The best athleisure to buy now, according to our fashion editors

Whether for WFH or the health kick, athleisure is here to stay


January, a new lockdown and colder weather call for an athleisure update. Pair sportswear with chic trainers and a wool coat for a slightly more dressed-up version when leaving the house, and stay cosy with knitted accessories. Our fashion editors have chosen their favourite pieces to buy now...

Smart thinking

'It's time to up my tracksuit bottom game and find a pair I could actually wear out of the house. This style by Pangaia – made from a mix of organic and recycled cotton – is sleek enough to wear with smart trainers and perhaps a blazer (I’m feeling inspired by Frances McDormand on the cover of US Vogue’s January issue).'

Bethan Holt, Fashion News & Features Editor

Cotton trackpants, £94, Pangaia

Impractically perfect

'When is a hoodie not really a hoodie? When it’s made of white cashmere… The very apex of ‘athleisure’, this is  a contender for the least practical item in my wardrobe. But we’ve still got a long way to go until spring, so whatever makes these long housebound months a little more joyous is worth it.'

Sarah Royce-Greensill, Jewellery & Watches Editor

Knitted cashmere hoodie, £150, Cos

Great to motivate 

'Sweaty Betty sells the sort of leggings that make your bottom look like it has been subjected to months of Pilates, even if (in my case, at least) it definitely hasn’t. In the hope that January will see me using them for, you know, actual exercise, I’ve invested in a pair that offer compression (which increases circulation) and sweat wicking – and that glow in the dark if I’m running after 4pm.'

Melissa Twigg, Acting Fashion Editor

Reflector leggings, £85, Sweaty Betty

To wear with:

L-R: Wool blend coat, £220, Samsøe & Samsøe; Organic cotton beanie, £10, Arket; Nylon and suede trainers, £70, Diadora