If, like me, you are not made of money and you workout a good handful of times per week, then you are going to go through a LOT of lycra. For those of us who have the washing machine running on repeat, that means our gym kit needs to be affordable and accessible as well as technical. I love my Sweaty Betty but I’m also a massive fan of H&M and Forever21’s ranges which have a much more reasonable price tag. I ran the London marathon last year in a Primark bra and it served me very well.
However, recently I have been feeling a little conscious about having such a disposable attitude to clothing. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of us who put a great amount of thought into what we put in our bodies, but maybe less about what we put on our bodies in cosmetics and clothing. So, I decided to look into eco-friendly gym-wear: whether it exists and what it really means.
Cue summary of the extent of my knowledge on this subject: generally, eco-friendly fabric will have been made from crops grown with the aid of less pesticides and other chemicals, and none will have been used in the case of organic textiles. Eco-friendly fabric may also have been made using processes with a lower energy footprint and with the output of less waste. Other types may have been made from more sustainable sources such as wood, hemp or bamboo. It can also mean clothes which are made to be more durable, or in better working conditions. I recently read online that growing enough cotton for one t-shirt takes 250 gallons of water! WTF. Who knew?!
Phew, lots to think about! With big names like Stella McCartney dipping her toe in the green pool, it is definitely something which is now more on the radar of the fashion industry than ever before, which means workout range designers are thinking more about it more too. With that in mind, it was perfect timing when I met the Wellicious ladies at a We Are Health Bloggers yoga and community get together event. I was lucky enough to win a voucher to try out some of Wellicious' yoga, pilates and activewear clothes and I am now totally hooked. As well as being eco-friendly (tick!), these clothes are to-die-for comfortable. And I mean long haul flight worthy. I have a dirty-light pink halter-neck all in one which is my go-to comfy outfit I thrown on as soon as I walk in the door on a Friday night in. Plus I imagine it’s perfect for all things yoga (multitasking!), although I’m not actually chic enough for yoga in a onesie.
Wellicious were generous enough to let me try some of their new range and I jumped at the chance of getting into these 7/8 leggings. As well as being a particularly flattering length (I am not a fan of the peddle pusher look (so ‘90s), but full length can be a bit warm in summer), I feel very ‘held in’. The leggings have got no nasty seams and I’ve put their sweat-wicking skills to the test several times in the gym. Thankfully my matching set obsession was met with the matching soft and stretchy cross sports bra. (Note: I don't think this bra is designed for anything more active than yoga or pilates!)
Obviously the downside is that the outfit comes with a reasonably hefty price tag and these are definitely a splurge. If you can afford to invest in some key pieces to prop up your collection, these are worth it (this outfit is also in the sale!).
Note: this is not an ad – genuine love for this brand!