Posts Tagged: Athleta

Reader Request: Wonderful Workout Wear

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Reader Carolyn submitted this question:

How to look good in workout clothes. Whenever I go to one of those classes like zumba, it’s full of these women in their coordinating gear and I just flail around in the back of the room in yoga pants and a t-shirt and feel out of place. How do you style workout clothes without just buying whatever the mannequin is wearing at lululemon?

First, a quick word about spandex, designer gym wear, and peer pressure: People have gotten serious about their workout attire, which is fab. There are some really beautiful designs out there and they can be fun to wear. But just because the people around you are wearing skin-tight $80 wicking tanks doesn’t mean you should feel obliged to do the same. Or that wearing anything less makes you a gym schlub. You can wear anything you damn well please to work out, so long as it isn’t uncomfortable or prone to getting caught in your pedals/jump rope/weight machine. read more

This Week I Love …

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… the street wear produced by athletic clothing companies. Kind of a mouthful, but hear me out.

I’m thinking mainly of Athleta, Horny Toad, and Title Nine. Lululemon and Lucy have some cute street wear options, but definitely focus more on workout gear. The first three, however, have nearly as many non-workout options as gym-only duds, and they’re fabulous for so many reasons:

They are durable.

These clothes are made for women leading active lifestyles, so the fabrics and stitching are designed to take some serious wear and tear. As someone who can rip and snag with the best of ’em, I appreciate truly durable clothes. read more