Sweat it out in style this autumn with Sophie Ritchie’s pick of the coolest, chicest and most comfortable activewear and athleisure finds. From eco-friendly materials to DOMS-reducing fits, get ready to kick your wordrobe (and your workout) into overdrive
1 Sweaty Betty’s Mindful Seamless Yoga Bra in Navy Blue
Sleek style meets sustainable fabric with this Mindful Seamless Yoga Bra from Sweaty Betty, a piece made with planet-friendly modal Lenzing™ yarn. Ideal for gentle movement, don it for your next yoga or pilates class and enjoy the benefits of this strappy racerback bra that’s as comfortable as it is chic.
£45.00, shop via sweatybetty.com
2 1 People’s Stockholm ARN Bra Top in Agate
On a mission to make fitness apparel that offers comfort, style and sustainability, 1 People are a Danish brand with collections featuring an array of modest cuts in muted shades with a pop of bold tones. Designed to last (and look great) the products are crafted with eco-friendly materials such as recycled polyamide.
Ideal for a high impact HIIT session, this Stockholm ARN Bra Top in Agate has a beautifully minimalist look, with a low scoop neckline and chest band for added support. Suitable for women with A to C/D cup size, it’s ideal for some lightweight workout wear.
£86 ($119), shop via 1people.com
3 Zozimus’ Ultimate Leggings in Floral Energy
Bum-sculpting with a beautiful floral print, these vibrant leggings are definitely my cup of tea when it comes to some standout workout style. High-waisted to help hold you in, these flattering statement leggings are ideal to go from sweat to street with ease – petals have never had so much poise.
£50, shop via zozimus.co.uk or johnlewis.com
4 Pocket Sport’s Plein Air set
On a mission to get people moving, Pocket Sport offer a capsule collective of activewear, made for moving, that feels good to relax in too. Think premium activewear without the inflated price tag, making stylish and functional activewear accessible to all women.
New for autumn 2021, the Plein Air set is a dreamy activewear array. The leggings are made to move in, with mesh ankle details, breathable fabric and trademark waistband grip (no more yanking up mid-class). The Plein Air Sports bra is supportive and stylish, featuring an adjustable strap and classic bra clasp, designed to make you feel comfortable.
Prices from £48, shop via pocket-sport.com.
4 Lacoste’s L001 shoe
From the tennis court to the club – the L001 takes Lacoste’s rich tennis heritage and twists it into a new and utterly modern shoe; an instant classic. As the naming suggests – this is an exciting new shoe, registered by Lacoste as the first of its kind, a dynamic style with reinvention at its heart.
A blend of bygones past, the sneaker’s key details are taken from treasures in the Lacoste archive; the René, the first ever shoe created by René Lacoste, and a vintage racket from 1980s. The retro shape and mood of the René informs the spirit of the new L001, while kinetic lines running along the racket’s handle are directly transferred into an angular triangular design on the sneaker’s upper.
Elegantly sporty, this all new shoe pays tribute to the iconic details and recognisable motifs of classic sportswear – an excellent bit of athleisure attire.
£89.99, shop via footlocker.co.uk.
5 Bamae’s Signature Fleece Cropped Jumper in Burnt Orange
Cozy and ideal for autumn’s cooler days, the Signature Fleece Cropped Jumper in bold burnt orange is great for all occasions. Lined with a velvety fleece for a silky soft feel, the seams, hems and dropped shoulders create a trendy, casual look that’s great for lounging, strolling and general life living.
£39.00, shop via bamae.com.
6 Dream TechFlex high-waist stretch-jersey leggings
Beauty meets endurance with LA-based label SPLITS59 and their Dream TechFlex leggings. Crafted with a high-rise waist and cloaked in contrasting colour panels down the legs, this stretchy pair signs off with the brand’s signature on the front. Yes, at over £140 they’re a little spenny – but you can’t deny that these leggings are dreamy indeed.
£141.00, shop via selfridges.com
7 Pressio’s High-Rise Compression Tights
Tired of dealing with post-workout DOMS? Us too. Featuring a flattering high-rise waistband, these special compression tights are specially designed to help power you through your workout by supporting your limbs for less muscular soreness, aligning your muscles for greater power output, and increasing your blood flow for enhanced warmup and recovery.
Crafted with intelligent high-tech design and a no sheer guarantee, don these clever tights from dawn until dusk knowing your legs are supported and already recuperating for the next day’s workout.
€100.00 (£85.30), shop via pressio.com
8 Allbirds’ Women’s Natural Run Shorts
Lightweight and breathable, these Allbirds shorts are made with with a mix of sustainable materials such as recycled nylon and merino wool, and are perfect for everything from tackling a run to a simple walk. Designed to dry quickly with three colours to choose from, they’ll keep you cool for every squat, stretch, and stride (and there’s even a handy back pocket for keeping your keys safe too).
£68.00, shop via allbirds.co.uk
9 Varley’s Delta python-print bra top
Purveyors of sporty style, Varley’s new season collection includes this Python print bra top, completed with a square-neck, wide shoulder straps and designer stamp at back. Fitted with an elasticated underband and removable padded cups for those with a fuller bust, it’s a little piece of cardio catwalk style.
£55.00, shop via harveynichols.com
10 Orion’s Lilac Cycling Shorts
Poised pastel perfection. Live The Process’ lilac stretch-jersey cycling shorts are perfect for those spin sessions, made of 90% Supplex and 10% Lycra for a super stretchy fit. The cut-out cross-over waistband completes these shorts with a flattering, stylish finish.
£90.00, shop via harveynichols.com
Words by Sophie Ritchie, editor