At Your Own (Ath)leisure


If ever there was a trend perfectly suited to new mummies it’s the athleisure one this season has embraced. Tracksuits, wide leg trousers and sweatshirts you can wear without being called a slummy mummy – music to our (ringing) ears.

As a huge advocate of simplicity there aren’t many trends that have a comfort factor quite as high as this one – as the name would suggest, this style shouldn’t be hard work . However, this is no excuse to get your Vicky Pollard on!

Jacket, Bershka, T Shirt, Primark, Trousers, Marks & Spencer, Trainers, Adidas at

Jacket, Bershka, T Shirt, Primark, Trousers, Marks & Spencer, Trainers, Adidas at

The most direct way into the athleisure look is a side stripe trouser as seen at H&M and Zara. I picked up this pair from Marks & Spencer. Comfortable, in a non-creasing fabric and also available in black they have been an excellent addition to my wardrobe. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be a seven-foot tall supermodel to wear wide leg trousers – believe me, I am anything but! Worn loose and with a simple t-shirt and trainer or dressed up with a boot and shirt it’s really as easy as that. Plus the vertical stripe down the side will elongate your leg in a heartbeat. If the androgynous look is too intimidating try a zip up tracksuit top contrasted with a pleated skirt for a more feminine style. The brave ones among us can even dive in with a full on tracksuit as seen on the Chloe catwalk.

As the weather has cooled lately, I have also paired them with a warm high neck jumper, equally as comfortable…



Jumper, Wallis (last year but similar here), Trousers, Marks & Spencer, Trainers, Adidas at

There are many advantages to be had from this trend; worn slouchy and oversized it will give you room to breathe (quite literally), the classic cut and hang of the pieces give them staying power for seasons to come and with a dark palette of navy, monochrome and red these items will work wonders to cover everyday highlights such as baby dribble/crusty food as well as any wobbly bits.

Here are some additional pieces I’m loving…

£19.99 New Look

New Look

£22.99 Zara


£70 Adidas at

Adidas at

£14.99 H&M


And if you needed further convincing, I was lucky enough to gain a sneak peak of Primark’s Autumn Winter 16 collection and this co-ordinating two-piece was in pride of place just proving how popular the trend is…

Carly Stevens - Primark

Image: Carly Stevens – Primark

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