THE BEST WORKOUT GEAR FOR PILATES ADDICTS
You can always spot a Pilates addict. They could be walking with a telltale mat under their arms, or ordering a soy latte at their local cafe, but the major giveaway sign? Their outfit.
Pilates lovers can usually be found in a combination of high-waisted tights, crop tops, loose tanks, statement sports bras and slip-on slides. This isn’t just because they’re all super fashion-forward – it’s also because these pieces provide just enough support and flexibility for all those planks and pikes.
These days, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful Pilates gear. Here are our favourite labels you can shop right now, in case you’re a Pilates addict too.
This Melbourne-based brand has blown up in the past year, becoming one of the go-to choices not only for Pilates attendees, but Pilates instructors too. They’ve become known for their functional yet edgy pieces that incorporate laser cuts, subtle prints and easy to wear colours like mauve and khaki.
Have you read our interview with the incredible Michelle Greene, co-founder and creative director of JAGGAD? She explains the ethos behind this Melbourne brand, it’s strict design pillars (that buck the neon trend) and how they seamlessly blend performance and fashion. If you love basic, well-cut tees, edgy graphic prints and flashes of floral and leopard print, this one is for you.
Between them, they’ve designed for Ksubi, sass and bide and General Pants, so it’s not hard to see why Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning’s joint venture – activewear label, P.E Nation – is so successful. Their street-meet-sportswear pieces ooze cool, with graphic stripes, bold logos and pops of cobalt blue and red, making them just as popular to wear during the day as a Pilates class.
If you focus all of your energy on just one thing, it’s bound to be good! This is obviously Lilybod’s strategy, with tights being their main offering. From mid-rise full-length tights to high-rise ? length tights, there is so much choice that you’re likely to find your new go-to pair here. You won’t find any neon, but you’ll find plenty of colour – think baby pink, forest green and blue – along with pops of print, and a few sports bras so you can make a full set.
As workout gear mecca Stylerunner’s CEO, Julie Stevanja knows a thing or two about activewear. That’s probably why in 2018, she decided to launch her own label, Flightmode. With a strong focus on earthy prints like floral and paisley, and wearable colours like burgundy and mustard, she manages to blend the perfect amounts of femininity and sport luxe.
While Onzie’s range is made up of standard pieces like sports bras, high-waisted tights and loose-fitting tanks, if you look closely you’ll notice they’re all about adding a statement into your Pilates look. Sports bras have intricate, criss-cross straps, tanks have open and twisted backs, and tights come in camo or cheetah print. Pick your statement then pair it back with a basic.
Another one of our favourite labels that can be taken straight from the reformer bed to brunch is The Upside, created by fashion figure Jodhi Meares. Back in 2014, Jodhi realised there was a gap in the market for activewear that incorporated fashion – a direction they still follow today. While you will find tights and tanks here, you’ll also find bomber jackets, jogger pants and crew neck sweaters. Not your average activewear label, that’s for sure!
So you’re not into neon, but all this edgy activewear isn’t really your vibe either… Cue Varley, home of the prettiest workout gear you’ll find. Prints are soft marble, animal and floral, while colours are either neutral or pastel. Even their shapes are more feminine, with V-neck sports bras and ¾ sleeve tops. It’s so pretty, you’ll feel guilty getting your sweat on while wearing it!
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