When it comes to working out, your equipment is just as important as your technique. But we’re not talking machinery here – we’re referring to the clothing choices you make when you’re preparing to hit the gym, pavement or pitch.
With developments in technical materials, innovative design features and contemporary styling coming to a head in the activewear market right now, it’s never been easier to find the perfect kit to fit your needs.
Ready to get active? Take your pick from the top ten brands below:
1. Iffley Road
Named after the British location where the four-minute mile record was broken back in 1954, Iffley Road offers practical running gear with clear heritage-inspired design.
Sticking to a muted colour palette, its pared-back range is the polar opposite to the boldly-coloured sportswear peddled by most modern brands.
If you’re a keen cyclist, say hello to Huez*.
The specialist label offers practical performance wear that goes way beyond your average Lycra shorts, with well-cut chinos, blazers and T-shirts all available.
That’s right, this is activewear that can be worn both on and off your bike.
Available at huez.co.uk.
The world leader – no matter what your sport is, Nike have you covered.
The brand is a one stop shop for sportswear – whether you’re heading to the golfing green or hitting the treadmill – offering everything from base layers and running trainers to workout headphones and health trackers.
Available at nike.com.
4. Paul Smith 531
If you like your activewear with a side helping of luxury, it’s time you discovered Paul Smith’s 351 line.
The British designer celebrates his cycling background with a range of suitably stylish pieces, perfect for when you’re in the saddle.
5. New Balance
Although renowned for its running shoes, American label New Balance has a whole lot more to offer when it comes to sportswear.
We particularly like the brand’s range of streamlined apparel and high visibility pieces, perfect for that after-work winter run.
Available at newbalance.co.uk.
Although this label is based in sunny Los Angeles, Aether produces pieces more suited to colder climates.
Think waterproof jackets, insulated performance wear and cosy sweatshirts, guaranteed to keep you warm, whether you’re hitting the road or the mountains.
Available at aetherapparel.com.
7. Under Armour
As the names suggests, American label (and official uniform supplier to Andy Murray) Under Armour is all about workout protection.
From industry leading compression garments that keep you study while exercising to storm jackets that shield you from the wind on your run, rest assured your kit is working as hard as you are.
Available at underarmour.co.uk.
8. Café du Cycliste
Quintessentially French and seriously stylish, this cycle wear label marries both form and function – think streamlined cuts and elegant, classic prints.
If you want to go for a vintage European look, try its striped Suzanne cycling jersey (£105).
9. adidas Performance
adidas’ Performance range does it exactly what it says on the tin.
Comprising a vast range of activewear, you’ll find everything from running shoes and hoodies to exercise gadgets, catering for the more serious fitness buffs among us.
Available at adidas.co.uk.
For sporting gear with an urban edge, look no further than Champion.
The brand was recently revived from its nineties heyday, bringing with it loose-fit jogging bottoms, sweatshirts and tees, perfect for hitting the gym.
Plus, after collaborations with the likes of Wood Wood and Herschel Supply Co, this label is only set to get more desirable going forward.
Available at champion-eu.com.