Summer consisted of lots of Aperol and not a lot of exercise, and as the evenings get darker and the mornings get colder, dragging ourselves to the gym is becoming more of a chore. We’ve rounded up five energy-inducing activewear brands bound to deliver a confidence boost thanks to their bold colours, interesting designs and all-important fit. To the gym we go.

Girlfriend Collective

This ethically-made brand not only looks good but does good too. Using recycled materials including plastic bottles and fishing nets to make its range, Girlfriend Collective helps divert waste from landfills and supports an ethical work environment for the people who makes their clothes.

Our favourite? The best-selling Compressive Leggings – they’re squat-proof, smoothing and offer a high level of compression for optimal muscle recovery after high-intensity workouts. Each item, available in sizes from XXS-6XL, feels like second skin and supports in all the right places (tried and tested). We love their rich autumnal colourways, too.


This luxury lifestyle brand blurs the lines between fashion and sportswear. Founded on the philosophy of sustainably-minded design whilst celebrating inclusivity and culture, Nagnata is conscious of both the body and the planet.

The brand merges upcycled textiles, natural dyes and organic yarns with innovative technology to create a seasonless collection of garments that are responsible whilst looking high fashion – their contemporary knitwear aesthetic now synonymous with the brand. We’ll be wearing it outside of the gym too.


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Varley is a performance-meets-fashion brand by husband and wife duo Lara and Ben Mead. Drawing inspiration from both London and Los Angeles, the collection is made up of highly technical and original designs for confident, modern-day women on the go.

The brand’s offering of elevated apparel delivers on style, durability, comfort and performance and the fresh prints and cool colourways boast a seamless transition from the gym to daily life. Sleek athleisure we’ll be wearing all weekend.



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Sporty & Rich

Launched in 2019, Sporty & Rich quickly became a hit amongst Instagram’s fash-pack, with its collection of leisurewear becoming a fast sell-out thanks to its catchy mottos and fashion-thinking designs. Fast-forward to 2021, the brand has introduced in-demand activewear from tennis skirts to sports bras.

Founder Emily Oberg is mindful of consumption so launches small capsule collections produced in limited quantities to avoid leftover inventory and waste. She has also partnered with leading environmental non-profit organizations to help reduce and offset the damage that producing garments does to our planet. The pistachio set has our heart.

The Pangaia

This sustainable and science-orientated brand dominated our Instagram feeds with its brightly coloured, plant-dyed tracksuits and this year they welcomed its all-important activewear line.

Made from 100% dried microalgae biomass which has been grown in controlled, sealed environments and is GMO-free, the revolutionary moisture-wicking formula is the first-of-its-kind in the industry.

The 80’s inspired collection is surely something to get out of bed for, but we can confirm its ultra-soft styles and durability will make it a firm favourite.

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