The onset of autumn brings with it collections to jazz-up your workout wardrobe. We've found stand-out tights, all with eye-catching patterns to help give you that extra bit of motivation to go to the gym. All on the list not only look great, but they will keep you dry and comfortable while you're working up a sweat.
1. Salar Legging: £40, fabletics.co.uk
Sister of online fashion retailer JustFab, Fabletics, co-founded and co-designed by actress Kate Hudson has proved super-popular. They have a flattering fit and the thick but comfy material keeps everything where it should be. Unusually for work-our wear, these come in three lengths and there are nearly 30 colours and patterns to choose from.
2. Graphic crop legging: £98.60, juicycouture.com
Juicy Couture might be historically known for its velour tracksuit bottoms, but it has now expanded to an entire range of womenswear, including a fashion-forward sportswear line. These cropped leggings are part of its latest collection and its print will take you to the brand’s home, LA. They’re expensive, but they’re made of top-quality, breathable material and have an elastic waistband for extra comfort. There’s a matching sports bra, too.
3. Sports tights: £14.99, hm.com
These ankle-length leggings combine an abstract monochrome print with a touch of pink. They’re made of a fast-drying fabric to keep you dry and have an inner key pocket in the waistband. They’re also available in the plus-size line and if you like matchy matchy, there’s a co-ordinating top, too. For £15, we think they’re a steal.
4. GapFit gFast colourblock capris: £29.95, gap.co.uk
If you don’t like all-over prints, these from Gap’s good-value sports range are an ideal compromise. There is a diagonal stripe in blue hues across each leg and they have adjustable drawcord ties on the waistband for perfect fit. Plus, there’s a hidden key pocket.
5. Stellasport graphic tights: £40, adidas.co.uk
These leopard print leggings from Stella McCartney’s on-going collaboration with the sports giant are super-flattering, will wick-away sweat as you work out and also come in white if you’re feeling daring.
6. Sweaty Betty Isolate Workout Capris: £60, sweatybetty.com
Sweaty Betty tights might not be the cheapest but they are great quality and come in a range of stand-out prints. These capris are some of the subtler ones, the fabric’s more flattering than it looks and they stay put, however rigorous your workout.
7. Nike Pro engineered giraffe: £50, store.nike.com
We'd wear these monochrome beauties outside the gym, too, but when you're working out, they come into their own. Made mostly from the brand's technical Dri-FIT fabric, they wick away sweat and feel soft and lightweight to wear. Like all Nike's workout wear, they look and feel great quality. There's a matching top and they also come in a black and hot pink colourway.
8. Wunder Under Crop III: from £62, lululemon.co.uk
Now with seven stores in the UK, the cool Canadian yoga brand has a big celebrity following, including Kim Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon. These cropped leggings in blue and grey camouflage were made for all sort of workouts, from Pilates to boxing. They feel super soft and the stretchy fabric gives great support. Plus, it has a wide waistband (with a hidden pocket inside) to flatter any lumps and bumps.
Verdict: If you’re on a budget, H&M's sports tights are our favourites. For stylish, technical work-our wear that looks just as good outside of the gym as in it, our pick is Nike's cool giraffe-print pair.
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