19 In Style/ Wellness

Ethical Activewear from Asquith

(See if you can say my post title 5 times fast!)

Asquith Organic Yogawear

I usually work out 5 times a week, so I spend a lot of time in gym gear.  I’m extremely picky about the fabrics of my gym kit, especially the leggings; I consider myself a leggings connoisseur after so many years of due diligence. Pet peeve number one, leggings that go sheer on the backside or thighs when you bend over for squats or stretching (I don’t need to see what’s under your leggings, and you don’t need to see under mine!).  Pet peeve number two, legging fabric that shows sweat in places you’d rather it not show (Enough said).  Pet peeve number three, fabrics that stretch out and don’t retain their shape (Unforgivable. Have you ever had to repeatedly hoik up the waistline of your trousers so they don’t slide down with every jumping jack?  I have.). Pet peeve number four, fabrics that trap sweat and don’t breathe (It’s like wearing plastic wrap).

Organic activewear company Asquith contacted me to try some of their pieces, so of course I chose their leggings immediately. Reading through the fabric description, I knew they had to be good (60% bamboo, 30% organic cotton, 10% elastane).  Asquith’s legging fabric is specifically created to be durable (no pilling, no fading) and opaque (no sheer arse syndrome). The fabric is so good, Asquith has patented it. I couldn’t wait to try them, even though I’d ordered bamboo leggings recently from another brand and sent them straight back, underwhelmed.  I’ve now test driven these Asquith Flow With It leggings properly.  They’ve been on the school run, to several gym classes, for a run with the dog in Richmond Park, sitting for hours working cross-legged on my computer (certain to stretch out the knees if the fabric isn’t good), and through the wash many times. I can heartily give them the Sequinist stamp of approval.  They even beat my (more expensive) Lululemon Wunder Under leggings.  The Lululemon leggings are thicker, spongier fabric; the Asquith ones are thinner, but more dense, if that makes sense.

I also chose Asquith’s Oversized Cloud Nine Hoody.  I have recently (FINALLY!) located a pair of silver sneakers I’ve been after for over a year (men’s Nike Air Max 97 OG Silver Bullet, if you’re nasty), and I knew the pale grey hoody would work well with them.   An oversize hoody is something I can wear to do the morning school run, then go straight to gym, and not be horrified to wear out and about if I have urgent errands to run afterwards (and by errands I mean coffee).  The longer hem in the back makes sure my backside is covered, and the soft thick organic cotton feels delicious to wear.  It has been so cold here lately I layer up under the hoody and don’t want to take it off!

lounging in Asquith

Organic-hoodie-asquith

Underneath the hoody I’ve layered the Cobalt Go To vest.  I’ll spare you my list of pet peeves for tank tops, but this one is fantastic.  It is 95% bamboo and 5% elastane, so it is great to sweat on and keeps its shape.  It also doesn’t show your bra straps from any angle (sorry, one of my tank top pet peeves slipped in).   The slightly longer length keeps you covered when you’re stretching or doing yoga.

Asquith Go To Bamboo Vest

Cobalt tank top Asquith

For lounging at home or wearing directly after a gym class, I have the Blissful Wrap in Charcoal. It is the same soft, dense, bamboo fabric as the vest, and I particularly love the neckline (which I didn’t arrange very well in the photo below, sorry).

Asquith Bamboo Blissful Wrap

I always like to discover and support small businesses run by women, but especially when they have Alice Asquith’s ethos.  Asquith is exactly the kind of business I like to promote on this blog– every item of clothing is responsibly manufactured in a family-run factory, their organic cotton has a low carbon footprint, and their bamboo is a luxuriously soft and sustainable fabric fibre.  You can read more about Asquith’s fabrics here.  Although the brand (and Alice herself) is mostly focused on bamboo yoga clothes, the products certainly work well for a weight-lifting cardio-lover like me.  Because I love the tactile fabrics so much, I’d like them to consider making sleepwear in the near future as well!

One last point that I particularly appreciate is the lack obvious logo or branding on any of Asquith’s clothing.  I can’t stand that most athletic brands cover you in their logos.  I could never do the Tour de France for that very reason; wearing all of those sponsor brands plastered all over me would kill me before I ever reached the finish line.  Also, I loathe cycling :-).  The seven reflective dots on the bamboo yoga leggings pictured below are the discreet logo.

Nike Air Max 97

Asquith bamboo organic leggings

Thank you to Asquith for sponsoring this post, and for the fantastic gym gear.  The world would be a better place if more brands had their values.

P.S.  I know some of you will ask, yes they do ship internationally.

P.P.S. If you want to try any of their things, sign up to their mailing list and you’ll get a 15% discount on your first order.

