The key is to create the illusion of long legs and you can do that by making your whole body appear longer. Wearing one colour from head to toe is the best way to create length. Wear shots that match the top you are wearing to form a visual column. Another way to make your legs look longer is to wear a colour that blends into your own natural colouring. For example, a lighter or softer colour will blend into your legs more than black or navy. Dark colours that make a horizontal line at the point where they end will make your legs look shorter. Keep your short styles well fitted but not too tight and try to wear one solid colour trainers with a little bit of height. If the trainers have a black or contrasting bottom they can take as much as an inch off your visual height. If you can’t bear the thought of going out dressed in one colour then try wearing tonal colours, for example, a version of the same colour such as light blue with medium blue. Just remember to match your shorts to your shoes! (Eve Roth Lindsay, Savvy Style, Colour Me Beautiful, www.savvystyle.com )
Most people want comfort in their sports clothes but that doesn’t mean you have to wear skin-tight Lycra or unflattering baggy track-suits. If you wear clothing that is comfortable and suits you, then you will be a winner in whatever you wear. All you need to do is find the styles that make you look your best! The trick is to learn how to show off your best features while hiding the ones you don’t want other to notice. We all know the advantage of looking good but some exercise clothing can be unbearably unflattering. Colour plays an important part in your choices. Red is speedy – there is a reason why fast food restaurants are always red! Dark colours are the most slimming and wearing monochromatic or tonal colours from head to toe will create the illusion of height.
Any tricks you can use to appear taller will automatically make you appear slimmer. A stripe running down the side of your arms or legs will make you look leaner as do vertical stripes. Be careful when wearing horizontal stripes because they have the opposite effect V-necks are lengthening as are zip-front hoodies because they bring the eye up and down with each zip.
The very best way to camouflage a problem area is to keep the style very simple in a darker colour. Always show off the areas that look good and hide the parts that don’t. If you want to bring attention to a certain area then you need to highlight that area with a different colour.
Before you go shopping for fitness clothing, think about the activity you will be doing and do a little research first. Whatever you need whether it is yoga pants, bike shorts or bra tops – look for the new quick dry, anti-bacterial and deodorant high-tech performance fabrics. Eclon fabric is excellent for keeping your skin cool and refreshed at all times. Don’t forget to treat your feet to something new too.
Dori Dainton, fitness instructor guru at the Hong Kong Cricket Club recommends a number of shops. Lululemon is perfect for aerobic wear and is new to Hong Kong. The quality is fantastic and has a range of spot tops with built in bra support and padding. The gusset in the pants makes them the most comfortable pants available in Hong Kong. Lululemon is available at Pure Fitness (8129-8000) IFC shop 3082 in Central. HI Impact Active (2834-7755) at 14B Coasia Building, 498 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay has an excellent brand called Rock Wear. If you are looking on the internet, try www.hotskins.com for good quality and fun Indian looking Yoga Tops. They will ship to Hong Kong
Eve Roth Lindsay – Savvy Style