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.
Gym tights and leggings are a staple of every active woman's wardrobe. These versatile bottoms can enhance your performance, keep you warm in winter, cool in summer and flatter your figure all year round, so it’s essential to find a pair that’s right for you. This is Sundried's handy guide to women's fitness tights and leggings.
Women's Tights Fit
Full Length: Full length gym tights are best for winter workouts, keeping you warmer in the cold and protecting all of your bottom half. These are also better for floor workouts such as yoga, where you may drag your legs across the floor and graze your skin. For heavy lifts such as the deadlift, opt for full length bottoms to protect your calves from getting scraped and bruised by the bar.
Cropped Leggings: Cropped leggings, also known as Capri pants or three-quarter length tights help the skin to remain cool. ¾ lengths also work well for women with shorter legs who find full length tights are too long and baggy.
High Waist: High- waisted gym tights or running leggings are great for multi-functional workouts where your body needs the freedom to be able to move in multiple planes of motion. These types of womens gym leggings are also perfect for slimming your figure and hiding any problem areas. They give extra coverage and protection for when you raise your arms and your top inevitably raises up, or for if you wish to wear a crop top or sports bra without showing too much flesh.
Low Waist: A low waist sits comfortably and suits a larger figure or workouts of lower intensity.
Elastic: An elasticated waistline helps to ensure a personalised fit and will adapt naturally to your body. An elastic waistline offers the greatest flexibility and is also good at keeping you comfortable and staying up!
Wide waistband: A wide waistband ensures maximum comfort and leaves a smooth silhouette, holding you in all the right places. It is also less likely to dig in when you move and will be more comfortable than a narrower waistband.
Drawstring: Drawstrings are great for a personalised fit and are customisable to your exact size. Drawstrings also offer a fit which stays true, whereas elasticated bands can sometimes stretch out of shape.
Tights for your body type
Women come in all shapes and sizes and we’re self conscious at the best of times, so when it comes to compromising positions in the gym, we want to feel comfortable and look our best. Fortunately, women's fitness clothing can be flattering and there is a shape and style which will suit almost everyone.
Straight Up Straight Down
If your figure is basically straight up and down, you’ll have narrow hips and a small bust. Opt for fitness tights which provide shape with defining seams and clever contouring. Seams which line the curves provide shape to define your figure. The Sundried Ruinette tights have curve-enhancing reflective strips which define your quads and hamstrings and flatter your figure, as well as enhancing your visibility when running at night. Seams around the seat of your tights will also add curves to a flat bottom, whilst you work on that with your squats!
Hourglass or Pear Shape
Women with curvier legs should opt for tights which downplay thicker thighs, a wide supportive waistband will help keep everything tucked in and a ¾ leg will draw attention to your ankle and the thinner part of your calves.
For petite women, the first battle is always finding tights with bottoms which don’t drag along the floor behind you. Combine this with a higher waist which provides the illusion of lengthier pins and you're onto a winner. Women's tights made with spandex are easy to mould to a shorter leg due to the material's stretch properties, whereas cotton would need to be tailored.
Gym Tight Materials
Nylon is thin and lightweight, it wicks sweat away quickly and dries fast. Nylon can also have rip-resisting properties, making it a strong and durable material. Nylon dries quickly, making it a good choice for high intensity workout tights.
Cotton is often picked for gym tights as it is the most comfortable against the skin. It is particularly good for resistance training where there won't be lots of chafing or perspiration risk and comfort is prioritised over function, however cotton loses its shape after continuous wear.
Cotton blends combine the comfort and feel of cotton with the technical function of other materials. Combining cotton and spandex allows cotton to retain its shape and elasticity.
Spandex has 4 way stretch properties and is often used in compression tights and much of our gym wardrobes. Spandex is great for keeping you covered in compromising positions such as yoga or gymnastics. It is less likely to ride up you legs and moulds to your shape.
Microfibers are small synthetic fibres woven into cloth. Microfiber fabrics are lightweight and fast drying, making them an increasingly popular choice.
Top Tips For Buying Women’s Tights
- Look for high quality materials which will not turn see through when stretched, otherwise known as squat-proof leggings!
