New workout clothes for a new you | Spring/Summer collection from Asquith (eco activewear and ethical clothing)
With the new year upon us and many of us turning our minds to our own health and wellbeing again, it might be time to up the game with your workout gear! I know I always feel better if I make an effort whether I am working out, relaxing at home or going out.
I have definitely noticed a shift towards a much more sustainable and eco approach to fashion, style and shopping. We are no longer ignoring the impact fast fashion is having on the environment. And we personally feel we need to take action and not just leave it to someone else. .
So when Asquith asked me if I'd like to try out some items from their new Spring/Summer range I was excited to be involved again with a brand that offers good quality ethically made activewear. You can see my previous review here.
This season they have a completely new range and I absolutely love their new snake print!
With the new year and after the indulgences of Christmas we all start thinking about our health and fitness - but slow down, don't rush into anything! The more we rush the more likely we are to fail - it is more important to take things slowly and develop a new lifestyle. With this in mind, the timing seemed perfect to share this interview with you ....
I met Bev about three years ago when we both did The Body Coach plan and we were members of the Facebook support group. We got chatting and I loved her approach and attitude, she really supported me. When she announced she was going to retrain and become a health and lifestyle coach focusing on women in midlife, peri-menopause and menopause, I was definitely in agreement she would be perfect for it. She runs her own Facebook support group now which I help out with as an admin called Fifty Fit and Fabulous so I thought it was about time she took part in my Embracing Life series ... do make yourself a cup of tea and take time to read this one, Bev is really inspirational, totally understands the challenges of midlife and knows exactly what we are all feeling. I am sure you will learn something and certainly feel understood!
I'm a bit late with my planning this year. I think I spent so much of July and August saying 'let's do that in September or let's get together in September' that I have found myself ridiculously busy! Did you see my previous post about my week of networking and my week of outfits? Anyway, lets get onto the matter in hand. I love to reorganise myself in September and October, I still feel like it is my new year despite not being so governed my school terms now, I love autumn and after the summer holidays and summer months, I enjoy the feeling of 'back to school' goal setting.
I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to review this gorgeous range of ethical activewear from Asquith. This is a brand that has only recently come to my attention but the benefits of bamboo clothing has been slowly coming onto my radar for a while.
I adore their new autumn colours. I chose the claret and pink with a hint of rust as well as a pair of black tie pants. I was drawn to the style of the black pair as they can be adjusted for the shorter leg! Being 'short' I do have a problem with this style but the Asquith Hero Tie Pants can be tightened at the bottom and therefore suitable for short and tall.
Benefits of Bamboo Clothing
Bamboo clothing in general but in particular bamboo exercise clothing appeals to me due to its ability to wick away sweat, it is breathable, soft and naturally anti-bacterial. It is exceptionally comfortable to wear and suitable for sensitive skin. It is also an environmentally low-impact fabric.
Asquith incorporate organic cotton into their range too. Also a durable and breathable fabric that will not bobble, fade or stretch. And like bamboo, feels amazingly soft against the skin.
Asquith say that once you have felt the softness of their bamboo activewear you will not want to take it off! I agree, it is incredibly soft and comfortable as well as being very flattering.
Let's be honest - you can wear it for yoga, pilates or a gym workout but hey it is also fantastic as everyday 'athleisure'. No exercise needed! I am not a fan of relaxing in PJ's but I do love a lose pant or cosy leggings. These bamboo yoga pants and yoga leggings definitely fit the bill. In fact, it is Monday morning and as I do the final edits to this post, I am wearing the hero tie pants and pink top and yes I definitely love!
Bamboo Yoga Pants
First of all I chose the Hero Tie Pants in black (see photos above) - because a girl always needs comfortable black yoga style pants in her wardrobe. They have a very soft, elastic waistband that folds over so it is flattering and holds you in (I need that)! They are so soft and drape beautifully. The tie at the hem means I can pull them tighter and therefore adjust the length. Perfect, I suspect these will become a wardrobe staple for relaxing at home, walking my dogs or even yoga!
Bamboo Yoga Leggings
Next I decided to try the new claret colour and chose the Move It Leggings (see below). As I mentioned I am quite short (not quite 5' 3") and they are longer on me but not overly so. They really are extremely soft and flattering and I doubt they will move much during a workout. They will be put to the test later in the week when I finally get back to the gym.
Bamboo Yoga Tops
I chose the Balance Bra Top in claret and the Chi Racer Top in rust (see below) to go with both my hero pants and move-it leggings. The bra top is very comfortable (I sized up) and I love the ruched detailing on the sides of the chi racer top.
I added in the Long Sleeve Smooth You Tee in pearl pink to keep me warm! It has lovely floaty puff sleeves and a wide waistband that can be worn on the hip. I love it with the hero pants as it is also soft and drapey - and comfortable!
For yoga, pilates and living in ...
Every item in their range complements each other, it is incredibly stylish with a beautiful seasonal colour palette. Bamboo makes fantastic exercise wear due to its moisture wicking properties so I don't feel a desperate need to take it off, I can run errands on the way home! I also think that the range would make a very stylish outfit to travel in - by car or by plane as it won't crease or look crushed and it will maintain it's freshness. I wish I'd had it when we flew to Sri Lanka.
They have a good range of sizes too - starting at S and going up to XL. I chose the S (M in the bra top) and everything fitted very well. The leg length is longer but I didn't find it a problem.
If you sign up to their newsletter online then you can get 15% off your first order, they also offer free delivery if you spend over £75 and all returns are free.
I am looking forward to getting lots of wear out of my Asquith items over the coming months, preferably in front of the TV and a log fire!
Disclaimer: these items were gifted to me by Asquith They asked me to try them out and review them on my blog.. All opinions and words are my own.
'Asquith uses organic cotton and bamboo fabrics to create their ethical yoga clothes. Sustainable with excellent stretch capabilities and supremely soft next to your skin, you will feel comfortable and confident in all of their ethical activewear. Discover more about Asquith's organic yoga clothes for life both on and off the mat here ...'
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