Beyond Yoga origami cardigan | $84 at Nordstrom (made in the US)
Apres Ramy Brook tank | $57 at Shopbop
WeAreGrace stretch jersey top | $74 at Net-a-Porter
Live the Process bra | $43 at Net-a-Porter (made in the US)
Nike Internationalist sneakers | $70 at Net-a-porter (lots of colors, many sizes sold out)
Ultracor Elite facet print leggings | $52 at Bandier, also on sale at Saks (I wear a size 8)
I’m not going to do that whole “new year, new you” thing, or talk about resolutions, but if you’re like me, you might have over-indulged just a teeny bit this past month between Thanksgiving & Christmas, and are ready to get back (or start) into your familiar routine of eating better and exercising.
It will probably come as no surprise that I’m just as motivated by a cute outfit as I am by how I’m going to feel after my workout and what I’m doing for my body (sometimes more so, I’m not going to lie…), so I pay just as much attention to my workout clothes as I do to my street clothes. Other than walking the dog, though, I don’t tend to wear my workout clothes as “regular” clothes; I like to get dressed.
I also expect my activewear to work VERY hard and last a long time, so I am very careful to buy pieces without too much mesh or detailing (although I do succumb sometimes, just keeping in mind those things look worn around the edges after about a year), and that are technical enough to keep sweat at bay, and hold all my jiggly bits in.
I’ve written at length about what I wear for Pure Barre and why, so I won’t do that again, but here are some of my favorite brands and resources for quality activewear (some made in the US):
SoLow is consistently one of my favorite brands, mostly because their inseams are shorter generally and I can wear some of their leggings without hemming. They’re also a small company, sustainbly-focused and made in the US. SoLow has great sales and coupon codes if you sign up for their email list.
Bandier is full of amazing, super-stylish activewear and is having a great sale right now – including my Ultracor leggings for $52, which is what I paid for mine (they’re also on sale at saks in many more sizes, but for $70 – worth it IMO). They are one of my favorite pairs of leggings, but I do wish they were a little higher rise – they do give me a bit of muffin-top. They’re made from recycled nylon.
Nordstrom is an excellent resource for Beyond Yoga, SoLow, Alo and lots of other brands. I know Zella is very popular and affordable, but I’ve never found leggings that fit me well.
Shopbop is great for SoLow on sale, Beyond Yoga, and other made in the US brands, and for three days they’re offering an additional 25% off sale items with code EXTRAEXTRA.
Revolve Clothing is also an amazing resource for SoLow and other US-based brands, and they too are offering an additional 20% off sale items.
Net-a-Porter’s sale section has some Live the Process pieces I’ve had my eye on, as well as gorgeous ballet-like wraps and cover-ups.
Finally, Carbon38 is having a great sale, but beware, the pop-up newsletter subscription box will drive you insane.
Oh, and if you’re not quite down with spending money on a whole cute outfit, don’t underestimate the power of a super-stylish bra under an old tank top…
What do you wear to workout? What do you do? What are you looking forward to trying in the new year?