These days, you can look hot without even breaking a sweat in the latest ‘SportsLuxe’ workout wear. Here’s the lowdown on the latest trends for training!
The last few years have seen exercise leggings leap beyond the yoga mat, into more fashionable territory. Worked back with loose t-shirts, neon trainers (and the right underwear!), the humble legging has gone from being hidden, to the hottest ticket in town.
Once Upon A Run
For West-Coast Fever star netballer Shae Bolton, training daily combined with the recent surge of popularity in workout wear, was all the inspiration she needed to launch her line – Once Upon A Run - with her fiancé, West Coast Eagles player, Mitch Brown. “Being an athlete, and training day in and day out, I guess I have lived and breathed active wear for a good portion of my life,” she explains. “It was maybe a couple of years ago when suddenly I didn’t have to make excuses for turning up to brunch in my tights that I realised my wardrobe was becoming a little bit cooler,” she laughs. “People have caught on that being comfortable during our active lives is key. And I love it!”
Leading international designers have teamed up with lifestyle labels to breath new life into the fashion/fitness hybrid too. A move that makes sense, notes Shae. “Designers such as Alexander Wang (with H&M) and Stella McCartney (alongside Adidas) are so unbelievably creative and also understand women like no one else,” she enthuses. “They have been able to inject their brilliance into active wear and has inspired a new breed of designers. Active wear had plateaued for a long time and by collaborating with sports labels they have been able to connect these brands with a female market that had been neglected.”
Tully Humphrey, Yoga Teacher and director and designer behind Melbourne's Tully Lou agrees, saying the designer profile, putting a spotlight on sports attire proved imperative to the trend taking off. “Customers quickly became aware of who and what their brand stands for and made active wear fashionable not just for the gym.”
Here are some starter tips for a winning look in workout wear.
Five Key Fitness Pieces
1. Good Quality Tights: “If you are going to jump on board to this active wear bandwagon then you need to do it with class,” urges Shae. Many cheap brands of tights offer no support, go shiny and – heaven forbid – sheer as the washes increase.
2. “A great fitted crop that you can workout in and also wear under a loose tank top or a high-waisted skirt for summer,” is one of Tully’s essentials.
3. A hot pair of sneakers that you can also team up with your day-to-day outfit for a sportsluxe look.
4. “A rocking vest keeps you looking sharp in transition from your workout to grocery shopping,” Shae says. It also allows you to cool down and keep warm after a workout without overheating or getting sweaty.
5. A gym bag. Keep the look aligned with a sporty tote to take you from crunches to coffee!
Training Gear Trends To Try in 2015
* Seamless tights are going to continue to be a key trend, Shae notes. High-necked crop tops are also a favourite beyond 2014 as they are functional and flattering.
* Paneling is a huge trend in leggings as it allows for pops of colour to come through, notes Tully. It can also prove flattering to many silhouettes thanks to the slimming illusion that the graphic paneling creates.
* Text will continue to be massively popular, assures Shae. “We all have time for a bit of humour and we love the graphic shapes text offers,” she says of the ever-popular inspirational notes scrawled across t-shirts and track-tops.
* Monochrome-meets-neon is going to be big too, Tully insists. “Black and white mixed with a pop of colour is big, as is bright coloured crops with black mesh.”
* Stripes also offer a chic effect for workout wear, especially vertically as they add a slimline effect.
When To Get (Really) Dressed
As acceptable as it is, sometimes, just sometimes, leggings and a loose-t-shirt just wont cut it. Events include weddings, board-meetings and funerals. Possibly first dates and discos can also be no-go zones!
“However, I think if you are on the move, bouncing from one thing to the other during your day, you are pretty safe,” Shae explains, adding that the fine line can be crossed at meal times. “My general rule of thumb is whether you class where you are eating as a cafe or a restaurant. If it’s a cafe, you are mostly in the clear. As soon as your meeting anyone at a restaurant you are in the red!” Tully agrees that socialising at night may be the death knell for the sweats. “I would happily say I wouldn’t wear my fitness wear to a cocktail party!” she laughs.