Never underestimate the power of a brand new wardrobe purchase.
You know when you buy yourself a brand new piece of activewear and the urge to hit the gym immediately overcomes you? You just need to go and sweat in your new lycra. That feeling has a science behind it and it’s called ‘enclothed cognition‘. Basically, it refers to the idea that what you wear has a psychological influence on your behaviour.
So, just as a pair of glasses might make you feel smarter, a schmick workout kit might make you hit the gym a little harder.
With this information in mind, here are the 9 slickest gym totes on the market today. You’re really gonna wanna believe in EC if you’re dropping mad dosh on one of these.
Y-3 – BLACK NEOPRENE QASA GYM BAG
Y-3 is luxe. Not only is it luxe, it’s also cool, and not at all obvious. Everyone knows a Prada (and the associated cost) when they see one – a Y-3 piece will fly under the radar of the less fashion-savvy. This is good if you’re not ostentatious but still love well-designed, high end goods. This bad boy boasts tonal grosgrain and leather trim throughout, an adjustable shoulder strap and is all black errything, meaning it won’t clash with even your most abrasively fluro activewear.
11 BY BORIS BIDJAN SABERI – BLACK WATERPROOF DUFFLE BAG
This German-made duffle bag puts your 2009 Country Road one to absolute shame. It’s minimalist, with no abrasive hardware. It’s not just a pretty face either. It’s waterproof, and the carry handles are soft and padded for those days when you’re carrying your whole life with you. You can wear it as a backpack too.
STATE OF ESCAPE – ESCAPE BAG IN BLACK
This one’s perfect if you’re looking for a gym / holdall hybrid. It’s soft, oversized and made of neoprene so it’s easy to clean and super durable. There’s an internal pouch too that means your valuables will stay safe. Best of all? It’s Australian made
TRANSIENCE – BLACK SCUBA YOGA BAG
This is so structurally pretty. It folds down to nothing so you can slip it under your bed, even though you’ll be using it for gym, work and everything in between.
LONGCHAMP – LARGE LE PLIAGE TOTE
These bags blew the hell up a few years ago, and have enjoyed relatively steady popularity ever since.
It’s a water-resistant nylon tote which make it a cinch to clean while still looking respectable, thanks to an embossed leather trim. Its medium-length handles mean it’ll easily swing under your arm of over your shoulder and not be at an awkward length.
DIESEL – BLACK L-SIGNATURED BAG
Again, this is a real bag that appeals to the more understated among us, but the detachable grosgrain shoulder strap in electric blue set it apart. Good sized, made in Italy, what more could you want?
NO KA’ OI – SQUARE PANEL BASE BACKPACK
Yogis, rejoice: here’s a bag you could easily slip your mat into, along with your towel and water bottle. It stands up on its own and has a lil’ string so you can close the bag around whatever you’ve got jutting out. Great design/10.
MM6 MAISON MARGIELA – BLACK RUBBER DUFFLE BAG
There’s no structure to this one, meaning you can back it to its rims. It’s made out of cotton and plastic, but it’ll still set you back a week or so’s pay.
TED BAKER – BATTON HOLDALL
Classic styling and a smooth leather finish for a middle-of-the-road price make this one a solid piece indeed. You could easily take it to work with your gym gear inside and not feel like it’s ruining your outfit.
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