Was it just us or did we manage to avoid much talk this year of new year’s resolutions? And it only seems fair after the winter we’ve had. That said, if you made an affirmation to try to get that heart pumping more regularly, all the power to you. Whether you’re getting back in the studio after a few weeks of excess, training for something big coming up, generally keeping up with your fitness or just keen to get outside more, Rebecca Tay discovers five pieces to get those glutes and thighs burning in style.
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ORANGE YOU GLAD
You can’t mention activewear without mentioning Lululemon — not least, of course, because the global powerhouse brand was founded right here in Vancouver. Their high-rise leggings continue to be a mainstay in our wardrobe, and we like the look of this Wunder Train cropped long-sleeved shirt in the orange, crackle glaze print.
Lululemon, lululemon.com | Top, $88, and tights, $148
This Covert sweater, by another one of Vancouver’s best-known brands, Arc’teryx, has clean lines, a regular fit and is made of Alpenex II, a synthetic fabric with technical features, yet looks like natural wool. It’s not ideal if you plan on sweating a lot since it doesn’t zip on or off, but if consistent warmth or an extra layer on the slopes is what you’re after, you’ll get it with this piece.
Arc’teryx, arcteryx.com | $150
If you want to get in the gym and out again as quick as you can, consider these Rainier tights by Athleta. Warm enough for a cold-weather commute and with a soft, brushed interior for comfort during your workout, these were designed to support you during medium- and high-impact exercise. A back drop-in pocket is large enough for your phone, so you can forget about constantly worrying if someone will drop a kettlebell on it.
Athleta, athleta.ca | $129
SUNNY SIDE UP
Vitae Apparel was founded in 2016 in Vancouver by Selene Dior, a former competitive swimmer who discovered a lack of functional yet fashionable swimwear when she quit the sport so set out to create her own. The brand encompasses bikinis as well as leggings, shorts, tops and sports bras such as this Energy compression style in lemon yellow. Made from 70 per cent recycled nylon, it offers medium support and has removable pads and thin straps that can be repositioned to create a tighter or looser fit.
Vitae, vitaeapparel.com | $68.99
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Montreal brand Lolë makes simple yet flattering pieces that blur the line between activewear and daywear. Its cardigans and knits are essentials, as are the pieces such as this long twist-back Moorea tank, which has a mini mock neck and two twists at the back for a subtle yet feminine detail. Wear it with jeans, joggers or leggings in the studio, gym or out in the park.
Lolë, lolelife.com | $45