When Grace Beverley launched TALA last year I could not wait to get my hands on the affordable and sustainable gym wear but I also couldn’t bring myself to go through the stress of trying to get it the moment it launched. I decided instead to wait for things to restock so that I would actually have a chance to get what I wanted. A year later and my collection of TALA activewear is ever expanding (RIP my bank account). I still have a few things on my wish list because they always seem to be out of stock when I go to order them, but here is a review of the bits I have managed to get my hands on so far.
The Mina Bra
The first piece I ordered from TALA was the Mina bra in the neon pink with grey branding which is part of their Flare collection. I ordered it when they were running a campaign to raise money for the bushfires in Australia, so 50% of the money I paid went to charity. I am a UK 10/12 and the medium fits me well, plenty of compression but doesn’t dig in anywhere. One of the things I was worried about with this one is that it might roll up, I find this can be a problem with longer line sports bras, but it stays in place. All in all I really like this bra, I would probably say it is medium support so fine for low impact activity but I wouldn’t wear it to go running. It is much brighter than the pictures on the website make it look – definitely fluorescent pink!
The Isla Loose Tee
I spend most of my weekend in an oversized tee with either joggers or shorts so I thought I would try the Isla tee. Again I got a size medium and it is an oversized fit, I think I probably could have gotten away with a small and it still would have been baggy and comfy. I really like the subtle embroidered branding on the front of this top, it looks good as activewear but also works tucked into a pair of jeans. I have gotten so much use out of this so it was definitely worth the money!
Eden Zip Top
I waited ages for this one to come back into stock – it was definitely an ‘instagram made me do it’ purchase. The Eden Zip top is made of quite a thick material so personally I fins it a bit too warm to work out in and use it as more for casual everyday wear. It is incredibly flattering, it makes your waist look tiny and keeps everything in just the right place. I would also say it comes up a bit shorter than it appears in the pictures, so if you prefer your tops longer lined then this is maybe not the one for you.
The Zae Short Sleeve Top
This was the only thing I bought the day it launched. Again it was something I could see myself getting a lot of use out of. I got the Zae top in the short sleeve regular length in the colour Chai. The main thing I love about this top is that it is double lined so even though its a light colour you can’t see through it. You can wear this without a bra but personally I prefer to wear it with one. If I could I would have this in every colour because it is so comfy and easy to style. Although I didn’t get the cropped version it is still quite short in the body so I imagine the cropped one would probably be too short on me.
The Zella Loose Tee
I had my eye on The Zella Loose Tee since it launched the colour was just calling to me! Recently I gave in and finally added it to my collection. I wear my other TALA tee so much I figured I would get a lot of use out of this one as well. Its nice and lightweight making it perfect for summer and it has pretty much the same fit to the Isla tee. The main difference between the two is the placement of the TALA logo.
The Porto Hoodie
My final piece (for now at least!) is the Porto hoodie. It is super comfy and the inside is so soft. It is another oversized fit, the site recommended I needed a large but I am glad I stuck to my usual size because the medium is big enough! I was worried that the branding would be too bright but it’s actually a bit softer in person. My only complaint is the lack of pockets, where is a gal supposed to put her phone!
Do the plant tags work?
I planted my first two tags and it didn’t seem to work. One of them sprouted a little bit and then died and I haven’t tried again since because looking at a pot of soil with no plant in makes me sad. I might give it a go but I think they could do with better instructions on how to actually get the tags to sprout.
My collection is by no means complete, I would really like to get my hands on some of the shorts or the leggings but they normally run out of stock before I can buy them. I haven’t been disappointed by a single thing I bought from TALA and I have no doubt I will continue to buy from them for years to come. The postage is generally pretty quick as well which means you don’t have too wait too long for your new goodies!
Have you tried any of the other pieces from TALA, what did you think of them?