Fitness and fashion go hand-in-hand these days – so make sure you're kitted out properly for your workout with stylish and functional sportswear. Before you find out zen at these yoga studios, get your gloves on at these MMA gyms or even embark on a hiking trail, pay a visit to these local activewear shops first to do some athleisure shopping.
When form meets function
Here's a homegrown activewear brand that both you and your bae can shop at. Kydra's first product (which is also their best-seller) is a pair of men's gym shorts that has undergone three versions and tweaked to perfection. The 2-in-1 flex shorts ($68) comes with built-in breathable tights (so you can go commando without fear) and is made with quick-drying water-repellent stretchable fabric – to top it off, its sleek clean cut shape easily passes off as casual shorts for brunch dates or drinks. There's a women's version of the flex shorts ($58) but we really like the Kara pocket leggings ($72) which comes with – gasps – deep pockets to fit loose change, your phone and more. It'll make you wonder why more tights don't come with pockets. Pair it with the Thalia flex bra ($46) and you've got a winning combo.
Treasure trove of indie labels
You won’t find Lululemon gear at Focus Active – this multi-label online boutique stocks lesser-known international brands that have yet to make their rounds in yoga studios around the island. At present, the store carries seven labels: Jiva Active, Jala Clothing, Mika Yoga Wear, Daughters of Culture, L’urv and Vie Active, with more coming soon.
Don’t know where to start? Jiva Active’s ranges of flex leggings ($110) and power fit bras ($79) have sweat-wicking properties that’ll keep you cool.
Fit for the Asian frame
Vivre Activewear is a homegrown activewear brand designed with the Asian body frame in mind whose gear suits the gym, yoga and other light- to medium-intensity sports. Launched in 2014, its chic and high-performance designs ($40-$60) have gained a following of yogis and fitness enthusiasts on Instagram. Key features include built-in bras in double-layered tank tops, and moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you dry and odour-free, even as you sweat buckets in your next hot yoga class. The brand’s printed tights are their bestsellers – the lightweight and breathable material used is perfect even for those who prefer to exercise outdoors.
From pole to brunch
The designs put out by Tough Cookie Apparel are anything but typical. Straps feature heavily in its range of sports bras, bottoms and tanks, which are suitable for pole dancing, aerial exercises, dance, yoga and even swimming. Tough Cookie’s most popular item is the Tyra bottom ($39), an eye-catching pole/bikini bottom that features a sexy garter strap on one leg. Don’t restrict the activewear to just the dance studio, though. These sports bras double up as leisure wear for brunch or date nights – just pair them with maxi skirts or high-waisted pants.
See toughcookieapparel.com for stockists.
Try before you buy
This multi-label store carries over 20 brands that’s suitable for yoga, Pilates, gym, spin classes and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Its bestselling range is the edgy yet feminine high-performance activewear from Daquini ($149-$219). In addition, Kitted spotlights three local brands: Kblu, Rangoon Club Culture and Theia, and is moving towards natural beauty products by collaborating with Apres Avant on a beauty box. If you like to touch and try the pieces before your purchase, Kitted stocks its apparel at WeBarre, Trium Fitness and HOM Yoga.
International yoga brands galore
You won’t have to bug a friend or travel overseas to get your hands on coveted international yoga brands. From the edgy designs of Alo Yoga to the colourful, quirky patterns of Poprageous and Flexi Lexi, there are 11 popular international brands on OMgoing’s website. It’s one of the largest yoga online stores and offers free shipping on all orders to Singapore.
Eco-friendly yoga gear
Do sun salutations in gear that’s kind to the planet. The first of its kind in Singapore, this eco-friendly yoga store carries labels that use only organic cotton, bamboo blends, recycled or upcycled materials – and all are sustainably produced. There’s also a full selection of yoga mats and accessories, along with charming handmade artisanal jewellery. Brands on offer include Teeki, Manduka, Liforme and Yogitoes.