• 10 Must Have Gym Wear Items

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    Whether you're just updating your gym wardrobe or are in need of new sportswear, Sundried give you our top 10 activewear pieces from sports bras to mens leggings. 

    1. Sports Bra

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    A sports bra is an absolute must have for any type of workout. The racerback design of a sports bra prevents the straps slipping down while you move, while the supportive cups keep your chest in place and prevent any pain or discomfort. Sundried's range of sports bras are designed to lock down movement and reduce the impact on the shoulders by redistributing the weight across your back. The racer back is great for keeping you cool when you build up a sweat and they look great too!

    2. Technical T-Shirt

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    You may think that any t-shirt will do for a gym workout, but you want to make sure that the gym top you wear has technical performance qualities to keep you comfortable while you train. Sweat-wicking materials draw moisture away from the body so that you stay drier and more comfortable during a tough session. A good technical gym top won't lose its shape as you move and will prevent chafing. Sundried's range of technical sports t-shirts are made from recycled materials which boast advanced technical qualities such as moisture wicking, UV protection, and even anti-odour.

    3. Gym Leggings

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    Finding the right pair of gym leggings is crucial for a comfortable workout. If you're constantly having to pull them up you won't be able to focus on your performance so you'll want to find ones with an adjustable waistband. Sundried's range of gym leggings feature a high waist band which won't dig in or slip down as you jump, skip, and lift. They also feature slimming designs and seamless construction so that they're perfectly comfortable and you can wear them with confidence. 

    4. Training Socks

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    The right socks might not always be top of your list when it comes to activewear, but they are important. Blisters can really set your training back and long training sessions are dependant upon your feet being comfortable. Sports-specific training socks should be sweat-wicking with extra padding or protection in areas prone to blisters. Sundried's socks feature mesh ventilation panels to the top so that your feet can breathe and wick sweat to prevent chafing and blisters. 

    5. Comfortable Gym Shoes

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    The right gym shoes can make or break a training session. The last thing you want is to be tripping over shoes that are too big or suffering numb toes from shoes that are too small. Furthermore, your gym shoes need to have the right grip and performance qualities for your type of training. Do you do CrossFit? You'll want to invest in a proper pair of CrossFit shoes as there is a difference between CrossFit shoes and training shoes. Sundried offer a pair of barefoot gym shoes which are said to prevent injury and allow you to feel every movement, thereby enhancing your performance and training results.

    6. Gym Vest

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    The right gym vest will make you feel confident and comfortable while working out in the gym. No matter the season, a gym will always be warmer than outdoors, so having a vest handy even in winter is important for regular gym-goers. You want a gym vest that enhances your physique and makes you feel confident while also being practical and technical. The Sundried men's gym vest is made with seamless construction for comfort and features a stylish arrow design to the chest which enhances your physique.

    7. Fitness Tracker

    Fitness Tracker

    Using a fitness tracker will help you achieve your goals with real statistics and useful information. By tracking your heart rate during a workout you can see if you are working hard enough and will be rewarded with calories burned at the end. Having an accurate measurement will aid in reaching your goals and can be something positive to focus on.

    8. Gym Bag

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    With all your new gym gear you're going to need somewhere to put it! Regular bags may pick up a smell, but a gym bag is designed to be odour-resistant. We recommend you pack up your gym bag the night before, that way when it comes time to workout, you’re ready and raring to go and have no excuses to put it off. Keep your pre-gym routine as simple as possible to avoid allowing yourself the opportunity to find an excuse to not bother.

    9. Water Bottle

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    When you're training at intensity, you lose a lot of water, so it’s essential to keep yourself hydrated. Grabbing yourself a reusable bottle prevents wasting used plastic bottles and helps minimise the load in our landfills waiting to decompose, not only that but plastic bottles contain harmful substances so you'll want one which is BPA-free like the Sundried water bottle. 

