In partnership with Uniqlo
To say ‘all the gear and no idea’ is partially true about me. I am a terrible excerciser and have not fitted it into my schedule for years. But in the last few months, this has totally changed – I have decided to do something about my back issues (lower back pain) and have started Reformer Pilates.
I’ll be honest, I turned up to my first session in some old maternity leggings I found at the bottom of a drawer and a long sleeved Uniqlo heat tech top (in fact, the instructor and I bonded over our love for heat tech!). Sure, I was comfy, but I didn’t exactly fall in love with the image of me in the mirror (and the place I visit has wall size mirrors!). It’s definitely not about having all the gear, but some comfy items that can help me move (whilst looking good!) might help.
Uniqlo’s activewear is up there with the best on the High Street, so I’m putting them to the test. First up: leggings, I have never really understood the hype so I apologise because why am I not wearing these all the time?! So comfy, easy to wear and this pair (with AIRism technology and a handy pocket for your phone!) fit the bill. I also needed some leggings for my bike in the mornings (unsurprisingly, cropped flared jeans just don’t work with spokes!), these are great for cycling but let’s see how I look also wearing them into the office….
It’s important for me to have versatility even in my gymwear, as much as the rest of my wardrobe, so this outfit will need to work hard. The sweatshirt is the perfect intermediary (which is an essential staple of both mine and Chris’s wardrobe) and works just as easily with cycling shorts as it does with jeans.
I was determined not to fall for the cycling shorts but having tried these, I’m converted. The puffa allows a little coverage for chilly mornings (and has fleece lined pockets). And for a splash of colour? Try some socks (but don’t panic by my socks and sandals combo, if it’s not for you, these come in navy and grey too!). I love the marl effect on these, the perfect cosy accessory to a spring day.
This post was in partneship with Uniqlo, all words, imagery and creative direction The Frugality’s own