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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
When we think activewear, we think women's activewear. But what about sportswear for men? Sundried give you the dos and don'ts of men's sportswear.
There's a lot to take in when it comes to men's sports clothing. Do you go high end or cheap? Highly technical or basic? Fashionable or practical?
Before you even start, think about what training you do and what your goals are. Certain brands are better for certain sports, such as Sundried specialising in triathlon and all triathlon-related sports such as cycling and running. You want a brand that knows your sport inside out and can provide high-quality, luxury, technical apparel for men.
If your main concern is to look good in your fashionable sports clothing, you won't need to worry so much about the technical qualities. However, if it's performance you're after, you definitely need a brand that has a history in sports and knows what it's doing.
You should have a few pieces of kit for different weather conditions and the changing seasons; don't underestimate the importance of base layers such as men's leggings and tights and long sleeved training tops to supplement your gym tops and gym shorts. Check out the fabrics that the brand uses- are they high quality and luxury or cheap and basic? Great materials to look out for are Merino wool which is naturally insulating and sweat-wicking for colder training sessions, and recycled materials which are great for the environment and provide superior technical qualities to enhance your performance.
Depending on your sport, you may wish to wear men's leggings or tights under your gym shorts for added coverage and protection. If you play a fast-paced sport like football, tennis, or rugby, you may find that leggings inhibit your movement and don't give you the freedom you need to move. However, if you practice a sport like hiking, running, or golf, then wearing a pair of leggings as a base layer could be a great addition to your sportswear line-up.
For gym workouts, wearing leggings under your shorts can add coverage for high intensity workouts and can add protection for barbell workouts like Olympic weightlifting or powerlifting where the bar scrapes against your shins. Wearing leggings on their own is usually frowned upon in the gym, but only if they're too tight or unsightly. If your leggings are thick and stylish, there's nothing wrong with wearing them if you are comfortable. What you wear to the gym depends slightly less on performance and can be more largely impacted by how you want to be perceived by others.
Mens running leggings
When it comes to running, your men's sportswear needs to perform well and be highly technical. There's nothing worse than having to cut a run short because you are not comfortable in your sportswear. If you are going to wear leggings or tights for running, you want ones that won't slip down or ride up as you move and will keep you in place where it counts.
You also want running leggings that are going to wick sweat away from your legs so that they stay dry and don't chafe as you move. Wearing leggings under your shorts for running can prevent your thighs from rubbing together as you run which can be a great bonus and improve your comfort throughout the run.
When bodybuilding, you want to look good to feel good. If you have been working out for some time, chances are you'll have a physique you're proud of and want to show off. In this case, muscle tanks and gym vests are for you. A good sleeveless gym top will enhance your figure by bringing out your chest and flattering your stomach. Look out for vests with patterning that might help to do this, or ones that might do the opposite.
At the gym, you have a lot more freedom with what you can wear than with other more performance-based sports like running or cycling. You may be tempted to wear sweatshirts or track pants, but these may not be the best when you begin to sweat. Thick, heavy materials won't be sweat-wicking or technical and you may end up with sweat rash or just be generally uncomfortable. Make sure you wear appropriate technical wear at the gym that will still look good but perform for you too.
Activewear is on the rise and according to a research report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the global market for Sports and Fitness Clothing is projected to reach US$231.7 billion by 2024. It's no wonder, then, that activewear is leading many trends in fashion both on and off the catwalk. We take a look at 5 big trends in activewear that you can follow to bring your activewear out of the gym and into your everyday wardrobe.
1. Men wearing leggings
A few years ago, you wouldn't have seen any man wearing leggings, but it's now becoming the norm both in the gym and out of it. In this new age of bending gender norms, men are saying yes to wearing what was once an exclusively female fashion item. Rewind to 2010 and there was an uproar as women started wearing leggings instead of trousers or jeans and it was seen as socially unacceptable. Now, we're actually buying more leggings than jeans, and this includes men.
It's no wonder really as men's leggings are so comfortable, and brands are catering to the fact they can be potentially unsociable by making them thicker, hardier, and more stylish. Men's running leggings can easily be worn under casual shorts for a fashionable and acceptable look whether you're at the gym or not.
2. Loose yoga top over a colourful sports bra
Wearing a loose flowing yoga top is nothing new, but by styling it over a colourful sports bra crop top, you create an effortless look which can be worn from the gym or yoga studio to lunch or coffee with friends. Yoga tops for women are getting their own identity and there is now more choice than ever. With the new eco movement in full swing with a rise in veganism and more people getting in touch with their spiritual side, yoga is no longer just a practice but an entire lifestyle.
