Whether you’re on a January health kick and need some new fitness gear, or simply want to update your existing sportswear wardrobe, our fashion editor Sophie Hines tried M&S’s activewear range offering to find out what you really should be buying…
HIT THE TRACK
I love running outdoors, but in the winter it can be tricky to find gear that keeps you sufficiently warm without turning you into a sweaty mess. This running top is a great buy – the fabric is moisture-wicking so you don’t overheat, but it also has cosy features including sleeves with thumb holes so you can pull them down over your hands. I like the neckline too; I had it zipped up all the way when I first left the house, then undid it for some extra ventilation as I warmed up during the run. These breathable leggings look good and have the perfect amount of stretch to be comfy but still supportive.
GYM AND TONIC
I’m a firm believer that you’ll be more motivated to exercise if you have some nice activewear, and these leggings are my new obsession. The print is perfect with its subtle leopard spots (a nice nod to the current animal-print trend). What’s more, they’re made from special blackout fabric, so when I hit downward dog in my yoga class, they don’t go sheer and show my knickers to the poor lady behind! The moisture-wicking colour-block sweatshirt is great too, whether I’m walking to the gym or lying down for savasana at the end of class.
DIP IT LOW
Whether I’m working out at my local gym or brave enough to try the outdoor version, I want clothes that are really comfy, look good without me having to think (I normally work out in the early morning when my brain’s not fully functioning) and that I can wash frequently without them falling apart. I’m impressed with this vest – it’s roomy enough that I can move easily, and made from a light, breathable fabric. The leggings are great too, and the quality of the fabric means I can wash them a load of times without them sagging or losing their colour.
STRETCH IT OUT
A good pair of plain black leggings is something every fitness lover needs in their sportswear wardrobe, and these ones feel super-supportive, with just the right amount of structure around the waistband. They’re called Perfect Blackout leggings for a reason – no matter how much you stretch, the coverage remains spot on, as I’ve demonstrated here. The quick-dry jacket is great for an outdoor workout too; I love the fact it has pockets I can put my phone and keys in when I’m running.
Editor: Sophie Hines / Photographer: Oli Hillyer-Riley / Stylist: Tamala Ayres / Hair stylist and make-up artist: Rose Angus