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How To Stay Stylish While Keeping Fit

Whether you’re diving into the pool or heading to HIIT, these local brands will keep you looking stylish even as you work up a sweat.

Just because you’re sweating it out a few times a week, doesn’t mean you don’t have to look good too! Whether you’re diving into the pool or heading to HIIT, these UAE-based exercise brands will keep you looking stylish, no matter the workout.


We’re obsessed with local brand yApparel, founded by Dubai-based yogi Dina Ghandour. Before you hit your next vinyasa, throw on its Sherman Bra Top and Tropical Kingdom High Waist Printed Legging, then grab your Holder 8 microfibre suede Fly Away yoga mat. Kata&Asana Toesocks complete the look.

Sherman Bra Top

aed 365 yApparel

Tropical Kingdom High Waist 7/8 Printed Leggings

aed 330 yApparel

Fly Away Yoga Mat

aed 395 Holder 8

Toesox Bellarina Full Toe

aed 90 Kata and Asana


Dubai start-up Squat Wolf does great high-waisted leggings that won’t slide down, and stylish medium-support sports bras to go with. This blue-and-white set doesn’t show sweat and provides compression as you run. Wireless Samsung headphones will keep your feet moving.

Stripes Sports Bra

aed 160 Squat Wolf

Squat Wolf Stripes Leggings

aed 160 Squat Wolf

Gear IconX 2018 Bluetooth Earphone

aed 569 Samsung


With faded blush-pink accents and cut-out details, these Lurv Time and Space leggings in blush are almost too pretty to wear to the gym. Add a matching Light Years bralette to keep everything chic even when you hit your 50th burpee. Slip on some Adidas Originals Pharrel Williams Hu Tennis shoes and a simple black tank to tie everything together.

Body Language Renee Tank

aed 265 Body Language

Stripes Sports Bra

aed 160 Squat Wolf

Lurv Light Years Bralette

aed 257 Lurv

Time and Space Leggings – Blush

aed 378 Lurv


Dubai-based swimwear brand Mavele tends toward a cheeky cut, but don’t let that put you off. Its tropical Sunset Palm one-piece, when layered with a Body Glove Look At Me Surf’s Up rashguard, is perfect for early morning Kite Beach swims. And for tunes? Try a waterproof Sony MP3 player.

Sunset Palm One Piece

aed 387.45 Mavele bia Shay Martian

Look At Me Surf’s Up RashGuard

aed 445 Body Glove

Sony NW-WS413 4GB Black Waterproof Walkman MP3 Player

aed 349 Sony

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