We talked about all things related to activewear (how to choose, try and buy) at Outfyt, a local eco-conscious activewear shop in Haji Lane.
Hands up if you have a wardrobe bursting with activewear that you are wearing only a few pieces of.
That was nearly all of us at a sustainable shopping event at Outfyt, an up-and-coming eco-conscious activewear. These days, it’s so easy to buy stuff, and want more stuff, thanks to online shopping and Instagram.
Activewear comes in all forms: different designs for different activities, different colours, different prints, and so on. New brands are popping up on the market, new collections are launched, and signature pieces keep getting updated, making it seem like there’s no end to activewear shopping.
While that is true – because we all need to replace activewear after a prolonged period of use, or buy new ones to support our lifestyle needs – know that not all activewear is made equal.
On a Thursday evening (November 7), a group of Shape readers gathered at Outfyt’s store at 35 Haji Lane to learn more about sustainable fashion, as well as how to shop and care for activewear.
Shape editor Estelle kicked off the event by asking everyone to think about their activewear consumption patterns, and shared about her personal relationship with activewear.
She then called on everyone to consider three major qualities when shopping for activewear. “For activewear to be worth the investment, it should be timeless, comfortable and durable,” she said.
“The designs at Outfyt come in flattering cuts and classy colours that won’t go out of style. And if you were to try on the sports bra and leggings, you will find that they are one of softest, stretchiest and smoothest around.”
While we haven’t worn the Outfyt pieces to heavy-duty workouts over a period of time to test their durability, we’re sure that they would do well.
Outfyt’s fabric is made from regenerating nylon waste
Founded by Stephanie Colhag Yeo who was brought up in an eco-conscious environment by her Swedish mum, Outfyt apparel is made from recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets and unwanted fabric scraps. The waste is regenerated into virgin-quality nylon yarn (the same as brand new nylon) that can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again.
The regenerated nylon is then blended with Lycra to form a tough fabric that’s said to withstand degradation from chlorinated water, as well as heat and sunscreen lotions up to 10 times longer than typical fabrics.
So confident is Stephanie of the fabric’s resilience and non-sheerness, she got her model, dancer Charlene Clyde, to drop into low squats and lunges to show us.
To preserve the lifespan of activewear, Stephanie said that rule number one is to avoid using fabric softeners. “Fabric softeners will block the moisture-wicking ability of your activewear, causing it to get smelly faster than you’d expect.”
And rule number two? Always use a laundry bag for activewear during machine wash. Conveniently, all apparel purchases at Outfyt come with a laundry bag.
Outfyt apparel can be worn for any occasion
Whether you’re going to lift weights, dip in the pool or attend a late-night party, chances are you can probably rock the same Outfyt piece. So in essence, an Outfyt apparel will give you more mileage than you think.
Said Stephanie: “Being an eco-conscious and sustainability-focused brand, the thought behind each design is that it should be multi-use. For example, the Italian fabric we have chosen to use is suitable for sportswear, swimwear and casual wear.”
After trying out the pieces ourselves, we can safely agree with Outfyt’s claim that “all of our designs are highly functional for the gym, comfortable enough for a snuggle on the couch with your cat/dog as well as fashionable enough for that night out or music festival”. Yes, yes, and yes.
These fitness enthusiasts road-tested Outfyt outfits
For the event, we invited several fitness enthusiasts to trial and style Outfyt apparel according to their lifestyles and preferences. They also shared tips on choosing activewear for their daily needs.
For Shape Fit Girl 2018 winner Roxanne Gan, who does yoga and high-intensity interval training, comfort and functionality are at the top of her criteria. She added that it was “love at first sight” when she saw the sand-coloured sports bra and leggings set.
“This was the first set I tried and I simply decided on it because it felt so ‘me’. The colour is unique. Plus, I love how comfortable the high-waisted leggings are,” she said.
Shape Fit Girl 2019 winner Ng Hui Ru, a wellness coach and an F45 Training instructor, confessed that she was drawn to the gorgeous designs at Outfyt. “When you look good, you’ll feel good, and vice versa. When that happens, you’ve won half the battle in the gym already.”
When it came to yoga instructor Naomi Huth’s turn, she emphasised the importance of comfort in order to wear activewear all day and anywhere. She praised her Outfyt sports bra: “I have very broad shoulders due to competitive swimming in my younger days, so I’m very conscious of how I look in sports bras. I love how this bra fits me perfectly without over-exposing.”
For actress-host Naomi Yeo who does Bikram yoga regularly, opting for the bra with a front zip was a no-brainer. “Bikram yoga takes a lot of mental strength, and also makes you sweat buckets. This design lets me remove the bra easily when I’m sweaty. It also helps me look put-together,” she shared.
Versatility ranks high for Barbara Latimer, whose challenge is to switch looks effortlessly between back-to-back hosting gigs and workouts, such as weightlifting and boxing. She said: “I’m always thinking about how to streamline my packing, and how to make one piece work for more than one occasion. This sports bra looks nice, and pairs well with high-waisted pants. If I’m feeling good or sexier, I’d lose the jacket and wing it on a night out.”
After the sharing session, we jumped right into the other highlight of the night: shopping.
Everyone had their turn at the fitting room, to try the pieces they heard so much about. Leveraging the event-exclusive 20% storewide discount, almost everyone purchased at least one Outfyt apparel each.
Each person also walked away with a branded cap from Outfyt, as well as passes to the most popular yoga event in Singapore, Shape Yoga 2019.
Now, that’s what we call conscious shopping, with plenty of rewards.
Outfyt’s store is located at 35 Haji Lane, and open from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Shop online at www.shopoutfyt.com.
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