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I’d intended to publish this last week, but wow — I had no idea just how much I had to share!
Today, we’ll talk three categories: Tops, bottoms & sports bras. I break it down into a handful of categories: By item and by brand/store. So regardless of what your “issues” are when shopping (high-waist? full-coverage? trendy? affordable?), there’s a little something here for everyone.
Let’s get to it:
In most cases, I tend to shop for workout gear on either Nordstrom or Zappos, since shipping and returns are free — even if I’m shopping for name-brands like adidas, Nike and Under Armour. But if I’m looking for something more specific, here’s where I go:
Carbon38 is more of a boutique-type of online store (read: a bit more expensive), but the selection is expertly curated. Think unique, high-end looking tops with quirky quotes and capris and pants that are sure to turn heads. This is where you want to go for that “where did you get that?!” reaction from people.
Lululemon: While most of my Lulu clothes are SoulCycle-branded, I love their energy bras and high-waisted leggings. I check their sale section on a weekly basis.
Private Party is one of my favorite brands, but I purchase most of their stuff on Shopbop. While you can shop their website directly, orders take up to two weeks to ship and are all final.
six:02: You may not have heard of six:02 (yet), but consider them Footlocker’s little stylish sister. They have everything from Refinery29-approved workout leggings to lots of name-brand styles on sale. They have free shipping, too, so you can shop without guilt!
6pm.com is great if you’re a bargain-hunter (aren’t we all) and don’t mind spending a bit of time browsing. They’re basically Zappos’s little sister sale site — and they carry everything from Nike and beyond at a steep discount.
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For me, I don’t like to spend a ton of money on workout tops. I sweat a lot and I tend to go through these fairly frequently as a result.
Ah, spandex. Yoga pants in public! It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
In the glory days of athleisure, we need our workout leggings to double as actual apparel for errands, brunch (duh) and the like, so the biggest thing is to make sure they’re versatile, comfortable and — know you, not see-through.
For SoulCycle especially, I have everything from emoji-printed capris to plain black, high-rise leggings. Spandex pants are my daily uniform, after all.
Generally speaking, I know what works for me in the sports bra department. I’m a 34C and my go-to is usually Nike’s compression sports bra series. I also love to wear this mesh sports bra if I’m wearing a tank or going for more of a “look.” It fits true-to-size (so I purchased a 34) and I have it in three colors!
That’s it for today, but do let me know what I missed/what questions and concerns you have about buying workout gear (using Twitter or the comment section, below). If you liked this post and would like more that are like it, please let me know, too!
In the next week or two — by request — I’ll get more specific on where I shop for outdoor activewear, including temperature-control leggings, vest, shoes and so on.