B-Ball Style

So my obsession of all things sports luxe is nothing new, I’ve blogged about it on various occasions and I’m always happy to see sporty styles appear on the catwalk season after season.

Edging on the urban side of sports luxe there is something I love so much about a basketball vest.  Maybe it’s that iconic ‘Carrie’ look from SATC, so good I’ve had to include it twice in my inspo images (just so you can get the full effect), or maybe it’s because when you want to do a dressed down look that still runs high in the style stakes it’s a great grab-and-go top (or dress if you’re brave enough).  It seems to be fav outfit option for the off-duty model and who’s going to argue with Cara or Jourdan?!

(All images via Pinterest)

It might be worth a rummage in your other half’s gym kit draw to see if he has a jersey you can ‘borrow’, then you get to try before you buy and what’s not to love about the over-sized look.  But, you do run the risk of his vest swamping you, especially if you’re similar in stature to mini mouse and your man is built like the Hulk, so I’ve pulled together a few of my favs that are a little friendly on the female form.

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Sports Bra Chic

I’ve recently fallen back in love with running.  I was invited to take part in the Salomon Sunset Series but I’ll be running around after the mini me as it’s her 1st Birthday the weekend it takes place in London.  In the past I have pounded my way though a handful of runs, including a half marathon, which was more than enough for me –  big up you full on marathon runners!  But one thing I’m not in love with is that constant bounce you get up top and I’m not talking about my curly hair!

Keeping your chest under control whilst talking part in any activity is not only very import for your body, if you don’t we’re talking saggy boobs, possibly stretch marks and general back pain, there is also the obvious discomfort and distraction (for you and other’s, if you get what I mean) whilst working out.

There is really no excuse not to give ‘the girls’ a little lift in this department now.  Back in the day sports bras were utterly gross, just plain and functional, but now they are super stylish and funky, so much so the fash pack have been spotted flashing their’s whilst pounding the pavements instead of the treadmill – take a peak.

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Of course we’re all different shapes, sizes and workout in different ways.  I look longingly at girls who can wear the cool multi strap sports bras, which are great for yoga but if I’m going hell for leather on the cross trainer I know I need something with a little more material, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be comprising on style.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not prancing round the gym in just a pair of leggings and a bra, I wouldn’t want to put anyone off their workout, but wearing your sports bra as more obvious item of your gym kit is easier than ever and when they look this good why wouldn’t you?!

 

How to get your Kicks

You asked so I’m delivering and on the plus side for me it’s one of my biggest loves, trainers.  Honestly I’m not sure if there is anything better than a pair of box fresh kicks, recently my collection has gone through the roof!  I’m a regular gym goer so trainers have always been a feature in my wardrobe, I have a pair for the gym and a pair (or three) for best.  I probably wear my trainers on a daily basis now, they are my go-to choice of footwear, so much so I’m unsure what I was shoving my trotters into before trainers became so popular.

If you’re still keeping yours to the comfy confines of your workout wardrobe have a look at how the fashionistas style out all manner of trainers, what you will notice is there are some firm favourites among the style set, namely Adidas or Nike and nearly always white….take a peak.

(All images via Pinterest)

Ooooh, just looking at that lovely lot makes we want a new pair, shame I’ve not got a few more feet to stick them all on!

The good thing about having inspo pics is being able to see the great range of outfits these stylish ladies are teaming their fresh kicks with, everything from leather trousers and jeans, to suits, maxi, midi and pleated skirts showing you how versatile a pair of trainers can be.

Lastly, this is such an accessible trend, most of us can get ours hands on the big sporting brands just shopping on our local high street, couple this with our mainstream fashion stores that have some super stylish offerings too and that’s how to get your kicks.

Gym Kit at the Ready

Happy New Year peps, or are you already over it?  Have you made resolutions and is one of them to be a happier, healthier you?  If you have then that resolution will probably incorporate some sort of exercise whether that’s making more of your gym membership, pounding the pavements or getting some zen in the yoga studio.  Whatever way you plan on keeping this resolution in check it may mean some new gym kit is needed, and January is the best time to update this bit of your wardrobe.

I love working out and luckily always have.  I used to be an aerobics and spin instructor so feel confident in the gym or in a class, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone and I can honestly say having a good bit of gym kit on will actually give you a boost.  It also makes it easier to look at your body as you workout and check your form and alignment – making sure you stay injury free.

Workout wear has come a long way and not just in the fabric department, I’m talking prints and colour clashes galore.  Take a look at the inspo images below, some of them may be a step too far out the comfort zone but it’s surprising how flattering this mish-mash of styles can be.

Ready and raring to go?  As I said, January is a great time to update your gym kit whether you’re a seasoned or aspiring gym bunny.  The sales are in full swing so make the most of them and buy some of the more expensive pieces like trainers, which will be one of the most important items you buy, along with a well fitting sports bra, and neither are cheap.

Here are some of my favourite sporty buys, sale and full price, a few of them could easily be seen in your everyday wardrobe too giving you extra added value.

Good luck with those resolutions.