It would seem I’m fashionable and shit. At the gym anyway. Outside of the gym there’s a good bet that I’m not wearing pants. And if I did manage to put on pants, there’s definitely no bra, and my hair is totally not brushed. It’s like one of those “you pick two” combos. You don’t get it all at once.
But inside the gym, apparently I’m cute. I’ve been asked pretty much every day this week where I got my top/capris/socks/shoes/headband/yoga mat/fill in any other random thing by fellow lady sweaters.
Since I frequently wonder the same thing about great gear I see at the gym, I thought it was time to throw my shortlist of places to shop out to the interwebz for your paycheck-spending pleasure.
I’ve done a few product reviews on their stuff here and here and am still really happy with my stuff. I first ordered from them back in December and STILL wear my first pair of Lima Capris at least once a week. The quality is decent, the price point is great, and lately they’ve been coming out with so many fun patterns I get nothing but compliments when I sport them at the gym. I was wearing these earlier this week and got asked more than once where I got them from:
I basically love everything Athleta has ever made. I’ve done a product review for them here, but can say without hesitation that their stuff is amazing. They also are on the fun printed capri bandwagon, and while their stuff can be a bit pricy, they have a GREAT sale section on their site. As an insider tip, sign up for their emails and you will frequently will receive offers for an extra 20% off of clearance. I can’t say enough about the quality of their stuff. In addition to a great product, their site boasts some really helpful product reviews, and they have free shipping on orders over $50.
Probably not surprisingly, I’m also a big fan of Lululemon. While I will say, at the moment I am purchasing much more Athleta than Lulu, I have several pieces from them that make up the core of my fitness wear. I get constant compliments on my Wonder Under Crops every time I wear them, and my favorite sports bras are from Lululemon. They are pricy, and rarely have a great “sale” section on their site, but there ARE Lululemon outlet’s in the world, and I highly suggest checking them out for great deals on the most popular items.
Target C9 by Champion
There’s something to be said for stopping at the store for eggs and bananas and walking out with a cute new workout outfit while you’re at it. Then again, it’s also physically impossible to go to Target without spending at least $100, and my affinity for their cute, cheap workout stuff is probably a big reason why. If you haven’t checked them out lately, pop into their activewear department and be prepared to be greeted by bright colors, and a host of fashionable options that mimic the popular Lululemon and Athleta styles. While the quality isn’t nearly as good, if you’re looking for something fun at a low price point, I always recommend Target for your fix.
Hope my short list gave you a fun new idea or a place to try to shop. What about you? What’s your favorite place for great athletic apparel?