- Buy drawstring leggings which are guaranteed to not fall down thanks to a personalised fit.
- Opt for tights with a pocket if you’re training outside so that you can safely store your valuables such as keys.
- Confidence in your clothing will give you confidence in your workout, make sure you buy a pair which will make you feel good about yourself.
- Look for flatlock seams, particularly important in gym tights as chaffed thighs can be incredibly painful.
Training throughout the summer can be tough, especially when battling a heatwave. We give you a run down of all your summer workout essentials and what to look for in summer activewear so you can sweat it out with no worries.
Best Leggings For Women In The Summer
Undoubtedly, the best leggings for women in the summer are Capri leggings. Named after the stunning isle of Capri in Italy, these leggings are cropped in length and present in a 3/4 length, meaning they finish just below the knee or mid-calf. If you don't feel comfortable working out in gym shorts but are getting too hot in your running leggings, cropped leggings are the answer.
There are lots of types of cropped women's workout leggings to choose from as they can vary in length. Some will finish right at the knee while some may be a little longer and finish mid-calf. Choosing the right length for you will depend on how much movement you require and how much coverage and protection you need. If you do a lot of trail running, you will benefit from a slightly longer pair of leggings, while someone who practises a sport like tennis or running may enjoy the freedom of movement and temperature control from a short pair of leggings.
Mens Activewear Tops
There are lots of different types of activewear tops for men to choose from, and plenty that are suitable for summer. Avoid the compression gear and base layers and opt for an ultra cool t-shirt or vest instead.
Men's Ultra Cool Gym Top
When the weather really heats up, an ultra cool gym top can be your saviour. There's nothing worse than sweating it out in a stuffy gym, so being comfortable in your men's gym top is paramount if you're going to have a good session. Look out for tops that feature superior sweat-wicking so that you don't experience chafing and super soft materials that are kind to your skin.
If you find you're constantly getting too hot during your workouts but you don't feel comfortable in a vest, then an ultra cool t-shirt is the perfect solution. The short capped sleeves will give added protection and activewear made from recycled materials can dry 200 times faster than cotton, meaning you won't be constantly drenched in sweat and suffering under a heavy t-shirt.
Gym Vest For Men
The ultimate top for working out the summer has to be a great gym vest. For men, you want your tank top to give adequate coverage and protection while still keeping you cool and allowing freedom of movement. Look out for sleeveless t-shirts which present flattering designs and motifs that accentuate your best features.
There are different types of gym vest for men from tank tops to sleeveless tees and racerback stringers. Depending on the type of training you do will help you to decide which style is best for you. Bodybuilders tend to opt for stringers as they can show off your hard-earned physique better, while a sportsman might need more protection and coverage from the fabric and so will go for a sleeveless t-shirt which is more structured. In any case, you want a gym top made with four-way stretch materials so that you can move as much as you need without being restricted.
Mens Gym T-Shirt
The most classic of all styles is the gym t-shirt. Choose from more tight fitting designs which are great for running and cycling as they are more streamlined to a looser fit which is good for yoga or bodybuilding as you have more freedom of movement.
In any case, you want a t-shirt that fits well, is flexible, and wicks sweat. Add to this smart designs and stylish lines and you have the ideal combination. Look for fitness clothing that is light in colour as this will reflect the sunlight and stop your clothing from absorbing too much heat. Also look out for premium materials such as recycled polyester as these dry very quickly and provide additional technology such as UV protection and anti-odour capabilities. This will mean your activewear is working with you to keep you comfortable under tough conditions.
Yoga Clothes For Women
Yoga is something that is often done in high temperatures anyway - hot yoga anyone? - and so yoga clothing is often designed to be comfortable and withstand lots of sweating when it matters. As such, yoga clothes can be the perfect choice in the summer when you need something comfortable for your workouts.
Loose flowing yoga top
If you don't need to be aerodynamic for your workout, a loose flowing yoga top will be perfect. The loose design will mean you have lots of freedom of movement and won't suffer from sweat-soaked fabric clinging to your body. It will also mean you can enjoy better air flow while you move and you are more likely to feel comfortable.
