Most of you know by now that I'm starting to move around a lot more since my operation back in July, and although I am absolutely not allowed to do any high impact activities just yet, or even yoga due to having to usually dip your head low (the pressure on my setting jaws would really screw them up), I am starting to get out of the house and enjoy visiting my favourite eateries and shopping locations again, thank goodness. A few more weeks and I'll hopefully be 'back on the mat'!
Venturing out again after so long meant that my energy levels were pretty low to begin with, but are thankfully improving rapidly now.
In the early days of recovery though, even mid heels would tire me out a little faster than they used to, so for me, that made me less likely to wear certain clothes on my rails. This in turn would make me ultimately feel less "fancy", and less inclined to go out (I know, I know, that's a really silly way to think - but when your face was the size of a balloon, and now suddenly you can't dress smart too because your legs wibble about, it's kind of the last straw in confidence at a time like this, you know? Haha).
More often than not my husband, Lloyd, would just tell me to go out comfortable! The thing is, the only clothing I had of that sort were old sweaty yoga leggings, and very basic t-shirts. I love fashion! I love individuality! I just didn't really feel like 'me' dressed like that, unless I literally was going to yoga that day.
Then came the new launch from one of my favourite fashion brands, Jack Wills, named 'Sport x Life'.
"The lines between working out, going out and winding down are gone and you need a wardrobe fit for all. Our new season Sporting Goods range combines technical gym kit with contemporary casualwear that’ll have you winning at all times." - Jack Wills
Jack wills is a brand I've always leaned on more for my lounge wear leggings (I have about 4 pairs of the same design...), and I have a couple of the more formal pieces that have lasted me over the years (as well as their signature perfume roll on actually, ha), so I knew it was going to be of particular of interest to me, especially with the theme of the launch being the casual to active crossover.
With this new launch, there's a real merge of styles with both casual "out", high end style (typical of the JW brand), AND exercise in mind. Here are a few of my favourite pieces in the new range.
I'm a huge fan of the "cosy sweater". I don't think I've ever found a sweater that isn't instantly a comfort, in both high fashion and sports wear. The newest sweaters in the Life X Sport range are particularly versatile for both lounging, errand running, and working out with their fashionable cuts, but practical construction.
Plus, I love burgundy. JW knows how to do burgundy.
I'm Wearing: Lulworth Cropped Sweatshirt [SHOP]
I'm not an enormous fan of heading out in regular jogging bottoms. Simply because I think I'm just terrible at knowing how to style them!
There has been a HUGE increase in wide, cropped leg wear on the Spring/Summer to Autumn/Winter crossover, and I am so thrilled to see that this trend has inched its way a little into these 'Harden' joggers! I've seen many a cropped legging, but not a cool cropped pair of sweats, like these!
I could easily see myself comfortably pairing these with a fashion sweater for casual daytime look, and even with a leather jacket going on!
I'm Wearing: Harden Cropped Joggers [Shop]
Around three years ago I began to explore and invest regular time in Ashtanga Yoga. I adore it. I love the strength building element of the practice, and it's exactly what I look to develop from such an activity. Not only do I love to maintain my already developed flexibility (I'm like spaghetti, and that's not entirely a good thing), but the focus on muscle engagement is perfect to controlling my "floppy ways", and increasing my core stability day to day.
I'm always looking for strong support leggings (I prefer tights to loose, just because I'm not entirely keen on things flapping around my ankles when I'm trying to get into unusual positions), with a high waist, which keep at full mast during twists and stretches. Not only that, it's nice if there's some amount of detailing to them to keep style fun, and fresh for when I seek out my city brunch and coffee stop straight after.
I love the burgundy colour blocking on this "almost matching" set, and combined they look really high end on the run around town too. Perfect autumn active look.
All in all I am very impressed with the new range. I adore how JW have managed to consistently keep the luxe composition and high fashion style to the new pieces, whilst at the same time bringing functionality and rigidity to the active wear "scene".
In addition to all this new gear, Jack Wills say if you buy from their Sporting Goods collection before 4th October 2017, then you get a two-week free trial with British Military Fitness.
This post is in no way paid for promotion by Jack Wills, however I was invited to join in the 'SportXLife' campaign, and I am using affiliated links in this post. All views remain lovingly my own.
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