Whether a new exercise routine has made its way into your New Year’s resolutions, January is a great time to take a look at your activewear wardrobe.
If you’ve worn the same threadbare leggings for every workout, it might be time to freshen up – and these are some of the coolest sportswear trends to look out for in 2022 …
Throughout the pandemic, we have learned to live in our sports clothes. This has opened up a whole world of sportswear trends – especially for sporty hobbies that doubles as sport and everyday life.
In 2022, beware of the rise of athleisure with a satin look, giving your sportswear a shiny and luxurious look.
Lightly Padded Energy Empower U / W Convertible Sports Bra for Me in Rose Gold, £ 23 (was £ 28)
Adidas Originals Adicolor Black Satin Three Stripe Shorts, £ 23.95 (was £ 29.95), ASOS
LJ Holmes, trainer at Boom Cycle (boomcycle.co.uk), predicts that sustainability will be at the forefront when people update their 2022 sportswear wardrobe, “as well as [people] worrying about where and how their gym kit was made, ”she says. “Fortunately, many brands are now investing in sustainable manufacturing and fabrics, which are also supportive and stylish. “
Some of Holmes’ favorite sustainability-focused brands include Girlfriend Collective (which “uses plastic bottles, fishnets and other scraps to make their bras and leggings,” she says) and Contur, ” a British brand of sustainable sportswear, made in London using Econyl yarn – a reclaimed nylon yarn made from industrial waste ”.
Paloma Longline Girlfriend Collective Sports Bra in Plum, £ 35; High-waisted full-length compression leggings in plum, £ 65, John Lewis
Contur Afresh Crop in Dusty Pink, £ 49.99; Smooth Move Leggings in Taupe, £ 59
’80s-inspired athleisure has been all the rage for quite some time now, with bold colors and geometric patterns dominating. It looks like a big trend for 2022 will be inspired even more by the time: Unitards.
Once you embrace the one-piece swimsuits, you won’t be looking back – not only do they save you from having to pack a lot of different items in your gym bag, they are also extremely comfortable. Choose neutral colors for a ballet look, or lean into the retro vibe with strong patterns. Jane Fonda, eat your heart.
ASOS 4505 Yoga Short Unitard, £ 12.10 (was £ 22)
Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2022 is “Very Peri”, a brilliant periwinkle blue. Pantone says it displays “a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that drives our creative minds” – and this trend will likely permeate athletic wear, too.
It signals a move away from neutrals and understated color palettes – this is a bold color, meant to stand out. To really channel Very Peri, choose bright blues with purple undertones.
Gym + Coffee All-In 3.0 in Petrol Blue, £ 65; All-black bra, £ 40
Pocket Sport Claude Leggings in Cobalt Blue, £ 55; Claude Bra in Cobalt Blue, £ 30 (was £ 38)
One of the best ways to get the most out of your workout, especially if you are a runner, is to watch your shoes. There has been an increase in high tech footwear, and now there seems to be a shift in making sure women get the most out of their runs.
In December, Adidas launched the Ultraboost 22 – created by an all-female team and designed specifically for women’s feet. Where Adidas goes, the industry tends to follow – and that could mean we’ll see more high-tech shoes focused on women in 2022.
Adidas Ultraboost 22 in Magic Purple, £ 165
How to get the right fit …
There is nothing worse than spending money on a new set of athletic clothes, only to have it start sliding the second you do a squat. This is why it is crucial to have the right fit.
Hilary Rowland, co-founder of United Fitness Brands (unitedfitnessbrands.com) and PT at Boom Cycle, said, “You want athleisure to feel great, without feeling tight or pinched in any way. Each brand is actually designed to fit a person, and that person’s body may be different from yours. So take the time to find at least one brand that’s right for you.
His best advice is to ignore what the size says: “It might mean something different for each part of the body – if you’re ‘normally average’ but the taller feels better in a piece of clothing, it doesn’t. no matter – take the big one! “
The right fit is especially important if you want to avoid irritation and chafing during training.
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