Workout clothing has become an art form in the past few decades. The baggy, lo-tech Seventies styles gave way to the out-there Lycra creations in the Eighties. But performance wear came into its own in the noughties with sleek, high-spec fabrics cut into seamed body con perfection with tops and pants that feel every bit as good as they look. Here we’ve got a rundown of what to look for in your performance wear and how to rock and exercise look.
Coordination is the Key
Collections mean that separates will work with multiple pieces. Yoga pants may come in a basic palette, each with a feature pattern or colour around the waistline. These features are designed to work with a variety of tops within the collection so putting a look together takes the least amount of thought and will work for every body type regardless. This way it’s possible to put together a variety of looks together with ease plus you will always look as though you’ve carefully put together your outfit rather than simply pulling on the first thing you see.
For the same reason, sticking to a simple palette will enable you to find pieces across a range of collections. It also enables you to look seasonal by going for, say, black and hot pink through the winter and turquoise and white for the summer. Paying attention to the trainers is also a key to looking coordinated top-to-toe.
Function should always be one of the first things on you mind when it comes to choosing workout apparel. If you’re at the gym or running on the street, looking for pants and jackets which include pockets for items like keys, mobiles, and MP3 players – preferably zipped – is vital. Most exercise wear also comes with a range of functions, from yoga to performance running, and although there’s plenty of cross-over it’s vital you have the right kit. This is never truer than in the winter when a showerproof running jacket or a fine running sweater can make the difference between a great experience and a rotten one!
Dare to try-out new ideas within your work-out look
Before reaching for those basic blacks, think about the alternatives available to you. Every season there’s a new style out there to move your signature look along. Have a go at pattern or a new out-there colour like bronze. Most of all have fun because you’ll be spending many hours in whatever you go for and you may as well enjoy wearing them.
Outfit from a selection by Casall.