Finding the best leggings for running can be a tough task if you don't know what to look for or where to look. Buying running leggings online can be frustrating so we take the guess work out of it. We take a look at the best leggings and how to find them.
When it comes to running, you need leggings that aren't going to fall down with every stride and leave you hitching them up every 2 minutes and interfering with your run. A comfortable, well-fitted waistband is paramount for a good run and so it's important to decide which type you're going to go for.
The safest option if you don't want your leggings falling down is to go for a classic drawstring waist. Sometimes the drawstrings are on the inside of the waistband like the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's running leggings and sometimes they're on the outside, but either way they will provide the comfort and security you need to complete your run without having to keep pulling on your leggings.
A drawstring waist will allow you to personalise the fit so that you can decide how tight or loose you want them. Another bonus is that if you are feeling particularly bloated one day, you can loosen them off without feeling uncomfortable. Everyone's weight and physiology fluctuates on a daily basis so this option can be a game changer.
Pockets or no pockets?
Many people like to be able to take their phone out on a run with them and even if you don't take your phone, you might still need storage for keys and other valuables. Many types of running leggings don't feature any pockets at all because they can be clumsy and uncomfortable, but now that a clear demand has arisen more companies are designing running leggings with sizeable pockets that can accommodate a smart phone.
Most of the time this pocket will be to the side of the leggings so that you can easily reach for your phone if you need it. This is especially useful if you listen to music while you run so you can skip to the next tune easily. This feature is present on the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's leggings as well as the men's leggings Roteck 3.0.
Sundried running leggings with pockets
If you don't take your phone with you when you run but do take keys and other small items, you might be better off with a small zipper pocket to the side or back of the leggings. A large phone pocket can be annoying and even pull the leggings down if the phone is heavy (although this won't happen with the Sundried leggings thanks to the drawstring waist!)
In that case, many running leggings have small zip pockets to the back or side which you can use to store keys, a spare hair tie, or an energy gel. To zip gives peace of mind so you know your valuables won't jump out of the pocket as you run and it keeps your hands free and unladen so you can perform better.
Full length or cropped?
Typically, you would choose to wear full length running leggings in winter and cropped leggings in summer, however this may not always be best for you. For example, if you are particularly short, you may find that some brands of activewear don't have full length leggings that fit you properly – you might find they're always too long. In this case, you might find that cropped or Capri leggings are better for you whether it's summer or winter.
On the other hand, some people simply don't like wearing cropped leggings and will prefer to wear full length running leggings all year. Really, this one is down to personal preference and shouldn't make too much of a difference to you. Some cropped leggings finish at the knee while others are slightly longer and finish mid-calf.
High waisted or not?
Some people prefer to wear high waisted leggings because they are less likely to fall down as you run and cover over any lumps and bumps you may have. They also have a tendency to make you feel more secure and 'locked in' which is another reason some people prefer them to regular fit leggings.
High waisted leggings are far less likely to feature a drawstring, however they shouldn't really need one as their tightness around the waist should keep them firmly in place as you run.
So what are the best leggings?
As always, what works best for you might be different for someone else. As a general rule, look for running leggings that aren't going to fall down as you run thanks to a secure high waist or drawstring waist. If you like to take things with you when you run, look for running leggings with pockets and storage but be wary of their placement so that the pockets don't impede your performance.
The best running leggings will be supremely comfortable, won't chafe as you move, and will allow you to forget you're even wearing them!
Ethical clothing is sweeping the nation and there is an ever-growing demand for more sustainable ways to produce fabric. With a rise in ‘fast fashion’ over the last few years, the mounting production of cheap clothing has meant that important values have been lost and not only does the environment suffer, but so too do the workers.
Sundried are proud to support ethical, sustainable activewear production with our range of apparel made from coffee. You’ve probably heard of fabric made from recycled water bottles, but coffee is the latest development in responsible sourcing.
First developed by a Taiwanese company in 2008, the use of coffee grounds to make clothes has been on the rise ever since. The fabric produced has a number of benefits, especially for activewear and gym clothing. It is fast-drying, sweat-wicking, and de-odorising, all benefits which are hugely important for performance clothing. Not only that, it does not require the high-temperature treatment that other materials require which reduces CO2 emissions leading to a greener planet.
How do recycled coffee grounds become clothing?
The fabric is made from the waste product that is created when making coffee. The used coffee grounds usually just end up in a landfill, so this recycling process is truly ethical and responsible. The coffee grounds are processed in a low-temperature, high-pressured environment to make them into yarn which is then woven into naturally high-tech fabric.
The clothing that is produced from used coffee grounds has fantastic benefits, including odour control, sweat-wicking, and it dries over 200 times faster than cotton. It is also naturally anti-bacterial.
