Monday 23 October 2017

Fit for function - the best 'athleisure' for your workout

Asymmetric jacket, €25; printed crop top, €10; printed leggings, €20; knit runners, €20
Asymmetric jacket, €25; printed crop top, €10; printed leggings, €20; knit runners, €20
Matte & shine T-shirt, €15; cross-back seam-free sports bra, €12; mesh leggings, €15; knit runners €20
Arnotts: Panache sports bra, €52
Arnotts: Bjorn Borg Activewear ‘74’ T-shirt, €34.95
Arnotts: Seafolly Active ‘Horizon’ sports bra, €7
Aldi - Kettle bells: 2kg/4kg, €4.99; 6kg/8kg; €9.99 and 12kg, €14.99
Lidl: Performance top, €5.99
Lidl: Nutrition scales, €12.99
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Bairbre Power

With a new year comes new fitness goals, but one trend that is sticking around is 'athleisure', where clothing designed for workouts is now seen as the new Ready To Wear. I have to say, Dunnes Stores' latest fitness range is very fashion forward, with prints, colours and fast drying, four-way stretch fabrics that boast moisture management technology to wick away sweat.

Lingerie brands have also embraced activewear this season, to complement their foundation garments. Panache, Freya, Triumph and Seafolly have all expanded their ranges to include activewear. I discovered Australia's No. 1 activewear brand Lorna Jane at Arnotts in Henry Street, who are exclusive stockists of a number of activewear brands.

Hat tip to the top-selling Panache sports bra (pictured right), which is available from B to a J cup and banishes 83pc of breast bounce through its innovative technology, and the moulded seamless inner cups reduce movement in all directions.

As an extension of the swimwear line, Seafolly has launched its first ever activewear line. Inspired by Australian outdoors lifestyle, the core of the collection (pictured below) is bras, leggings and shorts, all built around quick-dry neoprene or lycra-based fabrics. Another sporty brand to watch out for is Bjorn Borg, whose collections take inspiration from the world of tennis. The collection has a crisp, stylish, fresh feel and combines functionality with fashion, offering multi-purpose sports classics.

Monochromes in black, navy and grey also dominate the shelves in Arnotts. It's everyday streetwear with a twist - the perfect transitional apparel to take you from the office, to the gym, and back again.

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