Athleisure – what does it mean?!

“If sweatpants are your everyday attire, you’ll end up looking like you belong in them, which is not very attractive. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image.”
― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Well Marie, I definitely disagree. Look at the photos ! My usual attire isn’t that smart and quite often incorporates gym/leisure wear , but I don’t look a slob and my self-image is ok (delusional!).

There are days when I put on my gym gear though and never quite make it there – case of all talk and no action, but what I do wear can ,with a few tweaks, pass as a decent looking outfit.

All the high street shops have recently got into the action and have sportswear lines. Be careful though as some of the fabric is extremely thin and not great for a real workout.

Nike are always reliable and have a large price bracket and wide selection, same with Adidas. Stella McCartney for Adidas is excellent quality and very on trend. H&M are the best on the high street by miles. Zara are ok for pure leisurewear but not for any sweaty action. Forever 21 have great streetwear and gym stuff all aimed at a younger audience but there are some real gems if you search hard enough. Top shop and Net a Porter stock Ivy Park the Beyonce range which I like but too much logo for me.

Urban Outfitters and Asos are the best sources of all the recent re-emergence of the eighties labels and styles.Why didn’t I keep my Kappa tracksuit?!

Asos also have other little known brands like Oysho, Ocean Drive and Undiz to name few. If you search under Leisurewear they all pop up.

More high end is Sundry, Wildfox and Monrow. These are a bit more difficult to track down and sell out quickly. If you go the States then stock up as they are a lot cheaper over the pond.

Top of the range for what I call real sportswear is the brilliant Lululemon, again massively cheaper in the States. Brands like Varley, Perfect Moment and The Upside – all excellent are available on Net a Porter.

So here are some of my favourites.


Athleisure (I can’t think the word let alone say it aloud without smirking) makes a change from my usual skinny jeans and shirt combo and it’s the perfect attire for hiding a multitude of sins – like chocolate and wine!


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