It’s a new year, and a new year means a new you. At a time when many people try their hand at that little old place called ‘the gym’, it’s safe to say fitness fashion is officially a thing. The daily Instagram selfies of the likes of Miranda Kerr in cropped running leggings, Bar Rafaeli sweating it out in a cropped top and short combo, and Gisele looking fabulous in yoga pants are enough to produce severe envy among even the most serene of us. We can’t promise you Gisele’s abs but we can certainly promise to give you the lowdown on everything you need to know to be gym ready this January. Here are Venue’s top tips for exercising in style…
First things first. The basics. A good sports bra is essential, don’t skim over this as you’ll definitely regret it. Sports bras come in all shapes, sizes and colours under the sun, Nike have some great ones as well as Marks and Spencer’s. H&M are my go to brand for cheap sportswear and their range at the moment features seamless sports bras in a range of colours. “A brighter bra draws attention to the top half of your body in a subtle, flirty way”, says Tracey Anderson, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow.
Leggings, full length or cropped are ideal for keeping warm on winter runs, numerous brands have these at varying prices. There are loads of plain leggings on the market, dark leggings are the way to go if you’re after a sleek and slimming look. However, if you’re after something a bit different, brightly printed leggings have become a favourite amongst celebrities and gym goers, they are the perfect solution to mixing up stale gym outfits. H&M have some great brightly printed leggings in store right now at an affordable price of £14.99. Pair these with a plain top, in black, white or a colour which also features in the leggings, to finish off the look. If you’re looking to invest Nike and Sweaty Betty both have some amazing statement leggings for S/S15, although be prepared to pay a little more.
Top wise, fitness fashion has come in to its own. There are a number of cute chic tops that won’t break the bank. Be fashion savvy when pairing these with your leggings or shorts, go for a brighter top with darker leggings or vice versa. Again, H&M have some great options and Sweaty Betty have magically invented the tank top that will just never roll up or go awry no matter how many squats or lunges that you do.
For summer, if you’re feeling brave, a short and crop top combo is one way to look great whilst exercising and showing off that summer tan. Crop tops are also huge among celebrities, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Vanessa Hudgens and the Kardashian clan. They’re the easiest way to look super sporty yet stylish and show that all your hard work is paying off.
Statement trainers are also on trend this coming S/S15. They add a burst of colour and interest to any outfit and make you stand out from the crowd. Nike have some great ones, which are wonderfully comfy at pretty affordable prices. They also act as a bridge to your everyday wardrobe; trainers are still super on trend this year, chuck some statement trainers on with some jeans and you’re good to go for a day at the library or pottering round town.
Gym chic is the secret to getting yourself to the gym this January, so embrace the lycra and get going.