You’re expecting, you want to keep healthy and you want to look great; how can you choose key athleisure pieces to fit into your pregnancy wardrobe?
It’s official – Vogue has said that it’s acceptable to wear workout wear. In 2016, an editorial opined: “performancewear as everydaywear for women of all ages is becoming de rigueur.“
Julie Rice, co-founder of SoulCycle, says: “It’s a trend. People of all ages are wearing their work-out wear all day now, whether it’s leggings with a longer coat and a scarf, or someone younger wearing a cropped T-shirt with a denim jacket and some high-heeled boots. People shop for their athletic wear thinking, how can I wear this from the studio to the street?”
Here is our easy guide to incorporating Athleisure wear into your pregnancy wardrobe – plus some great styles to choose from.
Keep it comfy
Pregnancy can get a little uncomfortable at times – swollen ankles, a shift in your centre of balance, nausea and aches. Make sure that you compensate by choosing clothing that’s not only comfortable but has other great properties too. What’s great about good athleisure wear is that it keeps you cool, wicks away moisture and has the ability to prevent you from becoming a little smelly – no matter how much yoga you do!
Skirting the issue
OK, so you have a bump. If you’re confident to show it off, go for bra tops and short tees. If you’d rather cover up, a sports bra under a long line vest or t-shirt is the way to go.
Support your best assets
Make sure that you have a well-fitted sports bra and that you change it as your breasts grow and change during pregnancy. Avoid wires and check that the straps and fabric is not pressing too tightly on any part of your breasts, to avoid problems as your milk glands grow.
L-R: Bravado body silk seamless bra, £34 (JoJo Maman Bébé); I am Wild sports bra £56 (Charlotte Olympia); Lanston Jace Strap Bra £69 (Hip and Healthy)
Top it off
Throw on a t-shirt or vest top over your sports bra. Choose a top that has plenty of stretch but that is supportive too. If you shop cleverly, you can find one to take you all the way through pregnancy.
L-R: Lanston Cross Back vest £55 (Hip and Healthy); Maternity tank £32 (Isabella Oliver); Royal Muscle Tank $475 (Elder Statesman)
Over the top
When the workout’s done, make sure you don’t get a chill. Cover up with a cosy hoodie or slip on a sporty-looking jacket if you’re heading to a café or juice bar after your class. Of course you could choose a normal top and have it open over your bump if you don’t want to buy a garment you’ll just use for a few months but if you love your hoodie, invest in a maternity top that you’ll wear again and again.
L-R: Hamsa Fashion sweatshirt £90 (Sweaty Betty); Blade Hoodie $205 (Michi); Hatch the hoodie £195 (Nine In The Mirror)
From the bottom
Your leg wear is also key to keeping your look sporty, luxe and comfy. Wide waistbands will sit neatly over a small bump and can be rolled down under a larger one. Hipster shorts are also great if you have a good pair of pins. If you are finding that you have problems with your legs swelling, look for compression leggings and if you feel too hot, go for shorts or wide-legged yoga pants.
L-R: Images: By Malene Birger jogging style trousers $354 (Nine In The Mirror); Hydra crop leggings £175 (Michi); Maternity Treggings £65 (Isabella Oliver)
Wondering how to style your bump this summer? See our guide to the catwalk looks you can choose for pregnancy this season.
Colour is king
Black is not the new black in Athleisure wear! A couple of years ago, the yoga studios and gyms were monochrome but now, flashes of colour and brights are the way to go. Grey and blue make striking base colours – just add flashes of neon and primary colours.
Best foot first
Your feet are so important during pregnancy and the extra weight on them can cause them to swell and even gain a size. Eek! So make sure your footwear is supportive and adjustable.
L-R: Athletic Propulsion Labs Women’s TechLoom Pro Heather Grey Regular price £130.00 (Hip and Healthy); Rita Ora for Adidas £79.99 (Adidas); White Stella Trainers £330 (Stella McCartney)
Yes, we know that you can never have too many accessories but the key to achieving the look here is to choose sporty looking accessories too. So a great pair of sunglasses, a rucksack, a light coat or jacket with a sporty vibe is the way to go. Nothing ruins the look like a suit jacket or court shoes!
L-R: Kriya Veda Eco Yoga Mat £49.50 (Sweaty Betty); Metro Backpack £185 (MZ Wallace); Black Aviator Sunglasses £215 (Stella McCartney)
Don’t forget, it’s vitally important in pregnancy to keep drinking your water as you exercise. There are some great bottles and flasks to keep your filtered water in – and to save the plastic and the planet.
L-R: S’well mother of pearl water bottle £25 (Swell); Chilly water bottle £12 (Chilly); CamelBak Eddy Insulated Bottle £15 (CamelBak)
Looking for the ultimate Athleisure accessory?
Take a look at the new Athleisure collection from Stokke. When you’re choosing a pushchair or baby carrier, there are many things to consider. It should complement your lifestyle and your fashion sense, should be easy to manoeuvre and use and it should also be comfortable and supportive for your child. The new Stokke Athleisure meets all these criteria and more, combining form and function in a beautiful package. See our review of the Stokke MyCarrier Athleisure and the Stokke Xplory Athleisure.
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