    10. Towel

    Last but definitely not least is a gym towel. Having sweat dripping off your face during a tough workout might make you look like you're working hard, but it can be very irritating and uncomfortable. Make sure you have an appropriately-sized gym-specific towel that you can keep in your bag and also use to wipe down machines and benches once you've used them.

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  • Fashion Gym Wear

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    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.

    Seamless activewear

    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.

    Athleisure

    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. 

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  • Womens Activewear

    Women's Activewear

    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    Womens Leggings

    Finding the right gym bottoms is vital for your performance when training.

    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.

    We also have a guide to activewear to help you find the right support for your sport and our list of must have women's activewear.

    Activewear Clothing

    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.

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    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.

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    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! 

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  • Mens Gym Clothing UK

    Sundried is proud to be a British brand and we offer mens gym clothing in the UK with free shipping and free returns. We also offer international shipping to our men who are not in the UK.

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    Mens gym clothing uk

    If you want to upgrade your gym clothing wardrobe then there are a few key pieces of gym clothes for men that you should be investing in. Here in the UK, we have cold winters and recently have been having incredibly hot summers, so you need to make sure you've got the right ratio of gym tops, vests, shorts, trousers, and leggings to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

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    Summer gym clothing for men

    In the summer, you will be sweating buckets before you even make it into the gym so you need to make sure you're comfortable. Sweat-wicking gym t-shirts and sleeveless vests will prevent chafing and will make you feel light and free instead of weighed down and uncomfortable. Less is more in summer and you'll want light and breathable fabrics, ideally crafted in a seamless design which will move as freely as you do.

    When it comes to gym bottoms, you'll want to stick with loose shorts that will give your legs as much air as possible. If you do a lot of running, cycling, or yoga then it'll be vital that you're comfortable and not feeling restricted in sweaty leggings or gym trousers. Save those for the cold winter days!

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    Winter gym clothing for men in the UK

    Compared to countries like Canada and Russia, a UK winter is relatively mild. However, when you're a UK native, anything below 0 degrees Celsius is enough to warrant getting the gym leggings out and layering up for your workouts. A lot of gyms these days are in old warehouses rather than cosy leisure centres, and so you'll still need to wrap up warm even though you're training indoors. 

    A good base layer such as a long sleeved compression top worn under a gym t-shirt will be the perfect way to combine performance with comfort and make sure you're not getting cold between sets. If the majority of your training consists of lifting weights, you can even get away with wearing a thick winter pullover hoodie which will be sure to keep you warm and comfortable. If you tend to do more cardio at the gym, this might not be such a sensible option.

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  • Gym Fashion Ideas

    Looking for inspiration for your gym wardrobe? Looking good and feeling good can really affect your performance so it's important to be comfortable in your activewear. We look at some stylish sportswear outfit ideas that will make you look as great as you feel.

    Going out adventuring can be amazing fun. However, looking good while doing it can be a pretty tough feat! A lot of hiking, trekking, and climbing clothes are boring and lack finesse, so make sure you've got the fashionable side covered as well as the practical. Clothes that look good can be technical and practical too! Here, Carlos wears the Sundried Ortler Tee and Furgler Shorts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. 

    You've heard the phrase "look good while you sweat" in numerous activewear marketing campaigns but it always seems like a load of rubbish, right? Perfect models sprayed with a little water to look sweaty and wearing pristine sportswear. Well, here Carlos has just finished an intense circuit-training workout and is really feeling it! You need your activewear to still be comfortable even after a super tough workout where you might be looking a little dishevelled! Sundried's tanks and tees feature exceptional sweat-wicking technology so that you don't chafe and even anti-odour technology too.

    Looking good before and after your workout can be important, too. These days, the athleisure trend is meaning more and more people are wearing sportswear as casual wear and gym clothes are replacing jumpers and jeans for many people. Make sure you look cool and comfortable by layering a loose yoga top over your sports bra and gym top with complementary colours and styles. 

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