Calling all you get-fit fanatics, couch-to-5Ks and once-a-year-yogis. Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re all about having the right gear – even if we have no idea – so we like to make sure our kit is on-point and up-to-date. So whether you’re looking for the latest printed two-pieces going or just something comfy you can do the school run in – we’ve got it sorted with our pick of the best sportswear brands. If you want to complete your kit, jump over to our best trainers edit to finish off your look.
Described as ‘couture for leisure’, Parisian activewear label Ernest Leoty takes its name from a fashionable corset maker of the 19th century, whose innovative designs enabled freedom of movement rather than constriction.
Silou London is a luxury athleisure brand, designed by former Victoria’s Secret model Tatiana Kovylina with the vision of creating designs to enhance the body through innovative shape, design and fabrics.
Shop now: FONDA BODYSUIT for £159 from SILOU
Marie Claire Sport
Marie Claire kicks off the year by launching its first ever athleisure range – Marie Claire Sport. Designed for women who want fashion-forward activewear to use in and out of the gym, Marie Claire Sport delivers on both comfort and style. It is available in a mix of seasonal colours, patterns and styles, including the hero camo-print line in a range of deep blues and ruby hues. The Marie Claire Sport range uses innovative performance stretch materials that mould to the body’s shape and are technically able to support a truly active lifestyle. The range is designed to combine functionality and fashion, such as the lightweight outwear for keeping cool when training and the slim line tops with fleecing for warmth when running outdoors. Shop the collection now, prices start at £35: Marie Claire Sport.
Gymshark has come a long way since its founders crowded around in a garage, screen-printing athleisure gear. This homegrown brand has now become one of the most popular fitness brands in the world and renowned for its commitment to fashionable sportswear, without compromising on performance. With both womens- and menswear lines spanning everything from socks to hoodies, you’ll want to clear some space in your closet for your next big purchase.
Tailor Made Fitness
This edgy sportswear line is designed by Tailor Made Fitness, a personal training company that’s branched out into urban athleisure gear. It’s ideal for the girl who wants to get away from the pinks and pastels as the entire line falls into a black and white colour palette, with healthy splashes of grey camo print and mesh here and there.
Shop now: Camo sports bra for £30 from TMF
Introducing ASOS’ first sportswear range, following on from the brand’s activewear campaign, ‘More reasons to move’. Featuring high-quality performance wear inspired by the very latest trends, ASOS 4505 is all about bold prints and bright colours.
As founder Lara Mead puts it, Varley is all about high performance tech as well as style, ‘From the school-run to the office, from the ballet barre to the boxing ring, the modern woman’s routine has a changeable nature which demands high performance activewear with a high-fashion aesthetic. The same goes for our skincare. Our collection consists of cutting-edge formulations that address real, modern-day concerns such as environmental and tech-generated stressors and pollutants, and aims to change the beauty conversation. We blend London’s cosmopolitan elegance with L.A.’s active lifestyle.’
Shop now: Manning Sweat for £101 from VARLEY
A yoga-inspired Canadian athletics brand, Lululemon is one of our favourite hot spots for getting our hands on gorgeous printed leggings and shapely tops for when we finally get that hour to breathe, stretch and relax. Working closely with customers and what they think of the brand, Lululemon prides itself on the fit and functionality of the fabrics it uses. With a strong fashion mind, its colourful designs fit so well you won’t want to take them off. While dominantly a yoga-kit company, Lululemon understands we’re into a variety of sweaty pursuits, so whether it’s spin, running or boxing, the versatile fit and style of the kit available means we’re covered.
Shop now: Scuba Hoodie IV for £98 from Lulu Lemon
Laain is one of the chicest sportswear companies around. Launched by fashion designer Sheila McKain-Waid and stylist Tamara Rothstein, this brand has a set of extremely creative hands behind it. This season, the high-end fashion-sportswear collection is made up of crop tops, vests, leggings and knitwear in the form of hoodies and jumpers; all in a rich, warm-blood colour palette.
Another addition to the capsule collection is yoga wear, which the pair has designed in subtle grey and pink tones with softness and comfort in mind. This really is a collection to suit whatever mood you are in and if you’re a fashion-savvy gym goer then this is definitely the brand for you.
Shop now: THEA CUT OUT BRA for £70 from LAAIN
No ka ‘oi
No ka ‘oi is an Italian-designed, Hawaiian-inspired (yes, that’s correct) action couture brand. Gymwear just stepped up about ten notches as we enter the realms of active couture – and the MC fashion team are all over it. This fashion-forward brand has designs for both the SS season and AW, and both include a vast range of items to suit all sporting activities. The collections have been designed with such creativity they actually look like fashion ranges rather then ready to wear gym pieces – but everything is packed with technical microfibre that supports comfort and performance.
We are Handsome
We are ecstatic that one of our favourite swimwear brands has now introduced a sportswear collection too. Its multi-coloured, infamous tiger-head prints are being taken to next-level coolness as We Are Handsome release their latest capsule activewear range. Consisting of micro bra tops, crop tops and a selection of leggings in a vast range of coloured-all-over prints, this collection is a true head turner. So whether your doing hill sprints in-between sunning yourself on holiday or you’ve got the guts to flaunt it down at your local gym, your workout is set to be as feisty as your attire.
Are you one of the many miraculous women that are currently juggling a 9-5 occupation, 2.5 children and trying to fit in yoga three times a week in a bid to maintain a super-fit body (and keep your mind sane)? Well you are not alone and believe it or not there is a way you can still look and feel great with activewear brand Vaara. Designed by Tatiana Korsakova who is a mother, businesswoman and discerning gym goer herself, she understands the need for versatile clothing that will carry energy and poise beyond the gym.
Shop now: Flo Tuxedo Legging for £130 from VAARA
We love this capsule collection for its laid-back essentials which deliver comfort while complementing the female figure. So if you often find yourself cooking the family dinner still in your gym gear even though your class was at 11am, then Vaara is your answer to an all-day effortless, cool and comfy look.