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Spell & The Gypsy Collective’s latest activewear line is a lesson in boho athleisure

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The cult Byron Bay fashion label has launched its second activewear line and, unsurprisingly given their dedicated fan-base, it's already started to sell out.

If you've ever been to Byron Bay, you've probably seen Spell & the Gypsy's romantic dresses wafting down the main street. The fashion brand started as a market stall in 2008, but is now a bonafide global player – turning over a reported $1 million a month.

The secret formula? Sisters and co-founders Elizabeth and Isabella Abegg were able to perfectly distill the relaxed and bohemian vibes of their adopted coastal home into clothes that celebrities, mums and gypset-hopefuls loved (and looked good in) in equal measure.

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Boasting a cool one million followers on Instagram, and with their new season apparel lines regularly selling out, the duo worked for two years on a new goal: sustainably-made activewear for the bohemian yogi – launching their first collection in July of last year. Which, unsurprisingly, sold like buckwheat, gluten-free pancakes.

The second activewear line for the fashion juggernauts launched online this week, with the concise capsule collection featuring retro micro-floral prints and romantic details that devoted Spell customers are sure to appreciate.

Ruched bustlines, contrasting trims and the perfect after-yoga cover-up by way of a vintage rock 'n' roll tee will separate wearers from the ubiquitous block-coloured, speed stripes of the urban-dwelling yoga-lattes crowd.

But the best bit is the focus on sustainable fabrics and production that has gone into this pretty wares: with all pieces using "preferred eco-fibres of 76% recycled polyester and 24% elastane" – which requires less water and 70% less energy than virgin polyester, while also aiding in reducing landfill. Which is no surprise, given the label's strong commitment to reducing their environmental footprint.

Cute leggings that don't hurt the planet? Sold. If that floats your downward-dog loving boat, may we suggest get it here before it's gone.

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Super cushy running shoes may not be your friend

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While a thick-soled running shoe feels comfortable, new studies show that a thinner style may be better for your stride.

There’s something cloud-like about a maximalist sneaker. All that cushioning is extra bouncy and it feels like you’re running on air.

But it turns out that not being able to feel the road underfoot is affecting your gait.

A new study that compared the effects of maximalist vs neutral sneakers over the course of a 5km run found that “runners exhibited increased impact forces and loading rate when running in a maximal versus neutral shoe. Because increases in these variables have been associated with an increased risk of running-related injuries, runners who are new to running in a maximal shoe may be at an increased risk of injury.”

It’s because runners are landing on their feet harder, thinking that there’s more protection from all that cushioning. This means they’re more susceptible to pronate more, which is when their ankles roll inward as they take off.

But then this study of the minimalist, webbed-foot sneakers that were all the rage a few years ago showed that in some cases, it increased injuries compared to standard sneakers.

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So what to do?

Assistant professor of kinesiology at San Jose State University, J. Hannigan, said thicker soles contributed towards more ankle movement.

“If you extend a shoe’s height, it will tend to be more unstable,” he told the New York Times.

Then there’s this study that says while maximal running shoes are increasing in popularity, their greater loading rates, impact forces and the eversion mechanics in these styles “may indicate an increased risk of injury.”

So don’t just reach for the thicker soled sneakers just because they’re all the rage. Visit a speciality sports store to get fitted for the right pair for you.

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We’ll take one of everything from P.E Nation’s H&M collaboration

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Launching globally in stores and online on March 5th, the Australian activewear brand has worked hard on a sustainable collection to bring P.E Nation's unique aesthetic to the legging-loving masses.

If you're a lover of activewear, Pip Edwards' and Claire Tregoning's success story is probably not new to you. The best friends and business partners started their fashion/street/sportswear brand P.E Nation back in March of 2016, and now – almost exactly four years on – the duo are celebrating a big milestone; a global collaboration with blockbuster Swedish fashion chain, H&M.

The capsule collection riffs on P.E Nation's distinctive take on retro sportswear, but with a modern nod to sustainability – using organic cotton and recycled polyester throughout the 30-piece capsule, which includes swimwear, shoes and accessories, as well as apparel.

The price point will no doubt prove a drawcard for those who love the P.E 'look', but may not want to cough up $150 for a pair of leggings. Tanks start from $49.99, leggings $79.99 and statement outerwear for $89.99 – significantly less than the brand's full-price offering.

Working within a contained palette of pastels teamed with black, beige and white, the collection covers the sartorial territory that P.E Nation does best – gym-to-street; with oversized windbreakers, pleated maxi skirts and logo tees making the transition from Pilates to brunch not only seamless, but also stylish.

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Co-founders Edwards and Tregoning expressed their excitement for their latest project, saying “With the H&M collaboration, we want women all over the world to live a more confident, vibrant, fashionable life whilst juggling her fast-paced urban existence.The collection can be worn all day, every day, whilst being flexible, functional andstyle-led. All the pieces work so well together – it’s very easy to mix and match.”

The collection launches in H&M stores in Australia (and globally), as well as online, on March 5th, and by the looks of this it's going to sell its side-striped socks off. See below for some of our favourites from the range.

P.E Nation x H&M collection:

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