We’re a pretty healthy lot here at Style & Then Some, what with our exercise endeavours and diet diaries. Myself, I’m a runner, and once a week after work I do an hour of Pilates. Now, I don’t know about the other girls, but my usual workout wear is seriously sub-par, consisting off some old black running leggings that I borrowed from my Dad and a neon t-shirt I got a year ago that was relegated to Pilates classes only status when it turned out lime green wasn’t really my colour.
Clearly, I could do better.
So I was very excited when some samples arrived in the post from Carrot, Banana & Peach, the company that makes fitness gear that’s as sustainable as it is stylish.
Carrot, Banana & Peach was founded in the late nineties, inspired by a visit to the South East Asian rainforest, and specialises in yoga wear. The brand aims to create comfortable, great-looking clothing that’s responsibly manufactured, using fabrics derived from the likes of bamboo, beechwood and aloe vera, that are kind to both humans and the environment.
For week one of my new term of Pilates classes I donned my berry-coloured Aloe Vera Gathered Tank Top (above). With a built-in bra and cross-back straps I felt totally supported, even without a sports bra (there’s just no easy way to get one of those thing on is there?) and the aloe vera fabric is supremely softly and feather-light. Plus, my Pilates teacher was all like ‘who’s got a sexy new outfit today?’ so that was pretty nice.
Week two, I tried out a Modal Racer Back Long Top and Banana Roll Down Capri leggings (below). Modal is the liquid that naturally oozes out of beechwood trees and can be spun into yarn – no trees are chopped down to harvest it so it’s a highly sustainable product. Similarly, banana fabric is produced from the waste that’s left when bananas are harvested. Both are lightweight and absorbent, ideal for sweaty workouts.
Did my stylish new gear help my Pilates practice? I’m not sure it made me stronger or stretchier, but it was way comfier than my usual old duds, and I sure felt good in it. There’s definitely something to be said for getting kitted out properly in well-fitted, comfortable sportswear rather than relying on old hand-me-downs, especially when they’re so eco-friendly and chic. Gwyneth Paltrow eat your heart out, that’s what I say.