Whether you’re a seasoned gym-goer, or adopt more of a “nama-stay-in-bed” mentality, there’s always time to revamp your workout gear! The benefits of working out have been proven time and time again, and now it’s just down to us to pull our weight (literally). We get it: an early morning yoga class or an after work gym session can sometimes feel like the last thing on our to-do list. If you’re needing a little extra incentive to hit the gym then we’ve got some fresh new styles worth trying. Plus, it helps that we’d happily wear this comfortable, chic activewear in and out of our classes. That’s where the word “athleisure” comes from, right?
You may have already heard of the Women’s Five for organising the 5-week fitness programme and 5K/10K run, but you probably didn’t know that it’s just launched an online shop selling its very own brand of leggings. With fair prices, high quality materials and playful designs, these European-made pieces tick all the boxes. Take your pick from the Active, Yoga and Casual collections, each offering different cut variations for the fun prints. We love the yoga leggings, with a high-waist band and three alternative prints. Check out the Tribe Vibes if you’re looking for something bright and bold.
Sassy Perk: Use the discount code “SASSY15” for 15% off your order.
Women’s Five Store, order online here, www.womensfive.store
Rising Lotus is a boutique women’s athleisure label that caters to the active individual. Designed in Hong Kong and crafted from superior fabric and quality materials, you can be sure you’re getting quality items. The founder, Vivien So, aims for the brand aesthetic to represent Californian-casual meets Hong Kong chic. The styles are comfortable and practical. Our favourites are the Mesh Panel Leggings and the Back Cut Out Tank Top (the ideal way to showcase all those strappy new sports bras and bralettes).
Rising Lotus, order online here, www.risinglotusclothing.com
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This functional, fashionable activewear line combines a love for fitness with all things luxe. The modern classic designs are coupled with contemporary colours to inspire your look and your workout. I’ve worn the Lilly Ro Passion Crop through yoga, spin and hikes, so I can fully vouch for the comfortable fit. If you’re looking for simple singlets, the core collection are easy and lightweight options to throw on before you hit the gym.
Lilly Ro Activewear, order online here, www.lillyro.com
Caelum Greene is a lifestyle fashion store, with product categories ranging from athleisure and fashion to home accessories and beauty. The store is committed to making active and mindful decisions. From the paper bags and store cards printed on recycled paper, to the energy efficient LED lighting, this is a place you can’t help love. We’re serious fans of the Natural Forces Highwaist Legging, but there are options for every sport, body type and style.
Caelum Greene, various locations in Hong Kong, www.caelumgreene.com
If you’re seeking a style that comes with a mindful message, A Day with Fé is for you. Founded by Fé Valvekens, this line consists of clothing that seamlessly blends your everyday wear with yoga wear. The stylish and comfortable pieces are fairly priced and perfect to promote mindful movement. We’re loving the Eau Dreamy tank in the white and grey print, and the Nuit Black sports bra, a classic that you can wear under anything and everything.
A Day with Fé, order online here, adaywithfe.com
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This Hong Kong startup offers modern styles and fun digital images. Miss Runner is an activewear label focusing on finding the most elite prints to embrace dynamic looks. The founder, Tania Cheung, often works with local artists to turn their art into wearable fashion. Plus, the fabrics are made to wick away sweat whilst still offering compression elements. Make sure to check out the machine washable yoga mats to go with your new gear! I’ve got my heart set on the Ocean Travel Mat, ideal for when you’re on the go.
Miss Runner, order online here, www.missrunner.com
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If you’re finding yourself reaching for bold prints and bright colours, this is for you. From quirky shorts to comfy tanks, there are plenty of options to choose from here. Our favourites have got to be the statement tops – featuring quotes like “Inhale, Exhale”, “Raise the Vibe” and “Salty Hair Don’t Care”.
Liquido Active, order online here, www.liquidoactive.com
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It’s no secret we’re fans of RUMI X at Sassy HQ. We’re fully on board with its eco-friendly philosophy – with leggings made entirely from 100% recycled plastic bottles and tops from coffee grinds. It’s exciting to see more fashion brands taking a sustainable approach to style. The matching Seek Sports Bra and leggings are the right mix of statement and simplicity.
RUMI X, Suite 1801, 18/F, Waga Commercial Centre
99 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; www.rumixfeelgood.com
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Originating from the West Coast in Canada, Aumnie brings the casual, cool and effortless activewear to the streets of Hong Kong. With monochromatic prints and flirty cutouts, this line will make a subtle fashion statement whilst you work up a sweat. Check out the block colour Logo Tanks and the wide selection of statement leggings – perfect for those on the tall and petite side!
Aumnie, Room 1601, 99 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 3188 0973, www.aumnie.com
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As the sister company of Zara and Massimo Dutti, Oysho brings comfort, loungewear, lingerie and sportswear to the scene. With cosy and comfy designs, this is a great spot to stock up on easy athleisure. With a store in Times Square and Festival Walk, it’s easily accessible for shoppers on the Island and Kowloon. We’re eyeing the Crossover Back Detail Bra, matching Printed Ankle-Length Leggings and pink Cropped Sweatshirt.
