What better push in a fashion-forward direction than with pieces you can wear every day, exercise or not? Here are 18 choice picks for the person that wants to look the part. Perspiration optional.
Whether you love it or loathe it, activewear is inherently part of Australian lifestyle and culture. And it can be done well. Fashion and activewear need not be mutually exclusive as there many options on offer in this ever-burgeoning market. Technology means that fabrics are not only breathable, comfortable and flattering while some designer-inspired labels, from Adidas by Stella McCartney to The Upside mean that even if exercise is not your bag, at least look like it is.
The best bit? Sometimes a new buy naturally motivates you to, um, work out. So, before those 2016 fitness intentions flag, we’ve curated some of our favourite picks to keep you moving, motivated and always modish.
Points to consider when doing active wear, every other day:
1 – Leggings and flats are the only options. Fashion purgatory is waiting for you if you mix a Louboutin with Lycra.
2 – Just because that crop-T looks cute, doesn’t mean it smells so sweet. If you have sweated at all in your workout gear, please don’t invite it to your next social gathering without a good wash.
3 – Wear what works for you. Activewear is not for every body. It simply isn’t. Sometimes it can accentuate the areas you most want to camouflage, so opt for the 2016 trend of feminine, event dressing instead. And keep your fleece for fitness only.
For T-Swift-esque pins, keep your leggings the most flattering part of your outfit. Our old faithful is to opt for a 3/4 slim fit in classic black or muted tones.
Nike Heathered T2 Women’s Leggings, $90 – available at Nike.
Kasbah Core 7/8 Tight, $96.99 – available at Lorna Jane.
Live The Process Rock Crystal Print Leggings, $228.20 – available at Farfetch.
Who loves short shorts? We love short-shorts. (But really, everyone should love short-shorts!) Not only because you simply can’t wear them in winter, but because it’s a summer-centric win-win as you can get bronzed pins on the go! However, if short isn’t your style, wear them over some super snug lycra leggings for a truly fashion-forward fitness moment.
Nike Gym Vintage Women’s Shorts, $45 – available at Nike.
The Upside Oversized Run Short With Binding, $32.25 – available at David Jones.
$62.99 now $45 – available at Lorna Jane.
If you vehemently adhere to Melbourne’s unofficial (yet always flattering) ‘All Black’ uniform and deviate to colour only with the smallest proportions, buy yourself a patterned ta-ta tamer to wear under your tee or singlet of choice. Now’s your chance to experiment with Leopard, cargo or something more tropical!
The Upside Faded Camo Zip Hudson, $149 – available at David Jones.
Offbeat Sports Bra, $65.99 – available at Lorna Jane.
Nike Pro Fierce Lotus Women’s Sports Bra, $65 – available at Nike.
The thing is with Summer; it’s hot. And when it’s hot, we sweat. For maximum comfort and natural ventilation, wear a looser tee that’s conducive to perspiration absorption. They’re also incredibly flattering when paired with slim-fitting leggings or shorts if they skim just below the bum.
Hurley Dri Fit Women’s Singlet,
$39.99 now $31.99 – available at SurfStitch.
Wildfox Essentials Muscle Tank, $95 – available at ASOS.
SOLOW Slim Slouch Racer Back Jumpsuit, $209.71 – available at Shopbop.
You’ll be running so fast, the only thing people will see is a blur – so make it a neon one in a pair of these oh-so-fashion-forward trainers. Always ensure the fit is right, though, as you don’t want to be accessorising these babies with a set of crutches!
PUMA Ignite XT Core Sneakers, $131.9 – available at Shopbop.
Reebok Ventilator Local Heroes Sneakers, $201 – available at ASOS.
PUMA Disc 89 Metal Women’s Shoe, approx.
$254 now $179 – available at Solestruck.
If you’re a fair-weathered sportswear collector, start low-key with some bold accessories to get you going. Even if it’s a walk in the park, a jog with the dog or a round of tennis with pals, ensure you look every inch the part!
Nike Classic Line Backpack, $40 – available at Nike.
Ami Alexandre Mattiussi Striped Lemons Skateboard, $330.53 – available at Farfetch.
Adidas Originals Aberdeen Watch, $149 – available at The Iconic.