The whole Athleisure trend has had – and continues to have – a hugely positive impact on the sportswear market, as this month’s selection of high street styles shows
These days, hardcore sporty types – and those fashionable types who like the sporty look but not necessarily the physical exertion – have a huge selection of garments, fabrics, styles and colours to choose from, with even the supermarkets now moving into this sector. Tu at Sainsbury’s, for example, has an excellent value running jacket in an eyeball-grabbing yellow. It’s breathable and shower-resistant, has an MP3 pocket and is made from 100% polyester. A natural imprint partner is the Unisex Running Jacket (JC060) from Just Cool by AWDis. Made from polyester 330T pongee, it’s lightweight, windproof and showerproof, and has reflective print details – ideal for those running at dusk.
New Look has a huge range of sportswear to choose from – proof if any were needed that the retail market is taking sportswear and athleisure seriously. Its black fluorescent seam funnel neck sports top is made from a breathable, wicking fabric with four-way stretch. A great pair for this good-looking top is the 1/4 Zip Top With Reflective Panels (TL555) from Tombo. Made from a lightweight 90% polyester/10% elastane, it has reflective shoulder panels with mesh overlay and thumb-holes.
For those who hanker after a sporty hoodie that oozes style, then both the grey, sleeveless hoodie from Red Herring Active at Debenhams and its imprint pair, the Sleeveless Fleece Sweatshirt (KB452) from Kariban, more than fit the bill. The Kariban top is made from low-shrinkage French terry and has a lined contrast hood with drawcord.
Next up is the mint technical mesh vest from… Next. Made from moisture-wicking performance fabric, it’s fresh in both colour and function. Fruit of the Loom’s Ladies Performance Vest (61418) also offers moisture-wicking and quick-dry performance. It has racerback styling and shaped seams for a feminine fit, and comes in a choice of nine colours.
Legs get a look in too with Cath Kidson’s Windflower Bunch Sports Leggings. They look great, are made from a moisture-wicking fabric and have an invisible back pocket. TriDri at Ralawise offers an imprint match with its stunning Women’s Performance Hexoflage Leggings (TR032). Featuring an on-trend camouflage print, they’re made from 90% polyester/10% elastane stretch fabric, have an elasticated waist and are designed for comfort and support.