With my new years resolutions largely focused around health and fitness, I’ve been dedicating a good proportion of my spare time to working out, making delicious healthy meals, doing lots of research on general health and fitness bits as well as, and perhaps this is my favourite bit (aside from eating all the yummy food I’ve made!) buying more workout clothing. There’s one thing I’ve noticed, and it’s that more and more affordable brands are releasing their own sportswear ranges, and they’re rather trendy too! So I’m making it my mission to compile a collection of sportswear that isn’t solely well-known or luxury brands, I’m going to be trying out pieces that are also accessible to your typical girl next door and this week I’m giving a couple of items from Matalans Souluxe collection a go…
Everyone should be able to access sportswear that makes them not only look good, but feel good when they workout. When you’re a newbie to the fitness scene it’s not easy jumping into it and you can often feel self-conscious but a good pair of jazzy leggings can make all the difference to how confident you feel to get stuck in.
The Matalan Souluxe range is designed to improve performance and be comfortable whilst also adding a stylish touch to your gymwear. It’s affordable with leggings ranging from £10 – £14, tops from £6 – £12 and sports bras at £7 – £9 making their activewear a great option if you don’t want to spend £50+ on leggings or if you’re new to the gym and aren’t sure whether it’s something you’ll stick to.
A few weeks ago I ordered a loose black top and a pair of geometric full length leggings and have been putting them to the test since they arrived.
The Souluxe short sleeve t-shirt
I’m a big fan of a loose top to workout in as it hides a multitude of sins and I don’t feel guilty heading to the gym hiding a food baby after eating a slightly generous portion of dinner. This top has a scooped neckline and curved hem making it a little more flattering than your standard black t-shirt. It also means that you can wear a colourful sports bra underneath and make a statement with the straps on show. I love the material of this, it’s thin, comfortable, dries quickly and doesn’t crease which makes it easy to grab and go, leaving you with no excuses not to head to the gym. It also comes in a lovely marl grey if black’s not your thing or you simply have too many black tops already.
The Souluxe sports leggings
I love patterned leggings and these geometric style ones caught my eye immediately as I don’t have any like it in my gym wear drawer. With a black, white, grey and green design, they’re another super comfortable but trendy addition to my collection. They feature a high waist which is supportive and practical, meaning there’s no bottom on show when getting your squat on and there’s even a handy zip pocket to store a key or gym card in at the back. As with the top, they’re easy to wash, dry quickly and have moisture wicking and anti-bacterial properties within the material, making them a great, affordable and practical option for all your active needs.
The Matalan Souluxe range gets a big thumbs up from me and I’ve even got my eye on a few more pieces from the collection, especially these gorgeous city print sport leggings and long sleeved hooded top in rose pink!