Bum-sculpting leggings? Count us in — that’s the dream isn’t it! As unglamorous, sweaty, and realistically flush we look while exercising, no filters here, at least we’re gonna look good from behind. And we’ve got Sweaty Betty to thank. The leading British athleisure and activewear brand is here in Singapore with a flagship store at ION Orchard, with their highly desirable leggings that come in a whole range of sizes, fits, and prints.
Known best for their Power Leggings, these are made with technical fabric that fits and sculpts your body so you’ll always feel comfortable, while they’re also helpful in whatever form of exercise you’re about to undertake, be it yoga, running, spinning, or working on HIIT intervals.
The brand was founded in 1998 in Notting Hill, by Tamara and Simon Hill-Norton, who aimed to combine body-sculpting technology “with a fashion-forward aesthetic”, meaning the tights, leggings, and other workout wear all look and feel good, which explains the healthy deluge of vibrant prints we spot across their activewear. “My vision is to dress a woman and at the same time, empower her. I want to create workout wear that’s more than something to sweat in, it’s a tool for transformation,” she shares.
These days, the brand is known all over the world, and is lead by an all-female design team whose mission is to create technical clothes that flatter the woman’s body — any performance testing for the materials and designs are completed in-house as well. Ahead, we look at some of their most iconic pieces, so you’re all set up for your next activewear shopping spree.
We need to talk about Sweaty Betty’s Power Leggings. Designed for every workout, these multi-sport gym leggings are made with super stretchy fabric and a couple of well-placed seams, thoughtfully designed to flatter and sculpt the bum. On top of that, the 4-way stretch material (62% Polyamide 38% Elastane) allows for quick-drying and sweat-wicking properties, which are extra useful across all kinds of sports.
There are also a couple of lengths and fits for you to choose from — while the standard tights cut off just above the ankle, the 7/8 series ends off a bit higher, or may be more suitable if you’re petite-sized. High-waisted options, Super Sculpt leggings for yoga, and a Zero Gravity range for running, are available too.
During a try-on, I found that the material was sturdy while still allowing plenty of room for movement, and indeed as flattering as intended, thanks to those seams. You can tell this one’s high-quality too — no wonder the brand’s often compared a pair of just-as-upmarket Lululemons. A nifty feature I loved were the side pocket and back zip pocket, while you may also get your leggings monogrammed at the store.
The perfect pairing with your fresh set of leggings, the medium-support Stamina Sports Bra is a bestseller among Sweaty Betty’s range of tops, and is meant for medium impact workouts. A seamless racer back design allows for full flexibility and freedom of movement without chafing, while the same 4-way stretch, compression, and sweat-wicking technology as the leggings are applied here. A deep underband adds medium support up to a C cup.
Other key designs include the Circuit Zip-Up Sports Bra with a crossover strap back, Mindful Seamless Yoga Bra, Foundation Seamless Padded Yoga Bra, and the Ultra Run Sports Bra for running and high-impact workouts.
If you haven’t already noticed, Sweaty Betty’s activewear pieces don’t just come in the shades of black, grey and navy blue. Leave that to the minimalists! Since they’re all about good-looking performance wear that lift your spirits while you exercise, the prints follow suit too, and range from speckled floral styles, animal print, graphic styles, and camo or tie-dye if you’re looking for more subtle yet eye-catching designs.
In order to celebrate the launch of the brand in Singapore, Sweaty Betty has partnered up with our local fitness studios for an exciting virtual fitness event — this one’s free and open to all! RSVP on the Eventbrite link here, and receive a $35 voucher after attending any of the sessions (1 voucher/person only).
Sweaty Betty, available at the flagship store at ION Orchard, #03-01.