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52 stylish gymwear pieces to invest in now for workout motivation

If the approach of 2018 has made you eager to get fit or set your next sporting challenge, then you're going to need the sleek kit to do it in. 

But gym kit these day is about so much more than old t-shirts and any old Lycra leggings. "Our customers are as discerning about their sportswear as they are about the rest of their wardrobes, and our brands are recognising this and it’s very much reflected in their designs," says Lisa Aiken, Retail Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter.

"I think people want to be able to mix brands more easily and wear their favourite leggings with a new sports bra for example, which was previously harder to do with slogan gym clothes of the past," Aiken adds. 

From investment pieces and technical must-haves to affordable gymwear updates, here's our edit of the fit kit you need now, whether it's a 5km run or Ironman triathlon you have your sights set on....

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Tracksuit bottoms that you can wear to work out and while lazing around. 

Drawstring track pant, £85, Jigsaw

These leggings come in a low, mid and high-rise fit. 

Ivy Park leggings, £40, Topshop

This chic navy bodysuit it ideal for dance, yoga or pilates. 

Body suit, £220, Ernest Leoty

Wear a vibrant sports bra underneath black for a pop of colour. 

Iris & Lilly medium impact sports bra, £10.99, Amazon Fashion 

Khaki is a flattering alternative to black when it comes to swimwear. 

Zip front one piece, £118, J. Crew

Wear this lilac jumper with tracksuit bottoms while lounging around the house and with leggings for working out. 

Lilac sweat, £70, Varley

A slouchy sweater is a gym kit staple. 

Graphic sweater, £25, Next

Inject some colour into your workout wardrobe with electric blue leggings. 

Aeance compression-panel performance leggings, £160, Matchesfashion.com 

These stretchy shoes are ergonomically engineered for maximum comfort. 

Suede slip ons, £85 to £42.50, Fitflop

If a star print yoga mat isn't enough to get you exercising we don't know what is. 

Bodyism printed yoga mat, £95, Net-a-porter

These printed joggers will look fabulous with a grey knit.

No Ka'Oi jogging pants, £240, Harvey Nichols

This long-sleeved suit is ideal for swimming outdoors. 

Long-sleeved swimsuit, £140, Patagonia

In need of a little extra motivation? Choose a multi-coloured pair of these popular trainers over monochrome.

Air Zoom fly knit trainers, £119.95, Nike

A lightweight jacket that can be worn with jeans as well as leggings. 

The Upside Ash logo-print performance jacket, £167, Matchesfashion.com 

This reflective jacket is perfect for evening runs. 

Reflective fleece hoodie, £49.95, Gap

A breathable t-shirt ideal for runners. 

Under Armour long sleeved top, £30, The Sports Edit

These statement leggings are an investment but will brighten up your workout a treat. 

Logo leggings, £280, Fendi

Monochrome jogging bottoms that will see you through January in comfort and style. 

Jogger trousers, £12.99, Zara

Super flattering leggings courtesy of Tory Burch. 

Tory Sport seamless cropped leggings, £85, Mytheresa.com