The rise of the sportswear… Have you noticed that nearly all high street and online shops appear to be branching into sportswear. I surely cannot be the only one who has noticed this, nor the only one that contemplates the development of sports leggings and sports bras everywhere with hesitation.
For those who are new to this blog, I am an active lady and play Roller Derby. I on average work out 4 times a week, cross training for my sport, and skate 3 times a week for Roller Derby. I spend a lot of time in sportswear, although my ideal combination is tight sports leggings and a baggy tee or vest.
Because of this I find the increasing availability of sportswear intriguing and so I decided to look at some of my favourites based on aesthetics only (reviews to come at a later date I hope). Take it as me combining two of my favourite hobbies, shopping and roller derby.
Out of all of the usual places I shop I would say ASOS have certainly won on the sportswear element, most notably with their latest release of Adidas Originals (although they have some pretty cool Nike stuff in also). I’m an Adidas girl at heart though, having favoured them since a young age. Here’s my top picks of their range (thankfully found through ASOS_Felicity’s Instagram).
Would you look at these? My these are lovely! At £70 I guess they need to be, but if I had a pair of these I would wear them everyday and probably not to work out in. I’d also purchase some white laces to do in them too. By far my favourite fashionable sportswear piece out there. I cannot vouch for their ability to support you while running however…
These are personally a little long in the leg for my liking, so I would probably pay my local seamstress to make them proper 3/4s and they are more 7/8s at the moment. However I really like the print of these leggings and the inclusion of the signature 3 stripes. Would they hold up in my sport? I’m unsure! Nor do I think they would go with my game jersey, but I think they’d look amazing with my Riedell skates, oversized tee and my gold helmet.
Okay I admit it, I probably would never work out in this top – and I’m not sure they want you to (who makes a sportswear top in light grey?) But I would wear it all the time, probably with black skinnies and the trainers above and they would call me Crazy Adidas Original Lady.
I really wish I liked the StellaSport range more than I do. For me the blocky colours are a nice pattern but the colours chosen just don’t do it for me. It feels too young, and I’m only 23! But I quite like the sports bras, they look fashionable and robust.
This is not something I would say I need in my wardrobe, but it actually seems quite practical and the cut of it looks flattering and clean. I could picture myself wearing this kitted up, just before my warm up – especially in our new venue. I think this is Missguided’s stand out piece personally, but then I could never picture myself in a onesie to work out.
So here are my sportswear picks. I’d be interested to know what you like and from wear. I may even have to buy a few items and review them!