In need of some new gym gear? Well, we’ve done all the legwork for you — no pun intended — and found the most chic, comfortable and gym-friendly essentials to help you look your best while you’re breaking a sweat.
Padded sports bra
Give your girls an extra oomph while providing oh-so-necessary support with a padded sports bra. This cool pink, patterned bra (gapcanada.ca, $20) is crafted to provide you with padding right where you need it — at the bust — and it has a banded elastic bottom to ensure it won’t lose its form after washing. One key tip to remember when purchasing a sports bra is to go for the ultimate level of comfort and support best suited to your body, and never buy one that is unstructured or unflattering to your chest, because hey, you still want to look good even if you’re all sweaty.
If you’re obsessed with Lululemon’s products (and mission to make the world a healthy place), then you’ll love these shorts. Designed for enthusiastic racers or anyone who has just begun running, these lightweight shorts (lululemon.com, $54) are made with the same care as other Lululemon products and include the company’s famous Swift fabric and cool tech features like quick-drying and breathability. I know what you’re asking yourself: Why shorts and not pants? Well, we all love a good pair of exercise or yoga pants, but it’s good to mix your exercise wardrobe up a little.
Now you can add fashionable details to your exercise gear right down to the bottom with these colourful sport socks (victoriassecret.com, $17–$20). Instead of plain white or bland grey, these socks add a pop of colour to your fitness outfit, and they conveniently come in a pack of three, so you can switch it up every day. But it’s not just the style factor; these low-cut socks are a cotton-spandex mix, so you can be certain your feet will be comfy from squat to lunge.
Since spring weather is still cool, you might not want to break out your tank tops right away. Enter this airy and appealing tee from Joe Fresh’s active line (joefresh.com, $16). Proving that the ombre trend isn’t just for your hair, this tee maximizes the ombre style perfectly and comes in six flattering colours. This tee is perfect for yoga or just going for a jog in the park, and it will keep you warm until warmer spring weather arrives.
Sports or performance jacket
If you’re a lover of running through the rain, the dark or just want a cute jacket, this very neon pink fitness jacket (hm.com, $40) is what you need. With a list of features, including reflective details and quick-drying, comfortable fabric, this jacket is the cherry on top to a completed fitness wardrobe. And don’t forget the stylish details, because H&M has no problem combining functionality with fashion, and the company manages to show it off with this form-fitting design — a way to be comfortable and show off your toned-body-in-progress.