Now more than ever, you need a comfy outfit to take you from living room to kitchen and onto your yoga mat at close of play.
Now that you’re working from home indefinitely, it’s time to lovingly pack all your office outfits away. Clear your heels away in your cupboards and say goodbye to those snazzy two-pieces, because there’s a new power suit in town – the athleisure outfit.
If you’ve ever wanted to walk around all day in yoga pants without going near a mat, now’s your chance. Social distancing requires you to get comfy in clothes that allow you to move.
You want to get up and get dressed into an outfit which makes you feel productive, whether you’re taking a call in the conference room (your bedroom), filing something in the main office (the living room) or catching up with colleagues in the cafeteria (the kitchen). Oh, and once you’ve closed down your laptop for the day, you’ll be able to jump straight into your yoga class or HIIT session at the gym (also the living room) without having to get changed. Winner!
So here are the best activewear brands to lounge around the house in:
Perfect for any type of workout (indoor or outdoor), hush’s leggings, tops and hoodies are so comfortable that they provide the perfect alternative to loungewear for anyone who wears athleisure to feel a bit more together.
Sure, the brand has a loungewear collection full of warm knit jumpers and sheepskin slippers but the activewear designs mean that you can go from Zoom meeting to FIIT workout in two steps.
Sizes XS-XL, prices from £29
As the coronavirus continues to take a massive hit on businesses, why not support a homegrown company on a big environmental mission? SOS Activewear is made from regenerated ocean plastic and is handmade in London.
We’ve got to stand by our small, ethical businesses now more than ever; supporting small businesses helps to improve the local community and economy while contributing to a healthier planet and environment.
Settle down in an ultra-cosy sweater and comfy leggings for the ultimate WFH outfit.
Sizes S-L, prices start from £55
Get ready for ribbed terry fleece tracksuits, velour bodysuits and knitted hoodies – the ultimate collection of loungewear. You can still find your super stretchy high-waisted yoga leggings and crops here but BaseRange is really your go-to for woollen ribbed pants and ultra-soft tops.
You may not be able to go back to form-fitting clothes again.
Sizes XS-L, prices from £72
Vegan approved and ethically made with eco-friendly fibre made from responsibly sourced wood pulp or recycled materials, Organic Basics has all the crops, shorts and leggings to keep you comfy.
Whether it’s seamless leggings for day-to-day activities or yoga shorts for that early morning IGTV home workout, you can find all your basics here – safe in the knowledge that no one’s paid a price for your comfort.
Sizes XS-XL, prices from £30.
The great thing about Fabletics’ leggings is that they have pockets deep enough for your phone; in these times of social distancing, god forbid you go anywhere without the means to connect with another soul.
Want to get a new full outfit? Head over to the outfits section to find two pieces heavily discounted right now. You can even personalise or swap bras too.
Sizes XXS-XX L (4X), prices from £12
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Varley set itself up as an activewear brand for women who wanted to wear pieces “from the plane to the gym to a meeting and everywhere in between”. What better brand to take you from your bed to your sofa to your fridge?
Again, the company operates a minimal waste policy. Get seriously comfy with knit sweatpants and jumpers or stay ultra-functional with their wide range of patterned two pieces.
Sizes XXS-L, prices from £35
7. Free People
Sick of leggings? Why not give wide-leg pants or joggers a go? Free People has an array of bottom options for every possible movement and WTF situation.
Think of it as an investment for when you can finally go hiking in LA or head down to Brighton beach – it’s that sort of vibe. Let’s face it, we could all do with a little summer dreaming right now.
Sizes XS-L, prices from £68
Want the kind of chic, non-fussy activewear you’d imagine Parisien women work out in? Arket’s the place to go. From leaf-green fleeces to high-shine cropped tops and nylon trousers, this collection is the kind of thing you’d expect to see off-duty 90s models careering around in.
And if it would have been good enough for Kate and Naomi, it’s good enough for your important kitchen meeting.
Prices from £25, sizes XS-L
Images: hush, Instagram
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Miranda Larbi is a freelance fitness and wellness journalist, and qualified personal trainer. When she’s not finding new vegan places to eat, she can be found training for the next marathon or cycling across London on an old Dutchie.