ACTIVE STYLE

Is ‘active living’ a part of your plan for 2016?

Then you need the style to go with your new active life – in the form of activewear.

What is activewear?  It’s no longer a comfy tee and shorts relegated to the bottom drawer of your closet but a whole new section of your wardrobe in patented, high-tech and fashion-forward designs in ‘moistuire wicking, 8-way stretch stability, power-mesh, performance enhancing’ fabrics.  Did you get all that?

(It’s also a billion dollar industry with designers, brands and retailers all clamouring for a piece of the active pie.  Par example – online luxury retailer, Net-A-Porter created ‘Net-A-Sporter’ a site solely dedicated to wellness and activewear to suit a gamut of activities including gym, crossfit, run, yoga, dance, tennis, equestrian, swimming, surfing, golf, sailing and skiing).

Activewear has become a part of our daily wardrobes not just for exercise but what we wear to eat, shop, work and play in.  (Yours truly is writing this column in a luxe-to-less ensemble of pink and white).

If you have joined the global ‘active living’ movement and would like to elevate your style whilst executing a downward-dog or working up a sweat piloxing (yes I’m up with the latest fitness craze) here are some style tips to get you moving – pun intended:

  • Leave the bare midriff to the beautiful young things on Instagram.  The biggest trend in activewear may be crop-tops but at some stage in our lives they are more a ‘fashion-flashback’ than a current option.   Tanks and racer-backs are a stylish alternative.
  • Exercise causes stress on your breasts so a well-fitted sports bra or sports crop bra is vitally important with minimal bounce factor.  Avoid too-tight bras that dig in, or conversely too-loose styles that offer no support.
  • Tights with higher lycra/spandex content will provide a snug fit and ensure a more flattering silhouette.
  • High-waisted tights are more flattering and reduce that stubborn ‘muffin top’.
  • A wide, flat waistband provides extra support and comfort.
  • Designs that include paneling on tops and bottoms create the illusion of length and flatter the figure.
  • A matching top and bottom ensemble also creates the illusion of length.
  • Breathable fabrics such as mesh help to avoid unsightly sweat marks.
  • Seam free styles eliminate chaffing and irritation against the skin.

 

Style Info, clockwise from left:  Lululemon shorts $65, www.lululemon.com.au;  Michelle Bridges MB Active tank $29, www.bigw.com.auMichelle Bridges MB Active mesh panel leggings $39, www.bigw.com.auTarget Active Spacedye tank $20, www.target.com.auFire & Shine ‘Nux’ Exhale tank $89 and ‘We R Handsome ‘Orion’ capri’s $140, both at www.fireandshine.com.auLorna Jane Dee Core ¾ tights $95.99 and Lorna Jane tank $45.99, both at www.lornajane.com.auLululemon Urban Warrior duffel bag $159, www.lululemon.com.auFitbit Charge HR small in plum, $229, www.target.com.auNike Speed 2.0 jump rope $29.99, www.rebelsport.com.auTarget sports bra $20, www.target.com.auKamuka ‘Bloom’ yoga mat $129, www.kamuka.com.au


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