Responsibly-sourced materials are the future and ethical brands like Sundried are leading the way to a brighter time ahead for our planet. Did you know that most polyester blends are made from the chemical reaction that occurs between coal and petroleum? Hardly what you'd want to be wearing to the gym when you think about it! The manufacture of fitness clothing from recycled materials has a significantly lower CO2 emission and therefore is kinder to the environment.
Finding motivation in winter can be tough, but with the right winter running gear your training should be able to carry on through the cold season. Avoid getting into a winter rut with activewear for winter running.
Start with socks which are going to keep your feet dry and warm and prevent blisters. You want your socks to be thick without rubbing, so opt for ones with extra cushioning in key areas like the toes and heels like the Sundried running socks. These socks also feature superior sweat-wicking capabilities which prevent chafing and soggy feet.
Sweatpants may be a great option while relaxing at home, but they are not really suitable for winter running. With the right womens running leggings and mens tights, you will be comfortable, warm, and unrestricted on your run. Women may opt for capri leggings in the summer as their cropped style allows is great for warmer temperatures, but you'll need a full length pair for winter.
The Sundried Ruinette 2.0 womens running leggings are made with seamless materials which will stay comfortable after countless miles, and are made with luxury materials which will insulate you and keep you warm. For men, the Roteck 2.0 mens tights are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for extra protection.
Another issue with your bottom layer is visibility. Whilst in the summer, it’s easy to spot runners in the sunshine, during darker winter months visibility becomes more of an issue. Sundried running bottoms have reflective linings which help to emphasise your visibility and keep you safe during lower light conditions, however it’s essential to keep visible with multiple visibility enhancing garments from vests to head torches and wristbands. Safety is crucial.
Winter months are also perfect for layering for that extra level of protection, try pairing shorts over tights to work as a windshield for more sensitive areas.
Wearing multiple layers is the best way to stay protected and warm on a long winter run. You may well start your run feeling very chilly, but as your heart rate increases so does your basal body temperature and you'll soon start to feel pretty toasty and perhaps even break a sweat! However, if you need to stop or walk for a moment, you temperature will soon drop again and you'll start to feel cold again. This is why wearing layers is essential. Start with a running vest or training t-shirt as your base layer, and then wear a long sleeve training top or lightweight hoodie over the top. Then, additional to this, you could wear a more heavyweight hoodie or sweatshirt over that which you could take off and put back on as needed.
Some people may ask, "do you burn more fat wearing a sweatshirt?" This is a common thought because it makes you sweat more, but the most important thing is to stay warm and comfortable while training outdoors in winter, so dress smart.
In the summer months, it’s all about wearing as little as possible, but when winter hits you can afford an accessory or two, as long as it doesn't weigh you down too much.
Although your hands and feet will warm up as you run, it's still an idea to invest in a pair of winter gloves for your colder training sessions. The Sundried bamboo gloves have silicone grippers to the palms so you won't drop your phone if it's wet or slippery, and they are touch screen sensitive so you can still use your smart phone while you're wearing them.
A lightweight hat will keep your head warm at the start of your run without giving you a sweaty head when you start to heat up. Keeping your hat lightweight also means it can easily be removed and folded into a pocket if necessary.
Make sure you're comfortable and warm no matter what so that the winter miles can roll by without any issue. Your womens fitness clothing needs to be winter-specific and make sure it has superior technical qualities. Your mens gym clothes should be stylish but also practical.
From Zumba to running, cycling to swimming and everything inbetween. We require a lot from our women's activewear so it’s important to pick a style which suits you. Sundried's handy guide to womens activewear will give you all the dos and don'ts, and will help you learn what to look out for when buying new pieces of women's activewear too.
Womens Gym Top
Fitted Gym Tops
Fitted gym tops are beneficial for those who want to show off a well earned physique. These tops are usually crafted with stretch materials which hug your shape and flatter your frame. Opting for a fitted gym top helps to ensure that your session is restriction free, as loose garments can catch on equipment or trap wind when running outdoors. A well-fitted top will also allow you to monitor your form, particularly watching for an arched or hunched back which is a common cause of injury. Sundried’s Tour Noir tank features 4-way stretch materials which create a streamlined silhouette and unique cut outs to the back engineered to provide the ultimate ventilation and freedom of movement.
Drape Gym Tops
A drape gym top is great for those looking to cover up that little bit more. Loose materials skim the body and flatter all body types. Drape tops such as the Sundried Grivola Tee are also perfect for fitting into your normal day wear and can easily be taken from casual to active. With its super stylish fit, this type of top is perfect for wearing to a yoga class or for a gym workout. A loose gym top is perfect layered over a more tight fitting top or just a stylish sports bra.
