Many of us struggle to fit some self-care or fitness activities into our busy lives. New Year’s resolutions to go running can run out of steam when we’re faced with the reality of cold, dark mornings. But with Spring just around the corner now is the perfect time to renew a commitment to your own wellbeing, and get active. Often we are put off by the need for separate outfits for work and leisure, but there are some fabulous brands making sports and athleisure wear that looks great for everyday as well as a jog or a spin class. Sports wear has crossed into the hallowed world of high fashion, and it’s now perfectly acceptable to wear yoga pants to a lunch date or a sports bra under a summer top.
We’ve found 6 key pieces of athleisure wear that will help you transition through your day without needing to change. And best of all, these brands all use ethical means of production and responsibly sourced fabrics. So you can be sure your commitment to self-care will extend to the planet.
We love the clever designs behind Being Apparel’s clothing. They produce base garments as well as soft, drapey layers to add over the top. Imagine yourself in this unitard, stretching through your pilates class and then throwing the strappy drawstring dress over the top as you dash for coffee on the way to work.
We have explained here about how linen is the perfect environmentally friendly fabric. Its temperature-regulating properties also make it a great choice for activities where you will be generating body heat. No more sweaty polyester tops, instead you can wear one of these fab zipper linen t-shirts throughout your day, from a bike ride to a business meeting.
Starseeds’ mantra is ‘the lightness of being’, and they incorporate this philosophy into their sustainably produced athleisure wear. Their garments are well cut to allow easy movement when you are active, and also look great for everyday wear. This men’s t-shirt is perfect for showing off those guns!
We love these pants! Relaxed and slouchy, they will help you to transition from sports to a night out with just a change of top and some strappy heels. Perfect for everything from the school run to a mountain run.
This UK-based brand have a solid reputation for stylish, hip clothing that doesn’t come at a price for the planet. Their merino stripy top is the perfect way to bring some everyday chic into your active wear, and it will keep you cosy and comfortable throughout the day.
Say goodbye to lumpy, shapeless polyester fleeces. Fibre Athletics’ ace Everywhere jacket is made from organic cotton using a low-impact production process. It has a removable hood so it will work in warm or cold weather, and the clever design means you can throw it over your everyday clothes as well as sports wear. Comfy, cosy and definitely not clumpy.
So there you have it: our edit of the best ethical athleisure wear. Life just got a lot comfier. And a whole lot more stylish.
If you need a towel to take to the gym, choose one of our linen huckaback towels. They are compact, lightweight and super absorbent. Just throw in your bag and away you go.