Fancy fitness

Admission: I’m a fitness amateur. I dabble, particularly in fun things like bellydance, rowing, fencing, yoga and (casual) runs around the lake, but haven’t felt the need to stay with one thing for any particular length of time.

However, no matter the activity, I’m always a sucker for the stylish and comfortable offerings of Lorna Jane and Lululemon.

Lorna Jane is a Queensland brand, and perfect for excercising in the warmth & humidity of Brisbane. Fabrics are lightweight, breathable and preshrunk, often brightly coloured, and always comfy. Many of the items come with encouraging messages, too, which can make a difference when you’re feeling uninspired!

In the current collection I’m loving the Team Spirit Excel Tank in Jewel (AUD$59.99), and the Syndicate Bra (AUD$62.99) – just can’t go past stripes, can I? If you’re shopping online, you can even search by colour. (A feature I always love.)

Lululemon athletica is Canadian, if I recall correctly, and it’s perhaps for this reason that I find it suits chilly Canberra so well. Their garments are choc-full of thoughtful little details that really make my day. Things like slightly longer backs to the tops, extra-long cuffs with thumb holes/foldover mittens, spare hairties attached to the zips… beautiful. My favourites are the Define Jacket (AUD $129), which features all of the little touches mentioned above. I have it in black, but am since lusting after it in “concord grape”, a rich shade of almost-plum. For a warmer alternative to the Define, I’m currently loving the Scuba Hoodie (AUD$139-$149), though I’m jealous of our US friends who can get it in a fabulous emerald green! My grey version is currently warming me through Canberra’s winter, and I’m most keen to see how it goes camping once the weather warms up a touch. Halfway between the two, and another contender for my affection, is the In Stride Jacket (AUD$129) in deep indigo. The inky colour is to die for, and I’m a sucker for all those extra little features like the spare hairtie!