Oysho, B213 – 214, Times Square, 1 Matheson Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Oysho, Shop L1-10, 1/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, 2362 9383, www.oysho.com/hk
Pure Fitness Gyms have popped up all over this city, and it’s no surprise that the apparel is equally as popular! With convenient locations all over the city, this is an easy store to head to when you’re already out and about. There are always new collections that we can’t get enough of, but for cooler weather (or when you’re in and out of air-conditioned trains), check out the Own Moves French Terry Jacket.
With a shaped silhouette and sleek lines, it offers a classier upgrade to your usual hoodie, without sacrificing on the comfort factor. If you’re running around town and looking for another throw-over, the Side Zip Jumper is another favourite. And, don’t forget to make the most of the sale section before you hit the mat!
Pure Apparel, various locations in Hong Kong, www.be-pure.com
Looking to go long-haul? 2XU is guaranteed to stand the test of time. The brand is all about high-performance running and training gear, with a focus on simple styles and top tier quality. These Mid Rise Print Compression Tights are great for high impact workouts. Engineered with powerful PWX FLEX fabric, the leggings are breathable and lightweight, whilst working to support upper leg muscles. The powerful compression wrap is actually aimed to protect key leg muscles, and help prevent muscle fatigue and soreness. Sounds pretty good to us!
2XU, various locations in Hong Kong, www.2xu.com.hk
If you follow any global yogis on insta, it’s likely you’ve seen them decked in Alo Yoga gear. The brand is all about encouraging mindful movement, wellness and organic community – goals we are in full support of. Alo creates yoga clothing “explicitly to inspire yogis (and yogis to be) to have more yoga in their life”, with a studio-to-street vibe we can’t resist. We love this strappy-backed Movement Bra and the High-Waist Alosoft Sheila Legging. Though it’s on the pricey side, you can pay for items through interest-free instalments – it’s an investment, after all! And as a bonus, all items are wear-tested by the in-house team, so comfort and quality is guaranteed.
Alo Yoga, Shop online for the full collection, selected styles available at Lane Crawford , Just Yogis, www.aloyoga.com
The very philosophy of Omberry is to provide comfortable, fashionable and unique clothing for the modern day explorer. From yoga apparel to the travel lines, the theme that runs throughout each collection is one of flexibility and versatility. For a pop of colour and a simple style, try out the Mae Tank in scarlet. The flattering empire cut keeps a classic silhouette, whilst the breathable, lightweight material offers a four-way stretch.
Omberry, Showroom and Office: 6 Yip Fat Street, Unit B, 6/F, Yally Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3567 7809, www.omberry.com
No matter what your active routine is, Cotton On is an affordable spot for staple items and basic gear. The low prices doesn’t (necessarily) mean poor quality either! From sports bras to jackets, to yoga mats and gym bags – Cotton On has you covered.
If you’re concerned about quality, check the inside label for the material and opt for items that use natural, breathable and lightweight fibres (like cotton!) over synthetics with unnecessary padding and elastic. We’re fans of this Mesh Back Tank Top for a relaxed fit and casual feel. It’s also worth taking a look at the stores cute accessories, like this Suck It Up Drink Bottle and these Active Wireless Earphones – just what you need when squeezing in that lunchtime workout.
Cotton On, various locations in Hong Kong, www.cottonon.com/HK
With the motto “constantly inspired, always dreaming, and forever moving,” it’s no surprise we can’t get enough of this brand. Made with high quality, ultra soft, double-sided “moss” fabric, we love the product’s cotton-like feel. This heart-strings sports bra is ideal for lighter workouts like Pilates or Yoga, but if you’re looking for more coverage and support, check out the Zenith Zip Bra.
POPFLEX Active, order online here, www.popflexactive.com
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Catering mostly to yoga and running fans, lululemon has become a well-known pick. Check out the Wunder Under Tight Hi-Rise for an effortlessly modern look. Designed to fit like a second skin, these leggings are made to carry you through the most rewarding workouts. After all, lululemon experts say it best: “The way you feel in your pants can affect the way that you train in your pants!”
lululemon, various locations in Hong Kong, www.lululemon.com.hk
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Looking for styles that you can wear all day, every day? Canadian activewear brand TITIKA Active Couture will get the job done. The brand arrived on the scene in 2009, born out of the need for luxury activewear. It’s known for redefining how activewear is worn – simply because you’ll want to wear it from the gym to work, and to everything in between. Designed for busy women, TITIKA strives to embrace the most demanding, active lifestyles. There are plenty of styles to love, but the Futura Leggings and Karla Medium Impact Bra are amongst the best sellers.
TITIKA Active Couture, www.titikaactive.hk
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 17 January 2018 and was updated on 11 February, 2019.