Wearing a loose yoga top over a crop top is a really stylish look that can be pulled off by anyone. You don't need the ultimate beach body to feel comfortable in this outfit and that is one of the reasons why it is such a big trend.
3. Black high-waisted leggings
Women's black leggings are timeless, but it's now becoming socially acceptable to wear them instead of traditional trousers or jeans. High waisted leggings are here to stay because they cinch your waist, skim over problem areas, and hold everything in while looking wonderfully stylish. Wearing high-waisted leggings also means you can get away with not wearing a t-shirt or vest and instead just pairing them with a sports bra or crop top.
In a more practical sense, high waisted leggings are less likely to fall down and be annoying when you're wearing them. By opting to have your high waisted leggings be black, you're opening up limitless possibilities in fashionable activewear. You can style black high waisted leggings in many ways for any number of different occasions.
4. A denim jacket over a sports bra crop top
Taking your activewear out of the gym is a big trend and wearing women's activewear as casual wear is easier than ever with the stylish designs, luxury fabrics, and modern twists on old classics. Being healthy is desirable and one of the reasons why activewear has grown so much in the past few years is because being seen out in activewear shows you take care of yourself by exercising and have the time to pamper yourself.
You can make your fitness clothing look more casual by pairing it with a denim jacket. Wearing a denim jacket over your sports bra or crop top creates a totally effortless look and means you don't have to get changed between hitting the gym or yoga studio and going for coffee with friends.
5. Taking activewear out of the gym with a boyfriend hoodie
Layering is a timeless fashion trend and now extends into our gym clothes fashion. By layering a loose boyfriend hoodie over any women's gym clothing, you create a low-key fashionable look that can be worn anywhere and will transition from the gym to a social setting. It's easy to throw on a hoodie over tight gym clothing and can help to hide your physique if you enter a situation where you don't want to be wearing skin-tight gym clothes!
When you think of ethical activewear, we want you to think Sundried. But what exactly is ethical activewear? How is it different from regular sportswear? In fact, there's a huge difference that's important to understand.
What is ethical activewear?
With activewear becoming part of our daily wardrobes, there is an increasing importance in knowing how and where your clothes were made. There are over 7 billion people on the planet. If each of the 7 billion people only owned 1 top, 1 pair of trousers and 1 jacket each, that would equate to 21 billion items of clothing.
The average first-world woman owns 30 complete outfits but has “nothing to wear” and men can own anywhere from 50-150 t-shirts, and that’s just the black and white ones… so you can see how quickly the numbers rack up!
The clothes you are wearing have an effect on the environment
Everything you're currently wearing has had some form of effect on the environment, from the materials to the manufacture and after care, even just one item can have a huge knock-on effect.
Ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle in her book ‘To Die For’ reveals some shocking statistics:
- You now demand roughly four times the number of clothes you would have in 1980.
- You will spend at least £625 a year on clothes – and that’s just the average!
- In one year you'll accumulate in the region of 28 kg of clothing – adding up to an estimated 1.72m tonnes of brand-new fashion being consumed on an annual basis in the UK and with the life expectancy of fast fashion being so short, that translates to a whole tone of waste.
Sundried’s carbon footprint
Most human activities emit gases like methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. We refer to these as greenhouse gases which contribute to climatic changes which have a long-term impact on the planet. Your carbon footprint is your own contribution; the impact of the activity that you as an individual do.
At Sundried, we want to help keep that carbon footprint as small as possible, which can be tough when it comes to sweaty activewear which needs cleaning far more often.
The contribution to our carbon footprint that washing clothes has is significant. In his article "The Carbon Footprint of Everything” Mike Berners-Lee reveals the following statistics:
The carbon footprint of a load of laundry:
0.6 kg CO2 washed at 30°C, dried on the line
0.7 kg CO2 washed at 40°C, dried on the line
2.4 kg CO2 washed at 40°C, tumble-dried in a vented dryer
3.3 kg CO2 washed at 60°C, dried in a combined washer-dryer
Washing and drying a 5kg load of laundry every two days created almost 440 kg of carbon dioxide emissions in a year. As you can see, the most ethical way to wash your clothing would be to 'wash cool, sun dry', which can cut your emission by more than half. This is why all of Sundried products are encouraged to be washed cool, and sun dried. Washing your clothing in this way also helps to enhance their life expectancy.
