4 Activewear Trends You Need to Know About Before You Hit the Gym

After nearly two years spent indoors wearing loungewear, we're looking forward to getting outside and active this summer. There's no better motivation to get up and get out than new clothes that look and feel good (but happen to be comfy enough to enjoy at home, too). And although we love getting dressed up for an evening out, there's still something satisfying about slipping out of heels and into an easy pair of leggings or relaxed joggers as part of your weekend or pre-workout routine.

Prioritising comfort doesn't mean you have to compromise on style, and Gilly Hicks' impressive range of activewear, loungewear and effortless jersey has made it our go-to for casual, comfy options. Think plenty of co-ords, mix-and-match separates and summer-ready beachwear across the brand's main and activewear lines. Plus, Gilly Hicks is committed to making more durable, long-lasting fabrics from eco-friendly materials such as recycled fabrics and organic cotton that will see you through many seasons to come.

With all fashion, seasonal trends often determine the colours, styles and prints we'll see in the following months, and activewear is no exception. From bright, '80s-inspired high-legged bodysuits to muted noughties yoga pants, many activewear styles are worth wearing beyond the gym. To make it easy for you, we've rounded up the biggest activewear trends right now at Gilly Hicks. Keep scrolling to see five easy-to-wear trends that you'll be sure to spot everywhere this summer.

1. Retro Florals 

Summer is in full bloom, so enjoy the best of the outdoors in '60s- and '70s-inspired psychedelic florals.

Made with breathable, moisture-wicking fabric with hidden foam support.

Perforated mesh is the easiest way to let your skin breathe and keep yourself cool. 

Wear these leggings with the matching tank as an eye-catching co-ord. 

These shorts have a phone pocket on each side, so you don't need to sweat the small stuff. 

The only choice you'll have to make is whether to opt for the yellow daisy print, the mixed florals, or buy one of each.

It's even available in briefs too, as what you wear underneath is just as important as your kit. 

2. Tennis Whites 

Tennis whites are back. Think preppy pieces with pleats and collars that look smart on and off the court. 

The sports-bra-meets-top with the silhouette of a polo shirt. 

Gone are the days of chunky, unsightly sports support. Layer this delicate, strappy bra under an open-backed vest to make the most of its criss-cross detail.

The ultimate in tennis-inspired chic, this skort has hidden elasticated shorts underneath. 

This versatile active dress is light enough to wear as a slip under your favourite summer dress. 

Runners, there are plenty of shorts for you, too. 

3. Bike Shorts

That's right—cycling shorts are around for another summer. From the throwback outfits of off-duty royals to the celebrity weekend uniform, these simple, form-fitting shorts are the starting point for an understated but stylish look.

Celebrate Pride in Gilly Hicks' gender-inclusive styles co-created by the student activists at GLSEN.

Pair these with an oversized white shirt and sunnies. 

Designed with mind, body and wellness in mind, these shorts will match your pace whether you're raising your heart rate during a high-intensity exercise or bringing it down during focused yoga.

You can't go wrong with a pair of classic black biker shorts. Simply dress up with a boxy blazer or keep it casual with a baggy sweatshirt.

4. Summer Brights

Goodbye, spring pastels. Hello, summer brights. Enjoy all the colours of the rainbow to add a little fun to your activities. 

Let the sunshine in with bold, bright yellow. 

We're calling it: Prepare to see plenty more coral-pink workout gear this year. 

The reviews are in! And this is a favourite with customers for the fit, wear, and design.

There's a colour for every day of the week. 

Is there any better print to make the most of brights than tie–dye? The ultimate inspiration in sun–seeking Californian style.

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