As the cooler weather sneaks up on us, we need to start transitioning our wardrobe. This applies to our autumn activewear as well. Early morning and evening workouts are getting a little cooler and require an additional layer and perhaps some longer leggings. Since we’re fortunate to have pretty great weather all year round, layering is always the best option for our moderate climate. Don’t forget to play with colours too. This autumn, pink and burgundy are mixed up with aqua or turquoise for a wonderful summer-meets-autumn colour palette. This is how we’re layering our autumn activewear.
LAYERING FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Vests – the essential autumn activewear layer
These are perfect for layering, and ensuring you don’t overheat. Ideal for your early morning, or evening, outdoor workouts. Wear a lightweight vest over your short-sleeve workout tee as we approach autumn. As we transition into winter, wear it over your long-sleeved top or base layer.
1. Puma Performance Culture Surf Cover Up, White. On sale for R999 (normally R1649) BUY
2. Reebok Performance Running Woven Vest, Black. On sale for R749 (normally R1189) BUY
3. Puma Performance Explosive Sleeveless Hoodie, Black. R869 BUY
Cooler weather base layer
The perfect base for layering. Wear under a vest during autumn or light anorak when it gets even cooler.
1. Nike Milly Top, Grey. R499 BUY
2. Hi-Tec Lady Dusi Base Layer, Black. On sale for R289 (normally R409) BUY
I have a ton of these in my closet. They’re great for lightweight protection from cool mornings and cooler breezes when you don’t want your arms exposed. They can also be tied around your waist if you find that you’re over-heating. The optimal layer is a lightweight jacket where the sleeves zip off, easily converting it into a vest. Sadly though, I haven’t been able to find (a suitably fashionable) one since I purchased a grey Adidas one years ago. It’s still one of my favourite transition layers though.
1. Reebok Packable Anorak, White. R1599 BUY
2. Nike Essential Jacket, Aqua. R1049 BUY
PRE-AND-POST WORKOUT TRANSITION LAYERS
Make sure to keep suitably warm before and after workouts. No need for heavy sweaters or fleece jackets just yet. These lighter zip-up and trendy meshed options are ideal for our autumn weather.
1. Reebok Performance Studio Favourites Jacket, Black. R649 (normally R1179) BUY
2. Mango Zip Sweatshirt, Grey. On sale for R468 (normally R699) BUY
3. Puma Transition Cover-Up, Pale Pink. R599 BUY
4. Puma Burn Out Crew Sweater, Black. On sale for R719 (normally R1199) BUY
The essential classic grey crew neck sweater
One of the most versatile fashion layers, no activewear wardrobe is complete without one. The great thing about this layer is that it effortlessly crosses-over into everyday wear.
1. New Balance Essential Crew, Grey. R799 BUY
2. Mango Embossed Text Sweatshirt, Grey. R301 (normally R449) BUY
3. New look Actually I can Slogan Jumper, Grey. R499 BUY
We’re transitioning our ¾ legging and shorts to 7/8 or full length leggings. The great thing is they make our legs look longer too!
Classic black with trendy mesh detail
1. Reebok Mesh Detail Tights, Black. R699 BUY
2. Puma En Pointe Legging, Black. R999 BUY
3. Adidas Performance SN TGT Tights, Black. On sale for R799 (normally R1279) BUY
4. Nike Performance Women’s Power Legendary Tights Mid-Rise, Black. R599 (normally R1129) BUY
Inject some colour
1. Reebok Classic Mesh Detail Tights, Burgundy. R699 BUY
2. Reebok Memphis Lux Bold Tights, Turquoise. R899 BUY
Why not complete your new autumn activewear wardrobe with some new training kicks!
1. Adidas Swift Run, Black. R1499 BUY
2. Adidas Performance Element V, White. R1099 BUY
3. Nike Air Max Jewel, White. R1499 BUY
4. Nike Air Presto Black, Multi. R1599 BUY
Inject some colour
1. Nike Dualtone Racer Elemental, Rose/Light Carbon. R1399 BUY
2. Nike W Loden, Pink. R1279 BUY
3. Adidas Swift Run, Dark Purple. R1499 BUY
4. Adidas Swift Run, Burgundy. R1499 BUY
For more inspiration on what to wear this autumn, read our article on Trends from SA Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018. You can even shop some of the trends in our most recent newsletter, which you can find here.
(Related post: Transitional Clothing – Fashion between Seasons.)
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