When it comes to activewear, I’m really quite particular about what I wear to workout. Ultimately, it comes down to ‘does it make me feel good?’, because if I’m going to drag my arse to the gym and spend 45 minutes in front of a mirror, then hell, I want to look and feel as good as I possibly can. Gyms are already a pretty negative zone for many, full of all sorts of personalities, so I think it’s really important to wear something that helps give you confidence. Having been pretty into fitness for some time now, I’ve tried my fair share of fit kit, from the super cheapy pieces to the break-the-bank brands, and the global giants in between, and I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been through a whole load of overpriced leggings that go see-through when I squat, sports bras that fit so badly they bare my nipples when I plank, and designer gym tops cut so poorly I can’t lift my arms above my head, and I’ve got rid of all of those to whittle down my collection to some staple favourites that I’d buy time and time again.
When it comes to fit kit, it’s most definitely quality over quantity. Whilst I’m not saying Primark gym kit isn’t worth buying (I haven’t tried it so couldn’t comment) I do think investing in pieces that make you feel amazing is more worthwhile — that’s not saying they should cost the earth, that’s saying you should love them. With that in mind, I wanted to share my tried and tested, most loved ‘luxury’ activewear brands that you’ll find me in in the gym day in, day out.
LNDR cannot do a thing wrong in my eyes. Though definitely on the more expensive end of the scale, I’m the biggest fan of their bra tops and leggings. Both use extra-thick knitted fabrics which make you feel all sucked in and svelte, without cutting into your waist or torso at all. They don’t have any padding in their bras but the fabric is thick enough to save your modesty.
My Falke sports bra is my favourite bra I own. It fits so perfectly, with thin straps and a flattering neckline, and with soft removable pads that don’t give you giant knockers but do effectively cover your nips! The straps are completely adjustable, the fit isn’t too tight that you can’t get it off after an arms workout, and the colour ways and fabrics look and feel expensive. My absolute will-buy-again favourite.
A super reasonably priced brand, I love the bras and leggings I’ve tried from Adanola. Flattering and fashion focused, they’re simple, straight forward pieces that are just cut well and flatter the body. I wouldn’t say they’re super performance driven pieces but they stretch and move really well, and fit like a glove. Good price and definitely worth a try.
I have so much love for my Laain leggings, which are so sleek and comfortable, and the ultra-thin fabric literally fits like a second skin and wonderfully doesn't seem to go see-through. Some of Laain's pieces are definitely more fashion focused and probably not what I'd wear in the gym, but their leggings are seriously good. Again, Laain is on the more expensive side, but I do think their pieces do fit and move really well.