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Gibson Girl is a new fitness wear brand that specialises in flattering, high performance, comfortable exercise clothes.

Gibson Girl was founded by an experienced technical womenswear designer from her desire to find fitness clothes that were functional and durable. All of the pieces have been carefully researched, designed and manufactured to ensure that they deliver everything you could possibly want from your exercise clothes.

I have been testing the Genius Vest, Sensation Tights and the On Point Tights out and i have so say i am really impressed - they are super comfortable and the attention to detail in the design is amazing. They somehow manage to hold you in but not restrict you, they are tight but flattering and feel good to wear!


Here is some more info on the brand from the founder Sam:

NAME OF BRAND: Gibson Girl

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: Launched April 2016, but design work began 1 year before

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Sam Gibson - who has designed womenswear, technical outerwear and sportswear for major brands, in London and New York – from Whistles to Barbour to Musto.

WHY WAS IT CREATED: I adore fashion and have done since being a little girl. With experience, I’ve become more excited by the challenges of designing within a specific brief where clothes have to be functional and fit for purpose than what’s this season’s hem height or what’s the new black.

As I started to work out more regularly, the more I found it harder to shop. Even with so many new brands emerging, I stuck with my “big brand” black tights… so boring! I wanted stylish, but it had to perform. There were so many things I didn’t want – crazy prints, skinny straps on tops that you struggle to get off when sweaty. Like so many women today I spend my life juggling kids, work, etc… I need things to be easy!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: “Flattering” was the word that women kept repeating during our research. It’s taken a year of development to land on the best fabrics that support and sculpt the body that are not compression wear. From strap widths, to silicone care labels , precise zip positioning to the placement of reflective panels for outdoor safety and sweat wicking on ALL styles – EVERY design detail has been considered.

The story behind the brand name is a fundamental part of our ethos – I really wanted it to be relevant and have meaning. When I came across The Gibson Girl Vogue illustrations it was a lightbulb moment. They were lesser known early feminists from the Edwardian era – paving the way for the suffragettes and for the 1st time exercise was part of a woman’s lifestyle. They were independent, educated, sociable and glamorous. They made Athletic girls fashionable and socially acceptable. It was the perfect name.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: The On Point Tights - The ultimate design and production challenge – to create a super flattering pair of leggings that would tick every single box. Our customers tell us we’ve made it. These have been designed to be worn for EVERYTHING… spinning, running, interval training, school run...

The Genius Vest - When I told people I was designing a fitted vest with horizontal stripes, people thought I was crazy – but the Genius vest is one of the most flattering tops ever – It makes everyone’s waist look much smaller!

Warrior Zip thru - This super stretchy zip thru jacket is THE activewear piece that we are the most proud of - when we run 10k in the cold, we are truly thankful for its abundance of design features. Or just grab it as you're running out for a gym session. We wear it every day!


The world of sports trainers is confusing! There are so many variables and things to consider it's hard to know where to start. So I have asked sport and fitness expert Eleanor to simplify it for us:

Hello and welcome to my second blog for the lovely Zoe. Like her, I enjoy a natty outfit or five (or one thousand) and luckily, due to the vast range of sportswear now available on and off the high-street, spending 90%* of my time in gym kit doesn’t mean I, or you, can’t look as awesome as you do in your daywear. *other 10% = pajamas

Second ONLY to the sports-bra (which I covered a few posts back) in terms of importance to your physical comfort and performance during a workout are your trainers. As with your bra, please do consider spending a bit more money on a decent pair. Your knees, ankles, back and neck can all be affected by a poor choice of trainers which could lead to postural problems, joint pain, shin splints or worse.

I very strongly recommend going to a reputed outlet to buy your trainers. SweatShop or Runners World are both excellent for choice and an expert will help you pick the right shoe for your needs. Make sure you bring a pair of socks with you so you can be fitted properly. If you run a lot you will need a trainer with good shock-absorption, and a nice sturdy sole. For less impactful movement, such as weights, bike-work or yoga, you can go for something with more flexibility.

