates with added reflective artwork to keep you looking on fleek in your day-to-day and ensure you’re safe and sound while you pound the pavements. We have a particular soft spot for Sports Philosophy due to the company’s dedication to supporting social change and fighting child labour. We’re all about design with soul.
Team the Volcanic After Workout Wrap with your capsule black leggings and every wellness warrior’s essential – the GymTote – and you’re good to represent at any meeting.
HIIT sessions aside, nothing gets our heart rates up like a bright and brazen pair of printed leggings, and if it’s statement legs you’re after then Australian brand We Are Handsome is your go-to for transitory lycra. Designed with summer vibes in mind and created with three-way compression fabric to stand up to the sweatiest of workouts, it’s easy to see why We Are Handsome has attracted a celebrity following. And it’s not just leggings on offer, the smile-inducing, iconic prints extend to super-flattering surf and swimwear, crops, sports bras, and shorts. Personal faves are the Chameleon Active Leggings to really draw attention, because, quad gains.