Teeki clouds hot pant | $72 at Evolve Fit Wear (79% recycled plastic bottles)
Beyond Yoga Crystal Mesh long legging | $99 at Beyond Yoga
Live the Process floral print cami | $130 at Barney’s
SoLow Diamond Mesh leggings | $93 at Shopbop
This year, I’m trying not to add any clothing to my wardrobe that’s not made in the US, including activewear. You may think that sounds tough, and it sort of is, but not if you know where to look. Which, thankfully, I do (wink wink)!
I’ve been a fan of SoLow for years for both their fashion-forward styles and that they manufacture in the US. I have more than a handful of pants/leggings by SoLow and a cami that are on heavy rotation to Pure Barre. Right now, Beyond Yoga makes my favorite camis though; I have two, this one (in black) and this one, that are the most flattering and comfortable tops I own. And my James Perse Yosemite yoga pants are my favorite leggings at the moment.
I do also have a pair of Lululemon high times pants with mesh cutouts (no longer available) that I really do love because of their higher rise and cropped length (full-length on me!). And I have two pairs of Old Navy compression leggings that I wear as well; I’ve been really pleased with them in the more than a year that I’ve had them.
I’ve always been one to pay very close attention to the fit and feel of my workout clothes. Now, I spend 5 or 6 hours a week at Pure Barre, and more walking outside with the dog, so I’m in “exercise” clothes a lot. I hate to see sweat stains, or feel wet, and I prefer my performance gear to hold me in, so I have always purchased technical gear for working out. And I need to look good too!!
You can find good technical gear at all price points now, and whatever you buy should last many, many wears and several years. My oldest SoLow pieces are more than 3 years old and still in nice shape after wearing a few times a week. Of course, I always recommend washing workout clothes in cold water and hanging to dry – the lycra/spandex lasts a LOT longer that way. And I always wash them separately from the rest of my clothes so they don’t get all lint-y.
Besides the fact that they produce in the US, I appreciate many of the activewear companies I’ve mentioned here because they tend to be smaller, women-owned, and started out of a passion for exercise style/fashion – I can always get behind that! Also, I don’t like to look like everyone else, no matter where I am, so I love to find interesting pieces like those Teeki leggings that are now on my shopping list…
Lululemon is good – I’ve been mostly impressed with the pieces I’ve had, but they’re not the only game in town. And I find their cult-status a little off-putting, frankly. Thank goodness there are LOTS Of other options out there for excellent workout gear that are also made in the US!
More yoga/barre/activewear brands & resources made in the US:
Beyond Yoga (also available at Nordstrom)
Teeki (made from recycled plastic bottles)
Evolve fit wear
Live the Process
Prana (not made in the US, but the company is very environmentally conscious)
James Perse Yosemite (not all pieces are made in the US)
Outdoor Voices — NO LONGER MADE IN THE US, although they use some recycled polyester in their some mens’ shorts
My previous post on What I Wear for Pure Barre
More of my favorites online:
What is your favorite activewear brand? Do you have any more recommendations for yoga/barre clothing that’s made in the US?