Review: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Activewear Collection

Rosie for Autograph Active Crop Top and Wide Leg Trousers

Treadmills at the ready! We put Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new activewear range for M&S to the ultimate test…

Everyone has their New Year’s resolutions, and for me, it’s to lose a few pounds so I can be fit and fabulous for my sister’s wedding in July. As luck would have it, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has launched her new activewear collection for Marks & Spencer right in time for me to get on the personal training wagon.

The collection, inspired by dance and movement, includes pieces featuring ballet-inspired super-soft fabrics, ballet wrap-style layers and mesh detailing, in a fresh spring colour palette of vintage blush and charcoal, with a hint of blurred florals.

I put these four key pieces from the collection to the test, here’s my verdict:

 

Rosie for Autograph Active

Rosie for Autograph Activewear Medium Impact Sports Bra Grey 

Of all the things I would need before starting my personal training sessions, a good sports bra is the most important. I need support, I need comfort and I need control. Being an average size 12, I tried a size medium bra but unfortunately, after a few minutes of attempting to pull it down over my chest (there’s no open fastening), it wasn’t going on, so I had to exchange it for a bigger size, which fitted well. M&S describe the bra on their website as an ‘ultra comfort sports bra, ideal for yoga, pilates and other low to medium impact activities’. I have to say, after testing it out during a few PT sessions,  I agree. I felt secure, comfortable (the fabric is satin soft) and I felt ready for some hiit training! However, as top heavy woman, putting on a bra that you have to pull down over your boobs rather than having a fastening at the back, lets this bra down.

Score: 8/10

Rosie for Autograph Racer Back Vest

I was really looking forward to trying out the racer vest in my PT session as I love the charcoal colour and the style. However, now after the bra fiasco, I knew I would have to wear it without a supportive bra. Not ideal. But the vest has a handy support bra hidden inside! So I popped it on (without the bra) and set off for my PT session. During this session I tried a spot of boxing, (great when you are aware you’ve got minimal support) but I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to complete all the rounds of boxing without flashing and during the session I felt supported. I totally forgot I was bra-less!

Score: 9/10

Rosie for Autograph Active Cropped Long Sleeve Top Pink

Now, a crop top isn’t something I would usually wear, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to trying this out. But I finally plucked up the courage to put it on and head off to my workout. This session included a lot of weights, burpees and press ups and the top stayed put throughout! I will admit though, after feeling a bit self-conscious, I did swap back to the racer back vest half way through the session. Those with washboard abs will love this pretty design, it just wasn’t my style.

Score: 5/10 

Rosie for Autograph Active Cropped Legging Grey 

My initial reaction after spying these M&S leggings was ‘how the hell am I going to get these on?’ The leggings looked tiny and looked at least a size 6-8, rather than the 12 that the label promised. After summoning up the strength to pull them on over my hips, I got them on! Turns out looks can be deceiving. One thing I loved about these leggings was the feel of them; like the bra and the vest, they are super soft and didn’t feel like harsh synthetic sports material that I am used to. I have to say, throughout my hour-long PT session, during which I was lunging and doing multiple rounds of the dreaded burpees, I really felt secure that they wouldn’t fall down or burst open. Result!

Score: 8/10 

 

 You can see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s full activewear collection for Marks and Spencer here

 

 

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