Earn Your Stripes High Waist Leggings and Empowerment Black Crossover Bra Review

Walking into the office on Thursday with a Costa coffee in one hand and my Oyster card in the other, I was delighted to find a parcel on my desk. The dusky pink packaging complete with ‘Be Your Own Girl Crush’ emblazoned across it caught my tired eyes immediately, and it’s safe to say they lit up there and then. I was just disappointed I’d have to wait until I was back home to try them on, but it was worth the wait.

When it comes to buying activewear, I’m not the easiest person to impress - finding clothes for the gym that tick all the boxes can be difficult. Picking up something that looks good and feels even better is no mean feat – so I was happy (gym) bunny when I tried my NEUapparel sports bra and leggings for the first time.

It was only when I pulled the ‘Earn Your Stripes’ leggings on that I really realised how comfortable they really were (I ended up spending the rest of the evening wearing them around my apartment because I couldn’t bring myself to take them off, sorry not sorry). However, you’ll be pleased to know that I did wear them to the gym as well. The high-rise waistband works wonders and doesn’t fall when working out, and lettering printed along the back of my calves is high quality and makes for a bold first impression. As for the sports bra – where to start? With four, thick black straps, I was spoiled for choice when it came to how I actually wanted to wear the multiway ‘Empowerment Black Crossover Bra.’ Ahead of my gym session, I arranged them to cross over on my back and opted for an off-the-shoulder top that showed the perfectly placed straps. I’m a size 10 and I ordered a medium - it fits perfectly. It’s not tight enough to leave marks on my skin, but still enough to give me the support I need when running (or at least trying to) on the treadmill. I also love the gold lettering on the front label which makes for pretty detail.

My overall verdict? Both the leggings and the sports bra are comfortable and easy to wear. I feel secure when working out, and I’m not worried about the material being see-through when I’m doing squats or deadlifting (a major bonus). In all honesty, I’m not always the most confident person when it comes to working out in a crowded gym, so wearing pieces that both look and feel good have had a real impact on me and I’m ready to train, regardless of how busy the cardio area is. I think this means I’m earning stripes of my own.

Yasmin Harake

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