Compression Gym Tops
Compression wear is designed to be worn like a second skin and is great for becoming streamlined in sports such as cycling. It is also typically lightweight in design which is what makes it so popular for sportswear. Compression technology has also been shown to increase blood flow and help prevent aches, however this is often questioned and more supporting research is needed. For more information on the benefits of compression wear, have a read of our in-depth article.
Women’s Crop Gym Tops
Those wanting to flash their washboard abs tend to opt for crop tops. In warmer summer months, a crop top can make a stylish statement whilst keeping you cool. We suggest wearing our Breithorn bra solo when exercising in warmer weather, like our ambassador Sophie.
Finding the right gym bottoms is vital for your performance when training. Read our advice on gym tights styles here.
The Sundried Ruinette tights are multi-functional, providing support for a multitude of sports with extra waist support and a reflective trim for running in low light.
There are lots of different elements to activewear, and to complete your exercise outfits you'll want a stylish sports bra. There are lots of different types of sports bra, so it's important to pick the right one.
Sports Bra Crop Top
If you don't need too much support, for example if you are doing low impact exercise like walking or yoga, you can wear a sports bra crop top. These are incredibly stylish and fashionable and can make for really cute gym clothes. The Sundried Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra is designed in a crop top style so it can be worn on its own or under a casual jacket to take your activewear from gym to casual wear effortlessly. Sophie here is wearing hers under a denim jacket for chic style at a casual lunch with friends. When it comes to street style, there's nothing better.
High Support Sports Bra
If something more supportive is what you're looking for, take a look at the Sundried Busazza Sports Bra. It is made with seamless materials so it fits like a second skin and will give you that locked-in feel you want when doing higher impact activities like a circuit class or CrossFit. It is made with premium fabrics which are super soft to the touch and will feel amazing on your skin.
Womens Gym Clothes Online
Buying womens sportswear online can be a minefield, but if you know what to look for, you'll end up with cute gym clothes and exercise outfits that are the envy of all your friends. Have a read of our guide on What To Look For When Buying Sportswear so that you have everything you need to know in one place.
The main difference between buying ladies gym wear online and in a store is that you can't try it on. That's why Sundried have a comprehensive womens activewear size guide with tips on how to measure yourself properly and international conversions so that you know exactly which size you'll need. It's also a good idea to check that the online store you're buying from offers free shipping and free returns so that if it is the wrong size, you can swap it for a different size hassle-free.
There are lots of benefits to buying womens sports clothing online, the main one being convenience. You can browse the collections at your own pace and compare different styles of workout attire. Plus, when it gets delivered, it's like Christmas and all the presents are for you!
Gym wear is no longer restricted to just the gym. With the rise of womens activewear and athleisure trends, it's becoming perfectly acceptable to wear sports clothing as casual wear and there are lots of ways to make your gym wear fashionable. We take a look at the main features of fashion gym wear and give you some advice on how to pull it off.
When it comes to activewear clothing, seamless is one of the main features you want to look for. Not only does it make your womens fitness clothing more comfortable and functional, it feels great to wear all day and is super versatile. When it comes to cute gym clothes, there's nothing better than a hoodie. Layer an oversized jacket or hoodie over a sports bra crop top or tight fitted gym top for a super chic look, or find a fashionable hoodie like the Sundried Grand Tournalin Women's Hoodie and pair it with leggings and casual shoes for a look that will work both in the gym and out.
Where to buy workout clothes
There are lots of places to buy womens gym wear in the uk and it can be best to stick to British brands for an authentic experience. Sundried is based entirely in the UK and this is where all our sportswear is designed. We make all of our womens activewear sustainably, which means it does not harm the planet and a lot of our range is made from 100% recycled materials. The production of sportswear for women can have a big impact on the environment, so buying from an ethical activewear brand can make a big difference.
Our ethics also include donating to charity, as well as treating all our workers fairly. This means no sweat shops or slave labour, just happy employees who love their job and work in great conditions.
You can buy Sundried activewear on our website. Because our womens activewear is not available in stores or shops, we save on overhead costs, and pass those savings on to our customers.
The new trend that's sweeping the nation is called 'athleisure'. This trend is the fusion of fitness and fun, gym style and street style, and it's taking the fitness industry by storm. With super soft fabrics and stylish designs it's perfect for all-day wear, but with the careful design and technical materials you can also wear your athleisure wear to the gym for a great workout.
Gym Fashion Ideas
If you're looking for inspiration on how to wear your new athleisure or activewear purchases, take a look at our inspiration page with lots of gym fashion ideas for both men and women.
A great idea is mixing sportswear with casual wear. Try layering a denim jacket over your sports bra crop top for an effortless look that can transition from lunch to the gym. Your sportswear and your everyday wardrobe are not mutually exclusive - try mixing it up!
Below, Sophie is wearing the Sundried Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra under a denim jacket for a casual lunch date.