Model wears: jungle fever active bralette and shorts both from We are Handsome Model wears: jungle fever active bralette and shorts both from We are Handsome © We are Handsome

Style Guide: Designer Sportswear

Sportswear is taking its cues from the catwalk, with designers dabbling in Lycra, cropped tops and breathable mesh

by 16 January 2015

The closest my wardrobe gets to sportswear is louche jogging pants for weekend nights in and cropped black sweat pants teamed with killer heels for weekend nights out. But putting my current lack of fitness aside, sportswear and fashion have made quite the friendship of late, with luxe sports inspired wears taking pride of place in both our day and night wardrobes. But it is not just fitness that is inspiring fashion, but vice versa, with fashion fuelling its way into fitness.

With the January get-fit craze well under way, sportswear is back on the agenda, and these days plain old black leggings and a baggy t-shirt are no longer deemed worthy wears for daily jogs, yoga workouts or tennis sessions. 2015 is all about stylish sportswear which scores top marks for not only performance, stamina and technology, but also style and panache. And the fashion heavies are all getting involved...

Stella McCartney is the pioneer of this boutique-fitness craze amongst the high fashion set, and this season sees her Adidas fitness-wear collaboration celebrating its 10th anniversary. "Sportswear for women is taken far more seriously now," says Stella, who believes women should get the same treatment as men when it comes to sportswear that performs. "We deserve as good as them so that we can take our workout to the next level," she explains.

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Richard Nicoll has also taken a sporty turn collaborating with Sweaty Betty, for a 10 piece capsule collection, which launches in February. Created as a "lifestyle offering for the modern itinerant woman" the collection beautifully combines the British designer's iconic clean colour palette and Japanese inspired prints with Sweaty-Betty's expertise in the technical department. Following Mary Katrantzou's print-tastic collection for Adidas Originals last year, prints, either bold or subtle, are definitely the way to work out.

Tory Burch is also set to launch its own sportswear line later this year, as is Kate Hudson, who is co-founder of sportswear brand Fabletics. The online, subscription only lifestyle and active wear brand is not only as stylish as you would expect from the red carpet queen, but is also all about, "pushing it in," as Kate describes. "If it's done well, you end up wearing it all the time, even with shirts and high heels, because it tucks you in," she adds.

And that seems to be the ethos today, go for an early morning run, and go straight to the school run – no change needed. Yes you can wear your yoga pants out and about, especially if they are by New York brand Live The Process, whose feminine colours and prints not only help your body breathe and all that moisture-wicking technical stuff, but also flatter, shape and style. We are Handsome's new active wear range which features leggings, racer backs, shorts and cropped tops in the label's iconic digital prints, is also worthy of more than just the gym. In fact, these gorgeous leggings may just get me off the starting blocks and running again. Or on second thoughts, should I team them with a white blouse and heels and head to my local wine bar?

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See below for the slideshow of key desinger sportswear: