When I was in the Army, I could spend weeks at a time wearing only uniform and gym kit. Days were long and standards predictably high, so re-wearing smelly kit was an absolute non-starter. Which is how my absolutely HUGE collection of gym kit / athleisure started.
Fast forward ten years and my life is now in some ways completely different to the girl marching through RMA Sandhurst. For starters, I get a blow-dry twice a week at Neville, and spent this morning editing a make-up tutorial with my MUA Candice. But then, there’s also a load of similarities. Like my inability to get anywhere later than ‘five minutes before the five minutes before’, and my insasiable love of gym kit.
Full disclosure: I am not always intending to work out when I put on a pair of well-wicking leggings. Admittedly I do work out at least 5 days out of 7 – so on a practical level I reach for my #athleisure on a very regular basis. But beyond that, it’s also my go-to. Gym kit is my safe place – I wear it to meetings, I wear it to chill, I’ve even recently worn it on what turned out (kind of embaressingly) to be quite a nice first date. So the majority of post work-out clothes I carry to change into will probably be fresh gym kit.
You’re probably realising my point here – I love athleisure. Of course, not all athleisure is created equal – there are definately some that’re better suited to certain activities (like a post-Barry’s shake, for example). Here’s some of my favourite pieces of kit.
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I’ve been a fan of Varley since I was first introduced to a pair of hi-tech, marble print leggings back in my Marie Claire days. The L.A. slash London means all the best bits of our cosmopolitan elegance and LaLa’s active lifestyle merge to form maybe the most insta-friendly activewear yet. At the moment I’m obsessed with their cute take on camo print and graphic waistbands.
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Pink Soda is an in-house brand by JD Sport. The focus is affordable athleisure, and collections are updated regularly. They are super hot on layering – leggings and sports bras for the workout, then zip-ups, tees and trackies for the walk home.
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