Don’t sweat it.
Whether you’re a seasoned gym-goer or adopt more of a “namaste-in-bed” mentality, there’s always time to revamp your workout and athleisure gear! The benefits of working out have been proven time and time again, and now it’s just down to us to pull our weight (literally). We get it: an early morning yoga class or an after-work gym session can sometimes feel like the last thing on our to-do list, especially if you’re a busy mama running the kids all over the place. So if you need a little extra incentive to hit the gym, perhaps it’s time to invest in some fresh new activewear. Plus, it helps that we’d happily wear this comfortable, chic gear in and out of our classes. That’s where the word “athleisure” comes from, right?
Rising Lotus is a boutique women’s athleisure label that caters to the active individual. Designed in Hong Kong and crafted from superior fabric and quality materials, you can be sure you’re getting top tier items. The founder, Vivien So, aims for the brand aesthetic to represent Californian casual meets Hong Kong chic. The styles are comfortable and practical. Our favourites are the Mesh Panel Leggings and the Back Cut Out Tank Top (the ideal way to showcase all those strappy new sports bras and bralettes).
This functional, fashionable activewear line combines a love for fitness with all things luxe. The modern classic designs are coupled with contemporary colours to inspire your look and your workout. We’ve worn the Lilly Ro Passion Crop through yoga, spin and hikes, so we can fully vouch for the comfortable fit. If you’re looking for simple singlets, the core collection has easy and lightweight options to throw on before you hit the gym.
Caelum Greene is a lifestyle fashion store, with product categories ranging from athleisure and fashion to home accessories and beauty. The store is committed to making active and mindful decisions. From the paper bags and store cards printed on recycled paper to the energy efficient LED lighting and The Zen Garden in the back of the store, this is a place you can’t help but love. We’re serious fans of the Scuba Ultraform Leggings for their breathable, 360-degree movement fabric. There are options for every sport, body type and style.
Caelum Greene, The Landmark, Shop 304-305, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Caelum Greene, XYZ Central, 2/F New World Tower 2, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2865 0999, general enquiries call or WhatsApp: 530 2524, www.caelumgreene.com
If you’re seeking a style that comes with a mindful message, A Day with Fé is for you. Founded by Fé Valvekens (a previous That Mama!), this line consists of clothing that seamlessly blends your everyday wear with yoga wear. The stylish and comfortable pieces are fairly priced and perfect to promote mindful movement. We’re loving the Eau Dreamy tank in the white and grey print, and the Nuit Black sports bra, a classic that you can wear under anything and everything.
A Day with Fé, 5/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2132 0011, www.adaywithfe.com
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This Hong Kong startup offers modern styles and fun digital images. Miss Runner is an activewear label focusing on finding the most elite prints to embrace dynamic looks. The founder, Tania Cheung, often works with local artists to turn their art into wearable fashion. Plus, the fabrics are made to wick away sweat whilst still offering compression elements. Make sure to check out the machine washable yoga mats to go with your new gear! We’ve got our heart set on the Ocean Travel Mat, ideal for when you’re on the go.
If you’re finding yourself reaching for bold prints and bright colours, this is for you. From quirky shorts to comfy tanks, there are plenty of options to choose from here. Oh, and if you’re shopping for your little one, Liquido stocks a MiniMe range that parents and kids are guaranteed to adore (we can’t get enough of the patterned leggings).
Liquido Active, www.liquidoactive.com
It’s no secret we’re fans of RUMI X at Sassy Mama HQ. We’re fully on board with its eco-friendly philosophy – with leggings made entirely from 100% recycled plastic bottles and tops from coffee grinds. It’s exciting to see more fashion brands taking a sustainable approach to style.
The matching Seek Sports Bra and leggings are the right mix of statement and simplicity. And, if you’re a mama to be, make sure to check out the comfortable maternity leggings that promise to grow with your bump and beyond! It has a flexible band that allows you to wear the leggings on top of the bump or below, depending on what type of support your sport requires.
Originating from the West Coast in Canada, Aumnie brings its casual, cool and effortless activewear to the streets of Hong Kong. With monochromatic prints and flirty cutouts, this line will make a subtle fashion statement whilst you work up a sweat. Check out the Botany Tank and the wide selection of statement pants and cropped leggings – perfect for those on the tall and petite side!