Research by Energy Star (a washing machine company) states that the average front loading washing machine uses 6500 gallons of water a year and lasts for 11 years, that's enough water for 6 people for a lifetime.
Sundried donates to charity Water For Kids
We have to wash our clothes and we know it has an impact, so at Sundried we’ve decided to combat that negative with a positive, donating to Water for Kids with every purchase made through our site.
Water for Kids is a charity of volunteers who bring clean water sources to those in need. Their current projects are mainly in rural disadvantaged communities of Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. The projects start by sourcing safe drinking water for the first time; either by protecting a polluted village water source, rain water harvesting perhaps at a school or a new borehole for a large community.
The Low Carbon Innovation Fund
Sundried is partially funded by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund and we have strict policies and guidelines to ensure everything we do has the very smallest carbon footprint. Sundried minimise the carbon footprint throughout the full life cycle (design, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal) of an item of Sundried apparel through:
- Local production in the UK and Europe (vs. the rest of the industry which is mainly produced in the Far East).
- Using materials that use little carbon in their manufacture, little energy in their maintenance and are recyclable.
- Carbon offsetting where a zero/low carbon choice isn’t currently viable.
Find out more about how we’re trying to make a sustainable statement.
Sundried activewear is designed to last in order to help break this cycle. We have also been exploring how in years to come, we can recycle our products to protect the environment.
Fighting plastic pollution with recycled activewear
Sundried's iconic recycled range is made from 100% recycled materials including plastic bottles and coffee grounds that would otherwise end up in landfill. The global plastic pollution problem is a worldwide epidemic, and companies like Sundried are paving the way to making a change and starting to reverse the damage being done.
By crafting sportswear out of recycled materials, Sundried is reducing the impact of the textile industry as well as helping to utilise the otherwise wasteful products that pollute our oceans and wildlife.
Not only this, recycled materials lend themselves beautifully to becoming activewear with their natural odour-blocking properties, UV protection, and advanced sweat-wicking technology. It's a win-win!
When buying new sportswear, you are making an investment. That's why it's important to know what to look out for in quality gear. Sundried is here to fill you in on the best qualities your women's fitness wear should feature, and what to look for to make sure you're getting the most for your money.
Being comfortable is paramount when it comes to training and getting active. If your clothes are chafing, that will be all you can focus on and you won't be able to get the most out of your workout. Anti-chafe materials should be soft and seamless for maximum comfort, while recycled materials are even better. The Sundried Grivola 2.0 T-Shirt is made from recycled coffee grounds making for a super soft fabric which won't chafe and will feel amazing against your skin. The Sundried Grand Combin Long Sleeve is seamless and is made from premium Merino wool which means no itching and no chafing. Look out for the fabric your activewear is made from and feel it against your skin to see if it might chafe when you move in it.
We all sweat when we exercise, it's just a part of life, but you don't have to have bad odour as a result. Fabrics that are too heavy and not sweat-wicking like polyester or cotton will be heavy against your skin as you get sweaty and will cling to your underarms, leading to a higher risk of having bad odour. Light, recycled fabrics like the ones used in the Sundried Olperer T-Shirt have natural anti-odour qualities and wick sweat away from the body meaning you will stay drier and cleaner throughout your workout, leaving you feeling more fresh afterwards.
One of the worst feelings when putting on new clothes is feeling the seams split as they stretch over your body. As you exercise, you will be putting not only your body under immense strain but your clothes, too. Most sportswear is made with 2-way stretch material which means it stretches in 2 directions. High quality activewear will be made with 4-way stretch materials which will lead to less wear and tear, longer lasting quality, and better freedom of movement as you train. Sundried's Sports Bras are made with 4-way stretch material so that you can jump and sprint to your heart's desire without your clothing holding you back.
You will really feel the difference between premium activewear and cheaper garments when the weather starts to turn. There's nothing worse than feeling freezing cold before a race or training session but then heating up as you move and becoming a sweat box trapped in your heavy jumper. That's why you need to make sure your outerwear is properly thermal and sweat-wicking so that you are nice and warm before you start and can stay comfortable throughout. A good thermal outer layer will be thin and light enough to train in but still keep you super warm. The Sundried Grand Tournalin Hoody is made with insulating premium fabric Merino wool but is thin enough to workout in. It will keep you warm while you wait to start and then will wick away sweat as you start to move so you don't feel like ripping it off.