Legs out, trainers on, it’s time to soak up the sunshine in summer running gear. And with so many brands to choose from right now, you can feel really spoiled for choice. Gone are the days of ‘borrowing’ your brother’s football shorts (I sported Inter Milan ones in 2005), there’s now so much selection that you sometimes don’t even know where to start.
So I’ve pulled together my picks of top summer 2015 fitness gear which included some newer labels I’ve spotted over the past few months. Go on, treat yourself to a piece that will brighten up your workout whatever the weather.
1. adidas adizero Climacool Singlet, £26, and Tee, £28, adidas.co.uk
If you love training in tees but racing in vests then you can have the winning combination thanks to adidas. With added Climacool technology to keep you cool and dry, the ultra-light fabric will not cling to those lumpy bits. Plus the high neck of the tee can be particularly flattering. As for the bold graphic print, well it will add a splash of colour to your leisurewear this summer.
2. Laurie Nouchka Tea Building Print leggings, £100, laurienouchka.com
If you’ve got spare money in your piggy bank, splash out on a pair of luxe leggings by sportswear designer Laurie Nouchka. Her collections are based on highly original interpretations of iconic architecture such as the Tea Building, Shoreditch and Battersea Power Station and are pretty stunning to look at. Massive want.
3. Sweaty Betty Cardio Skort, £60, Heat Tri Top, £65, sweatybetty.com
Not only does Sweaty Betty’s latest collection feature this stunning print but they’ve also added some technology to help enhance your performance. The Heat Tri Top has a built-in bra shelf for an extra layer of support, while the skort (that’s skirt over shorts) is constructed from fast-dry fabric.
4. Top, £7.99, Short Sports Tights, £7.99 each, H&M
Three items for under £25, yes please! H&M prove you don’t have to spend loads to update your look. This trio from H&M may not have the functionality but it’ll see you through the season and also be a good addition to your holiday wardrobe.
5. Snake Sweat Top, Varley, £65, StylePB
It’s not practical but you’d be surprised how functional this sweat top from Varley is. Made from Italian technical fabric, it wicks the sweat away so you stay warm after your workout. But the best bit about this top is that it looks so sexy, thanks to the cut-away shoulders. Even if you’re feeling like a sweaty mess, this piece will instantly make you feel hot.
6. LIJA Spiritual Tee and Pop Art Tank, lija.com
Pop the lime green tee over a sports bra or vest and wear to the gym (or out if you dare) or team the blue Pop Art Tank with your favourite leggings. Both these items are bright, bold and guaranteed to bring colour into your life. Another great selection of sportswear from the Canadian brand LIJA.
7. Nike Photosynthesis Vest, £25, Nike Running Shoes, £105, nike.com
Even if you’re not heading to shores of white sand and blue seas at least Nike can remind you of the sunshine, thanks to their blooming marvellous prints. This simple vest is also Dri-Fit so should help in the heat while the eye-catching shoes would look equally good with a pair of jeans or shorts. To borrow a phrase from Nike, run in full bloom this summer.
8. Lornah Jember Running Dress, £89, lornahsports.com
Not one but three items go into making up this useful piece of kit designed by none other than Kenyan athlete Lornah Kiplagat. Bright, bold and full of colour, Lornah Sport is inspired by tribal prints and the world-class sportswoman’s homeland. Fundamentally, this dress is so easy to wear and you could practically live in it on holiday. To find out more about this new label and the woman behind it go to lornahsports.com.
9. Y.A.S Beam Tank Top, Flow Rest Top, both £25, hipandhealthy.com
Say yes or Y.A.S to prints this summer. Featuring strong graphics, these Tank Tops are one way to upgrade your wardrobe. Not only are they crafted from sweat-wicking fabric, the racerback has breathable mesh to keep you cool when the temperature rises.
10. Run All Day Backpack, £108, lululemon.co.uk
Bored of your black rucksack? Sick of your monocoloured backpack? Head to Lululemon for these colourful alternative. Designed specifically for runners, they’re at the higher end of the price bracket but they have thought about stuff like if you want to remove the waistband strap or protect your tablet, thanks to a padded pocket. It also fits snuggly against your back so you won’t have to experience the bounce and rubbing caused by ill-fitting rucksacks.