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Fitness gear advice please!

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happyhats Fri 26-Dec-14 18:17:48

I'm generally a fairly fit ordinary looking size 12 but from seeing other women at the gym I'm clearly lacking in style and feel quite frumpy! I tend to wear tops from races I've done (freebies!) which are usually very big and baggy. I wear shorts or black leggings which do the job but thought I'd treat myself to some capris and vests for the new classes Ive started.
The trouble is im not sure where to shop. I don't want anything super tight or cropped as I've had two kids and am 37 not 19!
But I see lots of women who look functional but stylish in the gym which I certainly do not!!! Just not sure where to start. Any advice welcome....thankssmile

calla23 Fri 26-Dec-14 19:53:08

These might be too tight but come in different lengths and are reasonably priced:
www.decathlon.co.uk/shape-flat-stomach-7-8-leggings-black-id_8218887.html
And I really like Lija vests from House of Fraser e.g.
www.houseoffraser.co.uk/LIJA+Score+Studio+Tank+Top/205563144,default,pd.html

Ujjayi Fri 26-Dec-14 19:55:13

TK Maxx have a good range of gym wear. I get compliments on the items I have from there.

goodasitgets Fri 26-Dec-14 20:58:35

I wear (Google for best price) nike relay crops which are flattering, come in different patterns and have drawstring to keep them up
That and long nike vest tops

RiojaHaze Fri 26-Dec-14 21:01:25

I was also going to suggest Tk MAXX, but H&M also do a good range in great colours.

Cataline Fri 26-Dec-14 21:04:04

I like H&M- particularly their base layers. Tkmaxx often has good pieces but you have to be prepared to hunt through the rails usually.
Primark has a surprisingly good range and I occasionally come across a bargain at the Nike Outlet store too.

winterland Sat 27-Dec-14 01:27:24

Sweaty Betty has some lovely stuff. Always my go to shop for gym wear

happyhats Sat 27-Dec-14 11:59:52

Thanks all! I shall have a look and get myself a few new bits!! Just didn't have a clue where to start smile

MyVegasBaby Sat 27-Dec-14 17:12:22

I get most big my stuff from Sports Direct, most of it is Karrimor and very reasonably priced. Our local store always has a huge selection of stock (al be it it's rammed full and not the best laid out!).

FruitBasedDrinkForALady Sat 27-Dec-14 17:16:32

nearly all my stuff is from aldi and lidl. Once you work out the sizing, I find them good value, they wash well and I don't feel guilty replacing them when they aren't too expensive.

Hopefully Sat 27-Dec-14 20:24:20

H&M and lidl/Aldi for basics, sweaty betty, Adidas and Saucony (latter two from sweatshop.co.uk usually) for nicer styles and more interesting prints.

Oh, and shock absorber run bra is the ONLY one I wear for sports now, love it.

annabanana19 Sat 27-Dec-14 20:33:43

I also use Karrimor & buy from Sports Direct. Fab choice and cheap.

12daysofpissedoff Sun 28-Dec-14 12:10:34

Im another Sweaty Betty fan. Lover their leggings.

MaelstromOfLunacy Sun 28-Dec-14 12:16:36

Sports direst have got a brilliant sale on at the moment - got myself some usa pro kit that looks great, and an exactly the same size as you

craftynclothy Sun 28-Dec-14 12:23:16

Legging type things from Sports Direct.

My fave top is from JD Sports - it's a vest top with a looser vest top over (but joined together)

Allice Sun 28-Dec-14 12:29:16

I have some karrimore from sports direct too, find the sizing quite small. Also have some from sainsburys which is nice. I'm coveting some stuff in the boden sale too but it's still too expensive imo.

craftynclothy Sun 28-Dec-14 12:30:25

this

Redtartanshoes Sun 28-Dec-14 22:06:01

Agree with H&M/sports direct.

I have Nike cropped leggings from SD, Lonsdale sports bras and then usually fluorescent racer back tops from Nike.

The karrimoor long sleeve tops are fab for running in the cold too, and are usually 2 for £18 in SD

applesnbears Sun 28-Dec-14 22:35:01

Kate Hudson has just brought out a range of workout wear you can get online called Fabletics, you can create a profile based on your shape, colours you like, bits your comfortable showing off and they suggest outfits. Only had a brief look and haven't bought anything there yet but from what I hear it's pretty good value for money. Definitely worth a glance I think.

RiojaHaze Tue 30-Dec-14 16:23:41

Fabletics seems a bit of a con from what I saw! You get your first outfit for about £25, but then they send you a new one every 5 weeks.
If you don't send it back within a certain time, you have to pay for it and they work out about £75 a time!

Gingerfudge Tue 30-Dec-14 18:04:15

Sweaty Betty stuff is lovely, also have a look at Lululemon - very flattering bottoms. I buy good stuff because it lasts for years.

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