WORTH THE WEIGHTS

To stay stylish while break­ing into a sweat, we asked Jeanne Beker to pick some stel­lar work­out gear that will keep you look­ing cool while feel­ing hot

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Jeanne Beker’s 2015 guide to the hottest fit­ness wear to hit the

gym this win­ter

JEANNE BEKER Post City’s fash­ion colum­nist is one of Canada’s most trusted au­thor­i­ties on style, cov­er­ing the in­dus­try for more than 25 years as a jour­nal­ist, ed­i­tor, au­thor and speaker. Now, catch her on The Shop­ping Chan­nel pro­mot­ing her new epony­mous cloth­ing line.

A WIN­NER: TOP

TI­TIKA, 5 KARL FRASER RD., TOP $68, BOT­TOMS $66 “I’m very im­pressed with this la­bel. This tank is very fem­i­nine, very fig­ure-flat­ter­ing with the curves. There are beau­ti­ful criss-cross straps in the front — es­pe­cially sexy — and a beau­ti­ful racer back. I re­ally love their pants, too. The way th­ese mesh pan­els are lo­cated di­ag­o­nally would be slim­ming for the legs.”

B WIN­NER: BOT­TOMS

ADI­DAS BY STELLA MCCART­NEY AT SPORT­ING LIFE, MARKVILLE SHOP­PING CEN­TRE, TOP $65; NIKE AT SPORT­ING LIFE, BOT­TOMS $105 “I love this Stella McCart­ney top — this re­ally looks like leather. It’s not, but what a fan­tas­tic fab­ri­ca­tion. It just is a cool lit­tle top. I’d wear it out for cock­tails! And th­ese Nike pants? Wow! Like an op­ti­cal trip here. If you want to grab at­ten­tion at the gym, th­ese are the clothes to do it in.”

C Peppy prints

LOLE, BAYVIEW VIL­LAGE, TOP $58, BOT­TOMS $90 “Talk about the imag­i­na­tive prints! That’s what we’re re­ally see­ing in the ac­tivewear depart­ment as the cat­e­gory re­ally starts to blos­som and bur­geon and move in in­ter­est­ing fash­ion-for­ward di­rec­tions. This top is made out of a very silky fab­ric with a great stretch to it. The bot­toms have a draw­string at the top, a nice bit of mesh pan­elling and lit­tle pock­ets in the back.”

D Clean lines

JOE FRESH, VAUGHAN MILLS, TOP $39, BOT­TOMS $16 “This is a won­der­ful top — cer­tainly great to wear on the way to the gym or for run­ning or cy­cling out­side. We first started see­ing this waist­band on bot­toms a few years back with Lu­l­ule­mon. It’s not an orig­i­nal con­cept, but it’s one that works. But for $16 dol­lars?! They cer­tainly look good.”

E Put­tin’ on the glitz

LU­L­ULE­MON, THE PROM­E­NADE, TOP $52, BOT­TOMS $102 “They re­ally hit the jack­pot in the print depart­ment — a won­der­ful se­quin dig­i­tal print. Th­ese leg­gings are very high and have such a wide band — great for tummy con­trol — while this lit­tle top is so nice with the ad­justable straps. Re­ally so­phis­ti­cated.”

F Modernist ap­proach

MICHI AT GOT­STYLE DIS­TILLERY, 21 TRIN­ITY ST., BRA $95, TOP $195; UN­DER AR­MOUR AT SPORT CHEK, 9350 YONGE ST. #2, BOT­TOMS $94.99 “I re­ally love the mesh; I love the open­ness of it. It’s won­der­fully sexy and is meant to be worn with one of their bras. This is just a great lit­tle bra with a heck of a lot of style. Th­ese om­bré leg­gings re­ally look hand painted. Nice feel to them, nice weight.”

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