Although beach season has well and truly come to a close (although Sydney has managed to turn it on lately!), maintaining a healthy dose of daily exercise should still maintain priority. And when it comes to getting you’re sweat on, there’s no shortage of cool new boutique studios to check out or fitness events to attend.
What there is a shortage of, however, is the motivation to get up and get moving as the weather starts to change. But, as always, there’s nothing a little retail therapy can’t fix, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fit gal essentials you can treat yourself to. Just watch that motivation come rolling back on in!
Lululemon is always a shop staple when it comes to stocking up on new fitness gear, but their latest collaboration is something super special and worthy of extra ebullience. Collaborating with the world renowned Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course—London’s arguably most famed fashion program with impressively notable alumni such as the great Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and Christopher Kane, to name a few—the prints are as mesmerising as they are thoughtful. Inspired by a trip to Kyoto, students drew influence from local artisans and designers. Taking various mediums and techniques, the artwork was specially digitised onto select styles, and were body-mapped to maximise flattery and the illusion of movement.
For those looking to lessen their negative environmental footprint, look no further than feel good (and look good) active wear brand Paco Loves Luna. Imported from eco-conscious Hawaii model, influencer and health authority Lauren Vickers, each and every eco-friendly piece is hand-sewn with 100% organic cotton and recycled polyester with personalised production using recycled plastic bottles. Approved with the gold seal of Bluesign, all textiles used to create the garments are ensured to be BPA-free. Classic, go anywhere and do anything (from yoga to barre and beyond) easy to wear styles like figure-flattering mid-rise leggings and long line crops effortlessly move with you and keep you looking good while doing it. We love the solids and prints in equal measure, but are particularly enamoured with the Stars print, which will have you feeling like nothing less.
There is hardly a peskier annoyance mid-workout then your earbuds getting yanked out of your ears when they become entangled with equipment (or, you know, your own arm). Enter Bose’s SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones. Engineered to stay in place no matter how intense your sweat session is, sharp, clear sound keeps your motivation unstoppable. Comfortable and super secure, these babies are also transcendently high tech: a specifically placed antennae maximises Bluetooth signal strength, they’ve been volume-optimised to ensure sound is superior at any level, and one multi-functioning button makes any wish (musically, anyway; yes, you should finish your set) your command.
While not technically a high-tech gadget, the PinkClover Breast Band proves sometimes simplicity can be equally as effective and impressive. This soft band adds remarkable support for breasts during exercise, keeping bounce to a minimum. Enhancing comfort while decreasing pain and sagging, pair this band with any sports bra in any size. Soft yet strong, this band has an adjustable hook and eye closure to ensure the perfect fit, and enhances performance by letting you go harder without damaging delicate tissue and ligaments.
While wearing makeup when working out is not always advisable, Clinique’s new FIT range is designed for just that. Featuring sweat-proof 24-hour wear mascara, a versatile and sheer gel lip and cheek flush and an energising and renewing face and body moisture mist, this collection takes post-workout skincare even more seriously. The dirt and oil (read: breakout causing sweat) eliminating Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Wipes refresh and prep skin, while the redness-reducing Post-Workout Neutralising Face Powder soothes and colour-corrects in an instant. Finish by hydrating parched skin with the Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturiser for a shine-free yet glowy complexion long after your last rep.
No time for a rinse off? No problem. Yuni Beauty’s Shower Sheets go a long way to refresh sans water—they cleanse, revitalise and deodorise in one swift swipe. Stash these super soft and surprisingly large body wipes for an instant and on the go freshness, and be amazed by their 100% natural, organic, non-toxic and biodegradable formula that is also vegan and free of gluten, parabens, and all other nasties. So what is in them? Neem Leaf Extract to deodorise and soothe, aloe to calm, antioxidants to boost cellular activity and protect from damage, and peppermint leaf essential oil which reduces bacteria to keep skin healthy.