H&M workout gear – stylish, fun and functional

Before I start, you may notice that I’ve had a bit of a blog tidy up. As a result there may be a few glitches along the way – no-one’s fault, it’s just technology. However if that is the case, just let me know and I’ll do my best to sort them out (like the spacing and links for example!) And thank you for bearing with me!

Our eldest came to me the other morning. “Mum” she said “I had this horrible dream last night. I dreamt that you bought me 14 of the same workout tops and you told me that I had one for every day of the week. When I told you that there were only seven days in a week you said that I was working on a two week cycle.” Lucky her – 14 new tops!

Which got me to thinking about workout tops (not about the psychological damage I’ve clearly done to our 16 year old, which is what I probably should have been doing).

As I’m doing quite a bit of training for the London, Marathon, I’m washing a lot of workout gear and to be honest, a lot of my tops are looking a bit tired. Many of them are from Primark and they’ve served their time, so I thought that it was time for an update.

Which led me to H&M. One of our Birmingham stores has quite a good selection of fitness wear which I love rifling through when I have a minute. There doesn’t seem to be a link to the above sports bra which I love  (although I see it more as a cropped top to be worn over a sports bra) but I have linked to the selection of sports bras available. But to be honest it didn’t love me at all. It just wasn’t substantial enough to cover my less than insubstantial sports bra. Ho hum. I also picked up this 3 pack of hairbands for £1.99 because I loved the colours and my hair is irritating me right now as it’s at that yucky in between stage.

I really liked this top in the shop but the thing that I didn’t really like about it when I put it on the is that it looks all sweaty around the neckline (see below). Not a good look. Also, although it was £12.99 it didn’t seem any better than my usual £3.99 Primark cropped tops. So that will be a return then.

But I did like the vest, below and I’ve worn it already. Again, it’s not on the website but I’ve linked to the vests that are available. Everyone has really personal taste when it comes to vests but I prefer everything quite fitted, rather than flapping around.

For anyone who hasn’t checked out H&M active wear before, it’s great for something stylish, fun and functional. Plus there’s a great selection of bottoms, jackets and accessories too – so definitely worth a peek.


  1. Melanie Wall
    January 17, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Hi Beth, I love H&M running gear too – such great colours. I just wish my stomach looked as good as yours! I need to start training for a half marathon soon (apparently) so I'll look forward to wearing my stuff again. You definitely know what you're doing when it comes to the running/training/nutrition thing but with me it's "all the gear, no idea"!!!! Mel x

    • StyleGuile
      January 17, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Mel, oooh which half marathon are you going to do? How exciting to be getting back into training. And I'm sure that you have plenty of idea (personally I like the sound of lots of gear though!!) Thank you for dropping by! x

  2. Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Hope you don't mind me saying but your tum looks fantastic! Love the pearl nevcklace, do you have a link?cathy

    • StyleGuile
      January 17, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Hi Cathy, no that's absolutely fine for you to say that – thank you! The necklace was a 40th bday pressie from my sister – it's a shell dipped in silver, bought from a jeweller in Lewes but other than that I don't know I'm afraid. But I can try to find out! Beth

  3. I won't wear sludge brown
    January 17, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Funnily enough I was in Primark browsing sportswear just the other day and was really impressed with their collection. Haven't looked at H&M at all but feel a need to do so. Not that I'm training for a marathon or anything!! There really is no need to spend oodles in Sweaty Betty these days is there x

  4. StyleGuile
    January 17, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Hi Donna – I think that having new sportswear is very motivating isn't it? It's a bit like buying a new cookery book and going for it. Trouble is you then have to find other ways to keep motivated! But yes, the Primark stuff is fab. And as much as I love SB to look at, it's not really that realistic is it? Hope that you enjoyed your walk in the snow. x

  5. ChrisReynaud
    January 18, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Wow, you are looking very toned and un-wintery! My requirements re fitness gear are mainly centre round my boobs (putting it bluntly!). Who makes decent, truly comfortable and supportive bras for the chestier lass? I found some great ones at Victoria's Secret in the US last summer, but one does feel slightly armour clad. Still, better than The Bounce. Anyone know of any other brands? (I live in Switzerland, not a vast choice of retailers).

    • StyleGuile
      January 18, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Hi Chris – I came across the VS ones today and they looked amazing, PLUS they had an offer on so if you bought the bra, the leggings were free. My current ones are M&S as they have a pretty extensive choice. I'll ask around for you too!

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