So following on from my positive life plan post about fitness, I mentioned that one of the joys of keeping fit is buying all the workout gear. I love it: you really wouldn’t think it, but running leggings are actually quite flattering (why is that? I guess because they smooth everything out and suck everything in) and it’s all so comfy and colourful. I feel much more confident, somehow, if I’m in some nice sportwear. Here are a few of my top picks of the latest workout gear for all sizes and budgets.
H & M have some really fab stuff (not so much in store, but there’s a great selection online). I haven’t ordered anything so far, but there are some really nice colours and styles, and their prices aren’t bad. These medium support sports bras are just £9.99 and come in lots of lovely colours – I love this silvery/lilac ‘nougat’ colour. They also do quite a decent range of plus size sportswear too.
ASOS have a huge selection of really brilliant sportswear, with everything from big names like Nike and Adidas, and smaller, quirky brands. Asos Curve has quite a good selection of plus size sportswear too, and there’s even some maternity bits. Brights might not be for everyone but I love these pieces from the Adidas Originals X Farm ‘Floralita‘ range. Just gorgeous. Leggings and tank both £28.
Carla Bikini also have a huge selection of workout gear with some really interesting brands including Seafolly (pricey but incredible – who knew they did sportswear?) and a fabulous brand called We Are Handsome. I love the prints and this sports bra is in the sale at just £33.54. Check out their high neck sports bras as well.
Marks and Spencer has a decent enough range of basics (although their colours aren’t particularly exciting), and obviously with their lingerie know-how their sports bras are fabulous. I love this Rosie for Autograph high impact crop top, £32.50 which is really stylish. Unless I’m not looking in the right place, though, their plus size range is disappointing/non-existent.
Next has a good range of branded sportswear and their own brand stuff is really good. They’ve also still got some great bargains in the sale too if you hunt around. I got this brilliant top for just a fiver. It’s lovely and cool, and it covers your bum too.
I got my Nike LunarStelos running shoes in the John Lewis sale for £42 (still a few sizes left) and selected stores offer gait analysis to help you find your perfect running shoe. They have a great range of brands including Nike, Puma, Under Armour and some gorgeous things from Ted Baker. Check out this vest – expensive, but so lovely:
Talking of expensive, but iconic, if you’re thinking of splashing out on some really good quality running gear, you can’t get better than Sweaty Betty. Their leggings are notoriously flattering, and they do some lovely prints and matching sets. I adore the colours and strappy detail of this infinity workout bra (reduced to £31 in certain colours) and matching leggings. Just gorgeous.
Mango has some stylish sportswear, although again, not much in the way of plus size. These gorgeous gradient effect leggings go from black to neon yellow (£29.99) but are currently only available in medium or large.
Ooh and I must give a little mention to my incredible headphones, which are from Mobile Fun. They’re lightweight, stay firmly in my ears, the sound quality is amazing and they were just £14.99.
PS: I’ve also heard that Primark and Sainsbury’s both have some great sportswear, especially in their larger stores. I’ve yet to have a look but do let me know if you have, or if there’s anywhere else that’s good for workout gear, and I’ll add it to the list.