Despite my lack of ‘athleticism’ it has become increasingly evident that the ‘fitness craze’ is sweeping the nation and who can blame them? After all I have tried swimming, dance, yoga and even had thoughts about joining a roller derby team… hell I was even hoping that I would win a Yoga holiday but alas that didn’t happen. The problem about living in London is that the sluggish or rather frantic train commutes coupled with intense working hours can make even the most obsessive ‘fitness fanatic’ lose the motivation to work out and its easy to see why. Without a question of a doubt, when I lived in the countryside I was far more ‘fitness focused’ ; not only did I walk longer distances but we ‘country bumpkins’ socialized through long country walks, often with my baby sister in tow. Now? Sure I walk but the walks are more frantic jogs to the station and attempting to dodge all the angry commuters, threatening to push me onto the tracks. In short I said it before and I will say it again, I need to get my arse in gear and this time I mean it. What ever happened to the old me who joined dance and Zumba classes and went swimming every week? It seems that the older we get the more we lack the motivation to keep active and healthy.
Last year however, I noticed that fitness was slowly crawling back into our lives, with the introduction of ‘athleisure’. Popularized by the Hadid sisters who paired bombers with yoga pants or sweaters with mini skirts, clothing to motivate your fitness regime, became new post -workout protocol. Even me who barely works out was not immune to the athleisure trend and often paired bombers with skirts or shorts or crops with yoga pants. It was comfortable and suited the promotional work that I did at the time and even gave me a little boost to try a new fitness ‘activity’ every day. But then I moved to London and suddenly the new pace of life did nothing to motivate me to be ‘healthier’. The workout gear disappeared permanently into my wash basket and I was back to my over-dressed (but fabulous) self, LOL.
Despite my lack of motivation, it was clear that the fashion world was still very much caught up in the ‘athleisure trend’ ; as a successor to the ‘Sports Luxe’ trend, think high performance, movement embracing ‘fitness wear’, sport luxe’s more refined sister ‘athleisure’ dismissed neoprane in favour of more ‘practical-fashion led’ materials that meant that it could be incorporated into real life, off-duty, post- fitness wear. You only have to look at SS17 Phillip Lim, who revolutionized the notion of ‘athleisure’ by creating a luxe satin, unzipped sweatshirt, teamed with matching satin track shorts, to dispel the notion that clothing to motivate your fitness regime is limited to ‘day-time only’. Even if the clothing is not specifically designed to ‘workout’ the very notion of wearing ‘athleisure’ or sports luxe approved gear is stated to give you the motivation to be more active. If it is true that our clothing choices denote our fitness regime or lack thereof, then Skate Hut has a ready to wear fitness collection that might be just the push I need.
Despite skimming through catwalk collections, the prices were of course out of reach and the high street collections seemed to be a little pricey for what they are ‘offering’, thus Skate Hut’s ‘New Era’ collection had the right ecletic mix of fitness and fashion led pieces, aspired by American skating pros. While I don’t own a skateboard and my ‘athleisure choices’ lean more towards luxe, fashioned based pieces, one of my good friends is obsessed with skateboard culture and quite literally is the poster advert for 90’s skater girl. Think less Avril Lavingne and more Tony Hawks. Her typical daily look consists of a snapback or beanie, branded hoodie, leggings and trainers, usually Vans all of which fit into Skate Hut’s casual, all-American fitness ‘inspired’ wear. As it was her birthday a few weeks back and we are arranging a meet-up soon, the athleisure component of Skate Hut’s New Era collection appealed to me massively as clothing that could potentially motivate her ‘fitness regime’, something which she has been adamant about achieving this year. One thing is for certain, all this talk of fitness has got me in the mood for a good run, something which I NEVER say!
Do You Think That Clothing Can Motivate Your Fitness Regime?