P.P.S. I broke the card reader in my main camera this week (don’t ask) so it is in for a four week repair, it is my son’s busy last week of school, and we’re flying to New York on Thursday.  I’m not sure when my next blog post will be, especially since the weather forecast in New York is not conducive to blog photos, but I’ll see you back in your Inbox as soon as I can!  xx

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle
    December 10, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    I’m very impressed with this brand for their considerably high ethics. However I’m not into work out clothes as I don’t work out or do yoga so am unlikely to hear of them. Thanks so much for doing this post Lisa, it’s a real eye opener for me. I’d definitely wear these top pieces as basics for every day & I’d absolutely wear the yoga pants as pjs!
    Good job 👍

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM

      Yeah, that’s why I’d like them to do sleepwear as well! Nothing like being wrapped up in delicious textures for bedtime. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    December 10, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    I have bookmarked your post. As soon as I have money again, I will order some of their stuff. I am due for new gear. So far I have used Nike which agreed with me very much. But I love to support a business like Asquith.
    Respect for exercising 5 times a week. My goodness. I do 2 x one hour per week and I think I am a hero (obviously not).
    You look absolutely perfect in that gear. What a figure.
    Greetje

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 11, 2017 at 10:35 AM

      I’m an irritable grouch to live with if I don’t go to gym nearly every day! I do it as much for those around me as I do for myself 🙂 Thank you, my friend. xx

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        No Fear of Fashion
        December 12, 2017 at 5:13 PM

        That means you actually LIKE exercising???? Gosh .. I wish I did. I hate it.

        • Reply
          Lisa
          December 13, 2017 at 9:23 PM

          Oh, I definitely do! The loud clubby music, the movement, the lack of anything else on my mind, the sweat, and the incremental changes you see in your strength… all very appealing to me! xx

  • Reply
    Patti
    December 10, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Great review, thanks for all the good info. I need to upgrade my workout wear; it’s pretty “vintage”. : >

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 11, 2017 at 10:34 AM

      Thanks Patti! I love buying from brands with these kinds of values. xx

  • Reply
    Suzy Turner
    December 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Not only are the clothes fantastic to wear, but they look fantastic on too – a big bonus! I LOVE the sweatshirt hoodie, especially with the longer length at the back.
    Great post, Lisa! Nice to see you looking equally glam in workout gear 😉
    Hugs
    Have a super fabulous time in New York!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 13, 2017 at 9:16 PM

      Thank you so much Suzy! You certainly are an expert on yoga and workout gear yourself. xx

  • Reply
    Lisa
    December 11, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Great job Lisa! I’d never heard of the Brand, but now it’s on my radar. The work out Janet’s sound great for running and walking with Frankie Rae!

    Lisa xo

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 13, 2017 at 9:16 PM

      Thank you, my lovely! I know you’d like them. xx

  • Reply
    Eva Alanis
    December 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    I can`t believe that you numbered exactly the things I consider super important in running bottoms.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 13, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Haha, the universal perfect leggings have to meet those criteria! xx

  • Reply
    Samantha Blair
    December 11, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    I love this post Lisa for a few reasons.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    The first is drawing my attention to this brand that I hadn’t heard of… (curses to my bank balance for not allowing my to treat myself just now). I’m getting into gym gear and would like to try something other than pieces picked up in the sale rail at Asda :oP
    All of the “plus points” really appeal to me.

    The second is that glimpse of your beautiful dog!
    Gorgeous… I always smile.

    And the third is the fact you go to the gym 5 times a week and happily share it! Yes….me too!
    I’m a new gym bunny.
    Having never stepped foot in a gym until last february I am now hooked!
    I’ve always been slim and am still the same weight/shape (ish)…. but I LOVE how strong I feel now.
    And I have toned limbs and my bum is no longer sliding down the back of my thighs.
    It’s addictive!!

    A fabulous post that ticked all of my boxes :o)
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

    P.S. Thank you so much for voting for me. I am touched and delighted!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 13, 2017 at 9:20 PM

      I’m so pleased you liked the post, Sam! I knew you were a Whippet lady, but I DIDN’T know you were a fellow gym bunny 🙂 You’ll like this brand; the fabrics are just amazing. xx

  • Reply
    LA CONTESSA
    December 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    ENJOY YOUR VACAY!!!!!!!
    LOVE THE LONGER BACKSIDE on the SWEAT SHIRT!THAT IS MY PET PEVEE TOO……..COVER UP!!!!!!!
    COME SPRING TIME you may want to try a SARONG around the exercise pant!!!!!!WORKS GREAT!
    HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS to YOU and YOUR FAMILY!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Happy Holidays to you too, my lovely! xx

  • Reply
    What Lizzy Loves (@whatlizzyloves)
    December 19, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Gorgoeus pieces Lisa. As you know, I love Asquith too and wear the leggings and top around the house A LOT. Have a wonderful break my darling and I look forward to catching up with you when we can xxx

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