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Like the majority of us out there, I’m sure that this Christmas and New Year you will have ate one too many mince pies, had one too many drinks and probably already got through most of the pile of chocolate you’ve accumulated. In the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this is perfectly acceptable and you’ve had the best excuse out there- it’s Christmas! However now that the New Year is upon us, you are probably thinking it’s time to shed the extra pounds and what better motivation to do so than new gym clothes!

In 2015 the term ‘Athleisure’ clothing was formed, where gym wear soon became acceptable to wear every day. We saw many sports luxe trends form and celebrity collaborations from Rita Ora for Adidas and Lucy Mecklenburgh for Ellesse which only further increased this trend. Not only this but with the rise of Instagram celebrities such as Emily Skye and Tammy Hembrow, that promote their fitness regimes through their social media pages, the fitness style and image has become ever more at the forefront of our lives. Being poor students, who try and make the most of our purchases, this trend is ideal. Therefore these are some of the top picks to kick-start your 2016 Athleisure wardrobe and get you even more motivated to get fit!

  1. Nike Pro Sports Training Bra– £16.50- available from Sports Direct

This Nike Pro training bra is ideal for weight training, fitness classes or for wearing every day. With the basic colour and iconic Nike tick this is a staple piece. Many other retailers such as J D sports and Urban Outfitters stock this item however it can be bought for a bargain price of £16.50 in Sports Direct, saving £6.49 on the retail price of £22.99.

2. Adidas 3-Stripes Leggings– £25- available from Adidas online

These soft fabric, stretch jersey leggings are made to be flattering and comfortable at the same time, an added bonus after the Christmas period. They have the classic 3 stripe style and Trefoil logo on the hip, making them instantly recognisable as the Adidas brand. Whether you wear these for exercising or with a baggy jersey jumper the option is yours!

3. Ellesse Jodie Fade Vest– £20- available from JD Sports

This vest is one of the products Lucy Mecklenbrugh modelled for Ellesse. The pink to black ombre print adds some colour to this pick of otherwise monochrome gym wear and ensures that you would make a bold statement amongst everyone else in the gym.

4. Monochrome Colour Block Sweatshirt– £26- available from Topshop

This monochrome sweatshirt from high street fashion store Topshop is great for throwing on before and after your workout. Not only does this item tie in with your new gym kit, it doubles up as a staple item to wear with jeans in the day. For students looking for a multifunctional item this is perfect. In addition, with the price point of £26 being relatively low for a Topshop garment, this purchase can be completely justified.

5. Nike Pro Shorts– £20- available from JD Sports

To match the Nike Pro Training Bra, the Nike Pro Shorts are a must have. Either wear under joggers or on their own it’s up to you. With enhanced breathability, the Dri-FIT fabric is light weight and quick drying ensuring comfort whilst exercising.

6. Mesh Panel Gym Bag-£19.99- available from New Look

New Look have recently released a new gym wear range including accessories and gym bags. This spacious mesh panelled bag is great for storing all of your belongings and can double up as an overnight bag for other occasions. At £19.99 this bag is also unlikely to break your bank account!

7. ‘Yoga Made Me Do It’ sports bottle– £6.99- available from New Look

Accessories are key and if you are planning on working out hard this year then you will need to be drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. However why not go for a cute slogan bottle over a regular one. This £6.99 bottle from New Look is both cheap and stylish accommodating all your wants and needs.

8. Nike Air Max Thea– £84.99- available from Office

The Nike Air Max Thea are a combination between the original Air Max and Roshe Run. They have a mesh panel built in for breathability and the EVA midsole with visible Airsole unit adds comfort, making them great for wearing during exercise. Although these trainers are by far the most expensive item of this selection they can equally be as much for exercise as they can for everyday use, therefore justifying the price.

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Posted by Robyn Pound-Woods