Support is essential no matter what kind of exercise you do. Pretty please never EVER work out in Converse or any shoe that is flat-soled. Pick a shape that suits the height of your arches – higher arches need a more flexible trainer whereas flat- footed customers will need more stability. Try on a few pairs and if you can, have your gait tested (this will be done on a treadmill). Make sure you try both the left and right shoe on and don’t be afraid to walk around the shop – the last time I bought a new pair of trainers I was in for at least an hour!

It is unfortunately important to replace trainers at least once a year, especially if used every day. I know this may seem extravagant but exercising in worn-out shoes is one of the most common causes of injury.

Best for Running/Cardio – Adidas Ultra Boost (£130).  

The Boost truly is the Goddess of running shoes. Insanely comfortable, they will mould to your foot shape after just a few wears and are supported from beneath your feet with energy-returning cushioning. The breathable fabric prevents them from smelling which is a bonus if you use them daily. The fashionistas amoungst you can buy the Stella McCartney for Adidas pair for just a few extra quid.

Best for Flexibility/Ballet Barre/Gym Floor etc – Reebok RealFlex (£45)  

I LOVE this trainer for teaching spin, strength sessions and movement based exercise. I have quite wide feet and they slide into these uber-supple kicks like magic. They’re perfect for shorter runs or treadmill work, but I prefer to keep these beauties for indoor workouts as the flexible build really allow my feet to move and breathe in the way a running trainer doesn’t.


It's January and (as usual) i've vowed to get fit and tone up, but this year its really going to happen because i've teamed up with Personal Trainer and Nutritionalist Eleanor.

Eleanor became a Personal Trainer because she wants to help people understand fitness, health and diet and in turn help them discover a lifestyle which makes them not only look healthier but feel more positive, confident and in control. (If you need this then give her a call!)

So being in the business of fashion (and boobs) I have been thinking about what i'm going to wear to get fit in and one of the most important things to get is a decent Sports Bra. There are so many different styles out there it gets very confusing to work out what to go for, so we've made it simple: 

Here is the advice from the pro on her top two Sports Bras and what to look for: 

Hello and welcome to my first post for Dress Like A Mum. Delighted to be involved in helping all you awesome mums (and maybe some non-mums!) out with some useful nuggets regarding fitness, food and general frolics.

So let’s discuss sports bras – it’s absolutely ESSENTIAL to invest in a good one; essential to your boobs, your back and your overall comfort whilst you’re working out. Spend as little or as much as you want on workout clothing, but please do spend a few extra bob on a good bra.

If this was a women’s magazine there would follow 20 different options for various different physical pursuits: ‘Best for Yoga’, ‘Best for Running’, ‘Best for Brunch with the Girls’ (yes I’ve actually seen this one) but who has the time or money to shop for all these bras – believe me when I say a good one will last you at least a year worn regularly, and see you through whatever kind of exercise you like to partake in.

I would 100% encourage you to get fitted properly in-store, as and when possible. Like with the every-day bra, a common mistake in purchasing sports bras is to choose one that isn’t the correct size.

There are a few things to look for when it comes to shopping for the right bra. Your boobs will move in all directions when you workout so support around the whole circumference is vital. Those with smaller chests might prefer a shelf-bra, whilst bigger boobs will almost certainly be more comfortable with individual cups. Make sure there is adequate strappage (definitely a word) at the back no matter how big or small you are – the movement created by your breasts will need that support from both front and back. And finally – the minute anything starts to fray, sag or display fibres its time to get a new one.

My top pick for big boobs: the Active Multi-Sport Support Bra, Shock Absorber This racer-back bra is exceptionally comfortable as well as being hugely supportive. The cup size goes up to a 40E and the cool crop-top design includes integrated sports bra support. You will love this bra – fact. 

From £18, available from Sweat Shop, Fig Leaves, John Lewis

My top pick for small boobs: the Nike Pro Classic Bra, Nike This bra’s compression keeps everything in place, but without underwire or padding it’s super comfy for smaller boobed fitness fans. The dri-FIT fabric will keep you nice and dry and this bra is stylish enough to double up as a top for those brave enough to bare their midriffs down the gym.