Sometimes referred to as the ‘second New Year’, September brings with it a sense of starting over, turning a new leaf after the excesses of holiday season.

Even long after leaving school, that new term feeling still hangs in the air come September, and now ‘back to school’ really means back to the gym – or the yoga studio, your regular running route or living room, if you discovered the joys of at-home workouts during lockdown.

As we head towards autumn, it’s time to switch up our sportswear, swapping shorts for leggings and adding loose layers for warm-ups.

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A breathable jacket or sweatshirt is a must for early morning runs or bike rides, and a cosy hoodie will stop you shivering in shavasana pose at the end of a yin yoga class.

What's trending in the fitness fashion world? Animal prints are still dominating, with leopard leggings a must-have this season.

Moving away from the brilliant brights of summer, cool khaki, autumnal reds, greys and cool blues are the shades to be seen in this season, as well as monochrome patterned pieces.

Want to work out in style? Here’s our pick of the most on-trend activewear this autumn…


Peachylean Burgundy Sports Bra, €34.99; Burgundy High Waisted Full Length Leggings with Pockets, €65

Aura Sports-Bra Zante, €33.00 and Sculpting Leggings Zante, €55 from Conscious Concept Apparel, an Irish sustainable activewear line.

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River Island Brown RI Active Leopard Print Zip Hoodie, €64

Dancing Leopard Halo Malala Yoga Leggings in Mono Leopard, €74.95

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Sweaty Betty Commuter Slim Long Sleeve Top, €90; Velo Padded 7/8 Cycling Leggings.