Sports bra crop top
Yoga is a very low impact activity and as such you won't need an industrial-strength sports bra to keep you in place. This can be a huge benefit if you want to wear a very loose-fitting top as you can layer under it a crop top-style sports bra. Choosing a sports bra in a crop top style gives you more coverage and will mean it looks stylish and attractive on its own so you don't have to wear anything over it.
2-in-1 yoga shorts are the perfect choice as the compression-style under-short will give you protection and coverage no matter how much you contort your body, while the looser over-short will add style and features a subtle zip pocket for your valuables.
One of the worst things about training in the summer is suffering from itchy and chafing sportswear. If this affects you, then seamless activewear is the answer. This style of sportswear is a design innovation and means that itchy, chafing seams are a thing of the past. It's fully breathable and made with 4-way stretch materials so you can move as much as you need without being held back. The super soft materials are kind to your skin and will allow you to have a great workout without worrying about your activewear.
If you're working out in the summer, one of the most important things to have with you is a water bottle. These days, single-use plastic bottles are very much being scrutinised and rightly so. At Sundried, we believe in ethics and sustainability, which is why we developed our best-selling reusable water bottle so that you can help tackle the global plastic pollution problem and end the waste of single-use plastic.
Choosing a reusable water bottle can be good for your health, too. Our water bottle is BPA free meaning your health won't be compromised by prolonged exposure to the chemicals used to make certain plastics. Not only this, it is shatter-proof and leak-proof so you can throw it into your gym bag or even drop it off your bike and it won't flinch. Stay hydrated the right way!
What are the benefits of compression clothing?
Many athletes swear by compression shorts, socks, tights, and other garments. These tight-fitting items are supposed to hold muscles firmly in place and improve blood flow to the muscles, thereby boosting athletic performance. The Sundried Men's Roteck 2.0 Training Tights are compression-style leggings with a tight fit and are perfect worn as a base layer. Wearing compression tights in the winter can prevent muscles from cramping up due to the cold and this can help prevent injuries. For women, the Sundried Ruinette 2.0 Leggings provide the same benefits.
Do compression garments help you lose weight?
Compression garments are specifically designed for athletes rather than for aesthetics and so can improve athletic performance. They do this by improving circulation and giving muscles additional support. Better athletic performance can motivate you to exercise more and more exercise is a proven method for losing weight. The Sundried Grand Combin Training Top is a tight-fitting long sleeve top for men which can be worn on its own or as a base layer for added protection. For women, the Sundried Grand Tournalin long sleeve training top is tight fitting without chafing as it is made from seamless materials and super soft premium fabrics.
Do compression tights work for recovery?
Compression garments work by constricting your muscles. Compression garments also may increase blood flow to the muscles, which removes creatine kinase, an enzyme in your muscles that leaks out after muscle damage and can cause the ache.
When it comes to gym wear, you want to make sure you're comfortable above all else. If you're constantly having to hitch up your leggings or pull at your sports bra, you'll end up distracted and your workout won't be as good. We take a look at what makes the perfect gym clothes for women.
As well as being comfortable, you want your workout clothes to look good! Think about co-ordinating sports bras and leggings and flattering colours and shapes. The Sundried Breithorn Bra 2.0 comes in three colours all with matching leggings. The flattering racerback design won't chafe and means no straps slipping down while you move. It's so stylish that you could just wear it as a crop top when you head out with friends or family.
Women's Athletic Wear
You want your workout clothes to make you feel like the real deal: an athlete! If you feel comfortable and confident in your sports clothing, you'll perform better at the gym. The Sundried Tour Noir Tank features a stylish cut-out back which will show off your figure and the mesh insert is super on-trend. If you're after something a little smarter, the Sundried Piz Fora women's training vest will make you look like a real professional and can be worn seamlessly outside of the gym too thanks to its clean lines and subtle colours.
High waisted or not? Capri or full length? Stretchy or compression? There's a lot to consider when it comes to yoga pants or gym leggings. Only you can know what works best for you and what you're most comfortable, so stick with what you know. High waist gym tights can flatter your figure and cinch your waist, but they can also be uncomfortable if they're too tight.
Above all else, make sure you're comfortable and that you feel confident enough to get on with your workout without being distracted by your activewear.