What to look for in sports jackets
What you need in sports jackets will depend on your chosen discipline. If you're a runner, for example, then you'll want lightweight running jackets that are fairly well-fitted. Features such as zipped pockets and thumb-holds on the sleeves can be useful. Elasticated bands around the bottoms are also handy as it means that they will stay in place, without riding up. Your jacket should be light enough to take off during a run and tie around your waist after you've warmed up. Technical fabrics are the best choice for training & sweat jackets. They should have wicking properties, which will allow you to stay warm and dry throughout your run.
Doing sports in bad weather
Winter sports have their own specialist jackets. For example, skiing & snowboarding jackets should be padded, waterproof and breathable. If you're going to try other sports in bad weather, like hiking or trekking, then you might want to opt for multiple lightweight jackets. These can be layered easily, but you can remove them depending on the weather. Look for special features: waterproof jackets are important as an outer layer, but you may also want close-fitting thermal shells to wear underneath, or fleece jackets for particularly cold days. Again, pockets on your sports jackets should be closed with zips. If you're expecting rain or snow, look for zips that are covered by seams, which offer extra protection to your essential belongings. An adjustable hood is an excellent idea in wet or cold weather; when the wind chill is on the rise, you might want to look for outdoor jackets that have their collars closed by poppers.
How to style yourself for the street
Women's sports jackets may be essential for your favourite activities – but they can also look cool and trendy on high street! If you're planning to rock a sporty look, then it's important to mix things up. Wearing your sports jacket along with running shoes and tracksuit pants will leave you looking sloppy. It's far better to go for a lightly sporty style, by slipping your jacket over jeans and a vest top. Add a pair of big, chunky trainers – the type that are far more at home on the street than on the track – and keep your accessories to a minimum.