So your activewear is on point but what you leave the gym in also counts.
Most personal trainers will tell you that it’s often what you do when you’re not working out that’s just as important as those weights you lifted this morning. So those with a preoccupation for shopping will be glad to hear the same principle can be applied to clothing.
“Activewear refers to the pieces designed for movement and activity,” says THE UPSIDE’s Womenswear Designer, Ashlea Holdsworth. “Recovery pieces, on the other hand, are designed to be worn before or after a workout to help provide circulation, expel lactic acid build up and support your muscles.”
Yes, this is an invitation for you to add to cart bombers, jogger and hoodies to make your exit from the gym both comfortable and stylish as activewear brands embrace the 'recovery wear' trend.
This season THE UPSIDE have a range of soft tailored yoga pants that will take you from studio to brunch as well as hoodies that are fleecy and super warm to facilitate your cool down, as the brand evolves to from performance wear to pieces for pre and post workouts.
“Pieces are generally made from natural fibres such as cotton and linen, with a soft hand feel and are made to offer incredible comfortability,” explains Holdworth, who says when buying people should look out for fabric, design and technology.
“The quality of the fabric is super important. You want a fabric that is dense and comfortable and that you feel good in,” she says.
“You should also look at what you are buying it for to choose the right fabric for your activity. If you are doing high intensity exercises then it may be better to invest in compression legwear that increases blood circulation and supports muscles, while also wicking moisture away from the wearer to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.”
While THE UPSIDE has an emphasis on trendsetting styles and vibrant prints, Holdsworth assure you don’t need to be Rihanna to get on board the recovery trend.
“In terms of cut, buy what you love and what suits your body shape. If you are unsure about bold prints, then try options with black or solid coloured panels. Panelling down the outside leg in a contrast colour such as black, is always flattering.”
February 15, 20173:24pm