I know I’m not alone in having worn a nearly exclusive uniform of activewear for the last two years. It’s so prolific that my hubby Damien has finally given up teasing me when I’m just “going to the shops in my active wear. Now there are memes about how we are supposed to transition back into the real world of grown up clothing. But, honestly? I’m not ready to leave the cosy embrace of spandex. The thing about fitness wear is that it’s comfortable, while being slightly more elevated than loungewear or tracksuits. Plus there’s the added edge of looking like you are fit, even if the closest to get to lifting dumbbells is adding a couple of 400g canned tomatoes to your trolley. After putting SO many sets through their paces, I’m clearly an expert, so here’s a round up of my favourites. 

PE Nation

The unofficial uniform of fitspo queens and well-to-do mums all over Australia, PE Nation offers fashion forward cuts in exciting colour combos. The creation of Bondi IT girl Pip Edwards (hence the initials P.E.) has also garnered an international following with Jessica Alba and the Kardashians wearing her styles. This season I snapped up the reversible leopard print Hydro Swim shorts and Bikini top for those jogs that end in a sweaty ocean dip, along with their pastel peach hoodie to cuddle up in on those random chilly days we keep seeing.


This Melbourne label has been garnering attention for their thick four-way stretch and moisture-wicking fabric in cool, earthy palettes. The trio kits are a great value way to buy into a colour with a bike short, legging and bra that you can wear all year ‘round (you save 30%!) I started with the very on trend terracotta colour and then recently added the chocolate set to cart. You’ll love that they donate $1 from every sale I-Change which is currently distributing funds to Feeding Aussies in Crisis, Restoring the Great Barrier Reef and Protecting a Woman.


This brand has been gracing the lithe bodies of pilates queens and fitfluencers everywhere. They have two signature fabrics – the rib and luxe seamless knit, both of which are quite thick and super supportive. Everything feels nipped in and contained nicely without that suffocating feeling some synthetic fabrics get. The colour scheme is also bang on trend in cayenne and coffee tones of latte, macchiato and espresso. I went for cream as it’s so rare I would dare to wear such a light colour but this fabric hides all the lumps and bumps beautifully!


I have a pair of leggings from Next UK that I bought a couple of years ago that I absolutely love and the other day I spotted the same fabric on H&M. It’s called the “seamless line”. I just bought the Seamless Sports Bralette and Leggings in Beige and Charcoal and I’m obsessed. They’re so comfortable, literally like a second skin, and they’re not too sheer so they hide a VPL pretty well. Especially if you wear the Jockey No Panty Line promise undies– I wear them ALL the time, they’re laser cut and have rubber around the edge so they don’t ride up. 


I have weird shaped ears and earphones frequently fall out of them, making running quite stressful. So when Huawei launched their new sunglass earphone collaboration with Gentle Monster, it was very exciting. The suits-practically-everyone black Wayfarer-style sunglasses have a unique acoustic “privacy design” meaning the semi-open speakers on each side of the lens temple, sends the sound into your own ears with the sound barely audible to others even when they’re sitting next to you. They’re the perfect thing for runners who don’t love wearing ear phones as you protect your eyes from the sun at the same time! Another running essential? A phone holder for walking or running. I love the Nimble Athletic Run Belt which can hold your phone and keys  in a comfy snug belt. And finally, if we’re going to actually do sporting activities in our activewear, a fitness watch is a huge help to track your progress. I love the Fitbit Luxe because, with its slim line design and option of a gold link band, it doesn’t look at all like a tracker. It measures my daily activity, sleep and syncs with a variety of other health apps to keep everything in one place.

Story by Sigourney Cantelo

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