I’m still hunting for good yoga gear. If I see another grim abstract print in grey and fuchsia on sticky thin jersey my well-balanced chakras may well unhinge themselves. Even Nike, whose performance fabrics are much admired, has done a yoga top in a pale pink that is so blue-tinged it looks like its already done a round in the washing machine with a Chelsea football sock. Gap in the market, any entrepreneurial creative reading this….
While out mooching about John Lewis last week I stumbled upon the collab between our friends at Patternity and the JL fashion floor. Their new active wear range (big joy to them for not using the Athleisure word) is a delight, in bold black and white mono prints that come in good firm jersey and solid black.
I loved the jersey leggings and vest tops, if I was brave I’d clash up my prints and be a mono-tastic vision while in down dog, but I’ll probably do a print bottom/plain top combo. I really love the airtex mesh dress, which works as a great throw-over dress for after a class and the long length parka is really divine.
My yoga class is full of Sweaty-Betty wearing women and although I’m a fan of the brand, its ubiquity is a problem if you don’t want to look like everyone else (although their Namaska top is brilliant IMHO). I think this is a limited edition, so you can be assured of your individuality. And I know it sounds odd, but I’m also not mad for the sausage-skin tight styling that only women with no body fat look great in. I like a firm, inner-core supporting top and leggings lightly disguised under a loosely draped top, which hints at fitness, but doesn’t give too much away.
Patternity’s collection is a contemporary take on how to merge wearing around the house clothes with your gym/fitness routine. If I could afford it I’d buy the lot, and be the most coordinated yogi in west London.
But you don’t need to have a fitness routine to buy into this collection, the Pleats-Please inspired cropped trousers look very comfortable and I can think of at least half a dozen friends who will make a dash for the over-sized striped black and white T shirt top.
More of this please.