These yoga clothes from the Denise Keller x Vivre Activewear collection are sassy, stylish and empowering like the TV host.
Homegrown activewear brand Vivre Activewear just gave us more reason to stock up on yoga clothes.
Besides offering decently priced gear that’s designed for Asian women, Vivre has partnered TV host and yoga instructor Denise Keller to launch a capsule collection of activewear – arguably the most fashionable yet.
How it happened
The collaboration sparked off after Sylvia Lim, founder of Vivre Activewear, met Denise Keller at a magazine cover shoot. “We fell in love with the warm, bold and confident vibes Denise exudes,” said Sylvia.
On the other hand, Denise found Vivre Activewear’s apparel to be “comfy, elegant and fitting”. This led to a natural partnership to design a capsule collection that would reflect Denise’s style and character, as well as incorporate elements from her experience as a yoga teacher.
The design philosophy: to empower women and make them look and feel good about themselves – especially new mums who have undergone physical changes.
We must say, the collection is pretty impressive – sassy, sculpting and mostly comfy. It consists of the Empower Active Sports Bra ($54), Poise Active Crop Top ($58), Smile-Asana Loose Tank ($39), and Merriment Mesh Performance Tights ($79).
We tried three of the pieces, and here’s what we think.
The Merriment Mesh Performance Tights ($79) come with a high waistband to cover up bulges – perfect for anyone who’s tummy-conscious. The waistband hugs your curves without compressing, so you still have room to eat. The material is soft, so you could fold the waistband down if you like it low. Mesh panels are positioned across the thighs and shins for a hint of playfulness.
Besides the sculpting effect, what we really like about these leggings are the pockets. They are discreet – one on each side – and strategically placed a few inches below your hips so you can tuck your phone, card or keys into the pockets easily. Each pocket is wide enough to hold an iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 8 Plus comfortably without a phone casing.
The Merriment Mesh Performance Tights are available in black, white and dark blue.
The sports bra
One thing we love about Vivre Activewear sports bras is the padding. The bra paddings are just the right thickness and firmness, accentuating the bust without being obscene. Small-chested women will appreciate this.
The Empower Active Sports Bra ($54) from this Denise Keller x Vivre Activewear collection hits the right spot again, giving the illusion of bigger boobs without overdoing it. The bra cuts lower than usual to reveal more flesh, with thin straps running over the neckline to add detail.
We would give this bra full marks, if not for the fact that the cutting feels a wee bit off. The band sits slightly lower than typical sports bras, and is too stiff for our liking. We took a size M – one size up from our usual size – as the size S band felt stifling. Definitely try this before buying.
The Empower Active Sports Bra comes in black, vermilion and dark blue.
The tank top
Just looking at this Smile-Asana Loose Tank ($39) puts a smile on our faces.
In yoga, “asana” refers to a specific yoga posture, so “Smile-Asana” means a smiling posture.
Denise says of her inspiration: “As a yoga teacher, I love to see my students smile in class. It’s part of my daily mantra and really helps to boost the mood collectively. Sometimes we need these little reminders in life.”
The tank top is great for casual wear – loose fitting but not baggy, as it ends just below the belly button. It has oversized armholes to show off your bra, and also gives the illusion of a larger chest.
The Smile-Asana Loose Tank is available in black and white.
The Denise Keller x Vivre Activewear collection will be sold online at www.vivreactivewear.com, and at the #B1-04 Wisma Atria store from December 14.