Fashion: At a stretch

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If exercise seems too much like hard work, slip on some clothes that do the stretching for you. A supple, athletic wardrobe should include layered wrap tops, trousers so tight they could be mistaken for leggings and - for volume - full ballerina skirts

Above: stretch wrap tops, pounds 119 each, both by Ann Demeulemeester, from Liberty, London W1, 0171 734 1234, or Changing Room, 8 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 547 899; black trousers, pounds 250, by Julien Macdonald, from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1, 0171 514 0000, or Pollyanna, 14-16 Market Hill, Barnsley, 01226 291 665. Right: white double-layer top, pounds 95, by Martine Sitbon, from Selfridges, London W1, 0171 629 1234; black stretch net skirt, pounds 300, by Clements Ribeiro, from Selfridges, as before, stockists 0171 409 7710; black corset belt, pounds 109, by Dries Van Noten, from Liberty, as before; black knickers, pounds 12, by Marks & Spencer stores nationwide, enquiries 0171 935 4422; black footlets, pounds 2.50, from John Lewis stores nationwide, enquiries 0171 629 7711

Black dress, pounds 55, by Jean Paul Gaultier, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1, 0171 584 0011; red Jamaica body, pounds 59, by Wolford, 3 South Molton Street, London W1, 0171 935 9202; black footlets, as before

Black stretch top, pounds 175, by D&G, from Harvey Nichols, as before; red cord elastic, 30p per metre, from Kleins, 5 Noel Street, London W1, 0171 437 6162; white body, pounds 14.99, by Damart, 235 Regent Street, London W1, 01274 568 252; navy pleat skirt, to order, by Junya Watanabe, from Liberty, as before STYLIST ASSISTANT: NATHAN ROGERS; HAIR: THOMAS DUNKIN AT JOHN FRIEDA USING JOHN FRIEDA PRODUCTS; MAKE-UP: SIOBHAN LUCKIE FOR BENEFIT; MODEL: CLARE DURKIN AT MODELS ONE; WITH THANKS TO ALAN HERDMAN PILATES STUDIO, 17 HOMER ROW, LONDON W1, AND BODYWORKS WEST PILATES STUDIO, LAMBTON PLACE, LONDON W11, 0171 229 2888