Oakley are a global power brand known for their amazing sunglasses and extreme sports gear, particularly for snow and surf. A more recent foray for them has been in to women’s training gear and I have had the absolute pleasure of testing out some of their training gear over the past few months. If you follow my or my twitter you’ll know how much I love my sportswear and it’s safe to say I love Oakley training gear! It’s a winning combination of functional fabrics, cool patterns and overarching femininity that means it hits all the sweet spots.
I am a huge fan of this sports bra – I love the colours and fit and think that the turquoise almost ribbon like straps are such a gorgeous detail. It’s more of a training bra (gym, cycling, pilates, yoga etc) rather than for running but it’s super comfortable and really unusual. I always get compliments on it when I wear it and I think it looks awesome. This marl hoodie is also super soft and comfortable and perfect to wear on the way back from the gym or just generally running around day to day. It’s ties are also ribbons which I think is a rad touch.
Oakley Women also have some cool casual gear. This burnout tee has a gorgeous low back that makes it a bit ‘different’ and it nails sporty but feminine. It also matches the super sexy Warm Up shades in the same pretty purple. The material of this tee is soft and the fit is really flattering, which is important – I hate feeling uncomfortable in clothes that don’t fit properly and I always feel so comfortable in Oakley gear.
I also love this cute trapeze Choka tank with a pocket on the front. I am a total sucker for anything with pockets and this top is not exception. Gorgeous day to day with jeans or shorts and also good for yoga and pilates – loose and comfortable. I love the thin straps and subtle Oakley branding – simple done right.
I have also been running in the Power tights, which are completely different to all other running tights I have. They’re quite thick and tight but very stretchy, holding you in in all the right places but still allowing for a complete free range of movement. They also have a big pocket with a fat zip which is awesome – you just don’t get pockets this good in other tights! If you’re a runner, you’ll know. If not, you probably think I am a right saddo with pocket fever, which is fair enough. I wish they had a slightly deeper waistband (I like my tights mid-rise to high waist, they just feel more secure!) and a shorter leg, but I wish everything had a shorter leg. The running world does not cater for a 27″ inseam.
Little details make a big difference in my book
I’ve had a sneak peak at the next season swimwear too and it’s rad. Think bright patterns and cool cutouts, with practical details like rubber seams on the inside to protect your dignity in the surf. It’s really exciting to see a global brand like Oakley start catering for active women like you and me and I’d really recommend their training gear. My current favourites are the Nadi printed shorts, the ocean-inspired Covert hoodie, the colourful strappy Extrovert tank, this pretty cross back Breathe In sports bra and, of course, the Frogskins.
What do you think fellow sports babes? I will definitely be saving my pennies for some new summer kit!