Healthista’s Kit Diva blogger Thelma Mensah handpicks the best in statement fitness gear
Silver gym bag £10 nationwide Primark stores (stockists) 01189606300
Those of you that read my blog know how I am always going on about not being able to find a stylish, affordable gym bag? Well, it looks like my prayers have been answered in the guise of this super-stylish-sports-luxe-looking gym bag from Primark! I have a similar shaped bag from American Apparel so I know that this type of bag can hold a lot of kit, and I particularly love a bag with carry handles and a long over-the-shoulder strap for when the bag is very heavy. Now, before you start make your way to your local Primark, I have not seen this bag in the flesh so have no idea what it feels like but at only a tenner, yes you heard correctly a tenner, so I am not sure if I care. All I know is that when it drops in May, I plan to cop one for sure.
As far as kicks go it doesn’t get any more stylish and spring-like than the recent Nike x Liberty collabo. Featuring classic Nike styles in Liberty’s signature floral prints, these shoes are must for any discerning sneakerheads out there. Air Max 90, Nike Roshe Run, Air Max 1, and for the first time vintage runner Nike Internationalist, are all included in this collection as well as Nike Blazer and the Dunk Sky Hi. Nike and Liberty apparel is also available reflecting the culture of running. There has been much anticipation about this collection and when it’s gone, it’s gone, so don’t sleep on these kicks!
Fitness fashionistas who are in love with printed leggings will be all over this hot new Brazilian label Posto9. Designed in London and made with Brazilian supple Lycra, this collection is made to make you stand out from the crowd with their super-sexy shape, vivid prints and great fit. Brazilian Lycra is a bit of secret in the fitness fashion world and only those in the know, like me, realise just how good it is. It’s breathable and quick drying, has 4-way stretch, comes with colourfast, offers UV protection and chlorine resistant just to name a few of its features. Fun, funky and full of latin flavour, this collection consists of bright printed leggings, tops, shorts and onesies with a Brazilian twist. The range comes in some many different prints and vibrant colours that you will be spoilt for choice. This spring/summer collection has been flying off the shelf since it went live so if you are looking to spice up your leggings look in time for the World Cup in Brazil, go check out the full range at posto9.co
4. SUKI SHUFU
Suki Shufu Superstar jacket in white and silver exclusively at Harrods £230
What’s not to like about this super-chic, super-cool, Superstar jacket from one of my favourite designers Suki Shufu. I have so much love for this label, and its founder/designer Caroline White, the genius behind the brand. Not only because of her daring, fashion forward-thinking approach to fitwear, but she just ‘gets it’ when it comes to seamlessly blending high fashion with activewear. Also, when I started this blog over a year ago she was one of the few designers that supported kicks and kit and still does to this day and that is something that I have never forgotten. Fawning over, you’ve got to admit that this stretch fitted jacket, which is lined with breathable stretch cotton, is the bomb and perfect for wearing to and from class and is so fashionable it hurts. It’s 100% machine washable and the faux leather look gets better with every wash. This is sports luxe at its best and I would go as far as to describe this as the ultimate pre and post workout cover up one that will turn heads whenever you step out in it. Sukishufu.com
The devil is in the detail so the saying goes and I love the levels of detail that come in this Cross It tank from Wellicious. Key features include colour contrasting straps that cross over the bust, as well as a fitted bra within the to offer some support. It’s feminine, yet functional and I particularly like this poppy red and chocolate colourway. I’ve also been told that this tank is one of their best-seller and I can see why. Perfect for yoga, pilates or any other low impact type of training you can be safe in the knowledge that when you purchase an item from Welicious you will not only be getting a high-quality item from a label that has a big celebrity following including Gwyneth Paltrow and Selena Gomez both very stylish ladies. wellicious.com
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