Walking around Bondi – Sydney’s capital of cool – one quickly realises plain black exercise tights no longer cut it with the athletic, hipster crowd.
Oblivious to my fashion faux pas one weekend walking the Bondi to Bronte, I was engulfed by a surplus of seriously stylish legs. Vibrant colours, painterly designs and striking monochrome.
But does awesome active wear make you exercise more, faster, harder? Can fashion meet performance? This week I got active in some super stylish active wear and here’s what I learned.
The verdict: This is active wear perfection! running bare know how to produce a stylish, hard wearing, seriously comfortable wear-it-all-day (even to drop off, then on to a café, and a 5km walk, and oh, still wearing them at pick up coz they’re just that comfy) uber tight. The all over pattern is super flattering, I felt v body positive and surprisingly energised. And I love that they’re made in Australia.
The verdict: There are so many yes’s about these tights! This preppy digital design is utterly modern, yet ridiculously retro cool. I teamed them with some short ’70s exercise shorts (like these), worn over the top. Love! I couldn’t stop walking that day, I just got so into the exercise groove. In my mind, I was tripping the light fantastic, Saturday Night Fever style. These lilybod tights are also very comfortable, with a slight fabric shine.
Not to relegate plain black tights to the back shelf, I returned to a classic black staple for a final comparison.
The verdict: The fabric is so high quality and comfortable, I couldn’t fault it. I have discovered that I do find a high rise waist more comfortable and well, less muffin top-y. I loved the matte finish to the fabric and the way these Bloch tights just seemed to hold everything together. If you’re looking for a flattering, superior cut and fabric, this is your tight.
So who wins: Plain black or arty active wear? Stylish active wear is just so much more fun. Plain black tights can feel same/same, very “here I am, exercising, again”. The more style-driven active wear however, felt energising and entertaining in the way good design lifts your mood.
Words: Karen Miles