Hey there Beautiful People, today I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on Irish active wear brand Green Lamb Sport Performance Collection, a collaboration they embarked on with British Model Jodie Kidd at the beginning of this year. As you may already be aware, I wrote about this brand back in April this year and over the last few months I was lucky enough to be gifted a few of my favourite pieces from the collection so I can put them through their paces and report back on their perform across different sporting disciplines as well sharing thoughts on topics such as overall fit and feel, the wash test and cost all with the view to help you, the reader make an informed decision when choosing your next investment of active wear staples throughout this summer.
Upon first impressions whilst browsing the website, the performance collection had a nice spring / summer vibe to them despite the lack of vibrant bold colours I would usually associate with summer activewear pieces. Instead, light grays, pastel and marine blues and everyone’s go to black and white colour-ways make up this collection and love the fact all of the colours mentioned surprisingly pairs well together making it very easy for the customer to mix and match any items from this particular collection to create their favourite customised workout outfit.
Whilst all of the pieces looked equally great, my stand out favourites of the collection were the Full Zip SoftDri Hoodie, Printed Racer Back Topand the SoftDri Crop Leggings. Below are my detailed thoughts on the following items.
Green Lamb Full Zip SoftDri Hoodie
In general, hoodies can often be a bit of problem for me when it comes to the actual length on the arms. Being 5 feet 45 inches tall short, my limbs are not the longest and much to my annoyance, the arm length can go waaay beyond my wrists covering a third of my hands which often results in me sporting a rather unflattering ruched sleeves look!
This was not the case with the Green Lamb Sport Full Zip Soft Dri Hoodieordered in a UK size 12 as the arms length stopped at the base of my palm. I’m not sure how that scenario will play out for females considerably taller than I and I would advise that you check the websites sizing guide for exact measurements.
The fabric has an incredibly soft feel to it and is extremely stretchable giving the wearer a snug, close fit feel that almost sculpts to your body shape. I am pleased to confirm not once have I encountered a problem with either sticking or busting of the main zip at the front of the hoodie or the smaller one at the back where a discreet compartment can store small valuables during workouts.
This is a MAJOR thumbs up in my book as most clothing brands tend to design their garments with ridiculously cheap zips and fasteners that are renowned for completely busting after a short period of wear.
Top Tip: YKK zipsare the most trusted and reliable manufacturing brand whereas YCC zips are often the culprits of sticking / busting zips (speaking from experience). Green Lamb Sport Hoodies are made with YKK for added reassurance.
In relation to the numerous wash tests at 30 degrees and being left to hang dry on its own, I cannot stay that I have noticed any shrinkage, fading of the colour or general fraying at the steams. The Full Zip Soft Dri Hoodie is perfect for layering and would usually wear this during my warm ups or post workout during summer months and as a protective shell when outdoor training during autumn. I love the fit and feel of this particular garment and would definitely recommend to others on the market for a comfortable, warm hoodie.
Green Lamb Sport Full Zip SoftDri Hoodieis available in four different colour-ways in sizes XS-XLand is currently priced at £60.00.
Green Lamb Printed Aqua Racer Back Top
Those that know me well would be familiar with my obsession for all things blue, after all it is my favourite colour! Racer back tops are a key staple to any fitness enthusiasts workout wardrobe and I am not ashamed to say that I instantly fell in love with the Green LambPrinted Aqua Racer Back Top. The overall design along with the added bonus of mesh detailing around the scoop neck, shoulders and upper back oozed elegance and whilst still providing the wearer with all technical performance features.
I decided to put this top to the test by stepping outside of my comfort zone to try something new and partake in a Destiny’s Child dance medley workshop run by SOS Dance Fitness at this years Be:Fit Festival. Needless to say I had sooo much fun dancing away to tracks such as Bootyliciousand Jumpin’ Jumpin’.
With all the strutting, whining, bouncing and shaking I did whilst channelling my inner Sasha Fierce, not once did my top ride up and despite working up a serious sweat at the end of our 45 minute dance workshop, my top was surprisingly dry compared to my arms and forehead and the mesh panels around the back area did a phenomenal job at wicking the sweat away to keep me nice and cool.
Just like the hoodie, the fabric used to design this truly striking piece is extremely soft, stretchy and very flattering for the wearer. The print on this particular style is also very striking!
You might think I’m mad but I have also worn this racer back top when opting for a casual daywear look and it worked surprisingly well paired with my favourite light blue skinny jeans and white chuck taylors proving its versatility in taking the wearer from the gym to a coffee date with friends. The Green Lamb Sport Racer Back Top is available in three colour-ways in sizes XS-XL and is currently priced at £40.00.
Green Lamb SoftDriCapri Leggings
During warmer climates I always opt to train in three quarter length leggings or long shorts as I am simply waaay to conservative of an individual to be caught dead wearing short shorts and must say, I absolutely LOVE everything about these figure hugging SoftDri Capri Leggings!
From the wide elasticated mid rise waistband to the mesh panels at the back of the knees these beauties are a dream to train in across various sporting disciplines. Aside from the capri’s being figure hugging in all the right places, I am pleased to also confirm they are true to size. At the moment, I take a standard UK 12 and ordered mine in size M.
Before my foot operation at the beginning of June I managed to complete a spinning class, dance workshop, bodyweight training and strength training sessions at home and on all occasions, I found these Capri’s performed extremely well.
There was no need to stop mid set to pull up ones leggings as they effortlessly mould to your body shape which almost feels like you’re wearing a second skin. Ladies, you’ll also be pleased to know that these Capri’s are squat proof, and by that I mean they are 100% opaque so no more embarrassing scenarios of accidental flashes of ones bottom and underwear to fellow gym-goers, class mates or dare I say the world and their dog *covers face*.
Green Lamb Sport SoftDri Capri Leggings are sold in colours black and marine, in sizes XS – XLand are currently priced at £40.00.
All three items have washed up well (following each items washing guidelines) and also retained their shape after being left to line dry. It is important to note that I have been in receipt of these items for nearing three months now and have yet to experience any kind of fraying, discolouration, shrinkage or general wear and tears which tells me just how durable these products actually are. There is nothing more annoying and frustrating than owning activewear garments that begin to display signs of becoming unwearable after a few months of wear.
Green Lamb Sport is vastly growing on me, so much so that I genuinely think it could sneak into my Top 5 UK Activewear Brands, an article I have been quietly working on behind the scenes since the beginning of the year and available to read very soon. I found that their sizing guides were true to size, the fabrics used on each product I was kindly gifted for the purpose of this in depth and honest review were wonderfully soft and stretchy. Each piece fit my curvy figure perfectly and found the products I tested to be very flattering.
Moving onto cost, I would say the Jodie Kidd Performance Collection is reasonably priced as you are getting great quality activewear with the additions of technical performance. If you are currently on the lookout for activewear pieces to invest in that perform and wash up well, are stylish yet flattering and will also compliment other staples in your existing workout wardrobe, then Green Lamb Sport are definitely worth checking out!
Danielle is a 1st Dan Kickboxing coach / Assistant Instructor under the PKA Kickboxing Association who is also a health, fitness, green beauty, wellness and lifestyle freelance writer / digital journalist. Her passions include encouraging others to lead an active, health conscious lifestyle whilst leading her Breakin' Boundrez team on various fitness related challenges.