I’m not going to lie: while watching the Wimbledon final, I spent as much time celeb-spotting as I did watching the tennis. I saw all the big wigs there: Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant, Benedict Cumberbatch photo bombing Bjorn Borg….
…So it was a lovely surprise to receive an email two days afterwards that read ‘Born Borg supports you!’, and to receive a selection of items to try out from Bjorn’s sporting apparel collection. Over the past month, I have tested these items out rigorously – they have been on the cross trainer, been on the runner, submitted to weight training, to yoga, to Aqua aerobics… all the while contending with my growing bump.
The first thing that grabbed me about this brand were the colours: IÂ love bright clothes, especially to work out in. Looking down mid-workout and seeing a flash of colour when I’m tired gives me energy to carry on. According to their website, the brand is all about encouraging people to ‘feel active and attractive’.
It’s certainly how I felt when I wore their leggings. The pattern is eye catching but not garish, and the colours are bright but not enough to make you feel self conscious. Active and attractive definitely works. They are a tight fit, allowing for full mobility, and have zips at the ankle which helps short-stops like myself as it prevents the leggings from ruching up my legs (of course, they are also there to help you change your leggings without needing to take off your shoes).
One feature I really like about these leggings is the huge mesh panel behind each knee, which provides great ventilation. When I’m training for the London marathon, or should I ever try a spin class, that will definitely come in handy and prevent the all-annoying sweat party that happens behind my knees.
However, IÂ didÂ miss the special media pockets that my other capri leggings have: the wide pockets which hug your iPhone to the top of your thigh really tightly. These leggings have a standard zip pocket at the back – helpful for things like keys, gym cards, vaseline – Â but now that the iPhone has exploded in size, it doesn’t really fit in the pocket any more.
They also sent a bikini, which was really nice to wear. Again, the colour is bright and the design is pretty enough to make me feel , but sporty enough that I can wear it to Aqua class without looking like a fool among a collection of functional swimwear. Admittedly I’m a little …. larger…. than usual, but this bikini holds up well to Aqua classes, especially when we have to jump and spin to ‘It’s Raining Men’. Everything was held in place, and nothing popped out to say hello which shouldn’t have!
A few notes on the other items: the bag is large and spacious, with enough room for a change of clothes, towel, shower items, make up and my purse, and it’s lightweight material means it’s easy to carry and dries quickly. The pants are also lightweight and verrrrrrrryÂ comfortable, but as someone with an irrational fear of a visible panty line (I’m trying to work through it), I prefer to wear these pants with something a little less snug than leggings. I have seen that they do different style pants, including g-string and ‘cheeky’, so if you share the same irrational fear as me, you’ll still be able to find something that works.
It’s not like I need another reason to shout about how much I love SwedenÂ (and I really do), but now I have one: if you’re looking for sports clothes with a bit of character, but who don’t compromise on standards, then this is it. Â They are priced a little bit cheaper to brands such as Sweaty Betty, but more expensive than what you would find in Sports Direct or Rebel. However, they are durable and a pleasure to wear, so what you pay in Â£Â£$$ you make up for in comfort. You can order directly from the website, and House of Fraser seems to stock certain items. There is also a store at Wembley, but sadly I don’t think there are any stores in Australia. However, if you don’t mind ordering directly from the website, this is a really fun brand who combine lightweight, comfortable and durable materials with colourful and eye catching designs.
Disclaimer: Bjorn Borg sent me these clothes to try out, but this did not impact my review of them.Â