Get fit and fashionable with sporting style

Published: Sunday 10th January 2016 by The News Editor

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If your Yuletide featured more excess (of the booze and snooze varieties) than exercise, getting back to peak fitness – or, at least, shaking off the seasonal slump – is no doubt top of your New Year resolutions list.

And with new sporty offerings landing in the shops throughout the month, now’s the ideal time to refresh your workout wardrobe.

Whether you’re into monochrome minimalism or pops of neon, pretty prints or retro sweats, this season there’s an activewear collection to suit everyone. With these chic pieces you’ll be well on your way to a style personal best…

THE BRIGHT STUFF

If you need acid brights and punchy pinks to get you out of the starting blocks on dull winter mornings, H&M’s new sportswear collection is just what the personal trainer ordered, fusing fuchsia, coral and neons on well-cut gym essentials.

Following on from Sport England’s enormously inspiring ‘This Girl Can’ campaign last year comes a TGC range at M&S. Peppered with pink and purple, these slogan tees and sleek separates will make you feel ready to take on the world, and a percentage of the price tag goes to help fund the organisation’s work.

Olympic host Brazil is going to have a huge influence on fashion this year, with sportif trends and Rio-inspired styles coming to the fore. Get on board now with the Anita Active Sports Bra in a new Brazilian flag colourway.

PRINT PERFECTION

Boho vibes and Lycra-based fashion don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but White Stuff’s new fitness range manages to bridge that gap beautifully, blending tile prints and subdued blue and green hues on soft, stretchy fabrics – the perfect recipe for a serene ballet barre session.

For fashion-forward fitspiration, head to Style PB, the site dedicated to sportswear that’s both athletically and aesthetically pleasing. Brands like Varley and Lexie specialise in snazzy patterned leggings, animal prints and trendy tops.

MOODY HUES

If you prefer to stick to a sporting palette of mostly monochrome, you’ll love Boody. New to the UK, the Aussie brand makes tees, tanks and leggings from super-soft organic bamboo yarn, in only black and white. The fabric is stretchy and super-soft (and stays that way no matter how many times you wash it), so perfect for yoga and pilates.

High-intensity workouts call for more support. The Adidas Essentials and TechFit ranges at Sports Direct offer high-tech pieces in plenty of shades of black and grey, making for effortless mixing and matching – handy if you’ve signed up to a month of unlimited bootcamp classes.

THROWBACK FITNESS

Want to stand out at your spin session? The latest Boohoo Fit collection is a riot of mesh, lace and crop tops, Eighties-style sweats and ballet-inspired yogawear, so you can Flashdance your way to the top of the class.

The Nike Gym Vintage line mines a similar vein, with faded marled hoodies and loose, logo-stamped vests, while the Yours Clothing plus-size Athletica range takes the all-American route with varsity numbers and slouchy baseball tops to help you hit a home run.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Sunday 10th January 2016 by The News Editor

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