Aumnie, Room 1601, 99 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 3188 0973, www.aumnie.com
Looking to go long-haul? 2XU is guaranteed to stand the test of time. The brand is all about high-performance running and training gear, with a focus on simple styles and top tier quality. These Compression 3/4 Tights are great for high impact workouts. Engineered with powerful PWX FLEX fabric, the leggings are breathable and lightweight, whilst working to support upper leg muscles. The powerful compression wrap is actually aimed to protect key leg muscles, and help prevent muscle fatigue and soreness. Sounds pretty good to us!
2XU, Flagship, G08, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2818 9337
As the sister company of Zara and Massimo Dutti, Oysho Sport brings comfort, loungewear, lingerie and sportswear to the scene. With cosy and comfy designs, this is a great spot to stock up on easy athleisure. With a store in Times Square and Festival Walk, it’s easily accessible for shoppers on the Island and Kowloon. We’re eyeing this Print Sports Bra and these quick-dry leggings.
Oysho, B213 – 214, Times Square, 1 Matheson Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Oysho, Shop L1-10, 1/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 2362 9383, www.oysho.com
No matter what your active routine is, Cotton On is an affordable spot for staple items and basic gear. The low prices don’t (necessarily) mean poor quality either! From sports bras to jackets, to yoga mats and gym bags – Cotton On has you covered.
If you’re concerned about quality, check the inside label for the material and opt for items that use natural, breathable and lightweight fibres (like cotton!) over synthetics with unnecessary padding and elastic. We’re fans of this twist back two-in-one tank top for a relaxed fit and casual feel (plus it’s breathable). It also has a great range of gym bottoms.
Omberry’s philosophy is to provide comfortable, fashionable and unique clothing for the modern-day explorer. From yoga apparel to travel lines, each of its collections is flexible and versatile. For a pop of colour and a simple style, try out the Mae Tank in scarlet. Its flattering empire cut keeps a classic silhouette, whilst the breathable, lightweight material offers a 4-way stretch.
With the motto “constantly inspired, always dreaming, and forever moving”, it’s no surprise we can’t get enough of this brand. Made with high quality, ultra-soft, double-sided “moss” fabric, we love the product’s cotton-like feel. This Melt In Your Arms cardigan is ideal for the start of class when you’re not yet warmed up (aircon can get a little chilly!), it also has a great range of bras and bra-tops that offer coverage and support, check out the Zenith Zip Bra.
Catering mostly to yoga and running fans, lululemon has become a well-known pick. Check out the Wunder Under Tight Hi-Rise for an effortlessly modern active outfit. Designed to fit like a second skin, these leggings are made to carry you through the most rewarding workouts. After all, lululemon experts say it best: “The way you feel in your pants can affect the way that you train in your pants!”
Looking for styles that you can wear all day, every day? Canadian activewear brand TITIKA Active Couture will get the job done. The brand arrived on the scene in 2009, born out of the need for luxury activewear. It’s known for redefining how activewear is worn – simply because you’ll want to wear it from the gym to work, and everything in between. Designed for busy women and perfect for mamas, TITIKA strives to embrace the most demanding, active lifestyles. There are plenty of styles to love, but the Futura Leggings and Karla Medium Impact Bra are amongst its best sellers.
If you follow any global yogis on Insta, it’s likely you’ve seen them decked in Alo Yoga gear. The brand is all about encouraging mindful movement, wellness and organic community – goals we are in full support of. Alo creates yoga clothing “explicitly to inspire yogis (and yogis to be) to have more yoga in their life”, with a studio-to-street vibe we can’t resist.
We love the Transcend Pullover and the High-Waist Alosoft Sheila Legging. Though it’s on the pricey side, you can pay for items through interest-free instalments – it’s an investment, after all! And as a bonus, all items are wear-tested by the in-house team, so comfort and quality is guaranteed.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 9, January 2018 by Tania Shroff and updated by Alex Purcell Garcia on 18, July 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Rising Lotus, image 2 courtesy of Lily Ro via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Caelum Greene via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of A Day With Fé, image 5 courtesy of Miss Runner via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Liquido Active via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Rumi X via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Aumnie via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of 2XU via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Oysho, image 11 courtesy of Cotton On, image 12 courtesy of Omberry, image 13 courtesy of POPFLEX Active via Instagram, image 14 courtesy of lululemon, image 15 courtesy of TITIKA, image 16 courtesy of Alo Yoga.