Irish Daily Mail

Is it time to end the obsession with skimpy gym gear?

As Ivanka Trump steps out in figure-hugging sportswear...

- by Hannah Betts

AS THE rest of us felt hot and bothered merely confrontin­g an Irish summer heatwave, Ivanka Trump was photograph­ed in a 31-degree Miami swelter, squeezed into sausage-skinlike athleisure­wear.

Not only this, but said outfit, worn as she walked her dog, was actually sausage-like in colour, meaning that — from a few steps away — the former First Daughter would have appeared naked in her leggings and crop top.

With her imposing bosom and slim frame, the look (top) was ‘power Barbie goes to the gym without breaking a sweat’. Had her locks not been concealed by a cap, you can bet there would have been a hair toss.

We all know why women like Ivanka don high-performanc­e sportswear to do something resolutely unsporty. It’s a Yummy Mummy affectatio­n to show their lives are so busy and complex that they are forced to multi-task at all times.

Where, in 2001, they would have indicated this by clasping a Starbucks cup, now they opt for a permanent bum-sculpting, thigh-compressin­g, super-sweat-wicking, four-way stretch polyamide and elastane casing. ‘I can’t possibly do something as basic as getting changed for the day’s activities,’ it tells us.

‘I have to drop Fionn and Fiadh off at school, then power-walk to my interior design studio, while issuing directions to my domestic staff and home-brewing kombucha.’

It’s virtue-signalling meets the humblebrag meets school gates oneupwoman­ship. And, if their devotion to Lulu (Lululemon) and Bets (Sweaty Betty) means we get to check out their hot bods, then so much the better. However, just because you can carry something off, doesn’t mean you should.

It is an irony that posh PE kits have become all-day, everyday affairs just when we have never been less active. The nearest thing to physical exertion our Lulu Lovely is likely to achieve is lobbing a phone at the nanny while clambering into her SUV.

And if our heroine were more ‘ath’ than ‘leisure’, and did lunges between Zoom meetings, then, urgh — have a wash, lady! No one wants to get near man-made fibres that have been festering for several hours.

These looks are intended to pass for casual, but one only has to glance at Ivanka’s peach and lavender ensemble — socks matched to dog lead, hat to dog itself — to see through this piece of fake news.

These Lycra-ed ladies who lunch are trying so hard to look effortless that they might as well be dressed head-to-toe in Chanel. Although, obviously, they’d look a damn sight better if they were.

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