She Wears It Well: Yoga instructor Nahid de Belgeonne offers her tips for tackling all-day athleisure

Nahid de Belgeonne 
Nahid de Belgeonne dresses up her cashmere tracksuit bottoms with a pair of block heels Credit: Alice Whitby

''I like things to be bright, comfortable and easy,'' the 49-year-old founder of Good Vibes yoga studio, former textile designer and proud owner of Boston terrier puppy Lucky Pierre, Nahid de Belgeonne, tells The Telegraph. ''I always admire people who have a look and are perfectly done, but because I’m constantly pulling my clothes off and on everyday I try to minimise the number of things I need to remember,'' she continues. ''A  jumpsuit is especially good for this.''

Belgeonne is an immensely glamorous yoga instructor, who in truth is being modest when she claims not to have a look. She makes wearing athleisure (although she prefers the term 'sports luxe') all day without looking underdressed seem like a piece of cake. ''I tend to wear trousers more than anything else,'' she continues, ''especially now they’ve brought in cropped trousers because I’m not super tall,'' she says, citing cropped trousers, a vest and a jumper as her go-to daytime look.

Credit: Alice Whitby

Leopard print cashmere tracksuit bottoms, £450, Chinti and Parka; Gucci wool jumper, £660, Net-a-porter; Chloé block heel pumps, £425, Matchesfashion.com; Hand of Fatima necklace by Jumana Jewellery and 'N' pendant by Laura Lee (Nahid's own)

Belgeonne is not one to shy away from a pattern clash, nor is she afraid of wearing jogging bottoms after-hours, which is just as well because she rarely has time to go home and change before the evening. ''I tend to keep on my cashmere or leather jogging bottoms and style them with heels, a silk top and a nice jacket,'' she says of the way she approaches a smooth day-to-night transition.

And despite adhering to a sporty dress code most days, Belgeonne admits that her wardrobe is a Lycra free zone. ''I used to be a textile designer, so I'm really hot on fabrics and quality,'' she concedes. ''I don't like to wear synthetic fabrics, it feels really wrong the older I get - I'd rather buy good-quality pieces second-hand,'' she continues, revealing that she always opts for a cotton body-stocking over regular gym tops, not only because the latter tend to be synthetic, but also because she doesn't like the built in elastic, which she says restricts her breathing.

Where should one go for good quality gymwear that doesn't break the bank? ''T.K.Maxx is worth a visit,'' says Belgeonne. ''You don't need to spend a lot of money on gym clothes - it's silly.''

Even on her busiest teaching days, Belgeonne's 1-year-old Boston terrier puppy is by her side. ''He goes everywhere with me, so I often need to go for a walk in the middle of the day,'' she says. ''It's important for my outfits to be versatile so I tend to wear  lot layers that I can add and take-off.''

And if you thought residing largely in a yoga studio would eliminate the need for jewellery, think again. Belgeonne's penchant for vintage rings and layered necklaces is proof of the opposite. ''I keep my jewellery on even for classes, and then if I’m going out in the evening I will add heavier pieces,'' she says. ''I'm never without a cluster of necklaces - I'm a big fan of  Laura Lee.'' 

 

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