It’s no secret that I adore Sweaty Betty, and especially their sports luxe pieces. I still remember my excitement when Sweaty Betty announced the launch of their sports luxe range at their AW’14 preview (link) and I’m just as excited about their second stunning collection for SS’15. What sets SB apart from other designers of sports luxe style apparel is that they always always maintain ultra-functionality alongside the gorgeous designs.
Deluxe Studio Holdall
I’m forever getting compliments on this bag wherever I am; from the gym to at job interviews (no, seriously!). It comes with me almost everywhere because it is everything that I need in a bag.
Being black, on black, on black, the Deluxe Studio Holdall looks super-sleek. The main structure itself is neoprene, with all-black hardware and straps.
I love it because it fits my lifestyle perfectly. I typically hop between gyms and classes, to university and coffee shops, so as well as holding my workout kit (between the main compartment, shoe pocket and yoga mat straps), it’s ideal that it has a padded laptop sleeve for my Mac. I’ve also used it on numerous occasions as an overnight bag.
My only complaint is that when using the shoulder strap, the poppers aren’t strong enough to hold the bag in the boxy shape that I love. Aside from that though, I can’t get enough of this bag.
Tesselate Luxe Leggings
The monochrome tesselate print is another highlight of the collection. I opted to incorporate the print into my wardrobe with the Tesselate Luxe Leggings*. While there are aspects of the leggings that I really like, in hindsight, I should have probably opted for the Honeycomb Luxe Pants instead.
The leggings are impossibly soft with a luxurious feeling ribbed waistband that feels like you’re being hugged. That, I love.
However, because of the knitted style of the leggings, the stretchiness isn’t as generous as other SB styles. For me, this meant that they were hard to pull over my muscular thighs and bum, while still being a little looser than I would like on the waist. Also, because of the knit, I’ve experience a few loose threads and fraying after a few wears.
I still think that they’re beautiful leggings, but just not right for me.
Time Out Luxe Jacket
The Time Out Luxe Jacket* is another of my current favourite pieces and perfect for transitioning from winter, through spring, and onto summer.
I love the anatomy of this jacket. As with all Sweaty Betty pieces, there are so many features and a lot of attention to detail. My favourite elements are the storm cuffs with thumbholes and the external zip pockets (honestly, even the feel and quality of the zips makes such a difference).
The jacket is a jersey cotton with a neoprene feel, which gives it a unique look and structure. I’m always a fan of a flattering dropped back hem too.
It’s also worth noting that although the faux sleeves fit snug, they are soft and stretchy enough that it’s possible to fit a jumper underneath very comfortably. Perfect!
Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper
As soon as I saw the collection, I fell for the beautiful honeycomb knit of the Steady Luxe Jumper*.
The shape of this jumper and it’s super-flattering, waistband-skimming length makes it perfect for layering. I usually pair it with a black vest, leggings and some black wedge trainers for a relaxed, sporty vibe.
I’ve really nothing left to say about Sweaty Betty’s sports luxe collection. Simply, they pieces are versatile, functional and stylish, and I can’t wait to see what’s on the cards for AW’15!