What’s trending in activewear spring/summer

By Fitness First magazine’s fashion editor Nicole Adolphe. 

Your gym attire just got much cooler. With the trend of activewear becoming more acceptable as everyday clothing, most of the new products around aren’t strictly for the gym.

With the rise of people working from home or heading to the gym before work and literally staying in their activewear all day, you can’t really get away with an old tee and pair of trackies anymore.

I’m definitely guilty of spending all Saturday in my gym clothes after my morning walk. Activewear has definitely overtaken denim as the weekend staple.

Why is the athleisure trend here to stay? It may have all started with famous celebs doing collabs with various major brands — think Kanye’s Yeezy shoes with Adidas and, before that, Stella McCartney bringing sport to the high fashion runway. But it really blew up with Rihanna’s Fenty collab with Puma, Beyonce’s Ivy Park and all of the social media #fitspo influencers. Other celebrities, such as Kate Hudson with Fabletics, also have their own brands.

Last season it was all about mesh paneling and tropical prints, but this season we’re seeing slashed cutaway tights, not-so-basic bralettes with strappy backs and peekaboo cutaways. Slogan tees are back too! It’s become cool to wear the logo of your fav brand again. Then there’s pastels, neutrals and neon brights to name a few colour trends. I’d say the biggest new trend would definitely be colour blocking. Women love it as it’s flattering on the body, with strategic graphic lines skimming your curves.

Style-wise, the emerging trend is to team your crop top with a pair of high waisted tights, or layering a crop under a loose tee. For men, there’s a bit of a print injection — graphic geometric prints, camouflage without a doubt and colour blocking. It’s a refreshing change from a plain and simple T-shirt and shorts.

Whites were seen on the runway and have now been reflected back into mainstream activewear.Traditionally hard to wear for most — good luck staying white all day — but definitely a strong look. Take it in your stride by simply adding a white crop or tee for women, or for guys, try a pair of white shorts instead of classic black or grey.

Prints can be tricky to wear, especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to blend in at the gym rather than make a statement, but colour blocking makes it easier to be on trend, and you can still team it back with a basic black top, or the other way around.

For the next couple of weeks we’ll be showcasing my eight activewear trends for the spring/summer season ahead. Have some fun and get fashion forward.

See more: khaki & grey marle, prints, colour blocking, shades of red, neutrals, whites, graphic lines, neon brights.


Photography: Peter Suchecki
Stylist: Nicole Adolphe
Creative Director: Gino Campagnaro
Hair & Makeup: Georgia Hull @ Reload
Models: Mia @ Viviens and Reece @ Chadwick