Posted: January 15, 2018 5:11am

I spend a hell of a lot of time in my gym wear.

I have tried to break my lazy habit but it’s pointless trying to change, my body is spoiled by the comfort and the fact that you always look one size smaller.  Working from home affords me that luxury and I embrace it.

However, with our lack of sunshine black is just too depressing and brings you down.  It absorbs any glow that you have managed to cling onto!

This is why moving to softer tones work.  Start with navy – it suits everyone.  I tend to match my sweatshirt or hoodie with my leggings as it makes me look like I have made an effort.  I have even ditched my black trainers for navy ones! I adore the Adidas NMD as they have a contemporary feel about them but are not too outlandish.

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I have moved on to military green this season, it looks much softer with a black coat.  If I was a brunette I would embrace the colour burgundy for my gym wear, there are loads in Gap.

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You get what you pay for in the legging departments and having tried on all the fashion brands I am sticking with Lululemon as they wash and wear so well.  They do have a store at Bicester Village now which is worth checking out.  They make you look a hell of a lot thinner and more toned so in my book they are worth every penny.  I know a lot of my readers would still not pay £80 for a pair of gym leggings so I wanted to see if I could find a similar fit for less!

Lululemon
Lululemon
Lululemon navy
Lululemon navy

My top tip is LNDR (on sale now at The Place).  I have also ordered a pair of navy leggings from a brand called Gymshark – prices from £24 these are large fitting and quite think material).  Alternatively, try Nike, and also one of my favourites is now on sale by New Balance by J Crew.

Don’t forget to check out Tory Sport, the sizing is huge though and there isn’t a lot of Lycra but the colours and fit are gorgeous.  If you like the more colourful high end brands then check out The Brand Outlet, they have loads of great prints on sale.

Gap is really where it is at; the quality is excellent and they are stocking simple colours like navy and grey there are a few on sale too.  I would size down and I took a small.  They don’t have all the pieces online so it is worth checking out in store too and look for the sculpt leggings.

navy Gap top and leggings
navy Gap top and leggings

 

Gap Fitness
Gap Fitness

Gap also have some brilliant sweaters to layer over your gymwear and I spotted some great sports bras too.

Gap Sports Sweater
Gap Sports Sweater

I was also impressed by the Alice Liveing collection at Primark.  It is cheap – £6 for leggings, but sometimes you just want something new and fresh.  Again, size down, as the collection is large fitting.  I bought the grey option.

Primark
Primark

Also loved these navy leggings, just £18 at Tu for Sainsbury’s.

I also love German online store Tchibo.  They have the best selection of burgundy leggings from £12 (size down as really large sizing) and their jackets are really well made.  The ski wear is also great quality.

Primark Alice Liveing
Primark Alice Liveing

Check out Romwe, New Look, H&M, Matalan and Urban Outfitters for matching hoodies and sweatshirts and Adidas or New Balance for trainers.

New Balance Navy Trainers
New Balance Navy Trainers

I have been brightening up my look with my white Woolrich but you can also get the same look from H&M.  I also spotted a few preloved.

H&M men's white puffer
H&M men’s white puffer

Be gentle with yourself – I used to kill my body with spinning and TRX but nowadays I am more likely to be seen doing yoga or Pilates.  I listen to my energy levels and it has more or less lead to a less aggressive commitment to exercise.  I am happy to recommend the lovely Petra, she will do a private class at your home, evenings or weekends, just email her on petracoveney@googlemail.com. I am starting 10 Cycle Monday ( they have an offer two classes for £20 ) and I am also doing Pilates at Exhale Pilates where you can sign up for unlimited classes for £250. I also adore Heartcore for Barre  classes. 

Petra showing us how it is done
Petra showing us how it is done

The old me stopped and started with exercise, but now I do something I love, it makes all the difference and body wise, I am the same weight.

Complet now on sale at Bernard's Boutique
Complet now on sale at Bernard’s Boutique

I am going to update my look this year with a structured bag like the Complet one above, now on sale at Bernard’s Boutique.

 


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